The Greenville Choral Society
Concert Choir
will present
Michael Haydn's "Requiem in C Minor" MH 155
Sunday April 30th
The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, NC

About Us

Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir to present 15th Annual Black Tie Gala Fund Raiser

Greenville, NC – This year’s Greenville Choral Society Gala, is entitled “La’mour: Songs of Love” and, as you may have guessed, features love songs. It is a great collection of well-set popular songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “My Funny Valentine,” and more. Joining the Concert Choir for the concert will be a jazz quartet from ECU. Please join us at The Holiday Inn on SW Greenville Boulevard, Saturday, February 18th, starting at 6:30 PM. For the GSC Concert Choir’s Spring Concert, the centerpiece will be Michael Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor. Despite being the younger brother to Franz Joseph, Michael was no less a composer. In fact, he composed as much, if not more, music for the church than his more famous brother. This is a very compelling work because many believe that it was the work that inspired Mozart to write a requiem of his own. The Spring Concert will also feature songs of prayer including Eliza Gilkyson’s “Requiem,” written in the wake of the tsunami that struck Asia in 2004 and Peteris Vasks’ lovely setting of a Mother Theresa text, “The Fruit of Silence.” Be sure to mark your calendar join The Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir for our Gala Fundraiser on February 18th and our Spring Concert Spring Concert Concert Choir and New Carolina Sinfonia The Memorial Baptist Church Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

  • The GCS Youth Ensembles

    The Youth Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce Ensembles are well into rehearsals for their spring season and upcoming Spring concert at The Memorial Baptist Church Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
    Both groups welcome the opportunity to audition new singers by appointment. If you know of a child who loves to sing in 4th-11th grade, please contact us at gcschildrenschorus@gmail.com or gcsyouthchorale@gmail.com. The Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale is open to 9th - 12th grade students (and middle school boys with changed voices) who love to sing in a choral ensemble. The GCS CHildren's Chorus is open to Children Grades 4th through 8th who love to sing in a Choral Setting. Placement if by audition. The Bella Voce Singers is comprised of students who love to sing in a choral setting but positions is this group are decided upon during the audition process. Criteria includes auction quality but also depends on the ensemble itself and the conductors needs for the ensemble at the present time. Rehearsals for the youth ensembles are Sunday afternoons at The Memorial Baptist Church from 2:30-4:00. The Bella Voce Singers rehearse from 4pm to 5pm. They perform one formal concert in December One Concert in the Spring and community events such as ECU athletic events and local churches. Please fill out this interest form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLmt2GabjTczic82Xo4HycRB8-FvN0q_8w6DBDGtSHYUBiMA/viewform

  • The GCS Concert Choir

    The Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir will perform at their annual Black Tie Gala "L'Amour: Songs of Love" on February 18th, 6:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn - Greenville, NC. The Concert is a sit down, dinner with performance, with entrees at 85.00. The program line-up features wonderfully diverse arrangements of popular love songs, and well as a silent auction. Although ticket sales are officially closed, you can contact us at info@greenvillechoralsociety.com to find out if last minute seating is possible. If you missed the opportunity to join us for this event, please fill out a contact form to stay aware of upcoming event and join us for our Spring Concerts.

  • Auditions and Information

    All GCS Ensembles are thrilled to welcome new members and supporters. Find out how YOU can be involved! For information, please call 252-565-2677 or subscribe here at #contact

  • Greenville Choral Society Program Ad Sponsorship

    The GCS Program Ad Sales are underway. To show your business's support or to send a supportive message to the group or to a member , please visit our GCS Shop at http://greenvillechoralsociety.com/shop/. The Greenville Choral Society is a registered nonprofit organization and appreciates your support!

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Our Focus

The mission of the Greenville Choral Society is to foster excellence in the art of choral singing and to provide music education, cultural enrichment and entertainment for its members and the community. Since its inception in 1969 as the Greenville Community Chorus, The Greenville Choral Society today has expanded in scope, encompassing as many as five choral ensembles. Although each has its own particular focus, all are dedicated to pursuing excellence in choral singing and providing music education and cultural enrichment for its members and the community at large. Our organization of more than 100 adults, youth and children gives talented singers the opportunity to collaborate and create meaningful musical art for the enjoyment of citizens in Pitt County and beyond.
GCS Concert Choir

The Concert Choir performs two to six concerts per season, often with the New Carolina Sinfonia, the Greenville Choral Society’s resident orchestra. The ensemble’s repertoire is drawn from a variety of works throughout the choral literature, from sacred to secular, but focuses on extended works and oratorios. Through the concert choir, adult singers refine their choral singing skills rooted in musical artistry.

GCS Youth Chorale

The Youth Chorale provides an opportunity for area youth in 9th through 12th grade to study and perform choral music literature not normally found in school or church. They are an auditioned mixed ensemble made up of area high school students that sings two formal concerts a year in conjunction with the Greenville Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce. There are opportunities to sing at area events, to make new friends, to interact with current Music Majors at ECU, and there’s even a scholarship opportunity for students that plan to major in Music in college!

GCS Childrens’ Chorus

The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide. The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide.

The Bella Voce Singers

The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide. The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide.

About Us

Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir to present 15th Annual Black Tie Gala Fund Raiser

Greenville, NC – This year’s Greenville Choral Society Gala, is entitled “La’mour: Songs of Love” and, as you may have guessed, features love songs. It is a great collection of well-set popular songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “My Funny Valentine,” and more. Joining the Concert Choir for the concert will be a jazz quartet from ECU. Please join us at The Holiday Inn on SW Greenville Boulevard, Saturday, February 18th, starting at 6:30 PM. For the GSC Concert Choir’s Spring Concert, the centerpiece will be Michael Haydn’s Requiem in C Minor. Despite being the younger brother to Franz Joseph, Michael was no less a composer. In fact, he composed as much, if not more, music for the church than his more famous brother. This is a very compelling work because many believe that it was the work that inspired Mozart to write a requiem of his own. The Spring Concert will also feature songs of prayer including Eliza Gilkyson’s “Requiem,” written in the wake of the tsunami that struck Asia in 2004 and Peteris Vasks’ lovely setting of a Mother Theresa text, “The Fruit of Silence.” Be sure to mark your calendar join The Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir for our Gala Fundraiser on February 18th and our Spring Concert Spring Concert Concert Choir and New Carolina Sinfonia The Memorial Baptist Church Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

  • The GCS Youth Ensembles

    The Youth Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce Ensembles are well into rehearsals for their spring season and upcoming Spring concert at The Memorial Baptist Church Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
    Both groups welcome the opportunity to audition new singers by appointment. If you know of a child who loves to sing in 4th-11th grade, please contact us at gcschildrenschorus@gmail.com or gcsyouthchorale@gmail.com. The Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale is open to 9th - 12th grade students (and middle school boys with changed voices) who love to sing in a choral ensemble. The GCS CHildren's Chorus is open to Children Grades 4th through 8th who love to sing in a Choral Setting. Placement if by audition. The Bella Voce Singers is comprised of students who love to sing in a choral setting but positions is this group are decided upon during the audition process. Criteria includes auction quality but also depends on the ensemble itself and the conductors needs for the ensemble at the present time. Rehearsals for the youth ensembles are Sunday afternoons at The Memorial Baptist Church from 2:30-4:00. The Bella Voce Singers rehearse from 4pm to 5pm. They perform one formal concert in December One Concert in the Spring and community events such as ECU athletic events and local churches. Please fill out this interest form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLmt2GabjTczic82Xo4HycRB8-FvN0q_8w6DBDGtSHYUBiMA/viewform

  • The GCS Concert Choir

    The Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir will perform at their annual Black Tie Gala "L'Amour: Songs of Love" on February 18th, 6:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn - Greenville, NC. The Concert is a sit down, dinner with performance, with entrees at 85.00. The program line-up features wonderfully diverse arrangements of popular love songs, and well as a silent auction. Although ticket sales are officially closed, you can contact us at info@greenvillechoralsociety.com to find out if last minute seating is possible. If you missed the opportunity to join us for this event, please fill out a contact form to stay aware of upcoming event and join us for our Spring Concerts.

  • Auditions and Information

    All GCS Ensembles are thrilled to welcome new members and supporters. Find out how YOU can be involved! For information, please call 252-565-2677 or subscribe here at #contact

  • Greenville Choral Society Program Ad Sponsorship

    The GCS Program Ad Sales are underway. To show your business's support or to send a supportive message to the group or to a member , please visit our GCS Shop at http://greenvillechoralsociety.com/shop/. The Greenville Choral Society is a registered nonprofit organization and appreciates your support!

Our Leadership

Dr. James Franklin, DMA
Dr. James Franklin, DMA
Conductor – Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir
James Franklin directs the East Carolina University choral program where he conducts the internationally renowned ECU Chamber Singers, directs the Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate conducting, and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. Prior to his appointment at ECU, he served as the Director of Choral Studies at Sam Houston State University, conducting the SHSU Chorale and Symphonic Choir, directing the graduate choral conducting program, and teaching undergraduate conducting. Recent honors include invitations to perform at the SW-ACDA Convention, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and Duke Chapel in Durham, NC. Franklin’s ensembles have been invited to collaborate with such notable groups as the Bach Society Houston, Rice University Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Houston Masterworks Chorus, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Franklin’s scholarly work has been recognized with invitations to lecture on the topics of intonation, musicianship, and leadership in the choral rehearsal at the TMEA Conference (2015), TCDA Conference (2015), and SW-ACDA Conference (2014). In addition to his duties at ECU, Franklin remains active as a singer. He has performed with many professional choirs including South Dakota Chorale, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Bach Society, Houston Bach Society, Fuma Sacra of New Jersey, and Texas Choral Artists. Recent recording projects include CDs with South Dakota Chorale (2014 & 2011) and the Houston Bach Society (2010). With a consistent commitment to learning, Franklin continues to pursue educational opportunities, especially those in Europe. He has participated in the Eric Ericson Master Class in Haarlem, The Netherlands; the Choral Conducting Master Class at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary; the Eric Ericson Master Class in Lund, Sweden; and the International Master Class with the Stuttgart Kammerchor in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. Conducting teachers included Eric Ericson, Frieder Bernius, Andrew Parrot, Peter Erdei, Stephen Cleobury, and Jos van Veldhoven. He served as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Brazos Valley Chorale, based in Bryan-College Station, TX, and served as the Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Texas, based in Fort Worth. Prior to his conducting at the collegiate level, he taught public high school and middle school choir. Additionally, he has been active as a church musician, holding multiple jobs as Director of Music at various churches. An active member of ACDA, IFCM, TMEA and TCDA, he has often served as a clinician and adjudicator. He received his BME, vocal emphasis, from Baylor University, his MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and his DMA degree from the University of North Texas.
Joanna Lampros Johnson
Joanna Lampros Johnson
President – Greenville Choral Society; Website Administrator
Catherine Garner, DMA
Catherine Garner, DMA
Accompanist – Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir
BM from LSU. She is the founder of Music on a WIM, a monthly concert series dedicated to the performance of music by women composers. She has also been a participant in master classes with Marilyn Home, William Bolcom, Richard Hundley, Jànos Starker, and John Wustman among others. For three years prior to starting her Doctoral program, she was the faculty pianist at East Carolina University. Dr. Garner rejoined the East Carolina faculty after completing her studies from the Eastman School, where she held a teaching assistantship for the undergraduate accompanying classes, and assistantships in studio accompanying and opera coaching. She resides in Greenville, North Carolina with her family
Paul Flowers
Paul Flowers
Conductor – Greenville Choral Society Childen’s Chorus; Director – GCS Bella Voce Singers
Mr. Flowers is the choral music teacher at Hope Middle School in Greenville. He was selected the Hope Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008. Currently Mr. Flowers is in his seventeenth season as director of the Greenville Choral Society Children’s Chorus and is founding director of the GCS Bella Voce Singers. He is frequently an invited clinician, conductor and adjudicator for various choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout North Carolina.
Luke Hancock
Luke Hancock
Conductor – Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale
Luke Hancock is the Choral Director at Beddingfield High School for the Beddingfield High School Mixed Chorus and Vocal Ensemble. Under his direction, Beddingfield has consistently received Superior ratings at state and regional festivals and competitions. Mr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University where he studied Voice with Mr. John Kramar and Conducting with Dr. Daniel Bara. He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, a Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and a member of the ECU Chamber Singers, Choral Scholars, University Chorale, and the ECU Marching Pirates. . He is now in his third year as the Director of the Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale.
Bill Hodges
Bill Hodges
Treasurer – Greenville Choral Society
Paula Mitra
Paula Mitra
General Manager; Past-President – Greenville Choral Society
Paula graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Education and a BA in Music (vocal emphasis) from Centenary College in Louisiana. She had a well-rounded musical experience in college, travelling with the Centenary College Choir to Europe three times and performing in musicals and operas. She has a background in classroom and music teaching in Louisiana, Texas and New York. Paula currently combines her love for music and education by offering Kindermusik classes in both the studio and child care center settings in Greenville, NC via Her program Preludes for Life, LLC. She loves sharing musical introductions (preludes) with the youngest members of our community. She truly believes she is making the world a better place by offering music to young children to help stimulate their growing brains. Paula has lived in the Greenville, NC area for nine years. Her husband, Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, is a professor at ECU and the director of the Coastal Resource Management graduate program who enjoys playing the guitar. She also has three young boys who are all budding musicians.

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