Established in 2009, the Georgia Boy Choir has quickly become recognized as one of the finest Choirs of its kind anywhere in the world. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor, David R. White, the Choir has traveled and concertized in China, England, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, and Finland delighting millions of listeners all within their first three seasons.
The Georgia Boy Choir operates on a five–tiered system of musical education for boys as young as five years old through high school.
A boy who becomes a member of the Georgia Boy Choir is in for one of the best experiences of his life. In addition to Establishing a Legacy of Musical Excellence, the Choir understands its responsibility in helping to mold boys into young men of admirable character, who will be leaders in their homes, their temples and churches, their schools, their communities, and in the world.
The Georgia Boy Choir bases its training on the four pillars of Excellence, Leadership, Character, and Tradition.
Excellence – The Georgia Boy Choir has set for itself the highest possible standard of musical excellence—striving to be among the finest Choirs in the world. All too often, young people are sadly held to a lower standard, a standard of mediocrity, and then told it is excellence.
Leadership – Achieving the standard of excellence that is required takes a considerable amount of self discipline. The boys in the Georgia Boy Choir have learned to master themselves in order to achieve their goal. Self discipline of this magnitude makes boys into young men who lead by example.
Character – It is one thing to be a leader, but all too often, a leader leads the wrong direction. His inner compass is not working correctly. We are working on building boys and young men with Character, with the ability to make right decisions even when there is pressure to do the wrong thing.
Tradition – We are building on a tradition of boys’ singing that is hundreds, even thousands of years old. But we are also establishing our own Tradition—A Legacy of Excellence that will serve the community of Atlanta and the state of Georgia proudly and well.
It is the rehearsal process and the performance and travel opportunities that provide the ideal vehicle for achieving our goals
Artistic Director and Conductor, David R. White has been training boys and young men to sing for more than two decades. In 1994, he founded the Boy Choir of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1998 he became the Music Director of Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. White was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Boy Choir in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also served as conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Director of Music at the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville. There, he founded an annual Summer Music Camp for children and adults. Under his direction, choirs have participated in numerous festivals throughout the world including the Prague International Choral Festival, the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival, the Anchorage Choral Festival, the Cultural Olympiad in Greece, the Baltimore Boychoir Festival, the Southeast Festival of Song, and the Choral Olympics in Linz, Austria. His choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic. He has been a conductor on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan as well as the Csehy Summer School of Music in Philadelphia.
In addition to conducting, Mr. White has been a featured soloist with numerous choral organizations and orchestras throughout the Southeast. He was a member of Robert Shaw’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus from 1987 – 1990. Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Georgia College and is active as a lecturer, adjudicator, and conductor for choral and vocal competitions, workshops, and festivals. He currently holds the position of Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Georgia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Accompanist, Rosemary White has been performing as an accompanist and solo pianist for more than 20 years. She has appeared in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Mrs. White has earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and has taught music and piano at various educational institutions in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. She was the pianist for Florida’s Singing Son’s Boychoir in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; prior to that she was accompanist for the Boy Choir of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for various contests and festivals. She has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and the Csehy Summer School of Music in Philadelphia.
Rosemary and her husband, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Georgia Boy Choir, David R. White, have been married for 21 years and have three children.
Associate Conductor and Organist, Scott Hamilton Atchison currently serves as director of music and organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he administers a program including nine choirs. Under his leadership, the choirs have performed in some of the most venerable cathedrals and halls around the world.
In the United States, the Choir of Peachtree Road has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
The Peachtree Road Choir has toured internationally for many years. Notably, the choir has appeared at St. Paul’s and Wells Cathedral in the United Kingdom and Notre Dame, Chartres, and Reims Cathedral in France.
In 2002, Mr. Atchison began the design and installation of the 106-stop Mander Organ in the church’s new sanctuary. In November of that year, he was the featured soloist in the premiere of the Concerto for Organ, Orchestra and Chorus by renowned composer Stephen Paulus with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Robert Spano.
The music program at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church includes a full-scale concert series which draws music lovers from across the city. The series includes at least two major choral works each season with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Atchison’s schedule keeps him busy as an organ recitalist and choral clinician across the country.
Mr. Atchison received his training in organ performance and choral conducting from Furman University as well as Georgia State University where his teachers included Lindsay Smith and Robert L. Simpson. Professional memberships include the American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association, and the Royal School of Church Music.