Savannah Youth Sings: Savannah’s Invitational Youth Choir Festival

Posted on April 8, 2014 by

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April 14: Savannah Country Day School and the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts present Savannah Youths Sing: Savannah’s Invitational Youth Choir Festival. The public is welcome, with a suggested donation of $5 per person with a maximum donation of $20 per family. Proceeds will benefit Sponsors of New and Talented Artists (SONATA). 7 p.m. at the Lucas Theater.

The Invitational Youth Choir Festival is a two-part event featuring a concert program by some of the area’s top school and community youth choirs, as well as a showcase of the Festival Men’s Chorus under the direction of Artist in Residence, Darren Dailey.

The Festival Men’s Chorus consists of top male vocal music students in grades 7 – 12 who were nominated by their teachers for participation in the group, and who will rehearse together the weekend prior to the concert under the direction of the Artist in Residence.

Darren Dailey, artistic and executive director of the Jacksonville Children’s Choir, is celebrating his eighth season in Jacksonville. Under his artistic leadership the Chorus has grown to serve over 450 children annually with five core performance choirs, multiple satellite rehearsal locations, and outreach throughout the region. A nationally-recognized clinician and conductor, Mr. Dailey has served as guest conductor in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and was also the founding artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. Mr. Dailey has produced three recordings: “Come and Rejoice” (Cantate), “Sing!” (Boston Children’s Chorus) and “Voices for Voices” (Jacksonville Children’s Chorus). He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in Voice from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music Education in Choral Conducting from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music.

“This has been an exciting collaboration between Garrison and Savannah Country Day,” comments festival organizer John Tisbert, chorus director at the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring in Artist in Residence Darren Dailey to work with the Festival Men’s’ Chorus, and also look forward to performances by Garrison Arts Chorus, Georgia Southern University Chorale, Islands High School Mixed Choir, Johnson High School, Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah Children’s Choir, Savannah Country Day School Concert Choir, Statesboro Youth Chorale and Windsor Forest High School,” he continued.

Savannah Youth Sings was made possible in part through a generous grant from the Savannah Friends of Music.

For more information, please contact John Tisbert at the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts at (912) 660-4918, or Maaja Roos, (912) 925-8800 at Savannah Country Day School.