Spoon River College Community Chorus Ends Successful Season and Plans 2014-15

The SRC Community Chorus ended its 2013-2014 performance season with four sold-out performances of “Broadway: Start to Finish.”  As a result, the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship was elevated to a Named Endowed Scholarship.  Since its inception in 2005, the chorus has raised more than $35,000 in ticket sales with proceeds being contributed to the SRC Foundation’s scholarship program.

“Broadway” featured more than 60 singers, musicians, and technicians.  New for 2014 was the state-of-the-art LED lighting system installed by award-winning light designer and SRC alumnus Jacob Welch.

“We have over 90 individuals associated with the chorus now,” said Carol Davis, SRC Vice President of Community Outreach and Director of the Foundation.  “It is so rewarding to bring together those who have a love of the performing arts and those who also care about providing a quality education for students.  It’s a win for the college and for the community.”

The successful sold-out season began with the production “Man of La Mancha” in July, 2013.  The second performance of the year was held in November and featured songs from the Dustbowl Era.  The concert coincided with the Spoon River Reads program and community read of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Preparing to celebrate 10 years of programming, the Chorus will open its 2014-2015 season with a production of the poignant musical QUILTERS on September 5, 6, and 7 in the SRC Theater.  

On December 6 and 7, the chorus will kick-off its 10th anniversary with a winter holiday concert.  The concert will feature both classic and traditional holiday music and featuring a brass quintet.

“Concerts give us the opportunity to involve everyone,” said John Davis, music director for the chorus.  “We have excellent vocal and instrumental talent in central Illinois.  We are inviting everyone who has ever sung with the chorus to take part as well as anyone who would like to join us for the first time.  No auditions are required and everyone is welcome to participate.”

The season will end with a June production of the Tony award-winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in June, 2015.

“We are currently working toward offering SRC students college credit for their participation,” stated Carol Davis.  “Blending students with community members in a program like ours has great merit.  We are also very pleased that the SRC Drama program will be returning this fall as well.  This should prove to be a great year for the performing arts at Spoon River College.”

For more information, contact Carol Davis at carol.davis@src.edu or visit the SRC Foundation’s website at www.src.edu/foundation. 

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SRC Community Chorus sings a number from TITANIC”  (Photo courtesy of Dave Barbknecht)