A New Season
The Choral Guild of Atlanta (CGA) is very pleased to announce that programming begins again with the 2021-2022 Season! We are all aware of the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives in all aspects. Forced to cancel the Spring concert of our 80th year but supported by the commitment of our singers and under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, we have not only survived in the interim but continued to meet – virtually for social gatherings and a Holiday party. Along with other choral groups, we also participated in “Georgia Home for the Holidays” by way of a recorded presentation from our last performance in 2019. Whether alone or together with others through participation in the many virtual opportunities that became available, we have continued to sing our way through to this point of renewal.
Our New Director
In resuming, CGA is thrilled to welcome Emily Floyd as the new Conductor and Music Director for the Choral Guild of Atlanta. Emily has been the Director of Music at Shallowford Presbyterian for 12 years. In addition, Emily serves as the co-director and instructor for the Choristers Guild Institute. She frequently conducts choirs for conferences, state and district honor choirs, and summer camps. She has presented workshops for ACDA, Choristers Guild, school systems, and sacred music conferences. Emily attended the Florida State University and received a bachelor’s degree in music education (voice) and holds certifications with the Choristers Guild and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Choirs under her direction have performed in 18 states and internationally in places such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, and St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Emily makes her Carnegie Hall debut in April of 2022.
Dr. Wooyoung Kwon will continue as the accompanist for the Choral Guild of Atlanta. We have all appreciated her talents over several years with the Guild. Wooyoung has played the piano and the organ for concerts in America and concert tours in Europe since 2003. She currently serves as the organist at Shallowford Presbyterian Church and has given recitals both as a soloist and as a collaborative artist. She has received the John Henry Dorminy Piano Scholarship and the University of Georgia School of Music Concerto Competition Award. Dr. Kwon is a member of the American Guild of Organists and holds her AGO Associate certificate. Dr. Kwon has been teaching piano, composition, and serving as an accompanist at Agnes Scott since 2002. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Organ Performance from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia.
With this good news, considerations for how to protect our singers and our audiences from the continuing risks of the pandemic must be primary. The Board is considering how best to do that for the benefit of all singers and audience members.
Proposed programming calls for two concerts in this Season with the first slated for mid-November, 2021. It will celebrate that we are “Thankful to be back!” More details will be coming.
• At present we are confirming whether the concert venues can remain unchanged with our concert preview at St. John’s Episcopal Church in College Park and concert at Northside Drive Baptist Church.
• Rehearsals will continue on Monday evenings from 7:30-9:30 but at Shallowford Presbyterian Church (SPC), 2375 Shallowford Road NE Atlanta 30345. The first rehearsal will be August 23rd.
• Auditions for singers will be held on Mondays, August 9th and 16th from 6:30—9:30 pm in the SPC Choir room.
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• If the above audition dates don’t work for you, please ask about alternative arrangements.
Feel free to share this announcement with anyone you think would be interested in joining us. We are looking forward to this new beginning for returning members and new singers. Please email your questions to email@example.com and we hope to see you on August 23rd at 7:00 PM!