Gwinnett Young Singers
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Under the direction of Founder, Conductor & Music Director, Lynn Urda, and Associate Director Carol Wyatt, the choir is a nationally recognized children’s chorus, well-known for its mastery of challenging repertoire and exceptionally high musical standard.
The faculty and staff of Gwinnett Young Singers are dedicated to professionalism in Music Education and strive to share the power and beauty of a wide variety of choral music. The most unique characteristic of the chorus is its pure and resonant vocal tone which continues to captivate audiences and gain spirited ovations.
In recognition of this exquisite sound and disciplined musicianship, the chorus has received numerous invitations to perform at both the national and international level.
In the fall of 2007 the Gwinnett Young Singers organization merged with the Atlanta Youth Choir. AYC’s Conductor & Music Director, Phillip Shoultz now serves on the Gwinnett Young Singers’ staff as Director of Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble and Director of Voice Education. The choir won a Grammy Award for their performance in the highly acclaimed Telarc CD recording of John Adams’ On The Transmigration Of Souls with the ASO & Chorus.
In 2004 they were nomined for a Grammy Award for their performance in the internationally acclaimed Telarc recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the ASO and Chorus.
After performing two seasons of Christmas With Robert Shaw in 1996 & 1997, the singers have performed for an additional eleven annual holiday seasons in Christmas With the ASO.
The Young Singers are also featured on the Telarc recording of Puccini’s La Boheme with the ASO and Chorus. On January 27, 2011 the GYS Chamber Choir (a mixed, SATB ensemble) will perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) conference in Savannah, Georgia.
The Young Singers have performed for thousands of Music Educators at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conferences in South Carolina and Tennessee in 1998 and 2004, and a 2009 performance at the GMEA conference in Savannah, Georgia.
The Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble, under the direction of Phillip Shoultz, has gained accolades from Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Music Director of the American Boychoir who states, “I am so very impressed with your new young men’s ensemble. In such a short time they have become an excellent choir!” GYME is in demand throughout the state, delighting audiences with their talents and charm!
The Gwinnett Young Singers program offers age-appropriate choirs for children in grades two through twelve for both changed and unchanged voices.
The Gwinnett Young Singers is governed by a parent Board of Advisors and is organized as a non-profit, educational organization.
Membership is based on vocal ability, motivation, commitment, and enthusiasm. Parents are expected to support their youth’s commitment to the choir.
(Conductor & Music Director)
Lynn Urda founded the Gwinnett Young Singers organization in 1990. Under her leadership and direction, the group has grown from one choir of thirty-four children to an organization of five choirs representing seven counties throughout the metro Atlanta area.
She continues to serve as full-time Conductor and Music Director of the Gwinnett Young Singers and maintains an active schedule as a guest clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for All-State and Honors Choirs, choral festivals, and workshops for youth and their conductors. Her career in music began when she was seventeen years old, directing children’s choirs in her hometown church of Bartow, Florida. She has continuously distinguished herself for her unique ways of achieving excellence in choral blend, intonation, and sensitive singing.
Mrs. Urda holds a degree in Music Education and Voice from Florida State University School of Music. She has been a Music Specialist in the Georgia and Massachusetts public schools and has spent most of her professional life serving as a church musician, directing children, youth, and adult choirs.
She holds membership in Chorister’s Guild, The National Association for Music Education (MENC), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), for which she has previously served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs for the Georgia division of ACDA.
She currently serves as Director of Youth & Children’s Choirs at Tucker United Methodist Church.
(Director of Voice Education & Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble)
G. Phillip Shoultz, III, is an accomplished conductor, educator, vocalist, and speaker. He is widely known for his creative rehearsal methodology and ability to inspire singers of all ages and abilities. In 2007 he established the Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble, dedicated to the development and singing in adolescent and teenage males.
Mr. Shoultz is a three-time public school Teacher of the Year, two-time ACDA National Student Conducting Competition Semi-Finalist, and has studied music at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, receiving degrees Magna Cum Laude with High Honors. Additionally, he has pursued post-graduate studies through the Choral Music Experience Institute and the Voice Care Network, where he now serves as a Mentoring Program.
Mr. Shoultz frequently appears as a guest clinician for a variety of All-State and Honor Choirs, summer camps, and conferences throughout the country. He adjudicates solo and choral festivals and serves as guest voice educator to many schools, churches, and community organizations. Mr. Shoultz currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He is also the Director and Conductor of the Gwinnett Choral Guild, an adult community chorus.