WADCS, Inc. 

Waverly Rainey
Artistic Director / Conductor

     Mr. Rainey holds a Masters Degree in Church Music with an emphasis in voice and conducting from Scarritt College, Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from Pfeiffer College in his home state of North Carolina. While at Pfeiffer, he sang with the Chamber Singers, Symphonic, Chapel and Concert Touring choirs and completed two European tours, one transcontinental tour of the U.S., and three east coast tours. His extensive experience in music with children, youth, and adults has led him to several leadership positions in many professional music organizations. Mr. Rainey has also worked closely with Mr. Hector Olivera (world renowned concert organist) in mutually supportive projects with the chorale here in Douglasville, Georgia. The Nashville, Tennessee mayor’s office commissioned him in 1982 to compose and record the theme song for the International Year of Disabled Persons through the United Nations entitled, “Family”. He also conducted music for the historic old and new Douglas County Court Houses, the fanfare for the National Music Foundation Search Committee’s visit (Dick Clark - Chairperson) to Douglas County, and was asked to compose and record a theme song to recruit the foundation to this community. The internationally acclaimed Chateau Elan secured this conductor to feature his chorale at “The Lighting Of The Chateau” to christen their new hotel, representing Douglas County at Georgia’s 20th largest event in the southeast, which draws approximately 7,000 people per the Southeastern Tourism Society. The chorale also accepted an invitation to perform on television for one of Atlanta’s Christmas highlights at The Fifty First Annual Lighting of “The Rich’s Great Tree At Underground Atlanta” representing Douglas County as one of Atlanta’s premiere formal chorales. From 2003 to 2005, the WADCS Chamber Singers performed for the Annual Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, as the event was finally moved back to this community.

     In November 1994, he conducted the West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society (WADCS), Inc., The State University of West Georgia Concert Choir, The Philadelphia Brass and Dan Biggers (Narrator - Georgia Actor) in a world premiere week of “The Creation Of The World” (based on the Genesis story and Psalms) with the world renowned composer Daniel Pinkham present. Performances were at The First Presbyterian Church, Douglasville, Georgia and The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Philip, Atlanta, Georgia with Master Classes led by the composer and brass for one thousand high school / college students. In May 1995, Mr. Rainey attended the Boston, Massachusetts Premiere of this musical work at the historic King’s Chapel as a guest of the composer and conductor, Daniel Pinkham. In March 1998, Mr. Rainey conducted the symphonic orchestra version of “The Durufle’ Requiem” and “Goin’ Home” (From the Largo of the Symphony “From The New World”, Op. 95) by Anton Dvorak. In addition to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Personnel, the same musical resources and venues from the world premiere week of “The Creation Of The World” were utilized. 

      Mr. Rainey presently teaches voice, guitar, piano, conducting, and theory privately in Douglasville, and sang under Mr. Robert Shaw with both The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Aspen School of Music, Aspen, Colorado. He completed a three year term of being appointed through the Governor’s agency of the Georgia Council For The Arts to serve on their music panel and still assists periodically. In February 2000, he conducted the Choral Society representing Douglas County as the formal chorale for “The Georgia Citizens For The Arts” Annual Conference. This event was the largest state arts / political gathering in Georgia where the Governor, State Representatives, and Senators are traditionally present plus 800 artists / community representatives. In addition, Mr. Rainey co-conducted their annual Easter / Spring Concert with WADCS, Inc., Dan Titus (Number 1 “Best Georgia Piper” - Great Highland Bagpipe), and The United States Army Ground Forces Concert Band which tours and performs for the U.S. President. Along with this event, a Performance / Master Class for approximately 600 High School Band / Choral students in our community was implemented. His eclectic variety of programming also includes performing with the world renowned Atlanta Boy Choir, Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, The Georgia Boy Choir, Georgia Regional Girls Choir, Amy Little (Atlanta Opera Soloist) and Palmetto State Quartet (Southern Gospel Ensemble). Mr. Lamar Stringfield, his maternal ancestor, was the originator and first conductor of both the North Carolina and Asheville Symphony Orchestras, won a Pulitzer Prize for his symphonic suite, “From The Southern Mountains”, and composed a world peace cantata entitled, “Peace”. Also, Mr. Rainey sings annually with The Martin Luther King, Jr., Annual Commemorative Service Choir, performed solo for both The Duke University Children's Classic Show with Jeff Foxworthy and The Paulding County Regional Airport Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and has sung "The National Anthem" with his mother (Kathy Rainey) for several of the Duke University Basketball games (National Champions) in Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

      For Mr. Rainey and WADCS, Inc., the 2012 - 2013 Concert Season celebrates and affirms both their third decade and twenty sixth (26th) concert season for a quarter century of successful programming and community service as the longest and largest serving chorale in the area representing Douglas County and West Atlanta.
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