More than 50 voices harmonize, lifting their voices as one beautiful sound in concert halls and performance venues across the globe. From China to Scotland to Canada and the U.S., Spivey Hall’s Children’s Choir connects with music lovers through song.
The Tour Choir is the select ensemble of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. Each year, the students undergo a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule that culminates in a national, international or give-back tour in the summer.
As ambassadors for the State of Georgia and Spivey Hall, the choir packs its bags and embarks on an adventure that is as much about the cultural experience as it is about the music.
For many of the students who participate, performing in front of foreign audiences offers a chance for them to reach people from different backgrounds and create an emotional connection that transcends race, ethnicity and culture.
“Spain was probably my favorite international tour because of the emotional connection made with our audiences,” says Madelyn Montgomery. “It really proved to me that music speaks beyond language barriers. Every single one of us poured our hearts into our performances and it paid off to see the tears, joy, and thankfulness of our audience.”
Beyond the actual performance, international trips mean choir members can spend time sightseeing and learning about the country they are visiting. Whether it’s going to the Great Wall of China or a cathedral in Europe, these trips offer memories that last long after the students return home.
The construction of Mercedes-Benz stadium means growing job opportunities for Clayton State graduates.
Neighborhoods around SunTrust Park, Mercedes Benz Stadium and even Phillips Arena are already becoming hubs for retail, office and residential expansion as mixed-used developments spring up nearby.
Beyond commercial development, there’s opportunity for job seekers to find careers directly in sports and entertainment.
Clayton State University students and alums have already begun to make an imprint in the rapidly growing industry.
Jessica Charman, a senior communications major, landed an internship with sports marketing agency SCORE Atlanta this spring to do marketing and editorial writing for Atlanta United, as well as serve as a commentator for high school soccer games.
“I’ve learned that you have to be versatile in sports media. There are so many sports—baseball, softball, wrestling,” Charman says. “I always imagined I’d be in sports, but I always thought I’d be in soccer. But it’s about opening your brand to other sports.”
Employers in the sports and entertainment field are seeking individuals who can bring new perspectives and can tap into an organization’s target audience.
Krystle Carter ‘15, human resource specialist with Arthur M. Blank (AMB) Sports + Entertainment, says the company’s internship brings a variety of college students of all ages that bring their past experiences to the program to benefit the organization.
“We have interns in various aspects of our organization, whether it be Atlanta United or the Atlanta Falcons,” Carter says. “They’re very eager to show what they learn and what they can do.”
Carter says interns get a chance to work alongside company executives, often sitting in on staff meetings.
“It’s almost like a job shadowing experience,” Carter adds.
Those internships can also lead to job opportunities. Carter got an internship with AMB Group after doing internship stints in Henry County government and at a nonprofit. She eventually earned a job in the human resource department for the sports organization.
While a lot of candidates come across Carter’s desk professing a love of sports, she says they must understand what they want to do in the industry.
“Passion is one of our internal core values,” Carter says. “It’s about honing it in and finding out what they really want to do.”
As the Atlanta Braves continue to have a strong season at the new SunTrust Park in Cobb County, and the Atlanta Falcons prepare for the 2019 Superbowl, the capital city is poised to create more jobs and add greater investment to the cityscape.
“I definitely think sports and entertainment in Atlanta is bright,” Charman says. “This is the time to really be involved in sports.”