Gateway Chamber Choir
The Gateway Chamber Choir (GCC) consists of approximately 30 auditioned volunteer singers. All singers have considerable experience in choral music: some hold professional positions with other choruses and church choirs; some are accomplished music educators and music directors; but, regardless of their individual career pursuits, all GCC singers are musically-gifted and relish the satisfaction of achieving excellence while singing together.
All singers are deeply devoted members, committing to weekly rehearsals during 8-12 week rehearsal blocks in preparation for concert performances with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. Occasionally, the GCC will undertake all-choral concerts or ‘service performances’ at prominent area churches. While the choir generally rehearses on Sunday afternoons, singers must occasionally commit to additional rehearsals during performance weeks.
Director, Gateway Chamber Choir
Douglas Rose received undergraduate degrees in music and music education from Memorial University in Newfoundland. He holds master’s degrees in choral conducting and religion (magna cum laude) from Yale University. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As a professional singer, Rose has toured and recorded extensively with the Elmer Iseler Singers in Toronto, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (performing in conjunction with the Toronto Symphony), and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Rose can be heard on numerous professional recordings, including the GRAMMY Award winning Telarc recording of the Rachmaninoff Vespers with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Rose has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Europe as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He now serves as professor of choral music education in the Department of Music at Austin Peay State University.