It’s a very busy and exciting time for the AGMC. In preparation for our performances at The Cathedral next month, we are also planning a simultaneous CD release, both entitled And on Earth, Peace. What’s more, we’ve just launched a project that’s been several years in the making.
An ongoing goal of the AGMC has been to create a women’s chorus that operates under the umbrella of the AGMC. While this exciting addition to the chorus family will be developed by a new director, it will be overseen by our current staff and board, which will provide structure, administrative and marketing support for the burgeoning ensemble.
We feel it’s important to begin small. By not over-committing, we will also allow the ensemble to build from the ground up. To ensure this, we have adopted a model that several other men’s choruses have used to develop a stand-alone sister chorus.
The title of our current effort is the AGMC Women’s Chorus Project, which will give its premiere performance with a set of pieces at our spring show. While finding the right person to spearhead this effort has taken some time, I believe the wait has paid off.
Meet Dr. Melissa Arasi, the candidate selected following our search for a conductor of the project. Melissa has already hit the ground running with the audition process, and she plans to begin rehearsals in January. Look for audition information on our website!
I believe Melissa’s strength and experience will bring this group to fruition and that a soon-to-be-named women’s chorus — comprised of women from the LGBT community as well as allies — will become part Atlanta’s thriving arts community. It is also the next logical step for our organization’s commitment to diversity, and I can think of nothing better than that.
Our holiday CD has also been several years in the making: four to be exact. “And on Earth, Peace” features 15 pieces drawn from our live performances at The Cathedral: All Spruced Up (2008), December Detours (2009), Holiday Lights (2010), and Bells in Boyland (2011). Several tracks, including “Deck the Hall,” “Over the River” and the ceremonial “Personent Hodie” will be performed again in our Dec. 7-8 performances, enabling our audience to take home a little of the music.
Even more exciting is the chorus’ debut on iTunes. MP3s will available for purchase there or on our website’s multimedia page. Don’t forget that a CD like this makes great stocking stuffer to open up and play as you celebrate!
It’s great to be involved with the AGMC at this particular time, not only because of the music, but also because support for the chorus continues to build. Our corporate sponsorships are up and our donor base is expanding. We have a very motivated Board of Directors with new members and a synergy that I find invigorating.
Thank you for your continued support of the AGMC, and don’t forget to reserve your tickets now for And on Earth, Peace. We promise to, once again, deliver big at The Cathedral of St. Philip with performances that we hope will be a highlight of your holiday season!