New South Festival Singers

Thirty-Third Concert Season, 2017-2018
An Exciting New Era for Atlanta’s Beloved A Cappella Choir


”Sensuous tonal beauty….a level of balance, blend,  intonation and expressiveness that puts the average community chorus to shame…”  -  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

”…the South’s premier a cappella choir…exceptional tone and ferocious emotion…” -  The Charleston Post & Courier

“…inspiring and exhilarating.” -  The (New Orleans) - Times Picayune

Andrew Phillip Schmidt, Music Director & Conductor
Scott Smith, Choral Associate & Administrator
Wayne Burdette, Operations Manager
Ellen Hicks, Concert Manager

Founded in February 1985 by William Baker as Gwinnett Festival Singers, known from 1998-2015 as William Baker Festival Singers Atlanta, and from 2015-2017 as Lynn Swanson Festival Singers, the Choral Foundation’s oldest ensemble has a storied history of artistic accomplishment.  The 50-voice chorale specializes in concerts of short-form a cappella classical works, spirituals and folk music from across the globe.  

For the 2017-2018 33rd concert season the ensemble has become The New South Festival Singers and is based at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Midtown Atlanta.The Festival Singers has performed for regional conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, the American Guild of Organists, the DeKalb International Choral Festival, the Arts International Festival, the Christmas Atlanta Festival and, most notably, before capacity audiences at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival each year since 1989.  The Festival Singers have toured across the Southeastern United States and Great Britain.  The chorus has appeared on local radio and television in Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Charleston, Columbia, New Orleans and Kansas City.  The Festival Singers ensembles of the Choral Foundation have combined in the production of 23 nationally released recordings over the past 25 years.

The Atlanta-based Festival Singers has performed a large body of choral/orchestral masterworks, including Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Bach: St. John Passion, Magnificat, Mass in B minor, Christ lag in todesbanden, and Wachet auf, Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri and Jesu, Meine Freude, Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, Ceremony of Carols and Festival Te Deum, Kodaly: Laudes Organi, Stravinsky: Mass and Symphony of Psalms, Handel: Messiah, Mozart: Solemn Vespers, Requiem, Regina Coeli, Missa Brevis in D, and Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn: Elijah, and dozens more with full orchestra and distinguished soloists.

J.S.Bach Mass in B Minor, Agnus Dei and Dona Nobis Pacem - You Tube
Skona Maj sung in Swedish at the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC - You Tube
Same Train, Spiritual arr. Shaw/Parker - You Tube
2015 Esenwalds: O Salutaris HostiaYouTube
2015 American/Lane: Amazing GraceYouTube
2015 Spiritual/Hogan: Music Down in My Soul-   YouTube

Membership in the New South Festival Singers is by competitive audition.  Auditions are heard in August and January of each year, or as vacancies in the chorus occur.