John Corina Memorial Fund

The Athens Choral Society is proud to announce the launch of the John Corina Memorial Fund.  We will use your donation to this fund to help singers who need assistance to pay for dues, music and formal concert attire.

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Athens, GA 30603Make checks payable to Athens Choral Society.

Making Music Accessible to All

Although the Athens Choral Society is a non-audition chorus open to anyone who likes to sing, we ask members to pay dues and the cost of music each season. In addition, members are required to wear formal attire for our fall and spring concerts. The purpose of the John Corina Memorial Fund is to help offset these costs for members who need financial assistance.

About Dr. John Corina

John CorinaIt seemed a perfect fit to name this fund after Dr. John Corina. He was an important figure in the musical world of Athens for many years. He taught composition, oboe, and theory at the University of Georgia and performed with the University of Georgia (UGA) Baroque Ensemble, and the Georgia Woodwind Quintet for 25 years. He established the New Music Center and the Electronic Music Studio at UGA and in 1985 was awarded the university’s teaching excellence professorship. He was Professor Emeritus of Music following his retirement in 1991.

In addition, he composed over 130 works and received 14 awards from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and other organizations.  As an oboist, he performed throughout North America and Europe. He was also an organist/choirmaster for 50 years, the latter at Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church and 24 years at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Even though John was an award-winning composer and consummate musician, he chose to share his great talent and love of music with the community by directing the Athens Choral Society during the early 1990s. He also sang with the Society during the 2000s. With this fund, we honor John for all his musical achievements and particularly for his contribution to the Athens Choral Society.