Milton Chorus History and Tradition

Milton is the oldest high school in Fulton County. It was originally founded as Milton County High School in 1921 and became part of the Fulton County School System in 1932 with the merger of Milton and Fulton Counties. Music has long been an integral part of the student’s lives at Milton with quality band, choral and orchestral programs. Since choral music was added to the curriculum in 1951, the Choral Department has enjoyed great success. The choirs have consistently received Superior Ratings in Performance and Sight-Singing at the Georgia Music Educators Large Group Performance Evaluation as well as other festivals across the south. They have received invitations and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City three times. The groups have also had the opportunity to perform in Honolulu, Hawaii and other cities throughout the United State and embarked on their first European Choir Tour in June 2016. The Milton Chorale was invited to perform at the 2009 GA ACDA State Convention and performed at the Georgia Music Educators annual In-Service Convention in 1997 and 2012.

In addition to the success of the choirs, students have been selected to participate in Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus, the Governor’s Honor Program, District Honor Chorus, American Choral Director Association Honor Choruses, Spivey Hall Honor Choruses, and other various honor choirs. Students from Milton have also gone on to study music and participate in college music programs throughout the southeast including Belmont University, Columbus State University, Georgia Southern, Louisiana State University, Shorter College, Stetson University, Pace Univeristy, Samford Univeristy and the University of Georgia.

The ensembles have also had the opportunity to perform with or visit many Colleges and Universities throughout the Southeast. Some of those schools include Louisiana State University, Shorter College, Georgia State University, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia, Columbus State University, Kennesaw State University, Rollins College, and Clemson University to name a few.

Conductors of the Milton Choral Program

1951-1963 – Anne Lastinger
1963-1966 – Peggy Rainwater
1966-1967 – Barbara Dean
1967-1969 – unknown
1969-1971 – Patricia Jackson
1971-1973 – Lenellen Johnstone
1973-1975 – Linda Taylor
1975-1977 – unknown
1977-1980 – Brannon Roberts
1980-1984 – Peter Smeallie
1984-2004 – Tom Yackley
2004-2007 – Beth Gibbs
2007-Present – Drew Bowers

Awards and Recognition

Milton Chorale

2014 – Performance at Festival Disney, Orlando, FL – Superior Rating, Best in Class, Gold Medal Trophy (overall champion for competition)
2013 – Selected to perform at Georgia State University’s SingFest
2012 – Performance at the Georgia Music Educators Convention, Savannah, GA
2010 – Selected to perform at Shorter College’s Northwest Georgia Choral Festival
2010 – Performance at the Southern Star Music Festival, Atlanta, GA – Gold Standard Rating, Sweepstakes Winner (Overall Champion)
2009 – Selected to be the featured choir at the University of Alabama Honor Chorus
2009 – Performance at GA American Choral Directors Association Summer Conference, Spivey Hall at Clayton State College and University, Morrow, GA
2009 – Performance at the Heritage Festivals New Orleans, LA
2008 – Performance at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival Gatlinburg, TN – Superior Rating, 3rd Place Overall, 2nd Place in Chamber Choir Division
2002 – Performance at Blue Hawaii Music Festival, Honolulu, HA – Superior Rating, 2nd Place Chamber Choir Division
1999 – Performance at North American Music Festival, New York City – Superior Rating, Mixed Chorus, Class AAA
1997 – Performance at the Georgia Music Educators Convention, Savannah, GA
1995 – Participation in the Georgia Youth Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York
1992 – Participation in the Georgia Youth Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York

Milton Women’s Select

2014 – Performance at Festival Disney, Orlando, FL – Superior Rating, Best in Class
2010 – Performance at Southern Star Music Festival, Atlanta, GA – Gold Standard Rating
2008 – Performance at Trinity Church, New York, NY
2008 – Performance at the Smoky Mountain Music Festival Gatlinburg, TN – Superior Rating, 3rd Place in Women’s Choir Division
2006 – Performance for All-Star Music Festivals in Disney World, Orlando, FL – Superior Rating, 1st Place Women’s Choir Division, Class AAAA