Don Suther, President David Gaisser, Vice-President Andy Olivenbaum, Treasurer
Lenny Terry,Recording Secretary Aima Whitbeck, Corresponding Secretary
Wilcley Lima,Planning Director Carol Wilson,Fundraising Director
Mike Healy, Marketing Director Catie Springer, Membership Director
Underwriting a concert season's production costs requires funding from many sources. Members' dues alone don't cover rehearsal expenses. Concert program advertising and corporate sponsors help close the gap and grant funding has helped in advertising our concerts. To pay for soloists and orchestral accompaniment requires generous contributions from you, our friends in the community. If you can help, click on Support GCC and send a donation.
The Gainesville Civic Chorus began its existence under the direction of Elwood Keister in 1976 as the Bicentennial Choir, and played a major role in the community's celebration of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. So gratifying were its musical efforts and so congenial were its activities that its members re-formed as the Gainesville Civic Chorus the following year. The permanent name selection deliberately underscores the Chorus' commitment to the cultural enrichment of the Gainesville community, a commitment which was quickly recognized. In 1978, the Chorus received the Gainesville Cultural Commission's award as the community's "best organization involved in the performing arts." It has also gained recognition by both the City Commission and the Alachua County Commission as the community's official chorus. Among the sixty members are retired citizens, business persons, university professors, professional musicians and others from many walks of life.
The Gainesville Civic Chorus presents three major concerts each season. In addition, the Chorus hosts an annual Messiah Sing-A-Long, performs at the Festival of Lights at the Downtown Plaza and participates in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences annual Baccalaureate service. Over the last ten years, the Chorus has joined the Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus in singing many of the great choral masterpieces including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Haydn's The Creation and The Seasons, and Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. In April 1997, the Chorus again joined the Jacksonville Symphony for Beethoven's Nineth Symphony as the opening performance of the Jacoby Symphony Hall. In November 1993, the Gainesville Civic Chorus was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall to perform John Rutter's Requiem with Rutter conducting.
In 1993, in an effort to serve a greater portion of the community, the Gainesville Civic Choristers was created from within the Chorus itself. The Chorister name was changed to the Chamber Singers in 2014. The Chamber Singers perform in more intimate venues such as retirement homes and local churches.
The Gainesville Civic Chamber Singers, a subset of the GCC Master Chorale, was formed in 1993 to reach additional audiences in our community. A group of 16 - 20 singers, the acappella Chamber Singers are able to perform at any locale including outdoor festivals, holiday parties, civic group meetings, churches and retirement communities. Under the leadership of GCC's Assistant Director, the Chamber Singers perform quality choral music including 16th and 17th century madrigals, folk song arrangements, patriotic songs, and popular and Broadway song arrangements. All members of the Gainesville Chamber Singers are volunteers. They rehearse on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., immediately before the GCC Master Chorale's regular rehearsal.
The Master Chorale is the major choral group that functions under the auspices of the Gainesville Civic Chorus. Numbering sixty members or more, the Master Chorale presents an annual series of three concerts - fall, winter, and spring. In addition, the Master Chorale periodically collaborates with other performing organizations, such as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, performing some of the world's most renowned masterworks.