Children’s Choir

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Coordinator: Jill Lawson Ahrens -
Conductor: Emily Burch
• The Little Creek – Matt Carlson
• Ella Sing! – Kirstina Collins

Dr. Emily Williams Burch is the founder and artistic director of RISE Chorales, a community choir organization in Savannah, GA, with a mission of experiencing musical artistry, education, and personal growth through the choral arts and community experiences. Burch received her doctorate in conducting with doctoral minors in music history and music theory from the University of South Carolina, during which she taught Introduction to Music, designed and taught The History of Rock, and directed the university women’s chorus. Dr. Burch earned her Master of Music Education from Florida State University, where she assisted with the Capital Children’s Choir, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to that, she served on the podium as Director of Education and Music for the Savannah Children’s Choir for nine years and worked as Department Chair/General Music/Piano Teacher at Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts. She continues to have the privilege of traveling the country as a Teacher Trainer and Choral Curriculum Developer for Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music, an interactive K-8 music curriculum. Additionally, she serves as Artistic Adviser for Perform International, where she helps organizations create and realize their dreams on tours in the US and abroad. Choirs under her direction have performed regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Burch has volunteered in various roles within the American Choral Directors Association, including as Children’s and Youth Repertoire & Resources Chair, and most recently as Youth Coordinator and Co-Programming chair for the 2020 conference for the Southern Region. She and her husband live in Savannah, GA, where they are members of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club and marathoners who train with the Savannah Striders.
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