Formed in 1990, the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt, musical performing arts and educational organization serving the Anderson, SC community and the surrounding area. With a mission to provide high quality cultural experiences that enrich the quality of life in the Anderson area, GAMAC is a unique blend of music professionals and local volunteers who strive to bring a vital artistic awareness and service to the community. Consisting of six constituent ensembles, GAMAC presents three annual concert series: Masterworks, Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Series.
Governed by a Board of Directors, GAMAC relies on annual funding from individuals, corporations, local businesses and ticket sales to fund its operating expenses. Additional funding from private foundations, local and state grants also fund a portion of expenses.
GAMAC is an organization committed to the very best in community musical performing arts and education. From the professional artist and the talented avocational artist, to the gifted and talented youth of our area, GAMAC seeks to develop their talent and showcase them for the public. GAMAC’s concert series provides high quality cultural experiences for the community and a forum for excellence for our performers, enriching the quality of life in the Anderson area.
Since 1991, the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Inc. (GAMAC) has been dedicated to providing opportunities to enjoy, explore and create beautiful music in the Anderson, SC area!
Our roots stretch back to September 1921 when the Anderson Music Club was organized at Bleckley Place, the home of Mrs. Fred Maxwell just one year after the founding of the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. From that time forward, the Anderson Music Club worked to promote the musical arts in our community. The club played a pivotal role in music education, providing scholarships for young musicians to attend music camps at Brevard Music Center and Furman University. Additional work by the club included sponsorship of local pianists and concerts at the Anderson Recreation Center. Forming the Anderson Civic Chorale in 1970, the AMC provided operating support to the flourishing ensemble.
In the early 1990’s, interested citizens began to plan for the expansion of the musical arts in the Anderson area. The vision of forming one organization as an “umbrella” for several musical groups was born! The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium was incorporated on April 9, 1991. Under the new organization, the Anderson Civic Chorale became the GAMAC Chorale. In the first year of incorporation under the organization expanded to form a professional Chamber Orchestra and Boys Choir.
Today GAMAC is a thriving collaboration of 5 ensembles comprised of volunteer, professional and aspiring student vocalists and instrumentalists. The GAMAC Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Children’s Chorus, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and The Electric City Big Band perform throughout the year as part of GAMAC’s concert series and outreach initiatives serving over 8,000 music lovers of all ages annually.