SRC Community Chorus

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The SRC Community Chorus was formed in 2005 by Carol Davis, Dean of Community and Workforce Education, to (1) provide quality entertainment within the Spoon River College District; (2) provide an avenue for local talents to perform; and (3) raise funds to support the SRC Foundation's scholarship program and performing arts/equipment at SRC.  A generous grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois assisted in the group's establishment.

Over 200 individuals -- students, central Illinois community members, SRC faculty and staff, and friends of the college -- have participated in the last 13 years as musicians, technicians, singers, actors, and dancers.  Membership/participation is open to anyone with a love of performance.  The performances take place place in the SRC Theater in Taylor Hall on the Canton Campus, at venues offering dinner theater opportunities, at local churches, and other facilities.

The chorus has established the Harley L. Davis Memorial Scholarship, the Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship, the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship, the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship, and the Gail A. Mathis Memorial Scholarship.  A sixth named, endowed scholarship, the Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship, is currently being funded.

Membership/participation is open to anyone with a love of performance.  Contact Carol Davis at carol.davis@src.edu or cdavis.tenacious@gmail.com; or Colin Davis, SRC Foundation Director, at colin.davis@src.edu or (309) 649-6395.

Current News...

SRC Community Chorus Rehearsals Begin September 20

The Spoon River College Community Chorus will present Winter Tales and Tunes on December 1 and 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Canton. Participation in the SRC Community Chorus is open to anyone with a love of music and performance.  No auditions are required, and all ages and vocal ranges are welcome. 

Rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings beginning on September 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the Canton Church of the Brethren, located at 3rd and Chestnut.  Rehearsals generally take place on Thursday evenings.

As has become the tradition, this season's concert will feature sacred and secular songs in a variety of musical styles and instrumental accompaniments.  In addition, the concert will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Caroland the 200th anniversary of Silent Night.  The concert is directed by John L. Davis and accompanied by Gretchen Fuller.  Additional musicians include Tom Sandman on percussion and Drew Ponder on bass.

New elements of performance have been added for this year's concert. A pre-show of chimes and handbells will delight audience members as they arrive.  The concert will also highlight a new arrangement by Richard Etter of "Hold On" from the musical The Secret Garden.  A theatrical element has been added in which Mr. Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge appear and the audience will join the chorus in singing Silent Night

"The organization originated in 2005 and has grown to include over 100 singers, musicians, and technicians," said Carol Davis, Artistic Director.  "We have raised funds to establish five $10,000 named endowed scholarships and are self-funded through ticket sales."  

A sixth named endowed scholarship has been established through the SRC Foundation in memory of Vicki Murphy, mother of founding chorus member Chad Murphy.  Funds from the 2018-19 Chorus season will be dedicated to this scholarship.

The 2018-19 season continues in February with a mini-concert featuring nationally recognized and award-winning songwriter Barry Cloyd and concludes with the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls in June.

Visit www.src.edu/foundation and click on the SRC Community Chorus link, Like us on Facebook, or contact Carol Davis by emailing cdavis.tenacious@gmail.com.

Current Season:

Winter Tales and Tunes (December 1 and 2, 2018)

  • We welcome all to be part of our winter concert, with performances on December 1 & 2; no auditions are required.  Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 20.
  • In addition to our focus on classical, traditional, and contemporary songs of winter and the holidays, this year we are adding a few new components to keep things fresh and alive.  Even Charles Dickens and Mr. Scrooge will be there!
  • Contact Carol Davis (carol.davis@src.edu or cdavis.tenacious@gmail.com for rehearsal schedule and more information).

Mini-Concert with Barry Cloyd (February 10, 2019)

  • Barry is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Central Illinois who performs throughout the United States and beyond.
  • The mini-concert will feature songs of the Illinois Rivers, with a special nod to the Spoon River (Spoon River College, you know...).
  • Check out Barry on Facebook, or go to his website, http://barrycloyd.com.

Guys and Dolls (June 27-30, 2019)

  • Everyone is welcome to be part of this classic production.  We need actors, singers, musicians, technicians, choreographers, costumers, set builders/painters -- it's a big, old musical, so there is a place for everyone.
  • Work is already beginning behind the scenes.
  • For more information, contact Carol Davis (carol.davis@src.edu or cdavis.tenacious@gmail.com).

Concerts and Productions since 2005:

The SRC Community Chorus presents 2-3 concerts, revues, plays, and musicals each year.  To date, the list includes:

Concerts/Revues:

  • 50 Years of Broadway
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • A Golden Holiday
  • Broadway, Too
  • Songs for the Season
  • A Joyous Jubilee
  • Cole, Irving, George, & Jerome
  • An American Choral Mosaic
  • A Winter Tapestry
  • Lincoln's America
  • Broadway, Start to Finish
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Songs and Snowflakes
  • Handel's Messiah (twice)
  • Winter Wonders
Musicals:
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Mass Theatrical*
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Hotel Holidaze*
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Quilters
Plays:
  • Vanities
  • Bleacher Bums
  • A Tuna Christmas
*Denotes an original production written by a member of the SRC Community Chorus

Past News...

Past Shows

A Piano Potpourri (February 2018)

Songs and Snowflakes (December 2017)

Vanities (August 2017)

Vanities

A Joyous Jubilee (December 2016)
A Joyous Jubilee

Bleacher Bums (September 2016)

Hotel Holidaze (March 2016)

Hotel Holidaze cast

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 2015)
Spelling Bee cast

Quilters (Sept. 2014)
Quilters cast

BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)
Broadway cast



Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nov. 2013)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow cast

Man of La Mancha (July 2013)

Man of La Mancha cast

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (May 2013)
Charlie Brown cast

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)
Andrew lloyd webber cast

Messiah (Dec. 2012)
Messiah cast

Cole, Irving, George and Jerome (Feb. 2012)
Cole, Irving, George and Jerome cast

Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)
Mass Theatrical cast

Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)
Lincoln's America cast

Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)
Holiday show cast