Lucas Tarrant was a frustrated singer, voice teacher, and choral conductor looking for a way to spread his love for music and make it accessible to all. While driving down Roswell Road about five years ago, he saw the Sandy Springs music sign. He went on a whim and asked if the store needed a voice teacher.
It was set immediately.
Cheryl Logan has spent her career running and owning businesses, but she wanted to find a way to express herself artistically. While driving down Roswell Road one afternoon several years ago, she saw a Sandy Springs Music sign and decided to quickly get into the parking lot. I went in and asked about the audio lessons.
She and Tarrant met and he began teaching her private lessons at her home.
“Our meeting was a coincidence,” says Logan, 65.
The vocal lessons were inspiring to both of them and the two eventually became best friends. In March 2018, during an audio lesson in Logan’s living room, Tarrant, 30, asked her if she wanted to start a community choir. She said yes without hesitation.
They called the North Atlanta Voices Choir, designed a logo, got business cards, and created a website, all from their new home in Logan’s living room.
Of course, they will also need people singing in the choir in the metro Atlanta area where many choirs already exist. All of these choirs, however, required the singers to audition.
“We needed help, so we focused on creating an untested chorus that is about music, but also about community building,” Tarrant said.
“We really love that part of what we do,” he said. “And I thrive on teaching people who have no experience singing in choir. I wanted to make this really fun for everyone.”
The duo recruited 20 people to sing for their first concert in 2018. Logan and Tarrant kept their mission alive through the COVID-19 pandemic by reaching more people who wanted to sing with their choir. North Atlanta Voices became an official nonprofit in 2020. Tarrant leads the technical vision, and Logan is responsible for the commercial side.
At the North Atlanta Voices Spring Concert in April at the Atlanta Jewish Academy — made possible with funding from a Sandy Springs Arts Foundation grant — nearly 50 sopranos, bass, altos, and tenors were on stage singing songs in English, Latin, Hebrew and Russian . The members’ ages range from 19 to 80 years old. Two families are part of the group.
“The music that Lucas chooses is not simple,” Logan said. “We learned many languages because of the songs he chose and he is very good at teaching methods and making people feel so accomplished.”
On August 8, North Atlanta Voices will hold a media session for more singers to join their group. The session will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the choir’s rehearsal space, Atlanta Jewish Academy, at 5200 Northland Road.
Tarrant said the choir is continuing its mission of not testing, and always will be.
“A lot of people like to sing, but not on their own,” Tarrant said. “This is about singing for joy. We want to create a place where people never have to sing alone if they don’t want to.
“The only condition is the desire to sing,” he said.