Welcome to The William Baker Festival Singers! Our growth in recent years has been stunning and dramatic. It all began on February 26, 1985 when some twenty singers gathered in the basement of a suburban Atlanta church to form the original Festival Singers. Now, there are three Festival Singers choirs that include the Kansas City and Atlanta ensembles of the William Baker Festival Singers, and the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers under the direction of Lynn Swanson.
Our first summer ensemble, the Summer Singers of Atlanta, was created in 1990. To celebrate their twentieth summer of singing in 2009, they joined with distinguished soloists and symphony orchestra to perform Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 in D minor. The Summer Singers of Kansas City followed in 1999, and the Cobb Summer Singers was created in 2006.
The William Baker Choral Foundation is committed to serving children and youth with opportunities for meaningful choral participation. The Northside Young Singers, now including a Training Choir for grades 2-3 and a Concert Choir for grades 4-8, and a Youth Chorale for grades 9-12, was created by Lynn Swanson in 2008. In 2011 and 2012, The Northside Young Singers performed a large and enthusiastic audience at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
In addition to our performing ensembles, the Choral Foundation offers printed music through Amber Waves Music Publishing, a creative company that supports emerging composers, authors and arrangers. Our Student Intern and Choral Scholars program has opened the door to continuing education and apprenticeship to over two dozen young men and women pursuing a career in choral leadership. Graduates of our student programs now lead excellent choirs from California to Georgia.
In the 28 years of Festival Singers tradition, and in the 23 years since the Choral Foundation itself was created, our thousands of singers have given hundreds of concerts and offered dozens of recordings, broadcasts and tours. It has been and it remains our vision to enrich lives and change destinies with every note of music that we offer.
It is my hope that the music of the Choral Foundation will be a blessing to you. As new dreams come true for our musical family each and every day, it will be our purpose to grow in service to our communities and to music lovers just like you.