Ensemble Newsletter was created by Jim George, a passionate lover of choral music and a participant in the choral art form since grade school.
He has founded and presided over four choruses – The University of South Florida Community Chorus, The Tampa Oratorio Society, The Bristol (Virginia) Concert Choir (Now the Voices of the Mountains) and, for ten years, The Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, all of which are successful community organizations today.
Upon leaving the Mastersingers in 2011 his interests turned toward elevating the choral art form in southwest Florida through funding several groups via a private foundation, assisting in strategy and planning and creating the Ensemble Newsletter to assist audiences in selecting concerts to attend while giving choral groups a central communication vehicle.
After a successful career as a senior corporate executive he retired to Sanibel Island, Florida with his wife, Peggy and now is managing partner of a publishing company, free lance writer, published author and watercolorist painter. But choral singing has been a lifetime avocation.
Someone once said that listening to a great choral masterpiece is like hearing the voice of the Soul. The author of that quote is anonymous, but for those who love to sing or to listen to the great choral works, the quote expresses the spiritual depth of the art form of choral music.
Choral music takes many forms. From huge productions of the Verdi Requiem to the weekly hymns by church choirs; to lively show choruses, Barbershop harmony and spirituals; to Gospel and Madrigals…there is something for everyone. Those who sing love the camaraderie of choral groups. Those who listen love the sound of many voices raised in praise of God or the joy of the music.
Ultimately, for those who sing and those who love to listen to choral music we are all brothers under the skin