The Clayton State University Chorale and the Griffin Choral Arts (GCA) community chorus will offer a joint concert, Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 7:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall, located on the Clayton State University campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
“The idea of this joint concert has, at least in some ways, been germinating ever since GCA was organized in 2007 by artistic director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder,” says Dr. Bill Pasch, Clayton State professor of English emeritus and now singer in and board member of GCA.
The relationships between the Clayton State Chorale and GCA have been numerous. The GCA roster has included many singers who had also been members of the Chorale and were thus very well coached by Chorale Director Dr. Shaun Amos. The GCA accompanist for the first three-and-a-half seasons was Seth Davis, a Clayton State alumnus in the division of Continuing Education at Clayton Sate. (The current GCA accompanist is Cathy Willis.) Clayton State music faculty members Dr. Michiko Otaki and Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller played major roles in GCA concerts in 2009 and 2011, and both continue to serve as supporters and musical advisers. Other faculty and staff have been members of GCA. Even Associate Provost Dr. Robert Vaughn found time in his busy schedule to be a GCA member in fall 2011.
“The two choral groups stayed in touch over our five-year history, and eventually Shaun and Steve decided to collaborate for a concert at Spivey Hall,” Pasch says. “While GCA will add some older voices to the blend of the two choruses, GCA has also included some high school students, one of whom is now a member of the Chorale.”
The concert will feature each chorus singing selections on its own, but the groups will also join forces for two anthems: "Lux Aurumque," by Eric Whitacre and "Hail, Gladdening Light," by Charles Wood. GCA will also sing works by John Rutter, Morten Lauridsen, and Rosephanye Powell (among others), plus the famous "Chanticleer song" "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, sung by the men of GCA.