COMMUNITY OUTREACH & ENSEMBLES IN RESIDENCE

At Wesley, we are a proud supporter of music and the arts in our community. The Golden Isles Community Chorus and the Golden Isles Community MESSIAH Chorus both call Wesley home. Directed by our Director of Music, these choirs offer the opportunity for choral singers from throughout our community to lift their voices in song together. We also offer outreach to the Glynn Academy Band program and have volunteers who lead music in worship at Magnolia Manor on a monthly basis. Additionally, we support the mission and activities of the Golden Isles Community Band and the Coastal Brass Choir as they seek to build our community through music and education.

ENSEMBLES IN RESIDENCE

COMMUNITY MESSIAH CHORUS

Directed by Christopher Goodson
Accompanied by (position to be filled)
Communications: Debbie Vogel

(GoldenIslesCommunityChorus@gmail.com)

The Community MESSIAH Chorus is made up of choristers from all over the Golden Isles area. Of the over 100 members, most call St. Simons Island or Brunswick home, but many come from Jekyll Island, Jesup, Waverly, Conyers, Darien, and Kingsland. This group rehearses on Monday evenings in November from 6:30-8:30pm to present two concerts of the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah” on the first Saturday and Sunday in December.

We perform two concerts with the Magnolia String Quartet (Jacksonville, FL), organ, woodwinds, brass, and timpani. We always welcome new members. For more information, contact Christopher Goodson. Click here for a link to video of our 2013 concert. Click here for a link to excerpts from our 2015 concert.


GOLDEN ISLES COMMUNITY CHOIR (GICC)

Directed by Christopher Goodson
Accompanied by Faith Hamilton-Trent, interim
Communications: Debbie Vogel

(GoldenIslesCommunityChorus@gmail.com)

The mission of the Golden Isles Community Chorus is to spread the joy of choral music, encouraging and further developing choral singing in the Golden Isles by providing an opportunity for singers to join in a non-auditioned chorus to perform quality works from the choral and choral-orchestral literature. We present free concerts in an effort to enrich the cultural life of our community. Further, this group supports and works in harmony with other choral opportunities in our community, including the Golden Isles Community MESSIAH Chorus.

For more information, or to join, please contact the director, Christopher Goodson (chris@wesleyssi.org), or Debbie Vogel (GoldenIslesCommunityChorus@gmail.com).

Fall Concert: Rehearsals on Mondays (6:30-8:30pm) in September and October with a Sunday evening concert in late October or early November.

Spring Concert: Rehearsals on Mondays (6:30-8:30pm) in January, February, and March (depending on where Easter falls on the calendar) with a Sunday evening concert two Sundays before Easter.

In Fall 2016, we will present a Hymn Festival with the Golden Isles Community Chorus; Cameron Cody, organist; and the Coastal Brass Choir.

> Schedule of Rehearsals

Additional Oportunities

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WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT:

Golden Isles Community Band

The Golden Isles Community Band, a true community band made up of members from across the Golden Isles, including professional musicians, adult professionals, retirees, and gifted high school and even middle school students, rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm, in the band room at Brunswick High School. The rehearsal calendar runs October through November, and February through the end of May. The band regularly performs fall and spring concerts in the Brunswick High School Auditorium, as well as “Taps at Twilight” on Memorial Day at Pier Village on St. Simons Island. Alan Wendel is the lead director for the GICB. Christopher Goodson plays clarinet and serves as a conductor.

Coastal Brass Choir

The Coastal Brass Choir is a brass choir whose members come from the local community. This group specifically performs music written and arranged for brass choir. Recent concerts include Ritz Theatre; Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Darien; pre-concert music for Presidio Brass (part of Golden Isles Live concert series); concerts to support Oak Grove Cemetery; July 4 Concert at Mary Ross Waterfront Park; and July 4 Concert at St. Simons United Methodist Church; First Friday Concerts in Brunswick; and Christmas brass caroling at various locations, including the Fort Frederica National Monument.

In October 2016, the Coastal Brass Choir will collaborate with the Golden Isles Community Chorus to present a hymn festival. This group is open to collaborate with others in our community as we seek to present community concerts in the Golden Isles. Christopher Goodson serves as Music Director and Conductor for this group.