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Southern Crescent Chorale

“O Be Joyful!” Southern Crescent Chorale At Spivey Hall


Mar 5, 2023


About the Concert

Janice Folsom, artistic director

Whether performing major choral works and opera excerpts or spirituals and Broadway favorites, the Southern Crescent Chorale, conducted with passion and and finesse by Janice Folsom, delights audiences with its highquality music-making in the superb acoustics of Spivey Hall.


About the Chorale

Southern Crescent Chorale

Now in its twentieth season, the Southern Crescent Chorale has established a reputation for excellence and achievement in the south metro Atlanta area arts community.  An auditioned community chorus, the Chorale’s mission is to enrich its communities and provide talented and interested singers an opportunity to perform a variety of challenging choral literature with high performance standards.  Chorale members hail from six different metro Atlanta counties and dedicate many hours to making music. The group has performed before thousands of people at venues throughout the Atlanta area and Europe. 

The Chorale is a versatile group who performs a variety of choral literature each season.   Repertoire includes master works, opera, spirituals, pop, and Broadway tunes.  The Chorale is also pleased to present a concert each season to benefit children’s organizations in our community.  The group has been featured on Georgia Public Radio (WABE 90.1) on many occasions. 

Bringing quality choral music to the south side of Atlanta is our goal.  Many patrons comment on the affordability and convenience of our concerts.

For more information about the Chorale please visit our website at www.southerncrescentchorale.org.


Janice Folsom, Artistic Director and Conductor

Southern Crescent Chorale

Janice Folsom is the founder and Artistic Director of the Southern Crescent Chorale.   Under her leadership, the Chorale has thrived and has brought outstanding music to the Southern Crescent community.  The Chorale has performed at many venues throughout the area including Spivey Hall and the Southern Ground Amphitheater.

Ms. Folsom is a 34 year teaching veteran who retired from public school teaching in 2006. She served as choral director at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, GA for 29 years. Her choral groups performed at Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences as well as many special events such as Atlanta’s “Lighting of Rich’s Great Tree”.  The Select Chorus also toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe.   

During her tenure in Fayette County, Ms. Folsom served as Music Contact Person for Fayette County Schools and served as the Fine Arts Department Chair at Fayette County High School.  Ms. Folsom was one of three finalists for the 1999 Georgia Teacher Hall of Fame sponsored by Georgia Association of Educators and WTBS television. She has conducted the Georgia All-State Senior High Women’s Chorus and has also conducted honor choruses and workshops throughout the state. She serves as a Head Adjudicator for GMEA Performance Evaluations throughout the state.  In November 2003, Ms. Folsom was named a National Board Certified Teacher.  

A native Georgian, Ms. Folsom has sung in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw and performed with the Fayette Community Theatre.  She has served on the Spivey Hall Education Committee since 1994.  She is active in the Georgia Music Educators Association and served as State Choral Chair from 1989 to 1991.  She is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Delta Omicron and Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Fraternities.  Ms. Folsom holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Samford University where she performed with the famous A Cappella Choir and the Master of Music Education Degree from Louisiana State University.

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