The West Georgia Choral Arts Festival features, by invitation only, choirs from the West Georgia/East Alabama areas and provides them with a full day of rehearsing and performing great choral music together. Our geographic area is diversely rich in choral offerings, but rarely do the choirs ever perform together. This project brings a full choral contingency of singers ranging in age from eight to eighty together on the same stage under the direction of an outstanding guest choral conductor/clinician.
It began, in part, as a celebration of the Choral Society of West Georgia’s tenth anniversary in February, 2016. The result was a stunningly successful project in both size and scope. The festival brought nearly three hundred choral singers together. Each individual choir performing two chosen selections, with a grand finale performed by the Festival Collaborative Concert Choir.
All expenses: music, lunch, and concert venue, are underwritten by the Choral Society of West Georgia.
The West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2017 featured two hundred and seventy five singers and was an equally dazzling success.
Listen to the 2017 West Georgia Choral Arts Festival recordings HERE.
The West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2018 was co-partnered with the LaGrange College Music Department and was held March 10, 2018 in Callaway Auditorium. Read all about the 2018 Festival and see photos HERE.
The West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2019
Dr. Oliver N. (Nathan) Greene Jr. is a native of La Grange, Georgia and the son of Annie and Oliver Greene. He is a graduate of LaGrange High School where he was actively involved in both band and choral music.
Dr. Greene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
He received Master’s degrees in both Sacred music (conducting) and Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Greene also holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University.
He served as the chancel choir director at Hamilton Park and Embry Hills United Methodist Churches in Dallas and as guest conductor at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia.
Dr. Greene has performed baritone solos in Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Dubois’ Seven Last Words and was a featured soloist at the Bicentennial Celebration of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Dr. Greene is a member of Amandla, a vocal duo with soprano Lori Christian and has performed concerts in a variety of musical styles in New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.
He recently both produced and performed in Witness … Amandla Sings Spirituals and Jazz.
Currently, Dr. Greene is Associate Professor of Music at Georgia State University where he teaches courses in world music and American popular music.
His publications include journal articles, a documentary film as well as a book of the indigenous music and rituals of the Garifuna people of Central America.
The 2019 Featured Choral Groups Include:
- First Baptist Third Grade Children’s Choir
- Long Cane Middle School Chorus
- Harris County High School Choir
- Harris County High School Women’s Ensemble
- LaGrange College Chamber Choir
- Point University Concert Choir
- The Sons of Lafayette Male Choir
- The Choral Society of West Georgia
Each chorus will perform two individual selections and then all 250 voices will join in a collaborative concert under the direction of Dr. Oliver Nathan Greene, Jr., Associate Professor of Music, Georgia State University.
Noted Guest Directors/Clinicians
2016 Dr. Beth Everett, LaGrange College Choral Studies
2017 Dr. Byron Cartwright, Point University Fine Arts Chair
2018 Dr. Michelle Herring-Folta, Columbus State University Music Department
2019 Dr. Oliver (Nathan) Greene, Jr.
Past Performing Choral Ensembles
Callaway High School Chorus – Adam Wamsley, Director
The Choral Society of West Georgia – Elizabeth Biggs, Director
Faithful Hearts Women’s Ensemble – Sandy Blair, Director
LaGrange College Chamber Choir – Dr. Beth Everett, Director
LaGrange High School Women’s Chorus – Katie Trent, Director
Point University Singers – Dr. Byron Cartwright, Director
Sons of Lafayette Male Choir – Dr. Beth Everett, Director
Troup High School Women’s Chorus – Kathy Kirby, Director
Voices of the Valley Children’s Community Chorus – Dr. Michelle Herring Folta, Director
Young Singers of West Georgia – Stacey Hardigree, Director
LaFayette Christian School High School Choir – Darlene Shaw, Director
Masterworks Chorale – Newnan, Georgia – Kathy Bizarth, Director
CSU Phi Mu Alpha Men’s Ensemble – Josh Partridge, Director
Elizabeth Biggs, Program Director
Dr. Toni Anderson, LaGrange College Music Department Head
Directors or singers interested in performing with the West Georgia Choral Arts Festival should contact Elizabeth Biggs, Program Director via this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org