About Garden Choir
We are an adult, non-auditioned chorus of people in Central Florida who love to sing and are passionate about making exciting, beautiful music together.
The Garden Choir is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit choir meeting once a week from August through May. We welcome new members throughout the Central Florida community.
The group's purpose is "Building Community Through Song." The choir has been an astounding success in their first several years, giving a number of enthusiastically received community performances.
The choir performs music of all styles, including classic, patriotic, jazz, folk, spirituals and Broadway. The choir was founded under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Redding, internationally known conductor.
We rehearse Monday evenings at the West Orange High School choir room from 7-9pm (except in the Summer).
Performances vary, but typically include December and May concerts for the community.
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Dr. Jeffery Redding
Dr. Jeffery Redding is Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Florida. Under his leadership, West Orange choirs have performed at state, regional, and national conventions.
Nationally, Dr. Redding has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir and the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, as well as many All-State and Honor choirs throughout the country. He served as guest conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s 2005 spring broadcast. In 2008, he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut; in 2009, his Kennedy Center conducting debut; and in 2010, his Orchestra Hall conducting debut. He was a member of the famed Moses Hogan Singers. Dr. Redding has been honored as West Orange High School’s Teacher of the Year 2003, Outstanding Contributor of the Community by the city of Winter Garden, and Teacher of the Year by Ocoee Wal-Mart.
Dr. Redding is a member of ACDA, FMEA, FVA, and Chorus America. In the Florida Vocal Association, he served as District 8 Chairperson. In the American Choral Directors’ Association, he served as State Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic Music and Multicultural Affairs as well as co-chair of the Florida ACDA Mixed Honor Choir.
Dr. Redding holds an M.M.E. from Florida State University and a B.S. in music education from Florida A&M University, and most recently completed a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting, Music Education from The Florida State University.
Don Sowers has taught choral music in Missouri and Florida. He taught music in Missouri for 27 years and served as chancel choir director at several churches. Mr. Sowers has several published compositions and five of these have been used for sight-reading at Missouri’s District Music Contests.
In 1996, Mr. Sowers was one of 24 teachers selected by the Missouri Department of Education as a STARR Teacher (Select Teachers as Regional Resources). During that year he presented numerous workshops to school districts on the latest teaching techniques and Missouri’s new educational initiatives. Mr. Sowers holds a Bachelor and Master of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University.
George Atwell spent over 20 years in the recording industry as writer/arranger, producer, and keyboard artist, working with Atlantic Records, Michael Jackson, Petra, Greg X. Volz, Walt Disney World, and many others. George Atwell currently serves as Director of Music, Orlando Presbyterian Church; Organist at First United Methodist Church, Winter Park, Florida and Adjunct Professor of Organ at Rollins College, Florida.
In January, 2000 he conducted the world premier of “Mass for a New Millennium” a composition unique for it’s blending of traditional Mass elements with references to science, technology, and the future. In 2007, this work received its New York premier at Carnegie Hall.
A special "thank you" to our generous supporters.
For more information on becoming a supporter of the choir, please contact us at email@example.com. Your tax-deductible donation will help our choir continue to represent the West Orange community with pride!