New South Festival Singers
Thirty-Fourth Concert Season, 2018-2019
An Exciting New Era for Atlanta’s Beloved A Cappella Choir
”Sensuous tonal beauty….a level of balance, blend, intonation and expressiveness that puts the average community chorus to shame…” - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
”…the South’s premier a cappella choir…exceptional tone and ferocious emotion…” - The Charleston Post & Courier
“…inspiring and exhilarating.” - The (New Orleans) - Times Picayune
Founded in February 1985 by William Baker as Gwinnett Festival Singers, known from 1998-2015 as William Baker Festival Singers Atlanta, and from 2015-2017 as Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, the Choral Foundation’s oldest ensemble has a storied history of artistic accomplishment. The 40-voice chorale specializes in concerts of short-form a cappella classical works, spirituals and folk music from across the globe.
The Festival Singers took the name New South Festival Singers in 2017 with the appointment of Andrew Phillip Schmidt as the third Music Director & Conductor.
The Festival Singers has performed for regional conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, the American Guild of Organists, the DeKalb International Choral Festival, the Arts International Festival, the Christmas Atlanta Festival and, most notably, before capacity audiences at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival each year since 1989. The Festival Singers has toured across the Southeastern United States and Great Britain. The chorus has appeared on local radio and television in Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Charleston, Columbia, New Orleans and Kansas City. The Festival Singers ensembles of the Choral Foundation have combined in the production of over 25 nationally released recordings over the past 30 years.
The Atlanta-based Festival Singers has performed a large body of choral/orchestral masterworks, including Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Bach: St. John Passion, Magnificat, Mass in B minor, Christ lag in todesbanden, and Wachet auf, Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri and Jesu, Meine Freude, Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Ceremony of Carols and Festival Te Deum, Kodaly: Laudes Organi, Stravinsky: Mass and Symphony of Psalms, Handel: Messiah, Mozart: Solemn Vespers, Requiem, Regina Coeli, Missa Brevis in D, and Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn: Elijah, Durufle: Requiem and dozens more with full orchestra and distinguished soloists.
2018 Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine - YouTube
New South Festival Singers performs O Come, O Come Emmanuel - YouTube
New South Festival Singers performs CROSSING THE BAR - YouTube
J.S.Bach Mass in B Minor, Agnus Dei and Dona Nobis Pacem - YouTube
Skona Maj sung in Swedish at the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC - YouTube
Same Train, Spiritual arr. Shaw/Parker - YouTube
2015 Esenwalds: O Salutaris Hostia - YouTube
2015 American/Lane: Amazing Grace- YouTube
2015 Spiritual/Hogan: Music Down in My Soul- YouTube
Membership in the New South Festival Singers is by competitive audition. Auditions are heard in August and January of each year, or as vacancies in the chorus occur.