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The President Theatre is excited that Meriwether County's very own Dr. Gregory S. Broughton will be our featured performer at the Theatre's upcoming Christmas presentation set for Friday, December 14, 2018. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. The Handbell Choir of Manchester First United Methodist Church, directed by Patti Dees, will offer several Christmas selections begininning at 6:45 pm. Before Dr. Broughton takes the stage, there will be approximately 30 minutes of holiday entertainment from some very talented local musicians.
Folks in Meriwether County are huge fans, in part, because Dr. Broughton grew up here. But those who have heard him perform once, do not want to miss his next performance! You don't want to miss it either! Buy these tickets early as we do expect a sell-out! With the Christmas season fast approaching, consider making someone's holiday very special ---- gift a ticket to hear Dr. Greg Broughton in concert!
Gregory S. Broughton, Meriwether County native, was born and raised in White Sulfur Springs, Georgia. He attended public schools at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary in Warm Springs, where he was mentored in music by Mrs. Cecelia Dean. He attended Manchester Junior High and graduated in 1976 from Manchester High School, where he was mentored by Mr. Dale Mann. Broughton comes from a family of musicians and and has enjoyed performing since early childhood with his siblings and other family members. Throughout all of his pre-college schooling, he has performed both instrumental and vocal music. Following high school he pursued an undergraduate degree in music at Columbus College and completed that degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Broughton completed both a masters and doctoral degrees in vocal performance at the University of Michigan. He has performed sacred, classical and secular music throughout his career and throughout the US and on a few trips abroad.
Brougthon is now completing his thirtieth year as a faculty member of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. There he is an associate professor of voice and director of the UGA African American Choral Ensemble. He is a sought after performer, teacher and adjudicator for solo and choral music presentations. A goodly number of his students are performing around the world in opera, sacred, popular, R&B and Broadway musicals. Among his most successful former students in broadway productions are Manchester's own Billy Taylor and from Athens, GA, Tituss Burgess who sang the premiere role of Sebastian in the Little Mermaid and now stars in the Netflix show The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Broughton is a much sought after and effective teacher for pre and post collegiate singers. His expertise is also sought after as clinician and adjudicator for vocal master classes, choral clinics, workshops and competitions.
For additional information see: https://www.music.uga.edu/people/gregory-broughton