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LFPR - January 29, 2020 - 0 comments

SAVANNAH, GA – January 29, 2020 – For the seventh consecutive year, Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts will host the annual Savannah Sings Invitational Choir Festival. Next month, the school’s choral directors, John Tisbert and Mandy Madson, will welcome young vocal artists from around the southeastern region, with a special featured appearance by the Festival Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Wingate University’s Dr. Kenney Potter.

The celebration of song will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, which is on Garrison’s campus.

The Invitational Choir Festival is a two-part event featuring a concert program by some of the area’s top school and community youth choirs as well as a showcase of the Festival Men’s Chorus, led by guest conductor Potter, who is the director of choral activities at Wingate University and serves as the artistic director of the Charlotte Master Chorale. At Wingate, Potter oversees a program that is recognized for its artistic excellence. His choirs have received wide-spread acclaim including winning the Grand Prix for best choir in the Pärnu International Choral Festival in Pärnu, Estonia. Potter has conducted state-wide festival choirs for NAfME and ACDA in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia as well as in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa. His compositions are published by Hinshaw Music, Choristers Guild, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Potter is the founder and editor of Wingate University Music Press, which publishes Folk Songs of South Africa, a series of pedagogical resources that he co-authored with Dalene Hoogenhout, conductor of the Wits Choir of Johannesburg.

The Festival Men’s Chorus consists of top middle and high school vocal arts students from Savannah and surrounding areas who are nominated by their teachers for participation in the group. Students rehearse on their own and then come together for two days of rehearsals and the culminating performance.

Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Darren Dailey, is this year’s youth choir in residence and will be featured at Savannah Sings 2020. Spotlight performances will be presented by Garrison Voices, Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah Children’s Choir, Savannah Philharmonic Chorus, Coastal Middle School, Southeast Bulloch High School and Richmond Hill High School.

“We’re thrilled to welcome so many renowned musical organizations from around the region to Garrison for Savannah Sings 2020. Having the Festival Men’s Chorus and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus join the festivities is incredible, and I believe our audiences are in for a real treat,” Tisbert said. “It’s so important that these flourishing young artists have the chance to perform in front of enthusiastic audiences while learning from and listening to members of other choirs. We invite our community members to join us in supporting our students while we enjoy a fantastic show.”

Anyone interested in checking out Savannah Sings 2020 is encouraged to buy tickets soon as this popular yearly performance tends to be well-attended. To purchase tickets online or for more information, please visit Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18. Tickets will also be available at the door.


For media inquiries, please contact Hollie Barnidge at or 912-272-8651 or the team at 912-417-LFPR (5377).