GEORGIA BOY CHOIR STAFF
Artistic Director and Conductor, David R. White has been training boys and young men to sing for more than two decades. In 1994, he founded the Boy Choir of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1998 he became the Music Director of Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. White was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Boy Choir in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also served as conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Director of Music at the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville. There, he founded an annual Summer Music Camp for children and adults. Under his direction, choirs have participated in numerous festivals throughout the world including the Prague International Choral Festival, the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival, the Anchorage Choral Festival, the Cultural Olympiad in Greece, the Baltimore Boychoir Festival, the Southeast Festival of Song, and the Choral Olympics in Linz, Austria. His choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, England, China, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Estonia. He has been a conductor on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan as well as the Csehy Summer School of Music in Philadelphia.
In addition to conducting, Mr. White has been a featured soloist with numerous choral organizations and orchestras throughout the Southeast. He was a member of Robert Shaw’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus from 1987 – 1990. Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Georgia College and is active as a lecturer, adjudicator, and conductor for choral and vocal competitions, workshops, and festivals. He currently holds the position of Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Georgia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
Accompanist, Rosemary White has been performing as an accompanist and solo pianist for more than 20 years. She has appeared in concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Mrs. White has earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and has taught music and piano at various educational institutions in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. She was the pianist for Florida’s Singing Son’s Boychoir in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; prior to that she was accompanist for the Boy Choir of the Carolinas in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for various contests and festivals. She has been on the faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and the Csehy Summer School of Music in Philadelphia.
Rosemary and her husband, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Georgia Boy Choir, David R. White, have been married for 25 years and have three children.
Associate Conductor and Organist, Scott Hamilton Atchison currently serves as director of music and organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he administers a program including nine choirs. Under his leadership, the choirs have performed in some of the most venerable cathedrals and halls around the world.
In the United States, the Choir of Peachtree Road has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
The Peachtree Road Choir has toured internationally for many years. Notably, the choir has appeared at St. Paul’s and Wells Cathedral in the United Kingdom and Notre Dame, Chartres, and Reims Cathedral in France.
In 2002, Mr. Atchison began the design and installation of the 106-stop Mander Organ in the church’s new sanctuary. In November of that year, he was the featured soloist in the premiere of the Concerto for Organ, Orchestra and Chorus by renowned composer Stephen Paulus with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Robert Spano.
The music program at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church includes a full-scale concert series which draws music lovers from across the city. The series includes at least two major choral works each season with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Atchison’s schedule keeps him busy as an organ recitalist and choral clinician across the country.
Mr. Atchison received his training in organ performance and choral conducting from Furman University as well as Georgia State University where his teachers included Lindsay Smith and Robert L. Simpson. Professional memberships include the American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association, and the Royal School of Church Music.
Assistant Conductor, Duane White has been singing in Boy Choirs his whole life. He began singing for the Florida Singing Sons when he was 6 years old. When his family moved to Atlanta, he auditioned for the Atlanta Boy Choir and sang with them for 8 years. In 2010 Duane was a founding member of The Georgia Boy Choir with whom he is a chaperone and Deputy Liaison. Duane received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Covenant College. Duane has sung in notable performance venues from all around the world - including Carnegie Hall, The Musikverein, The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Paul’s Cathedral and La Sagrada Familia. He also was a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus for notable performances including Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.
In addition to his work as a vocalist, Duane has notable conducting and teaching experience. He has served as the music teacher for multiple private schools, teaching with an emphasis on practical choral experience based in musical excellence. He has also taught advanced courses including Music History and Conducting. He also served as the musical director for several scholastic theatrical programs. Duane is now teaching Music at Heritage Preparatory School in Atlanta, Ga.