Tag: emerging GA composers

Decisions by DCG president Mary Gowing
2016.02.19 22:02:10


Last night, a friend of mine, a former professional musician, said "A band is lucky if it can get even 20 friends to come out to a gig of theirs these days". This got me to thinking about the size of the audience of our DeKalb Choral Guild concert to be held on Saturday March 5th at 7:30pm at First Baptist Church in Avondale. As president of this community chorus, the coming concert and its potential audience are frequently on my mind.


Will people decide to come to a classical choral concert when a band can't get even friends to come to a gig? And with so many arts and entertainment options in one's own home via TV and internet and with so many across the metro area, how can a local choral organization (or a band) hope to compete? So to help with this question, I have created a rubric to aid with people decision making.


[I believe, the DeKalb Choral Guild's March 5th concert Georgia Connections is a great option for any one's evening out because all the questions below can be answered in the affirmative. How many of one's other choices can say that?!]


Deciding what to do tonight-a rubric

Is it conveniently located, easy to find and with ample (preferably free) parking?

Is the ticket price a good value for the evening's entertainment?

Will I have enough left over to pay for dinner?

Will I experience something new, something that challenges me, something that speaks to my intellect and emotions and my sense of community?

Will I be supporting people who create art for its own sake?

Will I be supporting the growth of an artist genre?

Can I be myself at the event, without feeling the need to pretend to be someone I am not?

Will there be a reception and opportunity to discuss the concert with others afterwards, including the artists?

Will there be snacks?


The "Georgia Connections" concert marks the 4th (biennial) Georgia Young Composers Festival and finale concert. It will showcase 5 student finalists, from high school through graduate school, and their choral compositions; plus the works of other established Georgia choral composers. The finalists will be questioned, judged and awarded prizes at the concert. Atlanta music radio icon John Lemley will emcee. Tickets (available online or at the door) are $5 for adults, student price is "Pay What You Can". A reception will follow the concert. The concert will be held at First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates at 47 Covington Highway Avondale Estates at 7:30pm Saturday March 5th, 2016. Ample free parking is available. For more information go to: www.dekalbchoralguild.org.


Hope to see you at our concert. ~Mary Gowing: DeKalb Choral Guild, president

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