Cobb Summer Singers
Our 12th Summer of Singing
Music of the African-American Tradition
Spirituals - Jazz - Gospel - Works of African-American Composers
The Choral Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Norma Raybon as Music Director & Conductor of the Cobb Summer Singers. Plans for our 2020, 14th summer of singing will be announced before the end of 2019.
Norma Raybon, DMA, Music Director & Conducto
Ivy Belk Pirl, Accompanist
Having participated in the 2005 season of Atlanta's original summer choir, The Summer Singers of Atlanta, Lynn Swanson created the Cobb Summer Singers on the same model for the summer of 2006. The Marietta-based chorus was an immediately success as it performed a wide variety of sacred classics and spirituals, along with secular folk music. After the 2008 season, Cobb Summer Singers became an ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation. Gala performances in the chorus' first decade included Mozart: Solemn Vespers & Missa Brevis in D, Schubert: Mass in G, Mendelssohn: Elijah, and Handel: Dettingen Te Deum, Coronation Anthems & Israel in Egypt, among a host of other choral-orchestral masterworks.
In 2017, the Cobb Summer Singers, known for one year as The Baroque Summer Institute, presented a well-received program of Bach cantatas, including BWV 4 "Christ lag in todesbanden" and BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme." Lynn Swanson relocated from the Atlanta area following the 2017 performance.
For 2019, the Cobb Summer Singers returned to its original format and to its historic home in downtown Marietta. Dr. Norma Raybon, legendary conductor of the famous Spelman Glee Club in the 1990s, served as guest conductor and led an innovative and thrilling celebration of music from the African-American tradition. Because of the overwhelming response to her leadership and the outstanding performance, Dr. Raybon was appointed as the second Music Director & Conductor of the Cobb Summer Singers in September 2019.
Planning is underway for the 2020 Cobb Summer Singers. Rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings in downtown Marietta, beginning in June.
Registration opens March 1. As always, no audition is required for membership. All singers, 16 & over, are invited to participate.
Cobb Summer Singers performs:
2017 Cobb Summer Singers (as BSI) performs Bach: WACHET AUF - https://youtu.be/QyIrqFgcWZk
2016 Cobb Summer Singers performs Mendelssohn: ELIJAH - https://youtu.be/8y4sdhlTeG8
2015 Cobb Summer Singers performs Handel: ISRAEL IN EGYPT - https://youtu.be/rDbkJ1lD6u4