The SRC Community Chorus was established in 2005-06 by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Its purpose is to provide music education through rehearsal and performance of specific genres of music. The Chorus now has over 100 singers, musicians, and technicians and produces 3-5 concerts and productions each year. Carol Davis serves as Artistic Director for the Chorus.
Proceeds from the performances benefit scholarships or arts programs sponsored by Spoon River College. The chorus has contributed to the establishment of the Harley L. Davis Scholarship, the Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship, the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship and the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship. Nearly $100,000 has been raised in ticket sales.
Recent years have seen an original Carol Davis production, Hotel Holidaze, as well as the addition of the Concert Mini Series featuring Illinois artists Barry Cloyd, TRIO CON BRIO, and HIM…HER…US with John Davis and Carla Bobell, as well as Knox College's Alison Richter-Meuth. The 2015 mini-series was partially funded by the Two Rivers Arts Council/Illinois Arts Council. The Chorus and the SRC Foundation also assisted with funding a new LED lighting system in the theater in Taylor Hall, where many of the SRCCC's performances are held. The system was designed and installed by award-winning light designer Jacob Welch, an SRC alum.
SRC Community Chorus Presents Ken Bradbury in Concert
One of the most popular performers in Illinois is coming to Canton for one performance only on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Canton Church of the Brethren, 269 East Chestnut. Ken Bradbury presents his one-man show "Ken Bradbury in Concert: A Whirlwind Tour of the Music of America in Story and Melody." The concert is sponsored by the Spoon River College Community Chorus as part of its mini-concert series.
Tickets may be reserved by calling (309) 649-6260 or by contacting Carol Davis at
email@example.com. General admission tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the SRC Foundation's scholarship program. Seating is limited to 100.
"Ken is one of the funniest and most gifted performers I've had the opportunity to meet," said Carol Davis, Artistic Director for the Chorus. "He first appeared for us at one of SRC's Spoon River Reads events and had the audience enthralled. We've been asked to bring him back many times."
Ken Bradbury, until recently a teacher at Triopia Jr-Sr High School for 35 years, and now an instructor at Lincoln Land Community College, is a resident of Jacksonville, Illinois. Since 1995, he has been named the most-produced author of dramatic material for competition in the United States.
Ken is the author of
The Coonridge Digest, a newspaper column appearing in 14 Midwest newspapers, and has won the Associated Press Award for "Best Humor Column." He's also the author of five books,
The Coonridge Digest,
Around the World with Freida Marie Crump,
The Coonridge Devotions,
Bilgewater, and his most recent book of children's poetry, The Place Where We Live. He's also a regular columnist for The Source newspaper. He's the author of over 500 published plays.
Bradbury is a staff writer for Cass Communications and has authored and appeared in over 100 television commercials for the company. He's written music for five recordings by
Shiloh, a Christian singing group, and is a founder and director of the Green Pastures Performing Arts Camp. His play,
Shadow of Giants (also co-authored with Robert Crowe) appeared on PBS television. Bradbury was the winner of the Downstate Playwrights Award at the University of Illinois. His recent musical,
Genesis, the Musical, played to several Midwest venues.
Ken spends much of his summer as the resident Honky-Tonk piano player on the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat, cruising the Illinois River from Starved Rock to St. Louis.
In addition to numerous other awards, Ken was awarded the honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by MacMurray College in Jacksonville, the honorary Doctor of Letters by Illinois College, was inducted into the Jacksonville Hall of Fame, and received the Studs Terkel Humanities Award.
He also plays the bagpipes, much to the chagrin of his Illinois neighbors.
For more information about the Bradbury Concert or to learn more about the SRC Community Chorus, please visit the Chorus webpage at
www.src.edu/foundation, on Facebook or contact Carol Davis at
SRC Community Chorus Adds Fifth Scholarship After Holiday Concert
The Spoon River College Community Chorus presentation of A Joyous Jubilee in December resulted in the establishment of a fifth named endowed scholarship for the SRC Foundation. The Gail A. Mathis Memorial Scholarship will be available for students attending SRC during the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications for this and all other Foundation Scholarships will be available later this month at src.edu/foundation.
A Joyous Jubilee featured 60 singers, musicians, and technicians who presented the 1 ½ hour presentation to approximately 400 audience members at the First Christian Church in Canton. Joining the Chorus this year was a string quartet from Bradley University.
"John Davis selected a variety of holiday music for this concert," said Carol Davis, Artistic Director of the SRC Community Chorus. "The audience enjoyed traditional and classical pieces, jazz selections, movie and musical numbers, and even an arrangement of Jingle Bells written specifically for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir."
Starting in 2017, the SRC Chorus will begin funding its sixth named endowed scholarship. Named endowed scholarships are established when funding reaches the $10,000 level. The scholarships become permanently endowed and interest earned off the scholarships is awarded annually in perpetuity.
"It is our way of awarding scholarships to SRC students and recognizing the contributions of those individuals who have supported the SRC Chorus over the years," Davis said. "Best of all, the Chorus is completely self-funded through ticket sales and grants so there is no cost to the college or the Foundation."
The SRC Chorus is open to anyone with a love of singing and performance. No auditions are required.
The next performance will next feature the popular Ken Bradbury in a mini-concert to be held on Sunday, February 12th. For more information on that and other Chorus events, visit the Chorus webpage src.edu/foundation, Like the Chorus Facebook page, or contact Carol Davis at (309) 338-7698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bleacher Bums (September 2016)
Hotel Holidaze (March 2016)
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 2015)
Quilters (Sept. 2014)
BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nov. 2013)
Man of La Mancha (July 2013)
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (May 2013)
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)
Messiah (Dec. 2012)
Cole, Irving, George and Jerome (Feb. 2012)
Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)
Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)
Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)