The Choral Society of West Georgia (CSWG) was founded by artistic director, Elizabeth Biggs, in 2005 in order to offer a community choir setting for singers of all ages, skill sets, and musical tastes. The Choral Society is currently a 501-C 3 tax-exempt organization with an active board of directors with members representing both the choir and community.
The organization is comprised of two performing choral ensembles: The LaGrange Civic Chorale (SATB) and Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble.
Rehearsals were initially held in the First Baptist Church Choir room. The sold out concert debut at First Presbyterian Church was performed in December 2005. Since then, the CSWG has continued to play an active and vibrant musical role within the West Georgia/East Alabama areas.
The choirs have twice performed with the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra as their featured musical guests.
Members have further performed in New York City’s Lincoln Center in 2015, under the direction of Dr. Rene Clausen. In the summer of 2016, members collaboratively performed in both Belfast, N.I. and Dublin, RI, under the direction of Dr. Janet Galvan. In March 2017, CSWG members will again journey to New York City where they will collaboratively perform the Faure Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
The CSWG seeks to offer unique, eclectic, and innovative programming with a commitment to choral excellence in repertoire, guest musicians, rehearsal, and performance. The consistent incorporation of community and area musicians/artists, outstanding religious, civic, academic, and military leaders continues to play an important role in the organization’s outreach mission throughout the entire concert season.
The organization has continually grown in both personnel and choral members and recently celebrated ten years of community choral concert performances. Rehearsals are currently held in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in order to fully accommodate the current roster of choral members.
The West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2016 was developed and underwritten by the CSWG in order to further facilitate its commitment to showcase the wide variety of community choral arts organizations in a concert festival setting. Working closely with the LaGrange College Music Department, the festival took place in February 2016, featuring six area choirs with ages ranging from eight to eighty. The free concert debuted with an audience of over five hundred. The finale collaborative performance, under the direction of Dr. Beth Everett, featured over two hundred fifty singers on the Callaway Auditorium stage. Plans are already confirmed for the upcoming West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2017 to be held on Saturday March 11, 2017 at LaGrange College.
The CSWG continues to evolve, develop, and present a wide variety of community choral offerings.
The longevity and success of the organization are due to the continuing commitment of of its members – their time, talents, friendship and belief that choral art can impact and change lives for the better.