New South Festival Singers

Thirty-Fifth Concert Season, 2019-2020
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 
Ed Frazier Davis, Composer in Residence
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 rich history of artistic accomplishment including appearances at 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, and the Christmas Atlanta Festival. Additionally, The chorus has appeared on local radio and television throughout the south.The 40-voice chorale specializes in concerts of short-form a cappella classical works, spirituals and folk music from across the globe.

The ensemble took the name New South Festival Singers in 2017 with the appointment of Andrew Phillip Schmidt as the third Music Director & Conductor.

New South Festival Singers has continued the 30+ year legacy of performing at the world-renowned Piccolo-Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Recordings of the ensemble can be found under its previous names.

The Atlanta-based New South Festival Singers has performed a large body of choral/orchestral masterworks. Most recently as NSFS they have been joined by full orchestra and distinguished soloists presenting Requiem by Duruflé and by Faure, and Beethoven's Mass in C Major. In prior years the Festival Singers have performed Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Bach's St. John Passion, Magnificat, Mass in B minor, Christ lag in todesbanden, and Wachet auf, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri and Jesu, Meine Freude, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Ceremony of Carols and Festival Te Deum, Kodály's Laudes Organi, Stravinsky's Mass and Symphony of Psalms, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Solemn Vespers, Requiem, Regina Coeli, Missa Brevis in D, and Mass in C minor, and Mendelssohn: Elijah.

2018 Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine - YouTube
New South Festival Singers performs O Come, O Come Emmanuel - YouTube
New South Festival Singers performs CROSSING THE BAR - YouTube
J.S.Bach Mass in B Minor, Agnus Dei and Dona Nobis Pacem - YouTube
Skona Maj sung in Swedish at the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC - YouTube
Same Train, Spiritual arr. Shaw/Parker - YouTube
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.