Since its inception in 1989, The Michael O’Neal Singers organization has established itself as one of the premier symphonic choruses in the Southeastern United States. Composed of a symphonic chorus of over 130 auditioned voices and an ensemble of 30 voices, MOS provides a unique opportunity to the north metropolitan Atlanta community to experience choral presentations of artistic excellence and programmatic variety, otherwise available only by commuting into the city of Atlanta.
Through a variety of choral programming–classical masterworks with orchestral accompaniment, sacred and secular music of the Western European tradition, music from other cultures around the globe, and choruses from opera, Broadway, and movies–The Michael O’Neal Singers offers a spectrum of music to appeal to a diverse audience of all ages and musical tastes. In seeking to provide a variety of musical experiences in its concerts, MOS programs have featured nationally known soloists and guest artists as well as collaborations with other local arts organizations. The singers represent a cross section of the citizens of the metropolitan Atlanta area and range in experience from dedicated amateur musicians to veteran professionals.
Now in its twenty-fourth season, The Michael O’Neal Singers has established a reputation for choral excellence that extends throughout the United States and abroad, as subscription series performances, concert tours, and a growing discography have received acclaim from audience members and music critics alike. The full chorus has eleven recordings to its credit and has performed in some of the most notable venues in the world, receiving high accolades for artistic excellence and crowd-pleasing programming. These venues include Carnegie Hall in New York; the historic St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland; St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London; as well as the Parisian landmarks of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. In addition, performances by The Michael O’Neal Singers are frequently played on Atlanta’s classical music radio station WABE-90.1 FM and Georgia Public Radio.
At the 2008 CABY Awards, the Roswell Cultural Arts Board recognized The Michael O’Neal Singers for Organizational Achievement and Tom Alderman as Distinguished Performing Artist. In July 2008 members of MOS performed multiple concerts at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy, and returned there in July 2011.