About the Choir
The Masterworks Chorus at Spivey Hall 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 5:30-7:30pm and performs each semester in Spivey Hall. The schedule of the Masterworks 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 Masterworks Chorus combines high musical standards with an emphasis on building community and enriching the lives of chorus members and audiences alike. If you have questions about joining the ensemble, please contact Dr. Richard Bell at RichardBell@clayton.edu.
About the Conductor
Dr. Sean Vogt serves as Clayton State University’s Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the Spivey Hall Masterworks Chorus (Morrow, Georgia). He holds a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University and an MM in choral conducting from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Prior to CSU, he served as Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mother church for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, overseeing a program that sang the acme of sacred music. With twenty years of orchestral conducting experience, he also served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Vogt has also prepared choirs for orchestral performances for several national and international conductors.
Prior to his appointments in Minnesota, Dr. Vogt was Director of Choral Activities (tenured) and Department Chair at Mount Marty College. Here the choral program grew from 7% to 20% campus-wide, received multiple orchestral invitations, and was a national semi-finalist for the American Prize in Music. As an administrator, Dr. Vogt successfully grew scholarships, in quantity and dollars, and was regularly sent by the Office of Advancement for fundraising. Sean also has ten years of administrative and artistic experience with non-profit/501c3 organizations.
As an organist, Dr. Vogt has performed at national conventions of the OHS (Organ Historical Society), NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), as well as solo performances at The National Cathedral (D.C.), St. Philip’s Cathedral (Atlanta), and several other national and international venues. With decades of experience vocal coaching and accompanying voice studios, he is often hired as a collaborative keyboardist for vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists. He worked on a doctorate in organ at the University of Iowa; MM organ – Southern Methodist University; BA – Central College; Diploma – Haarlem Internationale Zomeracademie voor Organisten (The Netherlands).
Masterworks Chorus Rehearsals
About the Band
Join our brand new ensemble on campus! Membership is open to all adult wind, brass and percussion players. The band will perform standard classical and popular works from the literature for concert band. The group will present two concerts during the academic year.
Dr. Steven Armon Anderson is currently the Fine Arts Instructional Specialist for Clayton County Public Schools and adjunct professor at Clayton State University. He has over 13 teaching experience, in collegiate, high and middle school classrooms. He has taught students from various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds and has built award-winning bands in NC and GA. Dr. Anderson was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He is a proud alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. He received a Master’s in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning (Music Education concentration) from Georgia State University. Although he is a woodwind specialist, he has performed in numerous bands, orchestras, gospel choirs and as a solo artist throughout his lifetime.
Rehearsals and Registration
Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra
About the Orchestra
The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra devoted to meeting the cultural needs of audiences and performers in the Southern Crescent area of Metro Atlanta. Members of the orchestra include professional musicians, music educators, amateur musicians and students, all of whom strive to utilize their full potential in presenting a quality musical product.
About the Conductor
Dr. Richard Bell is currently in his eighth year as associate professor of music at Clayton State University. His teaching areas include orchestra, conducting, double bass, music education, music composition and music theory. He is also the conductor of the Southern Crescent Symphony. A strong advocate for music education throughout the state, Richard is a graduate of the Arts Leaders of Metropolitan Atlanta class of 2018, a member of the steering committee for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Arts and Culture Strategic Plan and the state advisor for the collegiate division of the Georgia Music Educators Association. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Florida State University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. He taught middle school and high school orchestra in the Clayton and Henry County schools for 29 years and served for two years on the faculty of Reinhardt University as conductor of the Reinhardt Orchestra. During his time in the public schools he served as president of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the Georgia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Bell has presented sessions at the GMEA In-Service Conference, the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Music Educators National Conference and the National Association for Music Education in Ireland. As a composer he has numerous published and commissioned works for school orchestra. His double bass teachers included Ralph Jones, Lucas Drew and Pamela Andrews. Awards received during his career include the Georgia Music Educators Association Distinguished Career Award, the Georgia String Teachers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Award, the Walmart Foundation Teacher of the Year Award and the STAR Teacher Award.
To Join the Orchestra:
An audition is required for membership. Contact the conductor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire about openings and to set up an audition.