Lassiter High School Chorus
Brian Williams became Choral Director at Lassiter High School in 2003. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Georgia College in 1980 and the Master of Music degree from Georgia State University in 1989. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2004 in the Early Adolescent/Young Adult area. He also holds the Teacher Support Specialist certification. He is “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, “Outstanding Young Men of America” and was chosen to receive the “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2002. He is a Master Adjudicator for the Georgia Music Educators Association.
Mr. Williams’ choirs have been selected for exclusive performances throughout his career. Choirs under his direction have performed internationally in Vienna & Salzburg, Austria, in Verona & Venice, Italy, and Paris, France. In the U.S., they have been selected for performances at choral music Conventions and Conferences on four separate occasions on both the high school and junior high school level. In only his second year at Lassiter, Mr. Williams’ Chamber Chorale was selected to perform as a model choir for the Georgia Music Educators Association in Savannah, Georgia. It was for this performance that the Lassiter Chorus commissioned its first piece, “How Do I Love Thee” - Eric Nelson, Composer. In 2008, the famed Lassiter Concert Chorale was chosen by the American Choral Directors Association to perform at its Regional Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. In the Fall of 2009, Lassiter Chorus was invited by Belmont University to perform on their Fall Festival on the campus of Belmont. This choir was the only high school choir invited to attend and perform with the choirs of Belmont. Most recently, due to the demonstrated performance excellence of his choruses, Lassiter Chorus students were chosen to perform for the past two consecutive years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's "A Very Merry Holiday Pops" series along with Walton High School Chorus students.
Mr. Williams’ choirs and students are in constant demand. His singers are selected for District Honor Chorus, All State Chorus, ACDA Regional and National Honor Choirs, and Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program. His choirs consistently receive Superior ratings at all festivals and performance evaluations entered and earned the Silver Cup in 2006 International Days of Choral Music Festival in Verona, Italy.
Walton High School Chorus
Jana Williams became the Walton High School Choral Director in 2003. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University and her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Georgia State University in Music Education and Piano Performance. Additional summer study was completed at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, the Salzedo International Harp Institute, Camden, ME, the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO and the Juilliard Choral Conductors Workshop, NYC. Dr. Williams is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2003, and holds Gifted Certification as well as AP Music Theory Certification. She was “Teacher of the Year” her first year teaching.
Under her direction, Walton Choirs have been invited to sing at three Georgia Music Educators Association Inservice Conferences: Bel Canto, women's choir, performed in 2005; Walton Men's Ensemble performed in 2008; and A Cappella, mixed choir, performed in 2011. Walton and Lassiter Choirs performed in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Williams’ choirs have performed at the Basilica of St. Peter's, the Vatican, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria, Salzburg Cathedral and Melk Abbey, Austria, Basilica of San Zaccharia, Venice, Italy, Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York City, Carnegie Hall, New York City, the National Cathedral, Washington, DC, Governor’s Holiday Open House, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, and the American Cemetery in Normandy, France. Her choirs consistently receive Superior Ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association Choral Performance Evaluations.
Dr. Williams is a Head Adjudicator for the Georgia Music Educators Association and has conducted GMEA Honor Choruses. She has accompanied many ACDA and GMEA Honor Choirs as well as Georgia All-State Choirs. Dr. Williams’ husband, Brian, is the Choral Director at Lassiter High School. They are pretty much thinking and talking about chorus students and choral music all the time!