The GAMAC Children’s Chorus under the director of Dr. Bob Heritage will hold auditions for new singers throughout August and September by appointment. Auditions are open to boys and girls in grades 3-8 with older children considered on a case by case basis. Those wishing to audition will be asked to perform My Country Tis of Thee or a similar piece of their own choosing to demonstrate vocal range and tone.
Formed in 2013, the mission of the GAMAC Children’s Chorus is to teach musically talented kids to achieve high artistic and personal standards through choral performance. Weekly rehearsals focus on professional vocal instruction and reading music while fostering friendship, confidence, character and teamwork. The ensemble performs 3 times annually as part of GAMAC’s concert series and is often invited to perform for special events such as “Anderson Night” at the Greenville Drive baseball game, community Christmas celebrations, and more. The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from September to April. A modest tuition fee of $450 per year, which breaks down to $15 per week for 30 weeks, is charged to cover the cost of professional vocal instruction, music, and uniform maintenance. Scholarship assistance and payment plans are available.
Dr. Bob Heritage, conductor of the Children’s Chorus, holds a doctorate in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. As a music educator, he has served as a choral director and vocal instructor for public school and college students of all ages in addition to maintaining an active private vocal instruction studio. He sang for three years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. He is the Director of Music at St. John’s United Methodist Church in downtown Anderson.
Parents and guardians wishing to schedule an audition appointment are asked to call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. The GAMAC Children’s Chorus is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts. .