Retiring Playhouse Singers Director Honored

Cumming Playhouse Singers Director Honored

Van McCollum, the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Cumming Playhouse Singers, was honored by Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the Cumming City Council during their regular monthly meeting on April 21.

McCollum began the Cumming Playhouse Singers, a Forsyth County community chorus, in 2006. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience at the secondary and college levels as a director of bands and choruses. He has also been active as a church organist and choir director, with past choral groups having performed in Europe, at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Biltmore House and Gardens in Ashville, N.C., and with the Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Society in New Orleans.

Locally, McCollum spent many years as a choral instructor at Otwell Middle School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Church Music, a master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Georgia and a Specialist in Music Education degree from Georgia State University.

As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), and the National Association for Music Education, he has been very active in state and district music activities, serving as a head state adjudicator for the GMEA and clinician for choral activities. His choral groups have received continuous superior ratings at district, national and international festivals.

Mayor Gravitt and Linda Heard, executive director of the Cumming Playhouse, both thanked McCollum, who will be relocating to another state in his retirement, for his many years of service to the Playhouse and Cumming community.

“Tonight we wish to acknowledge Van for all his fine work in the music field throughout his career and in particular the outstanding job he has done as founder, artistic director and conductor of the Cumming Playhouse Singers,” Gravitt said.