Christmas at Paine Concert Hosted by Concert Choir

Posted by lsuggs | 12/5/2013 05:17 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College Concert Choir Director, R. Wayne Woodson, will lead the ensemble at 7:30 PM for the Christmas at Paine Concert scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013 in the Gilbert Lambuth Chapel on the campus of the College. This special holiday event is FREE and open to the CSRA Community.

“This concert is the official re-launch of the choral program at Paine,” shared Woodson, “The students have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks in preparation. It is to my understanding that this is the first Christmas Concert in a number of years, so I think it is a welcome back performance for the entire CSRA”.

Dr. Rosalyn Floyd, music faculty at Georgia Regents University, and Alvin Blount, head of music at St. Mary’s on the Hill, have donated their services for the evening.  International opera singer, Indra Thomas, will perform as well.  Paine College alumni, who will be singing with the Concert Choir, have also graciously donated their time.

Indra Thomas’ French debut was made at the Colmar Festival where she performed Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été conducted by Maestro Spivakov.

Thomas was a soloist in the 2003 Fourth of July concert with the Boston Pops and has performed in recital at the Caramoor Festival and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Thomas made her professional debut in the Verdi Requiem in Carnegie Hall with the New York Choral Society, and has recorded a CD for National Public Radio which includes lieder by Strauss, Duparc, John Duke, and Spirituals, and is featured on A Night at the Opera on Naxos. While in her teens, she sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in the funeral scene of the Academy Award-winning film Driving Miss Daisy.

Woodson joined the Paine College Community in July 2013, and was appointed as the Director of the Paine College Concert Choir.  In this position he not only directs the choir, but teaches a number of music courses at the College. Woodson stated, “When I arrived there were no registered singers; now we have a group of 34 singers, and other people expressing interest.  This speaks to the dedication of the choir members”.

Woodson is an active conductor, lecturer and clinician.  His primary focus is on the choral masterworks, but he has been noted as having a very unique and emotional connection to the standard choral repertoire as well as the orchestral masterworks.

For more information on the Christmas at Paine Concert or the Paine College Concert Choir program, please contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or

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Photo caption: Flyer for the Christmas at Paine Concert featuring the Paine College Concert Choir and Alumni, scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. The event is FREE and open to the public.