Alyssa Gangarosa, MME has served as the Artistic Director of the Georgia Youth Choir since co-founding it in 2007, and is considered one of the top children's choir directors in the country. Ms. Gangarosa is a Music Teacher at Trinity School in Atlanta (17 years), as well as served a Music Specialist Teacher at Kemp Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia for five years. Prior to these positions, she served as Assistant Director of both the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, under the direction of the internationally renowned Henry Leck, and the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir with Ruth Dwyer. She served as a public school Music Educator in Georgia and Indiana for a total of 32 years. Ms. Gangarosa is a frequent guest conductor/clinician for honor choirs, choral festivals and workshops across the country. Her service includes conducting the Metroplex Children’s Choir in Texas, Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America Middle School Honor Choir, and South Washington and Oregon Kodály Educators Honor Choir Festival. She also served as choral director for the annual Junior Academy of Music at the University of Michigan-Flint for several years. Ms. Gangarosa is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). Ms. Gangarosa has reviewed choral literature for OAKE’s national publication, The Envoy. She is past President of the Indiana Kodály Educators and a founding Board member of the Kodály Educators of Georgia. Ms. Gangarosa holds degrees of Bachelor of Music Education from Augusta State University, Georgia and Master of Music in Education from the prestigious program of Florida State University. She is an inductee into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society via Florida State University. She is a certified Kodály instructor, receiving her training at Indiana University under Dr. Jean Sinor.
Paul Burton co-founded Georgia Youth Choir in 2007 with Alyssa Gangarosa due to his background in high choral music as a youth and recognition of the extraordinary talents of Alyssa Gangarosa with children's chorus. Young Paul sang under the direction of the internationally renowned children's choral director and organist Fr. David Windsor, CM, in Los Angeles, California through his college-preparatory high school years. Mr. Burton has a Bachelors of Science in Business Finance from San Diego State University and attended University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Burton was a Senior Financial Analyst serving the financial, accounting, valuation and legal community early in his career. An interest in real estate drew him into commercial real estate management and leasing of office and retail buildings, and industrial properties in the Los Angeles and Atlanta markets for the prominent Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE. Mr. Burton's primary clients were banks, institutional investors, and international private equity entities. This experience led him into private residential and land investing, as well as serving the renowned research-driven Emory University as Senior Operations Manager for the twenty years. Paul, now early retired, is a proud husband and father of two children. Mr. Burton's wide background in business, as well as a desire to continue the culture of children's high choral music serves well in management of Georgia Youth Choir, and continue the traditional vision of the choir far into the future.
Georgia Youth Choir