Clay Causey, Choral Director
Mr. Causey joined the Fine Arts faculty at St. Pius X in January 2011. He brings with him many years of experience as a Musical Director and Conductor for theatre, concerts and recitals both in New York City and Atlanta. He began singing in choirs at age 5, studying piano at 8, accompanying adult singers and choruses at 12, and studying voice at 15 - soon winning several state-wide competitions and joining The Atlanta Singers, sponsored by Ga. Tech - while at Southwest Dekalb HS. Auditioning at the University of Georgia, he was awarded a vocal scholarship and was fortunate to be chosen as a member of The Georgia Singers under the visionary direction of Dr. James Dooley. He studied voice with Dr. Ray Leonard and Dr. Joseph Amaya and piano with Dr. Raymond Gotko. As a college freshman, he was chosen from national auditions as a soloist in choral concerts on a tour of nine memorable European countries and Washington, DC, sponsored by the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. While completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at UGA, he became a busy wedding singer, sang with Robert Shaw and the ASO chorus, and began performing in professional theatre for Theatre of the Stars, on tour and at the new Atlanta Civic Center, in eleven musicals during the summers. Mr. Causey has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1970.
Upon graduation, Mr. Causey moved to New York City where he was a active singer, actor, pianist, teacher and musical director for 19 enjoyable years, working on Broadway, Off-B'way, in national and regional tours, recording sessions, choirs and choruses, television, cabaret, and in regional theatres and repertory companies that took him from Maine to Mexico and Alaska to the Caribbean. When at home in NYC, he also began accepting voice students, coaching actor/singers, and conducting audition seminars and master classes at local performing arts schools and colleges. Between productions, he taught at Turtle Bay Music School, Theatre Opera Music Institute, and Carnegie Hall, accompanied at Manhattan School of Music, and was soloist and section leader at St. Anne's Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY.
He returned to his home town of Atlanta in 1990 and quickly became an active and award-winning Musical Director/conductor/keyboardist for nearly thirty musicals at many of Atlanta's best theatres - among them are Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre Co., Actors Express Theatre, Onstage Atlanta, Aurora Theatre, Kennesaw College, GPC's Theatre Arts Guild, and the 14th St. Playhouse. During the day, Mr. Causey taught voice and repertoire at Woodward Academy for 17 years where he also musical-directed theatrical productions and produced and accompanied over 40 recitals for his many talented students there. He also taught voice and musical-directed at Aurora Theatre's summer theatre camps, teaching budding actor/singers ages 10-17 for three summers. His introduction to St. Pius X HS was being invited by Ms. Spark to be Musical Director for The Pius Players' production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; and he has since musical-directed Hi, Ho, Robin Hood, The Hot Mikado, Charlie Brown's Special Christmas, The Sound of Plaid, and Beauty and the Beast.
Along with directing the Concert Choir, Mr. Causey also serves as Musical Director for the Pius Players.