Sono Laus Voices United in Song a "Rousing" Success
The second annual SONO LAUS Voices United in Song Invitational Choral Festival was held over the weekend of April 17-18 and culminated in a beautiful performance of Requiem by Gabriel Fauré.
This year’s festival featured singers from 12 different churches and community choirs in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area who joined together for a full day of rehearsal and fellowship Saturday, April 17.
As festival founder and artistic director, I was pleased with the number of guests who were welcomed into the Druid Hills community for the first time. It was a pleasure for me to conduct this willing group of singers who started the weekend as strangers an ended it as a community bound together by our experiences through the music. The choir and professional orchestra was made up of over 50 performers who are not members of the DHPC community. Many of them do not have a regular Sunday morning home. You never know what seeds are planted through our hospitality and interaction with our guests.
The festival participants shared their excitement about the event and many offered written thank you notes, including Whit Matteson who said, “I just wanted to tell you again how much I appreciate that you thought to invite me to participate. The event accomplished exactly what it was advertised as: a chance for serious amateur singers to gather and sing some great music with a great group of orchestral players, with a minimum time commitment. I don’t get the chance to do that sort of thing very often, and even though my voice doesn’t last as long as it used to, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to sing. I also noticed that the logistics were nicely done, with the details in yesterday’s email, plus the lunch on Saturday, etc. Everything flowed very nicely… I was impressed.”