Airport choir brings Glee-ful atmosphere to ATL

Filed in Employees, News by on December 16, 2014
Santa leads the inaugural airport choir

Santa helps lead the inaugural airport choir

A newly-formed Department of Aviation chorus has been busy making spirits a little brighter around the Airport during this holiday season. The group of about 22 volunteer singers made its debut at the Nov. 25 ATL tree-lighting ceremony in the domestic terminal atrium after only one practice session, and has made several appearances since, dressed in matching, holiday-inspired T-shirts.

The project was launched after Airport Art Program managers David Vogt and Katherine Dirga asked accounting tech Cathy Clay, a veteran church choir singer, if she’d be willing to lead an employee chorus in entertaining travelers with Christmas carols and holiday songs through December.

A call for volunteers received an enthusiastic response, including from senior staff members such as assistant general managers Greg Richardson and Jim Drinkard and Deputy GM Michael Smith.

Three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – the airport choir has taken its act to the concourses, trying to cover two of them during its usual 10 a.m.-noon shift, Clay says. Next week, the group is scheduled to sing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only, finishing up where it started, in the atrium.

“The singing seems to cheer the passengers and airport employees,” says Clay. “We’ve had lots of people taking photos and recording us.”

So, what are the airport choir’s biggest hits?

“People really seem to like ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’” she says.

The chorus is the result of the Airport’s holiday planning committee’s mission to make the holiday season more festive for Hartsfield-Jackson employees and guests, as requested by General Manager Miguel Southwell.

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