Community Music Programs
Townsend School of Music invests in the lives of musicians, young and old, in our community through Community Arts Programs. This important outreach gives community musicians access to work and learn with professional faculty artists who lead these vocal music programs.
Choral Society of Middle Georgia
The Choral Society of Middle Georgia is a community organization of singer-musicians from the central Georgia area. Originally founded as the Macon Civic Chorale, the Choral Society has provided inspiring choral concerts since 1975. With three major concerts each year, the choir explores a wide range of choral styles but is dedicated to performing choral/orchestral works. Stanley L. Roberts, Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting, is the conductor and artistic director.
Mercer University Youth Choirs
Founded in September 2005, the Mercer University Youth Choir is a community arts initiative of Mercer University's Townsend School of Music. The Mercer University Youth Choirs involves 65 singers in four auditioned choirs. The Preparatory Choir (ages 8 - 10) is a training choir that performs a limited number of concerts in Middle Georgia. The aim of the Preparatory Choir is to help young singers develop healthy singing and performance skills in an enjoyable, yet structured environment. The Touring Choir (ages 10 - 18) is a performance choir that sings throughout Georgia and conducts an annual out-of-state concert tour. The singers learn to read music, to use proper vocal technique, to develop creativity, to form healthy relationships, and to share their artistic gifts with the community. Membership in the Exultemus and Cantiamo Choirs is determined by seniority and musical ability
Auditions for 2016-17 Academic Year
Auditions for the 2016 – 2017 academic year will be held on:
- Saturday, August 6, 10:00 – 12:00
- Sunday, August 7, 2:00 – 4:00
Alternate audition dates may be arranged with the Director. Please make every attempt to audition on either August 6th or 7th.
Auditions will be held in the McCorkle Music Building of the Townsend School of Music (1329 Adams Street) on the Mercer University Macon campus.
Each auditioning singer will be asked to sing scales and a simple song (for example, "Happy Birthday," "Amazing Grace," "America, the Beautiful," etc).
For more information, please call Dr. Richard Kosowski at (478) 301-4167.
Rehearsals are at the McCorkle Music Building every Thursday from 4:30 – 6 p.m. (5:45 p.m. for the Preparatory Choir).
Tuition - Tuition for the Touring Choir is $200 per semester. Tuition for the Preparatory Choir is $175 per semester. The MUYC is committed to music making for every child. Scholarship funds are limited and available on a need basis. Scholarship assistance forms will be available at the audition.
Uniform - Each participating singer is responsible for the purchase of uniform components (slacks, skirts, shirts, shoes, MUYC polo shirts, tour tee shirts, etc). Young men of the Touring Choir are provided with the official MUYC blazer and tie. Young men of the Touring Choir members will be assessed an additional $15 cleaning and maintenance fee at the beginning of the season.
For more information, please contact:
Richard Kosowski, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
Townsend School of Music