The 2019 West Georgia Choral Arts Festival filled the Callaway Auditorium at LaGrange College last Saturday, March 9th. It was standing room only inside the auditorium, and parking may have required additional walk time if you didn’t arrive early for the event.
The festival is in its fourth year of providing excellence in community choral music and is underwritten by the Choral Society of West Georgia as part of their community outreach commitment.
The festival is co-partnered with the LaGrange College Music Department and is held on the campus of LaGrange College. The 2019 festival was awarded grants from both the Georgia Council of the Arts and theLaGrange City Council.
LaGrange native Dr. Oliver N. Greene, Jr. was the guest director this year. Dr. Greene is on the music faculty of Georgia State University and holds degrees in vocal performance, church music, and choral directing. He is a graduate of LaGrange High School and the son of Oliver and Annie Greene.
This year the festival hosted 265 singers ranging from age 8 to 80 – a youth choir, middle school choir, high school and two collegiate choirs performed – the festival also hosted an adult men’s choir and the Choral Society of West Georgia which is a mixed choir of both men and women.
This year’s festival featured the Christian Fellowship Baptist Church from Atlanta, Atlanta 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 Son’s of Lafayette Male Choir and the Choral Society of West Georgia.
People from all around came to hear the melodious sounds that were on display. It was quite obvious that not only were there some amazing talent within the groups; there was also the love of music in air.
What a masterful performance, every year the festival just gets better and better. We are already looking forward to what they are going to give us next year.
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