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Spirited Conversations with Sam Hagan
Join us Monday, July 12 at 12 pm EDT for the next live broadcast of Spirited Conversations: Behind the Scores. Eavesdrop on Atlanta Master Chorale Artistic Director Eric Nelson and Tenor Sam Hagan as they discuss Hagan’s singing career as one of Atlanta’s leading tenor soloists since the 1960s and his love of choral music.

Sam Hagan is no stranger to the grounds upon which the Atlanta Master Chorale rehearses and performs. Hagan was one of the first Black members of the Emory Glee Club, and their rehearsal site was in the army barracks building that was affectionately known as the TFAB (Temporary Fine-Arts Building). In 2003, the TFAB was finally retired and replaced by the magnificent Schwartz Center for Performing Arts where Atlanta Master Chorale performs.

Hagan spent almost 3 decades juggling careers as a biology and chemistry teacher at the Westminster Schools and Atlanta Metropolitan College and as a very active church, synagogue, concert and opera singer, both at home and abroad. Known especially for the sensitivity of his vocal production, the past two decades have seen him focus completely on the most visible aspect of his life - singing. Hagan has performed as a featured soloist with some of America's foremost orchestras and conductors. For the past 20 years, Hagan has served as staff cantor for St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in the suburban Atlanta city of Sandy Springs. He also serves on the board of Atlanta Master Chorale.

This will be a live virtual interview, and guests will have an opportunity for Q&A following the session. The event is free to attend, but we are accepting donations to cover the costs of our Virtual Concert Hall programming. Your gift helps ensure that we can continue sharing music that touches spirit.

Jul 12, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sam Hagan
Tenor
Hagan spent almost 3 decades juggling careers as a biology and chemistry teacher at the Westminster Schools and Atlanta Metropolitan College and as a very active church, synagogue, concert and opera singer, both at home and abroad. Known especially for the sensitivity of his vocal production, the past two decades have seen him focus completely on the most visible aspect of his life - singing. Hagan has performed as a featured soloist with some of America's foremost orchestras and conductors. For the past 20 years, Hagan has served as staff cantor for St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in the suburban Atlanta city of Sandy Springs. He also serves on the board of Atlanta Master Chorale.
Eric Nelson
Artistic Director @Atlanta Master Chorale
Dr. Eric Nelson has served as artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale since 1999. He brings extensive training in voice and choral conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College and Indiana University along with experience conducting choirs and clinics around the world. Dr. Nelson constantly finds effective ways to help celebrate the gift of singing – as he says – “shoulder to shoulder, voice to voice, one voice lost in another, each agreeing upon something beyond themselves.” Dr. Nelson is currently Director of Choral Studies at Emory University, where he is a recent recipient of the distinguished Arts and Humanities Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.