Founded in 2007, the Georgia Symphony Chorus performs choral/orchestral works, pops, and to produces independent choral concerts. From its inception, Bryan Black has held the position as its venerated director.

Comprised of accomplished vocalists from the greater metropolitan area, performance highlights include Mahler’s Second Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn's Creation, Verdi's Te Deum and more.

 


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.

For more information or to arrange an audition, please use this contact form.

 
Soprano
Shana Adams
Lanie Baxter
Heather Blalock
Rose Blanchard
Cindy Bohn
Linda Bonstein
Atheleen Burley
Amber Connor
Meghan Erlacher
Elaine Federico
Karen Gonzalez
Barbara Hammond
Sydney Hembree
Ann Hixson
Kathleen Landolt
Stephanie Loomis
Caroline Mann
Margaret Menz
Kathy Mittelman
Karen Partyka
Rebekah Plowman
Angelia Pressley
BrendaRhodes
Patty Smitherman
Patricia Snider
Iyonka Strawn-Valcy
Mary Teren
Christine Vick
Alex Watts
Mazelle Webster

Alto
Janet Adams
Emily Bateman
Julie Bosworth
Glendol Browde
Kemela Carlson
Kecia Coar-Overall
Joanna Cox
Nancy East
Mary Hyde
Beth Johnson
Berna Levine
Analuz Linares
Jenny Lindamood
Brandee Mack
Beverly Martin
Debra McCracken
Katelyn Niemann
Linda Nordahl
Sharona Sandberg
Riny Schartman
Laura Searcy
Marian Sebel
Christine Shoemaker
Joan Shorr
Rebecca Thatch
Susan Traendly
Sandra Vasa-Sideris
Camille Wall

Tenors
Sean Amaso
Mark Atkins
James Banks
Matthew Boatwright
Garrett Campbell
Sean Condon
Tom Federico
Ben Glosson
Johnny Gravley
Stephen Hall
Dean Hawkinson
Cody Hixson
Keith MacAnn
Nils Ohberg

Bass/Baritones
Bob Bonstein
Allan Cheshire
Gurdon Counts
David Erstfeld
Joe Ferst
Frank Harris
Shawn Keswani
Travis Meng
John Morgan
Jakari Rush
Al Searcy
Ray Taylor
James Tyson
Vinny Varsalona
Gustav Westin
Wally Ziprik

Rehearsal Accompanist
Brenda Brent

 

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.

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

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