Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. The Chancel Choir sings for almost every Worship Service throughout the church year. The Choir is for adults and for high school students who love to sing. Music highlights include an annual Christmas Cantata, Palm Sunday Festival Celebration, as well as music for Easter Sunday. There is no audition required for membership and all are welcome. During the Christmas Season and in preparation for Easter, the rehearsal time is extended until 8:45 p.m.
Featured Choir Members
Anna says she has been attending Haygood United Methodist Church “as far back as I can remember.”
Anna has always loved to sing, and remembers growing up singing with her mom in the church pews. As she got older, she joined the youth choir under the direction of John Waller, which she really enjoyed. Anna also participated in the Advanced Women’s Chorus at Chamblee Charter High School, which participated in choral festivals.
When she went off to college, she was not able to sing as much. However, she did enjoy singing in the Haygood choir when she was able to visit on the weekends. Anna attended college at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She obtained a Bachelor in the Arts degree with a major in Criminal Justice, and two minors in German and Dance.
In addition to singing Anna says, “Dance has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I danced at the Atlanta Ballet from the time I was six years old until I graduated from high school. While in high school, I was in the pre-professional division of Atlanta Ballet and performed in numerous productions, including the Nutcracker at the Fox Theater. I continued with ballet at the University of Georgia, and was a member of the UGA Ballet Ensemble. I then was a member of the UGA CORE Concert Dance Company. During the time I was a member of CORE, I was becoming involved in ballroom dancing at UGA so that during my final year, I was a member of the University of Georgia Ballroom Performance Group.”
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Anna worked for a little over a year at a law firm in Midtown. This solidified her desire to go to law school. As a result, she applied and was accepted to Mercer University School of Law in Macon, GA. She attended Mercer Law School for three years and recently obtained the degree of Juris Doctor.
While at Mercer, Anna volunteered teaching ballroom dance lessons to students at Mercer University and was involved in numerous associations/organizations.
Anna says she feels blessed that the choir has allowed her to sing with them when she available to sing She is happy to be back home. In her free time, Anna loves to participate in Haygood’s mission outreach. Specifically, she loves to work with Habitat for Humanity, the pumpkin sales, the Christmas tree lot, Vacation Bible School, the altar guild, etc. Anna is a great addition to the Soprano section of the Chancel Choir.
Danny is from Athens, Georgia. The families of both of Danny’s parents have deep roots in Athens and other nearby North Georgia counties. Danny was born in Athens General Hospital. He lived on Lumpkin Street and then Westover Drive through kindergarten, Chase Street School, Clarke Junior High and Athens High School. After graduating from Athens High (the last graduating class before it changed names to Clarke Central) Danny entered The Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he took a quick swing and a miss at the Architecture School and settled in Industrial Management with a focus on the, then fledgling, computer field. After graduation from Tech, Danny took a job with Burroughs Corporation, an early player in the computer industry. He finished his corporate IT career with EMC and has spent the last few years working with several IT start-up companies.
Danny has sung in choirs and small groups for the past 25 plus years. The lineage of his music interest comes primarily through his maternal grandmother. Effie Morris told stories of her father and grandfather leading singing schools in churches around Georgia. Effie herself had an ability to play, on the piano, most any piece of music “off the page” or “by ear”. That ability is something she passed on to Danny. He has forever kept the household awake, playing piano at the day’s end and sometimes late into the night. Danny sings in the bass section, in the Men’s Quartet and he occasionally sings solos. He also sings (whether asked or not) in the car, in restaurants and in pubs.
Danny’s first job with Burroughs took him to Montgomery, Alabama where he was completely and utterly smitten by a beautiful young pediatric nurse named Connie Cain. They married in Montgomery and soon moved to Atlanta where their two sons were born on the same date but four years apart. Except for a short few years living in Florida, Connie and Danny have been in Atlanta for 40 years. They are fortunate to have their sons and families in Atlanta including their grandson, seven year old Graham. They enjoy spending time at their farm in Madison, County Georgia or on the beach in Destin, Florida. They love to travel anywhere, Connie more than Danny. Danny likes to play golf more than Connie does. They both enjoy Tech football, basketball and other sports. Danny and Connie joined Haygood in 2002 and both have sung in the Chancel Choir. Both have served at Haygood as teachers and on various projects and committees.
Megan is a native Atlantan, seems quite rare these days, and is a long time member of Haygood Memorial UMC. You will find Megan singing Alto in the Haygood Chancel Choir. She has also been a part of trio group singing at Haygood. Megan’s parents, Gordon and Francina Williams, long time Haygood members till his death. Both were in the choir, he sang Bass and she sang tenor. After Gordon’s death, the church dedicated the then current Messiah performance to him. Megan has a sister Mona who lives in Alpharetta. Megan has three children, two of which were stationed in Iraq in the past. Her oldest daughter is currently a subcontractor for Ft. Gordon (Augusta), her son is stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. Her youngest child, a daughter, works at Points of Light (nonprofit) and just had her first baby, a girl! Previous to this, all of Megan’s grandchildren and great grandchildren were male. She has seven boy grandchildren, and 1 girl grandchild, as well as 1 great grandchild.
Megan has been involved with Haygood since she was very young. She sang in the Cherub and Angel choirs and then, because there was no youth choir, sang in the adult choir under Bob Price. Megan left the church for a number of years for various reasons, but she is back now. Megan also played a musical instrument in high school, the flute, in the high school marching band as well as orchestra. She also sang at the Oxford College Chorale and while there was in the musical Godspell.
Megan’s secondary education included time at Oxford College of Emory University (AA) and Eastern New Mexico University (BBA).
Megan does not currently have a full time job but she is looking. Megan works part time, seasonally, for the Blue Ridge Railroad as a hostess, and volunteer for the National Parks Trails and Rails program. She rides from Atlanta to New Orleans on the Amtrak Crescent promoting the National Park System as well as items of environmental and historical relevance. She also occasionally works as a Background Actor (Extra) in movies and television.
Megan lists photography as a hobby and has been published in Blue Ridge Country.
David has always had music be a part of his life. In March of 1973, David was born at DeKalb General Hospital in Decatur Georgia. His father Jerry had come down from the North Carolina mountains where he met David’s mother Virginia who had come up from Florida’s beaches. While his father worked at Sears on Ponce as a pharmacist, his mother taught music education in the public school system. David learned to sit quietly on the piano bench and listen beside his mother while she directed choir rehearsals, recorder concerts, and Christmas programs.
David continued to appreciate music throughout school. He learned to play the saxophone in 5th grade and continued to play through college. In High School he sang in Class Act, a select choral group, as well as numerous musicals.
In college, he continued his musical interests by playing in the UGA Red Coat Marching Band, Men’s Glee Club, and the Wesley Foundation’s Power and Light Singers. He met his sweetheart Jessica as a camp counselor while playing the guitar and “singing on the porch”.
David and Jessica married and moved into the Morningside neighborhood on East Rock Springs in 1999. Upon visiting Haygood UMC, they realized Jessica’s aunt Francis Latimer was a member there. That realization combined with the friendliness of the rest of the congregation and the “neighborhood feel” convinced them to join Haygood. Over the years they have applied their talents and dedication to many leadership positions and, as well, they have made a strong commitment to the Haygood Music Program. David is a strong tenor in the Haygood Chancel Choir. He is a frequent soloist, a member of many of Haygood’s ensembles, and the founder and longest serving member of the Men’s Quartet.
David is the Director of Investments for Stratford Land, a private equity land fund specializing in the acquisition of land assets. He opened the Southeast office in Buckhead in 2007. He and Jessica have two wonderful kids Olivia (12) and Walker (8). They also have an adorable dog Penny and two plump chickens Snickers and Hersey.
Wednesday Evenings | 7:15-8:45 pm | Choir Room, 3rd floor
The Chancel Choir sings for almost every Worship Service throughout the church year. The Choir is for adults and for high school students who love to sing. Music highlights include an annual Christmas Cantata, Palm Sunday Festival Celebration, as well as music for Easter Sunday. There is no audition required for membership and all are welcome. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Questions about Chancel Choir? Contact Director Tim Spraggins.