The music department usually conducts a major tour each year during the April break. The groups going from year to year will usually rotate between the major choral and instrumental organizations.
Camerata Singers (½ unit/semester)
Provides opportunities to develop performance skills and knowledge in ensemble singing. Limited to 16-20 performers and may include any style period. Covers performance and production, analysis and theoretical studies, historical and cultural influences, creative aspects of music and appreciation of music. Stresses balance of individual progress and group success. Because of the size and the touring involved, members are required to remain in the group the entire year. Uniform and tour fee are required. Private voice lessons may be required for those belonging to this organization. Students must pass an audition to be considered for this select ensemble. Also a current minimum GPA of 2.7 is required upon entrance, and must be maintained throughout the school year. Students must be enrolled in the GCA Chorale.
Concert Band (½ unit/semester)
Selected by audition, this organization provides opportunity for those interested in improving their skills on wind and percussion instruments to participate in performances for special occasions here on campus and on tours throughout the conference. The band serves both as a witnessing and a public relations organization for GCA. Because of the touring involved, members are expected to remain in the group for entire semester, and preferably the entire year. Uniforms are required, and a touring fee may be required. Private instrumental lessons are encouraged and may be required for some students.
GCA Chorale/Mixed Chorus (½ unit/semester)
Provides opportunities to develop performance skills and knowledge in mixed choral singing. Covers performance, production, and basic conducting. Stresses individual progress and group experiences. Performances on campus and within the Georgia-Cumberland Conference are included during the school year.
Praise Band (½ unit/semester)
This course is dedicated to developing young leaders for service in our church. Emphasis is placed on what it means to worship God with music, how to plan a church service, and how to lead the worship service. Students will also learn the technical aspects of the sound system, stage and house volume, and how to properly blend and balance music to be aesthetically pleasing, resulting in a heightened opportunity to worship God.
Private Lessons (¼ unit/semester)
Private instruction in keyboard, voice, string, and band instruments is available to the student desiring to either begin or improve skills on an instrument or voice. Lesson charges vary based on the instructor.
String Orchestra (½ unit/semester)
Selected by audition, this ensemble provides opportunities to develop performance skills in string ensemble repertoire. The String Orchestra serves both as a witnessing and as a public relations organization for GCA. Several performances and tours are scheduled each year. The group often goes on tours combined with another group, such as Cantabile Ringers. Students should plan to be in the group for the entire year, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and stay off critical academic probation. Uniforms are required and a touring fee may be required.