Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Monastery Classical Concert Series Begins Oct. 8

Published October 5, 2006

A fall season of classical choral music will open at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit on Sunday, Oct. 8, with a program by the combined choruses from Paideia and Westminster Schools.

Two of the best youth choruses in the Atlanta area will collaborate to form a 90-member combined chorus for the 3:30 p.m. program. It will fill the treasured acoustics of the monastery’s abbey church with brightness and vibrancy.

The award-winning choruses from the Paideia School, directed by Kate Murray, and the Westminster Schools, directed by Scott Morris, will perform classical choral pieces and sacred masterpieces. These include “Cantique de Jean Racine” and “Tantum Ergo” by Faure, “Halleluja” from Beethoven’s “Mount of Olives” and Biebl’s “Ave Maria.”

The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Donations will be accepted in support of the monastic community. A reception follows the concert.

Other concerts at the monastery this fall include the Atlanta Schola Cantorum on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in a program entitled “Hymns to the Virgin.”

This is the area’s oldest independent chorus; the core of the group’s repertory is the polyphonic sacred music of the Renaissance. The program will include 16th century and 20th century works by Josquin des Pres, William Byrd, Antoine Brumel, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells and Martin Lauridsen.

A Christmas concert with the Atlanta Boy Choir will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. Hailed as one of the world’s finest boy choirs, the Atlanta Boy Choir, founded in 1957, has performed in many of the world’s great cathedrals and concert halls across North America and Europe. The choir will present its annual Christmas concert at the monastery—a local tradition for the past 27 years.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children 15 and younger.

The monastery is located at 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers.


For more information about the concert series or monastery, visit or call (770) 483-8705.