Encompassing a wide range of vocal versatility, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus performs choral/orchestral works, pops, and produces independent choral concerts. Highlights from recent seasons include choral masterworks with the Georgia Symphony, being featured on a GSO Jazz! performance at the Strand Theatre, singing in a sold-out concert of music from the video game "Zelda," and presenting a historic regional premiere of American music.

Comprised of accomplished vocalists from the greater metropolitan area, performances have included Mahler’s Second Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn's Creation, and Verdi's Te Deum. The ensemble has also presented state, regional, and world premieres.

Founded in 2007, and directed by Bryan Black, the chorus recently performed with the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Spelman College Glee Club, the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble.

 

For information regarding opportunities for young singers, and information about the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra Chorus, please visit http://georgiayouthsymphony.org/ensembles/

 

Auditions are held on a rolling basis during the summer and throughout the season. During the audition, Music Director Bryan Black will evaluate vocal range and quality, pitch memory and music-reading skills. Singers should prepare a short selection of their own choice.

Rehearsals for the chorus during the season are held on Tuesdays, 7:30PM-10:00PM at the Marietta Performing Arts Center.

For more information or to arrange an audition, please contact us below.

 


    Bryan Black has worked as a conductor, educator, church musician and arts advocate since moving to Atlanta in 1994. He first trained as an organist and pianist at the undergraduate level (BM, Samford University,) then followed a passion for choral music and conducting at the graduate level (MM, Florida State). While at FSU he was deeply influenced by Rodney Eichenberger – the internationally regarded pedagogue and conductor. Bryan also holds the “Certificate of German” granted by the Goethe-Institute in Berlin. As a church musician, Black served the 4,200 member First United Methodist Church of Marietta as Director of Music from 2003-2017. Previous church appointments have included work with the 1996 “Celebrate Faith and Arts” Olympic event and an invitational choir festival tour to Kristiansand, Norway.

    Black was invited by Michael Alexander to form the GSO Chorus in 2007. Since that time it has performed masterworks such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony. The chorus now numbers some 90 voices and draws talented professional and amateur singers from across the area. In 2012, the GSO Chamber Chorus made its first international tour to Spain under his direction.

    For ten years Black conducted The DeKalb Choral Guild, a community chorus based in Tucker. Over this time the choir tripled in size, made tours of Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic, appeared three times at the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, performed for the Georgia ACDA state convention and released its first professional recording. In the late ‘90s, Black sang with the ASO Chorus and Chamber Chorus – including Mr. Shaw’s final performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass in Carnegie Hall. During this time he also taught on the faculty of Georgia State University and was a visiting conductor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For his contributions to the city’s cultural life he was named a “Lexus Leader in the Arts” by Atlanta Public Broadcasting in 2003.After a successful musical project with the Atlanta Goethe-Institute (Hugo Distler’s Totentanz), Bryan was awarded a cultural ambassadorship in 2004 which allowed him to attend an intensive course offered in Weimar, Germany. He served as president of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) in Georgia and assisted John Rutter as organizer for a conductor’s honor chorus during the 2013 ACDA National Conference.

    Shana Adams
    Lanie Baxter
    Heather Blalock
    Cindy Bohn
    Linda Bonstein
    Atheleen Burley
    Amber Connor
    Rose Evans
    Camille Fairbanks
    Elaine Federico
    Michaelyn Findley
    Karen Gonzalez
    Rachael Gorbutt
    Barbara Hammond
    Geneva Harris
    Sydney Hembree
    Ann Hixson
    Marianne Holdzkom
    Kathleen Landolt
    Stephanie Loomis
    Selina Madison
    Caroline Mann
    Lauren McBride
    Margaret Menz
    Kathy Mittelman
    Mary Nimsgern
    Karen Partyka
    Rebekah Plowman
    Brenda Rhodes
    Melody Richardson
    Megan Sargent
    Robin Smith
    Patty Smitherman
    Patricia Snider
    Elaine Sturkey
    Christine Vick
    Susan White

    Janet Adams
    Glendol Browder
    Kecia Coar-Overall
    Joanna Cox
    Tiffany Fannin
    Cate Godley
    Judy Harvey
    Peggy Hurst
    Mary Hyde
    Beth Johnson
    Berna Levine
    Beverly Martin
    Debra McCracken
    Robin McDaniel
    Keelan Morhaus
    Katelyn Niemann
    Linda Nordahl
    Quinn Robinson
    Sharona Sandberg
    Riny Schartman
    Laura Searcy
    Marian Sebel
    Christine Shoemaker
    Joan Shorr
    Cay Simpson
    Jackie Smiley
    Rebecca Thach
    Susan Traendly

    James Banks
    Sean Condon
    Tom Federico
    Ben Glosson
    Johnny Gravley
    Stephen Hall
    Dean Hawkinson
    Jordan Mark
    Alec Strother

    Matthew Ackerman
    Bob Bonstein
    Allan Cheshire
    Dan Darden
    David Erstfeld
    Joe Ferst
    Frank Harris
    Shawn Keswani
    John Morgan
    Jakari Rush
    Alberto Sapoznik
    Al Searcy
    Gustav Westin
    Wally Ziprik

    The Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus members page can be found here.

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