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
Cindy Bohn
Linda Bonstein
Atheleen Burley
Amber Connor
Sara Eckman
Meghan Erlacher
Elaine Federico
Barbara Hammond
Sydney Hembree
Ann Hixson
Alice Jimenez
Nancy Hodges
Anastasia Kosoris
Kathleen Landolt
Zion Martell
Margaret Menz
Ginny Osborne
Angelia Pressley
Brenda Rhodes
Luci Roberts
Lori Smith
Patty Smitherman
Patricia Snider
Freida St. Germain
Iyonka Strawn-Valcy
Mazelle Webster

Alto
Janet Adams
Heather Blalock
Sara Branch
Glendol Browder
Kemela Carlson
Kecia Coar-Overall
Joanna Cox
Donna Dedula
Nancy East
Ariel Ginn
Mary Hyde
Beth Johnson
Cindy Landis
Berna Levine
Analuz Linares
Jenny Lindamood
Beverly Martin
Debra McCracken
Kathy Mittelman
Katelyn Niemann
Linda Nordahl
Anne Richards
Riny Schartman
Laura Searcy
Marian Sebel
Christine Shoemaker
Joan Shorr
Joan Solomon
Rebecca Thatch
Susan Traendly
Sandra Vasa-Sideris
Camille Wall

Tenors
Sean Amaso
James Banks
Garrett Campbell
Sean Condon
Tom Federico
Ben Glosson
Johnny Gravley
Stephen Hall
Nils Ohberg
Vinny Varslona

Bass/Baritones
Bob Bonstein
David Erstfeld
Joe Ferst
Christopher Glosson
Frank Harris
Shawn Keswani
Travis Meng
John Morgan
Randall Ribarsky
Jakari Rush
Al Searcy
Ray Taylor
Gustav Westin
Wally Ziprik

 

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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