The Cherokee Chorale is committed to the development of music in our community. In addition to our 3 main concerts each season, we also reach out to local schools and organizations for special performances, to assist in the development of local choral groups, and to encourage young students in their vocal performance education.
Select the links below for more details about our involvement in local community groups, and about our scholarship program with Reinhardt College.
The Chorale is vitally involved in community life in Cherokee County and North Georgia. In addition to the three regular concerts each year, the group performs annually at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery and has been included in Martin Luther King Day and Canton's Veterans Day celebrations. In the past the Chorale performed at the 125th anniversary celebration and dedication of the new city hall in Ball Ground, at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center with the Tara Winds, as well as the Bruton Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. We have performed on numerous occasions at Riverfest and the Biltmore Estates "Candlelight Christmas." In 2008 the Chorale co-sponsored a free concert by the Korean Children's Choir.
The Chorale invites local school choirs and independant groups to perform at many of its concerts. Recent concert guests have included:
The Creekview High School Chorus, conducted by Susan Wallace
The Sequoyah High School Chorus, conducted by Josh Markham
The East Cobb New Horizons Wind Ensemble, conducted by George Broom (Spring 2012)
The Cherokee High School Chamber Singers, conducted by Brad Ellis
The Teasley Middle School Choir, coducted by Fred Forsh
The Greater Atlanta Girls Choir, directed by Jenny Piancente
Woodstock Middle School Choir, conducted by Justin Norton
The Chorale is please to be Partners in Education with the Cherokee County Board of Education. By partnering with the local Board of Education, the Chorale is able to assist and strengthen middle and high school choirs, often by offering opportunities to perform with the Chorale. The group has provided funding to middle and high schools to assist with attendance at District and State Choral Clinics. Currently the Chorale offers stipends to all the county's six high schools and seven middle school choral programs (alternating years), the funds being made available to promote excellence in those programs.
Each year, the Chorale offers a scholarship to selected Cherokee County School District students who seek to further their education in Vocal Performance or Vocal Education. The scholarship, offered in the memory of Judye MacMillan, one of the Cherokee Chorale Founders and long-time conductors, is offered to a newly-matriculating first-year student to Reinhardt College that has indicated an intention to pursue their continued education in vocal performance or related field.