About the North Georgia Children’s Chorus
WHAT WE DO
Below you will read the model for what we have done in past seasons, and what we plan to offer for the spring 2019 term and continue in the future for our singers 8-16. However, the Primary Choir is still on hiatus this term.
UPBEAT SINGERS (ages 8-12) and JUBILANT SONG (ages 12-16)
Music literacy, sightreading, vocal training, and basic musicianship/artistry are presented in a comprehensive program to singers ages 8-16. An eclectic mix of age-appropriate literature in unison, two, and three parts is selected for each program.
PRIMARY CHOIR (ages 6-8)
To build a strong foundation for music and future choral singing, children ages 6-8 receive training in First Steps in Music, a program providing instruction in singing, musicianship and movement. The older children in this group, who will be moving to Upbeat Singers, will receive additional vocal training.
We have performed regularly at Gloria Shott Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Georgia, Dahlonega campus, and at various locations in Dawsonville and the Gainesville area. The spring 2019 concert will be held at Dahlonega Presbyterian Church. Driving directions.
Rehearsals are held in downtown Dahlonega at Dahlonega Baptist Church on Mondays at 4:15 p.m., and end at 5:45 p.m. Driving directions.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
RUTH PURCELL, Founder and Director, earned a B.A. degree in music at George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Level 2 Orff-Schulwerk certification. She is a folksinger/songwriter, choral singer, freelance violist and fiddler, and a music educator for over thirty years. She received her teacher certification from NGCSU in 2003 while teaching general music and launching an after-school chorus at Westminster Christian School (now North Georgia Christian School) in Gainesville. After studying two summers with Dr. John Feierabend, she adopted the First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege programs into her preschool, primary grades, and elementary music classes.
A former director of two children’s choirs at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Mrs. Purcell maintains an active piano and strings studio. A current member of Chorus America, she is also a former member of the Choristers Guild, an organization dedicated to the support of leaders of children’s choirs in churches and schools. In July of 2012, she graduated from the Choristers Guild Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, a three-year certification program for directors of children’s choirs. She was a member of the Lanier Chamber Singers from 2009 – 2015, and has sung several seasons with the Dawson County Chorale, the UNG Singers and La Bella Voci. Mrs. Purcell is a certified substitute teacher for the Lumpkin County Schools, and an occasional accompanist for Mr. Tee Smith. She is also a fiddle instructor for the Georgia Pick and Bow School in Lumpkin County.
MEET OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
JULIA MORANG attended Dawson County for elementary through high school. In 2008, she was accepted into (then) Reinhardt College as a Music Education major, where she participated in many performances, and acquired many techniques for teaching students PK-12, graduating in 2012. She was hired as a substitute teacher for Dawson County in the Fall of 2012 and became a part-time music teacher for Black’s Mill Elementary School in the spring of 2013. In 2015, Mrs. Morang was promoted to a full time position at Black’s Mill Elementary School. She has produced Kindergarten musicals, 5th Grade musicals, and has started an after-school group, BMES Chorus Cubs. She has taken multiple 5th graders to Dawson County’s 5th grade Honor Chorus. Believing strongly in the importance of music in child development, she hopes to continue working in Music Education, preschool to 12th grade.
MEET OUR ACCOMPANISTS
GABRIELLE WILLET graduated in December, 2018 with a B.A. in music at the University of North Georgia under the instruction of her piano teacher, Dr. Joe Chapman. She will soon after start earning her Master’s in Music Therapy. Gabrielle also works as a CNA at Chelsey Park, and is active in the Dahlonega community. She is excited to continue to accompany the North Georgia Children’s Chorus while she decides on her next career move.
REBEKAH MILDENHALL received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from The University of Georgia. She enjoys directing the adult choir and playing piano at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Dahlonega. Rebekah has taught piano lessons in previous years, but currently works as full time faculty in the Nursing Department at University of North Georgia and part time at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in the Women’s and Children’s department. Music remains one of Rebekah’s favorite hobbies, and she is so excited to be accompanying the Northeast Georgia Children’s Chorus. Rebekah and her wonderful husband live in Dahlonega and have four beautiful children.