The Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir will host Auditions at Peace Presbyterian Church Saturday August 27th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Sunday August 28th, 3:00 to 6:00 PM. The GCS Youth Chorale, Children's Chorus & Bella Voce will hold Auditions September 11th from 2p-5p and September 12th from 5p-8p at The Memorial Baptist Church.

Our Focus

The mission of the Greenville Choral Society is to foster excellence in the art of choral singing and to provide music education, cultural enrichment and entertainment for its members and the community. Since its inception in 1969 as the Greenville Community Chorus, The Greenville Choral Society today has expanded in scope, encompassing as many as five choral ensembles. Although each has its own particular focus, all are dedicated to pursuing excellence in choral singing and providing music education and cultural enrichment for its members and the community at large. Our organization of more than 100 adults, youth and children gives talented singers the opportunity to collaborate and create meaningful musical art for the enjoyment of citizens in Pitt County and beyond.
GCS Concert Choir

The Concert Choir performs two to six concerts per season, often with the New Carolina Sinfonia, the Greenville Choral Society’s resident orchestra. The ensemble’s repertoire is drawn from a variety of works throughout the choral literature, from sacred to secular, but focuses on extended works and oratorios. Through the concert choir, adult singers refine their choral singing skills rooted in musical artistry.

GCS Youth Chorale

The Youth Chorale provides an opportunity for area youth in 9th through 12th grade to study and perform choral music literature not normally found in school or church. They are an auditioned mixed ensemble made up of area high school students that sings two formal concerts a year in conjunction with the Greenville Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce. There are opportunities to sing at area events, to make new friends, to interact with current Music Majors at ECU, and there’s even a scholarship opportunity for students that plan to major in Music in college!

GCS Childrens’ Chorus

The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide. The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide.

The Bella Voce Singers

The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide. The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide.

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Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities at ECU will conduct the Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir beginning with the fall semester.

The Greenville Choral Society will begin its 47th season with Dr. James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities at ECU will conduct the Concert Choir beginning with the fall semester. Auditions are scheduled at Peace Presbyterian Church Saturday August 27th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Sunday August 28th, 3:00 to 6:00 PM. New prospective members are to be scheduled at 10-minute intervals as usual and work in returning members as time allows. Please email info@greenvillechoralsociety.com to put yourself on the list. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday August 30 at 7:00 PM at Peace Presbyterian Church. We are looking forward to a great season!

  • The GCS Youth Ensembles

    The Youth Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce Ensemble
    Fall 2016 Auditions
    The GCS Youth Chorale, Children's Chorus & Bella Voce will hold Auditions September 11th from 2p-5p and September 12th from 5p-8p at The Memorial Baptist
    email info@greenvillechoralsociety.com for information
    Audition Times are available.

  • The GCS Concert Choir

    The Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir will host Auditions at Peace Presbyterian Church Saturday August 27th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Sunday August 28th, 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Info on auditions available. Please email info @ greenvillechoralsociety.com.

  • Auditions and Information

    All GCS Ensembles are thrilled to welcome new members and supporters. Find out how YOU can be involved! For information, please call 252-353-5495 or going to greenvillechoralsociety.com

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Our Focus

The mission of the Greenville Choral Society is to foster excellence in the art of choral singing and to provide music education, cultural enrichment and entertainment for its members and the community. Since its inception in 1969 as the Greenville Community Chorus, The Greenville Choral Society today has expanded in scope, encompassing as many as five choral ensembles. Although each has its own particular focus, all are dedicated to pursuing excellence in choral singing and providing music education and cultural enrichment for its members and the community at large. Our organization of more than 100 adults, youth and children gives talented singers the opportunity to collaborate and create meaningful musical art for the enjoyment of citizens in Pitt County and beyond.
GCS Concert Choir

The Concert Choir performs two to six concerts per season, often with the New Carolina Sinfonia, the Greenville Choral Society’s resident orchestra. The ensemble’s repertoire is drawn from a variety of works throughout the choral literature, from sacred to secular, but focuses on extended works and oratorios. Through the concert choir, adult singers refine their choral singing skills rooted in musical artistry.

GCS Youth Chorale

The Youth Chorale provides an opportunity for area youth in 9th through 12th grade to study and perform choral music literature not normally found in school or church. They are an auditioned mixed ensemble made up of area high school students that sings two formal concerts a year in conjunction with the Greenville Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce. There are opportunities to sing at area events, to make new friends, to interact with current Music Majors at ECU, and there’s even a scholarship opportunity for students that plan to major in Music in college!

GCS Childrens’ Chorus

The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide. The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide.

The Bella Voce Singers

The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide. The Children’s Chorus serves as an advanced chorus for children in 4th through 8th grades. The chorus sings quality choral literature with an emphasis on beauty of tone and musicianship. We aim to provide a musical opportunity that schools and churches often cannot provide.

Our Leadership

Dr. James Franklin, DMA
Dr. James Franklin, DMA
Conductor – Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir
James Franklin directs the East Carolina University choral program where he conducts the internationally renowned ECU Chamber Singers, directs the Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate conducting, and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. Prior to his appointment at ECU, he served as the Director of Choral Studies at Sam Houston State University, conducting the SHSU Chorale and Symphonic Choir, directing the graduate choral conducting program, and teaching undergraduate conducting. Recent honors include invitations to perform at the SW-ACDA Convention, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and Duke Chapel in Durham, NC. Franklin’s ensembles have been invited to collaborate with such notable groups as the Bach Society Houston, Rice University Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Houston Masterworks Chorus, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Franklin’s scholarly work has been recognized with invitations to lecture on the topics of intonation, musicianship, and leadership in the choral rehearsal at the TMEA Conference (2015), TCDA Conference (2015), and SW-ACDA Conference (2014). In addition to his duties at ECU, Franklin remains active as a singer. He has performed with many professional choirs including South Dakota Chorale, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Bach Society, Houston Bach Society, Fuma Sacra of New Jersey, and Texas Choral Artists. Recent recording projects include CDs with South Dakota Chorale (2014 & 2011) and the Houston Bach Society (2010). With a consistent commitment to learning, Franklin continues to pursue educational opportunities, especially those in Europe. He has participated in the Eric Ericson Master Class in Haarlem, The Netherlands; the Choral Conducting Master Class at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary; the Eric Ericson Master Class in Lund, Sweden; and the International Master Class with the Stuttgart Kammerchor in Vaison-la-Romaine, France. Conducting teachers included Eric Ericson, Frieder Bernius, Andrew Parrot, Peter Erdei, Stephen Cleobury, and Jos van Veldhoven. He served as the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Brazos Valley Chorale, based in Bryan-College Station, TX, and served as the Associate Conductor of Schola Cantorum of Texas, based in Fort Worth. Prior to his conducting at the collegiate level, he taught public high school and middle school choir. Additionally, he has been active as a church musician, holding multiple jobs as Director of Music at various churches. An active member of ACDA, IFCM, TMEA and TCDA, he has often served as a clinician and adjudicator. He received his BME, vocal emphasis, from Baylor University, his MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and his DMA degree from the University of North Texas.
Catherine Garner, DMA
Catherine Garner, DMA
Accompanist – Greenville Choral Society Concert Choir
BM from LSU. She is the founder of Music on a WIM, a monthly concert series dedicated to the performance of music by women composers. She has also been a participant in master classes with Marilyn Home, William Bolcom, Richard Hundley, Jànos Starker, and John Wustman among others. For three years prior to starting her Doctoral program, she was the faculty pianist at East Carolina University. Dr. Garner rejoined the East Carolina faculty after completing her studies from the Eastman School, where she held a teaching assistantship for the undergraduate accompanying classes, and assistantships in studio accompanying and opera coaching. She resides in Greenville, North Carolina with her family
Paul Flowers
Paul Flowers
Conductor – Greenville Choral Society Childen’s Chorus; Director – GCS Bella Voce Singers
Mr. Flowers is the choral music teacher at Hope Middle School in Greenville. He was selected the Hope Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008. Currently Mr. Flowers is in his seventeenth season as director of the Greenville Choral Society Children’s Chorus and is founding director of the GCS Bella Voce Singers. He is frequently an invited clinician, conductor and adjudicator for various choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout North Carolina.
Luke Hancock
Luke Hancock
Conductor – Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale
Luke Hancock is the Choral Director at Beddingfield High School for the Beddingfield High School Mixed Chorus and Vocal Ensemble. Under his direction, Beddingfield has consistently received Superior ratings at state and regional festivals and competitions. Mr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina University where he studied Voice with Mr. John Kramar and Conducting with Dr. Daniel Bara. He was a Magna Cum Laude graduate, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, a Brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and a member of the ECU Chamber Singers, Choral Scholars, University Chorale, and the ECU Marching Pirates. . He is now in his third year as the Director of the Greenville Choral Society Youth Chorale.
Paula Mitra
Paula Mitra
Past-President – Greenville Choral Society
Paula graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Education and a BA in Music (vocal emphasis) from Centenary College in Louisiana. She had a well-rounded musical experience in college, travelling with the Centenary College Choir to Europe three times and performing in musicals and operas. She has a background in classroom and music teaching in Louisiana, Texas and New York. Paula currently combines her love for music and education by offering Kindermusik classes in both the studio and child care center settings in Greenville, NC via Her program Preludes for Life, LLC. She loves sharing musical introductions (preludes) with the youngest members of our community. She truly believes she is making the world a better place by offering music to young children to help stimulate their growing brains. Paula has lived in the Greenville, NC area for nine years. Her husband, Dr. Siddhartha Mitra, is a professor at ECU and the director of the Coastal Resource Management graduate program who enjoys playing the guitar. She also has three young boys who are all budding musicians.
Bill Hodges
Bill Hodges
Treasurer – Greenville Choral Society
Elizabeth Rogers
Elizabeth Rogers
General Manager – Greenville Choral Society
Elizabeth Rogers Moved to Greenville in 1989 from Waco, Texas, where she had been a founding member of the Waco Civic Chorus. She is the Office Manager at Telecommunications, Inc. in Greenville, and has served as GCS General Manager and alto extrodinaire since 2001.

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