Dr. Michael Fuchs
The choral program at Clayton State University consists of three unique ensembles singing a variety of choral music with the highest musical standards. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Fuchs, these ensembles are regularly heard in the world-renowned acoustic of Spivey Hall and throughout the greater Atlanta area. The Choral Department collaborates often wit the Clayton State University Orchestra, the Music-Drama Workshop, and area high school, church and community choirs.
As the premier vocal ensemble at Clayton State, the Chorale is an auditioned ensemble comprised primarily of Performing Arts Majors with concentrations in Music and Music Education. This ensemble provides intensive and thorough per-professional training for the next generation of vocal performers, music educators, and choral enthusiasts. The 2015-2016 Chorale season includes a performance at the annual Harvest Home in downtown Atlanta, a holiday concert featuring Spanish Christmas music in December , and a May performance of the Mozart Requiem. The rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule of the Chorale requires the utmost commitment and dedication from its members. If you are interested in auditioning for the Chorale, please contact Dr. Michael Fuchs firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clayton State Community Chorus provides an opportunity for all university students, faculty, staff, and community members to sing and perform a variety of choral music. This ensemble rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 5:15-7:15pm and performs each semester in Spivey Hall. The schedule of the Community Chorus is designed to help ensemble members develop vocal and musical skills in an enjoyable environment with minimal constraints on time outside of rehearsal. The Clayton State Community Chorus combines high musical standards with an emphasis on building community and enriching the lives of chorus members and audiences alike. If you are interested in joining this ensemble, please contact Dr. Michael Fuchs email@example.com
The Collegium Vocale of Clayton State University is a small a cappella ensemble focused on the study and performance of early vocal repertories. In addition to a successful audition, members of the Collegium must also be members of the Clayton State University Chorale. The Collegium performs both on and off campus, including recent performances at the High Museum of Art as a part of the visiting exhibition Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Phillip, and led a session on small ensembles singing at the 2015 Georgia American Choral Directors Association Convention.
Dr. Michael Fuchs, Director of Choral Activities
Michael Fuchs has enjoyed an active career as a conductor, educator, and singer. He is the Director of Choral Activities at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA where he conducts the Chorale, the Clayton State Community Chorus, and teaches courses in aural skills, choral methods, conducting, and music history. Choirs under his direction have performed across the United States and internationally while receiving numerous honors and awards. He has prepared choruses for performances with Joe Miller, Annunziata Tomaro, Mark Gibson, and Joseph Flummerfelt. Previous positions include the conductor of the University of Cincinnati Women's Chorus, Artistic Director of Musica, the premier chamber choir of Dayton, Ohio, Founder and Artistic Director for the Westminster Bach Consort, and the Graduate Assistant Conductor for the Westminster Choir. He is active as a clinician and conductor throughout the country and currently serves several professional organizations, including the American Choral Director's Association and the Atlanta Early Music Alliance. Dr. Fuchs has held public school teaching positions in Fairfax County, Virginia and church music position in Ohio, North Dakota, Virginia, and New Jersey. Dr. Fuchs holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and Concordia college in Moorhead, Minnesota.