Georgia College Choral Ensembles

Open to students, faculty, and staff

Please see below to find out more information about our choral ensembles. The schedule for this year is below. Students may register for the unauditioned ensembles; faculty and staff should email me if they would like to participate. Either way, if you have any questions, please email me at jennifer.flory@gcsu.edu.

2018-19 Events

Fall 2018

8/20-22 Auditions for MNS and TCM

9/14 MNS Retreat

9/15 UC/WE Retreat

9/17 MNS sing for Constitution Day Concert

9/28 High School Choral Day (MNS)

10/20 FallFest (MNS/TCM)

10/26 On Writing Monks and the Mandala Dress Rehearsal

10/27 On Writing Monks and the Mandala Concert

11/27 Department Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal #1

11/28 Department Holiday Concert Dress Rehearsal #2

11/30 Department Holiday Concert

12/16-19 MNS 2018 Tour

Spring 2019

1/23-25 GMEA All-College Chorus

2/7 Terry Endowed Concert Series Dress Rehearsal

2/8 Terry Endowed Concert Series Concert

2/11 Journeys and Pathways Concert (MNS)

3/12 Heartfelt Harmonies (MNS)

3/29 Sleepers Awake Dress Rehearsal

3/30 Sleepers Awake Concert

4/13 Music at the Mansion (MNS/TCM)

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Max Noah Singers (MNS)

MNS is a choral organization made up of select singers with an emphasis on the study and performance of a variety of literature from madrigals and motets to the avant garde. MNS is open by audition to all members of the university community. MNS has performed a number of premieres of commissioned works by such composers as Carrie Magin and David Hamilton. In addition to participating in the mostly classically based concerts with UC and WE, MNS also presents concerts with popular solo and ensemble music in a themed atmosphere, such as the Heartfelt Harmonies.


Auditions are August 21-23 and you may get more information and sign up for a time here. Past MNS members should audition on Monday to leave later times for new auditionees. MNS takes a performance, recruiting, and outreach tour each year. MNS will do an in-state tour this December. MNS had its Carnegie Hall debut in May 2018 and toured Budapest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria, in May 2016. Other past destinations include Nashville, TN; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Orlando, FL (Walt Disney World); Washington, D.C.; and New York City. MNS rehearses three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-12:50 p.m., in Porter 304.

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The Cat's Meow (TCM)

The Cat's Meow is Georgia College’s newest choral organization made up of 12 to 16 select singers focusing on the study and performance of popular contemporary music in the collegiate a cappella style. TCM performs music similar to the groups featured on NBC's The Sing-Off or the movie Pitch Perfect. The group is open by audition to all members of the university community. The Cat's Meow performs for a variety of organizations and events throughout the year including some GC Choral Ensembles concerts and Max Noah Singers' Tour and Valentine's Day Rendezvous. TCM performed as an exhibition group at the National A Cappella Convention in April 2017.


If you have any questions about The Cat's Meow, would like to audition, or book a performance, please contact Stephen Hutchings at sghutchings@gmail.com.

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University Chorus (UC)

UC is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles and is open to all members of the university community. Students who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills. In the past ten years, UC has performed a number of choral masterworks with instrumental ensembles and professional vocal soloists. These works include Vivaldi's Gloria, Mendelssohn's Hymne, and Corigliano’s Fern Hill. UC will perform Orff's Carmina Burana this fall with two pianos and percussion. UC rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Porter 304.
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Women's Ensemble (WE)

WE, open to all members of the university community who sing in the treble range, is a non-auditioned choral organization focusing on the study and performance of music of all periods and styles specifically for treble voices. All treble singers who enjoy singing are encouraged to join regardless of major or music-reading skills. WE was reconstituted in 2006 and since then has performed a variety of works for treble voices including five world premieres: two by Emma Lou Diemer, two by David Hamilton, and one by David Johnson. WE also does local outreach performances for schools, daycare centers, and the VA hospital. WE rehearses twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m., in Porter 304. If you have any questions about WE, feel free to email Dana.Gorzelany@gcsu.edu.
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Dr. Jennifer Morgan Flory

Dr. Jennifer Flory has been Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College in Milledgeville since August 2005. She serves as Professor of Music, conducts the University Chorus and the auditioned Max Noah Singers, and teaches choral and vocal music education and conducting courses. Flory made her Carnegie Hall debut with two world premieres in May 2018. She is also busy as guest conductor for events such as the GMEA 2018 Elementary School Glynn County Honor Chorus in January 2018, the Denison University (OH) Chamber Singers in November 2016, the GMEA District 11 Women’s Honor Choir in February 2015, the Newton County (GA) Fifth Grade Honors Choir in March 2012, and the GMEA District 11 High School Mixed Honor Choir in January 2008. Flory also serves as an adjudicator for GMEA LGPE, GMEA Solo & Ensemble, and GHSA Literary. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano soloist. Since August 2006, Flory has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.


In April 2018, Flory was awarded the Council of Public Liberal Arts College's Charles Dunn Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose commitment to student success goes "above and beyond" the classroom and office, the traditional roles of teacher, academic advisor, and mentor. Flory was also selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2014 Summer Symposium Program after a highly competitive application and selection process. In spring 2014, Flory was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Flory holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education Degrees from Otterbein College (now University); and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.


Flory has commissioned a number of new choral works from composers such as Emma Lou Diemer, David Hamilton, and Carrie Magin, and premiered them with Georgia College ensembles. Flory’s most recent articles are about the music of prolific New Zealand composer, David Hamilton, and are featured in the Research Memorandum Series, a Journal of The American Choral Foundation, published by Chorus America. Flory was also compiler for the Spring 2008 and 2009 issues of RMS; the first article details the choral-orchestral music and the latter article indexes the choral music of Emma Lou Diemer. Flory has presented technology sessions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association and other sessions for GMEA on topics such as sight-reading, choral concert programming, contemporary a cappella singing, and contemporary commercial music voice pedagogy.