GAMAC Chorale Holds Auditions for New Singers

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The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chorale under the direction of Dr. Don R. Campbell will hold auditions for new members on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17, 2019 beginning at 4:00pm.  Auditions will be held in the choir room at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1809 North Main Street, Anderson, SC—directly across from Ingles Supermarket. Signs will direct you to the choir room. Singers should come with their voices warmed up. All materials will be provided.  Auditions are by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147.

            The Chorale will perform three times this year as part of GAMAC’s 29th annual Masterworks Series.  Performances will include an opening performance celebrating Dr. Campbell’s 10th season as conductor titled With One A-Chord as well as GAMAC’s annual Christmas concert featuring favorite carols performed with the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra.  The final concert of the season titled Countdown to 50 will celebrate the Chorale’s 49 year history. Additional activities will include a Messiah Sing-Along, Christmas caroling in downtown Anderson in early December and social gatherings.  Rehearsals will be held on Monday nights from August through April. 

            Renamed the GAMAC Chorale in 1990, the ensemble began in 1970 as the Anderson Civic Chorale.  The ensemble continues to be a civic ensemble comprised of talented singers from all areas of the Upstate, South Carolina and neighboring Georgia. The mission of the group is to provide singers and audiences the opportunity to experience quality choral music performances of all genres and styles.  Dr. Don R. Campbell, who serves as Director of Choral Music Activities at Southern Wesleyan University, was named conductor of the Chorale in 2010. 

            GAMAC Chorale auditions and membership are open to all talented adult singers regardless of race, religion, gender, or orientation.  New members will find a diverse and welcoming community of singers dedicated to great music with a big dash of fun!  The GAMAC Chorale is funded in part by generous contributions from individuals and businesses in addition to funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.




GAMAC Chorale Jazzes Up Concert Season

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The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Inc. (GAMAC) Chorale will open the 28th annual Masterworks Series with All That Jazz on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Boulevard Baptist Church at 7:30pm.  Directed by Dr. Don Campbell, the evening will feature the GAMAC Chorale with vocalist Hale Baskin and pianist Colin Campbell performing jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and more.  The GAMAC Children’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Bob Heritage will also be featured. 

            Singer Hale Baskin has gained recognition as a rising star on the jazz scene with her clear voice and sure sense of swing.  A three-time winner of Down Beat Magazine’s Award for Student Jazz Performance, she has performed with such notables as Arturo Sandoval, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Mike Vax Big Band.  The San Francisco native is currently pursuing a Jazz Performance degree at the University of North Texas. 

            Pianist Colin Campbell studied Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas where he toured the US and UK as a member of the university’s premier One O’Clock Lab Band.  He is a featured performer and writer on the band’s album titled Lab’11.  Mr. Campbell is an active performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area working with blues, gospel, soul, neo-soul, pop and jazz ensembles throughout Texas.  He is often seen playing a Hammond B3 organ for Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

            Ms. Baskin and Mr. Campbell will perform Bye Bye Blackbird, Can’t Help Loving That Man, and Orange Colored Sky among others.  Additional highlights of the evening will include performances of such standards as Fever, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Mood Indigo by the GAMAC Chorale with Hale Baskin as soloist.  The GAMAC Children’s Choir will perform Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies and an arrangement of Natalie Sleeth’s Jazz Gloria.

            Tickets to All That Jazz are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children.  Visit  or call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147 to purchase tickets in advance.  Tickets will also be available for sale at the door beginning at 6:30pm on November 1.  Patrons who bring a program book or ticket stub from The Market Theatre’s Addams Family will receive $5 off the ticket price.  All That Jazz is made possible with generous sponsorship support from Piedmont Automotive.


GAMAC Receives Grants from Community Philanthropists



GAMAC was honored to receive two generous operating support grants from local philanthropists at a special event hosted by the Foothills Community Foundation on October 25, 2017.  Grants from Jeff and Danielle Roberts' Sol Flowers sunflower sale and the Louise Weston & Robert M. Rainey Donor Advised Fund were given in support of GAMAC's mission to entertain, educate, and enrich the quality of life in the Anderson area with high quality music education and performance opportunities.  GAMAC board president, Diane Lee, executive director, Dana Gencarelli, and operations director, Stephanie Clark, and board member Julie Miller were in attendance.  The event was sponsored by Countybank and Lilia Day Spa.  

The Foothills Community Foundation is an independent public charity that stewards philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to community based organizations.  For information, please visit