In a city known for creating music and musicians, it is fitting that Athens has a children’s chorus as vibrant as GCC. Typically, large children’s choir programs are located in major metropolitan areas, making GCC’s presence in Athens a valuable community asset.
An auditioned choir, GCC holds two performances annually — a winter and spring concert — in the UGA Performing Arts Center on campus. The choir participates in various community and University of Georgia events in venues including the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and others. Its relationship with UGA brings vibrance and energy to GCC. Singers rehearse in the School of Music, assisted by UGA music students. Performances are in the UGA Performing Arts Center. And in 2011, an ensemble from the choir was invited to be in the opera La Boheme, produced by UGA’s Department of Opera.
GCC is actually three choirs in one, including: the younger Intermezzo choir, the middle- and high-school-aged Concert Choir, and the Ensemble with the most vocally mature high school singers. Choir tours give GCC singers the opportunity to travel and perform out of state. In 2011, singers took part in the Queens City Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 2010, the Applachian Festival of Young Voicesin Charleston, West Virginia.Founded in 1997, the choir is led by artistic director and conductor Carol Reeves, known for her expertise in musical training for the developing voice. Principal accompanist Erica McClellan is a Peabody Conservatory-trained pianist. Running things behind the scenes is Sharon McKillip, a 30-year veteran of elementary music education. Children from 11 counties surounding the Athens, Georgia join GCC each year. Counties include: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Forsyth, Greene, Gwinnett, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, and Walton.