GCCSS brings classical and sacred music to south central Oklahoma by producing performances every spring and fall in Pauls Valley. Since its founding in 2021, the nonprofit arts organization has produced performances featuring professional and student soloists and musicians backed by a choir of singers from throughout Garvin County. GCCSS relies on generous gifts from individuals and businesses for its ongoing programming.
Making Great Music
> Broadway Meets Vivaldi
"...Offers Unique Blend to Draw New Audience" (4.28.23)
> Pirates of Penzance
"... Shouldn't Be Missed" (4.22.22)
"Hitting All the Right Sounds" (2.23.22)
> Handel's Messiah
"Big Space for a Big Show" (8.11.21)
"County Choral Society Accepting Members (8.6.21)
KBLP Interview (7.14.21)
"High Notes About to Go Way Up" (7.21.21)
Except for Pauls Valley Opry, individual church choirs and several high school marching band, music is generally missing from our public sphere in Garvin County, Oklahoma. Jack Bowman recognized this and decided to do something about it. The music director at First Presbyterian Church at the time was the driving force behind starting a classical choir based in south central Oklahoma that would be accompanied by a small professional orchestra.
WHO WE ARE?
Jack holds a doctorate in musical arts. He has experience in other communities in this regard. He is very familiar with resources in the OKC area and beyond to ensure this start-up succeeds. A Board of Directors has some together and the Garvin County Choral Society & Sinfonietta was born. The plan calls for starting the GCCSS choir to present great sacred and secular works in both the spring and the fall of each year.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dan Barney, Chair
Peggy Patton, Vice Chair & Secretary
Megan Patton, Treasurer
Dr. Jack Bowman (ex officio), Artistic Director
Steve Freeman, General Manager
WHO CAN JOIN?
We welcome adult and teen choral singers of all experience and skill levels to join the musical journey. No formal auditions will be held. Anyone can join as long as they have basic skills in reading and singing music and meet other organizational requirements. Choir members are asked to purchase their music through GCCSS.
WHO ARE PATRONS?
It takes money to put on this kind of performance with professional soloists and orchestra members. We plan to get financial sponsors (individuals and corporate), grants, create a group of annual patrons and sell tickets to each performance. Major contributions by patrons are welcome and are tax deductible. FIND OUT MORE.