Staff

Erin Towe, Artistic Director

Erin Towe is the Artistic Director of the Georgia Children’s Chorus. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal studies from the University of Georgia as well as a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University. Erin first joined the GCC Family as a singer and then served as Assistant Director to the chorus before taking on the role as Interim Artistic Director. She has worked with several choral ensembles in the Athens and Atlanta areas including The Georgia State Master Singers as co-director, The Atlanta Young Singers as Assistant Director, and the Chancellor Choir at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth, GA as Assistant Director. Also at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian, Erin served as the Director of Children’s Music where she directed the Youth Ensemble and the Youth Bell Choir as well as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School music. Most recently, Erin has taught K-5 elementary general music at Hopkins Elementary School in Gwinnett County and Barrow Elementary School in Clarke County. She is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the Georgia Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association.

Joe Russell, Principal Accompanist

Joe Russell is the Associate Director of Music & Organist at Athens First United Methodist Church in Athens, Georgia, where he serves as the primary organist and accompanist on the church’s new 68 rank Quimby pipe organ (Opus 77, July 2020). In addition, he collaborates with the Director of Music to plan and implement weekly worship services, and oversees the newly created organ and concert series. Joe recently received his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Shepherd School of Music, at Rice University, with renowned professor Ken Cowan. Prior to his studies at Rice, Mr. Russell received his Bachelor’s Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying organ with Alan Morrison. Mr. Russell was a recipient of the Stephanie Yen-Mun Liem Azar Fellow. He also studied Harpsichord and Continuo playing at Curtis with Leon Schelhase. In addition, Joe graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied organ with Thomas Bara and was a recipient of the Fine Arts award. A native of Grayslake, Illinois, he previously studied organ with Dr. Elizabeth Naegele and piano with Donna Fortney and Ruth Peck.

Katy Atkins, Operations Coordinator

Katy Atkins is the new Operations Coordinator for the Georgia Children’s Chorus. She is a 3rd year student studying Accounting and Real Estate with a focus in Legal Studies at the UGA Terry College of Business. Katy has lived in the Athens community for the past 7 years. She graduated from North Oconee High School, where she got the opportunity to start her heartfelt involvement in the Athens and Oconee communities. 

Sophie Haskell, Chorus Coordinator

Sophia Haskell is an Oconee County Native, graduating from North Oconee High School. She sang with GCC for ten years and loved every second of it. She decided to join us after her singing years as an intern for two years. She is so excited to work hard so our young singers can learn music skills and thrive as she has!