The Lanier Chamber Singers was formed in 1991 as The Lanier Singers by Lee Bratton and Keith Jefcoat for the sole purpose of promoting outstanding choral singing in the northeast Georgia area. From the beginning, the group focused on developing a repertoire of a cappella literature from the Renaissance and Twentieth century periods.
The 30-member, mixed-voice choir draws its members from throughout northeast Georgia. Members of the Lanier Chamber Singers have backgrounds in music, but their current professions include general contractors, students, lawyers and college professors. Members volunteer their time in singing because of their dedication to the arts and their commitment to the cultural enrichment of the community.
Since its founding, the choir has had a rich history of special performances including appearances at the Summer Olympic Games in 1996, the Georgia convention of the American Choral Directors Association in 1997 and 2001, and the Southern regional convention of ACDA in 2006 and 2010. In Jon Arnold’s first season as artistic director, the choir was invited to perform at the Emory Community Choral Festival in Atlanta and the Georgia convention of the ACDA at Spivey Hall in 2013. The choir made its debut at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina in 2014.