Songs of Angels, Christmas Hymns & Carols was recorded by Telarc at Spivey Hall at in Morrow, Georgia in summer of 1993 so it could be released for Christmas that year. Robert Shaw served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music for five years at Clayton State University, home of Spivey Hall. He chose a select choir of voices from his extraordinary Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to serve as his Spivey Hall resident Chamber Singers. For this recording, he wanted to revisit the music on his beloved Christmas LPs many of us grew up with in the '60s. His Chamber Singers recorded in the heat of the Georgia summer with all air conditioning turned off to keep the sound pure. To put the singers in the Christmas spirit, the Spivey Hall staff and I decorated Christmas trees on the stage. I served as founding director of Spivey Hall from 1990-2006 and experienced five years working with Robert Shaw toward the end of his life and extraordinary career. He marveled at the acoustics, so exquisite that Robert Shaw gave us this quote: "Spivey Hall is to Music what Light is to Painting"