September 18, 2013 — The voices in support of freedom…of equality for all…come in many forms. Now, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus — one of the first and finest such choruses in the world — launches its 33rd season by sponsoring the inaugural season of its new sister chorus, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus. The choruses are also announcing the launch of the annual AGMC fall fundraising campaign, $33k in 33 Days, which will now support both organizations and will hopefully well-exceed that goal.
Conducted by noted singer, director and music instructor Melissa T. Arasi, PhD, supervisor of performing arts including general/choral music, theatre and dance for the Cobb County School District, the AWC began as the “Atlanta Women’s Project” last January to assess interest.
“We were frankly overwhelmed,” Dr. Arasi said. “We began rehearsals in January with 36 hard-working, talented women of all orientations, who quickly came together as a cohesive performing group to contribute three numbers to the AGMC’s sold-out No Rest for the Wicked show at the 14th Street Playhouse. The quality of their work — and the response from our audiences and the welcome from the members of the AGMC — was all simply exceptional.”
The creation of the Atlanta Women’s Chorus fulfills a commitment the AGMC made to the former Atlanta Feminist Women’s Chorus when the AFWC needed to disband a few years ago. “In assuming some of their remaining assets, including music and risers, we committed to creating a women’s ensemble when we were in a position to do so,” said Ann Pinyan, AGMC current board member and past chair who held leadership and singing positions with the AWFC. “This was a commitment the entire AGMC took very seriously, and we are proud to now be in the position to officially launch the AWC.”
As Dr. Arasi noted, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus is open to women of all sexual orientations, and has a good mix across its membership. “The women who sang this spring really bonded and, with others who have auditioned and joined this fall, are anxious to get started on our first of many seasons.”
Initial auditions for the fall cycle have already been held, but interested women can contact Dr. Arasi at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for membership in the second concert of the season; auditions will be held in January. The AWC rehearses Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. NE in Midtown Atlanta.
The two choruses are now under a joint administrative banner, titled Voices of Note, Inc. With “changing hearts and minds through music” as its vision, through the AGMC and AWC the organization is committed to presenting entertaining and thought-provoking performances that appeal to a diverse audience and promote equality for all people.
In its role, the Atlanta Women’s Chorus aspires to be recognized as a choral ensemble that is dedicated to musical excellence and contributing to the community in a positive manner through entertainment and the support of women and women’s causes. Through this commitment, its membership and leadership will be united in a mission to embrace diversity, empower women and, through its music, seek to inspire the soul, touch the heart, and positively impact the lives of its audience.
The AWC will present two concerts as part of the combined AFW/AGMC 2013-14 season, titled “Seasons of Family”:
The choruses have now begun the AGMC’s annual fall fundraising campaign, $33k for 33 Days, seeking to raise at least $33,000 to support the costs associated with the startup of every season, let alone one with a second chorus and two additional concerts.
“This campaign — and our donor program in general — sustains us and helps us grow and thrive so we can accomplish things such as formation of the AWC,” said Crystal Anderson, executive director. “We cherish our donors and season ticket holders, offer them various perqs throughout the year, and make them truly feel a part of our family.”
Donations can be made securely through the AGMC Voices of Note website, or sent to the choruses’ office at 781 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308-1205. Call Anderson at (404) 320-1030 for more details.
Season tickets and sponsorship packages for each choruses and the combined season are now available at agmchorus.org. Sponsor packages include a number of special features, from premium seating to special receptions and more.
Through the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and the Atlanta Women’s Chorus, Voices of Note, Inc., presents entertaining and thought-provoking performances that appeal to a diverse audience and promote equality for all people.
The AGMC was established in 1981 and is today one of the world’s longest-running all-male choruses. The chorus was proud to support the formation of the Atlanta Women’s Chorus in early 2013.
Both choruses are members of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, and the AGMC is a member of Chorus America, an over 2,000-member non-profit organization that foster the chorus music experience in the U.S.
The AGMC is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. The AGMC’s 33rd season is produced by Atlanta Magazine and Smirnoff Vodka; presenting sponsors are Macy’s and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP); principal sponsors, Ameriprise Financial, Brandon D Hunt Design, Dan Lax Media, Peachtree Battle Chiropractic and St. Mark United Methodist Church[MM1] ; sustaining sponsors, Administrivia, Briza, Nead Werx, 866 Rooftop and Radial Café; and media sponsors The Georgia Voice and Project Q Atlanta.
A complete listing of financial supporters — and how you can support the mission of the two choruses — can be found on agmchorus.org. For more information, see the website or call the office at (404) 320-1030.