Garden City Chorus

To the men of the Garden City Chorus,

It's easy to say "thank you"--What's difficult to do is express the many special thoughts behind our thanks to you.  Everyone in the RECing Crew and the Sweet Celebrations Committee would like to "Thank you" for helping make our event a success.

Pam Stickler

[The Garden City Chorus performed for a Music Festival to help raise funds for musical instruments at Our Lady of Peace School in North Augusta, SC on Friday evening, January 22, 2010.  We received the following note from their coordinator:]
Garden City Chorus,

Your were terrific.  Thank you for blessing us with your voices.  I received praises from many people about how wonderful your performance was.  You now have more fans!

Our school is grateful that you gave of your time to support our music program.

Love and God Bless,

Marlee Calloway,
Our Lady of Peace School

September 26, 2009, 2PM and 7:30PM
Hi John:

Just wanted to shoot you a quick email to underscore the super time  
our AVP members had on your Garden City Celebration show yesterday.  
What a fantastic talent line up.  If I had to  choose a segment that  
sent chills down my backbone, I would have to to select the "combined  
chorus finale.....what a blast!

As a final note, I hope someone was taking pictures and can write a  
brief article for the Rebel Rouser and the new Chapter Newsletter (the  
Dixie Town Crier - send all to Steve Dorn).  That would be great free  
ink for the chapter and for Augusta.

See you in Chattanooga at the House of Delegates meeting - and beyond.

Thom Hine, Emcee
President, Dixie District
Barbershop Harmony Society


Harry / John…

Please accept a heartfelt “thanks” from AVP.  We had a blast.  Everything worked to plan, and nothing was overlooked.  The bus service was great and appreciated.  Both drivers enjoyed themselves and were thankful for being included in the meals and show.

This may we be the smoothest gig we have ever done.  Well done!

Will Bruner, Chorus Manager
Atlanta Vocal Project

To Our Wonderful Augusta Friends,
What an incredible show!!!
On behalf of Song of Atlanta, I want to offer a tremendous "thank you" for inviting us to join you in an outstanding performance at the Westobou Festival.
Thank you for making us feel so very  welcome. We appreciate all of the time and energy it took to arrange an event of this magnitude, and  we are truly honored to have been included.
 We had a wonderful time, and hope that all of the talented singers who participated did as well.  Please share our thanks and warm wishes with the Garden City Chorus and the Harmony River Chorus. 
In Harmony,
Susan White
Song of Atlanta Chorus

Hey John!!
My connecting flight was delayed but I just got home about 30 mins ago :-) Thanks again for being such an awesome host this weekend and having us on your show. It really was a ton of fun!!! 7 months of planning well worth it!!!! Take care until next time!!!!
Karl Hudson, Bass
Men In Black

John:   The Westobou Show on Saturday night was FANTASTIC.   The GCC sang the best I ever heard....good balance ...good intonation...good articulation.   Great job by all !!
And your other acts were very well done and well received...great programing of the Show. !!
Pass on my comments to the Chorus if you wish....I was proud of the GCC.  
Bravo to All,
Al Bey

The Columbia County News Times

Web posted Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Soldier returns with gift, songs
Surprise homecoming
By Valerie Rowell
Staff Writer

When Rebecca Nelson opened her door Friday evening, she was greeted by a barbershop quartet singing an early Valentine's Day performance from her husband, U.S. Army Spc. Adam Nelson.

See the rest of the story at the Columbia County News Times web site.

Kiwanis Club of Augusta

December 22, 2008

It was the Monday before Christmas and all through St. Paul’s, Kiwanis had gathered to see the decked halls – and share a great lunch and a toast or two. Everyone was in a festive mood and we had lots of guests – even too many to recognize. Traditionally, we can bring our spouse or guests to enjoy our Christmas program and we had a room full.

President Jatho welcomed everyone and blessed our meal. Sybil Surrett took home the attendance prize and several lucky people took home the poinsettia on their table. Our program featured the Garden City Chorus, members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Lowell Dorn sings with that group – tenor, as near as I could tell.

Garden City Chorus sings at the Kiwanis Club

Click here to read more.


Washington Savannah River Company

December 3, 2007
To: John Phillips

Once again, let me tell you how much we enjoyed your visit to The Pinnacle Club on Saturday evening.  I think everyone enjoyed hearing and seeing you...and, I know that our hosts, Leo and Susan, did!  You did an outstanding job and the commentary, musical selections and performance time were right on point.  We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to be a part of our evening!  Please relay to all the attending members how much we enjoyed your performance.

Again, I apologize for your long wait.  But, as you said, I do think that we all enjoyed it more since we were able to concentrate on watching you instead of dividing our time between you and a meal!  (Glad that you insisted on waiting.)

We wish all of you well during the holiday season!

Washington Savannah River Company
Public Affairs/Special Programs

Saint Valentine's Day, February 2007

February 19, 2007

To: Quartets of the Garden City Chorus
Dear Gifted Gentlemen of Song:
Thank you for offering to share your gifts of talent and beautiful voices, with men fortunate enough to have the affections of our special lady, by serenading her, in person, on Valentine’s Day. Not only did the special attention in song surprise my wife, but she said. “My face turned red, but I loved it. You’re just a bundle of surprises, aren’t you?” Since the other ladies in her office enjoyed your singing, too, it was the highlight of the workday and the comments made her feel lucky to have me. The joy endures, as the rose and card help her recall the experience, especially when she got home that night. What a great idea – beautiful music does stir emotions.
One grateful husband,

Augusta Festival of Lights, November 2006

November 21, 2006
City of Augusta, Georgia

Dear Mr. Phillips,

Thanks so much to you and the chorus kindness for showing up last evening in the terrible cold rainy weather [for the Augusta/Richmond County Festival of Lights]. The chorus sound really great during your warm ups; I thought you guys were performing. I'm definitely going to invite you back to some of our events for entertainment, the people must hear the chorus wonderful singing. Thanks for the We Wish You a Merry Christmas selection. From the City of Augusta Special Events, we would like to wish you and the chorus a very Merry Christmas!!

Thanks again.
Yolanda Marshall
Special Events Manager
City of Augusta Special Events


Fairview Presbyterian Church, August 2006

Sunday, August 13th, 2006
Fairview Presbyterian Church, North Augusta, SC

Hi John,
The chorus was WONDERFUL Sunday morning.  Thank you so very much for coming and sharing in our service.  Isn't it cool how you can take such diverse individuals and voices and make them sound great together?!  Please accept our modest donation to your group for something fun. Come back any time!

Choir Director
Proclamation from the Mayor of Augusta, 2003