Jamie Council Garvey has served as Organist and Director of Music at St. John United Methodist Church since 1980 where she conducts choirs for children, youth, and adults. Under her leadership, the youth and adult choirs of St. John have enjoyed numerous performing tours and have performed major works under many prominent conductors, including John Rutter, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Alice Parker. At St. John, she created Kindermusik of Augusta and Concerts with a Cause, a concert series featuring internationally prominent artists and regional musicians. The series has contributed over $160,000 to charitable organizations in the Augusta area.
In addition to her work at St. John, Ms. Garvey has served as Assistant Conductor and accompanist of the Augusta Choral Society, Chorus Master of the Augusta Opera Company, Director of Choral Activities at Augusta College, and Music Director for the Augusta Players and the Ft. Gordon Performing Arts Theatre. Occasionally, she teaches humanities classes at Augusta State University. She is a recipient of the Women of Excellence Award and the GAAC Arts Professional Award.
Ms. Garvey holds BM and MM degrees in Organ Performance from Meredith College and The University of Alabama, were she studied with Arthur Poister, W. David Lynch, and Warren Hutton. She has done additional study in choral music at the Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
ROBERTA WILDER- Chancel Choir Assistant Director and Director of Music for 9am Worship
Roberta Bostick Wilder was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Columbus College attaining a Bachelor of Music degree, then the University of Alabama where she earned a Master of Library Science degree. That brought her to a job with the Augusta Public Library in 1982. Roberta came to the St. John Chancel Choir as the alto section leader in 1985. A year later, she met Rolston M. Wilder, Jr. at church, and they married in 1987. They have two children, Rolston III (Ross), and Caroline. Roberta retired from the Augusta Library in 2014, but continues library work part-time at the Columbia County Public Library.
At St. John, she is the Chancel Choir assistant director to Jamie Garvey, and leads worship music at the 9 a.m. service every Sunday. Locally, Roberta has performed with the Augusta Opera, Augusta Choral Society, Aiken Choral Society, the Cecelia Ensemble, Augusta Players, Fort Gordon Dinner Theater, St Mary’s on the Hill Catholic Church choir, and the Congregation Children of Israel Temple choir.
TONYA CURRIER- Vocal Coach
Praised for her “rich dramatic soprano” [Toledo Blade] and “slam dunk high extension” [Chicago Tribune], Tonya Currier has performed in major opera houses and concert halls across America. Ms. Currier’s engagements include the role of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metro Chamber Orchestra, NYC. Among her other credits are lead roles with the companies of Milwaukee, Toledo, Fort Worth, Central City, Lake George, Augusta, Carolina, Mississippi, Piedmont, Green Bay, Newberry, and the Opera Theaters of Philadelphia, Texas and South Carolina.An accomplished concert, oratorio, and chamber music performer, Ms. Currier was twice a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, performing in the Fauré Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem, and the Rutter Mass of the Children. Other engagements include: Clara’s arias in Beethoven’s Egmont, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Milwaukee Symphony. Her concert appearances include Operatic, Gala and Pops Concerts with the symphonies of Lake Forest, Santa Cruz, Augusta, Mansfield, and Greenville, among others.
Ms. Currier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam), a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory, and a performer’s certificate from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Currier has received numerous awards; including winning the mid-Atlantic NATSAA Competition for Singers and being selected as a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions.
Tonya Currier is a member of St. John United Methodist Church and resides in Evans, GA with her husband Dan Griggs.