Community Chorus


SRC Community Chorus

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 90 singers, musicians, and technicians and produces a minimum of two presentations each year.

Past performances include Handel’s MESSIAH; MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE; 50 YEARS OF BROADWAY; A GOLDEN HOLIDAY; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN and more.

Proceeds from the performances are used to 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, and the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship and has raised over $35,000 from ticket sales.

The Chorus and the SRC Foundation recently assisted with funding for a new LED lighting system in the theater in Taylor Hall. The system was installed by award-winning light designer Jacob Welch, an SRC alum.

 

 Current News...

 

SRC Concert Series Begins with Barry Cloyd's an Irish Immigrant's Song

The first SRC Series Concert, sponsored by the SRC Community Chorus, begins Sunday, January 18 with popular singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd.  An Irish Immigrant’s Song:  The Celtic Influx will be presented at 3:00 p.m. in the Spoon River College Theater in Taylor Hall on the Canton Campus.  Tickets may be reserved by calling 647-6260.

In the mid 1800’s, at the time of the “Great Hunger”, sometimes known as the Irish Potato Famine, the Mid-West was the western frontier of America. The influx of Celtic/Irish people in those times literally changed the face of America as they arrived seeking freedom and work on the great construction projects of the era. Their presence and stories still have an impact on our lives today. Through ancient myth and song as well as some original pieces, Cloyd presents the history and heart of the Celtic people who came to the Mid-West in search of liberty and opportunity.

“We are very pleased that Barry will be opening our concert series,” said Carol Davis, SRC Vice President of Community Outreach.  “Barry’s showmanship and educational programming enthralls audiences of all ages.  We began selling series tickets just before the holidays and I am pleased to say that we have only about 20 tickets remaining for Barry’s show.  I encourage people to call right away so they don’t miss out on this wonderful performance.”

Barry Cloyd was last seen at Spoon River College when he presented his premiere of Woody Guthrie:  Bound for Glory as a part of the Spoon River Reads program.  He performs regularly in central Illinois and has performed throughout the United States and the world.  Prairie Folklore Theatre, featuring Cloyd and storyteller Brian Fox Ellis, recently presented A Prairie Christmas! as a part of the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat’s holiday tours.  Information about Barry Cloyd can be found on his website www.barrycloyd.com

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Two Rivers Arts Council.

The concert series continues Sunday, February 8 with Trio Con Brio, featuring harp, flute, and cello and Saturday, March 28 with the Apollo Choir of Olivet Nazarene University.  Season tickets for all three concerts are available for $25.  Proceeds benefit the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information or reserve tickets, please call (309) 647-6260.


 

Eighty five members of the SRC Community Chorus and musicians presented A Winter's Tapestry on December 6 & 7 to over 700 attendees raising over $4,000 for the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship.


Tickets on Sale Dec. 1st for 2015 Concert Series


An Irish Immigrant's Song, The Celtic Influx
January 18, 2015


​Trio Con Brio
February 8, 2015

Unwritten
March 28, 2015
 

 

 Past News...

 
 

 Quilters (Sept. 2014)

 
 
 

 BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)

 
community chorus titanic
 

 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nov. 2013)

 
community chorus rainbox

 

 Man of La Mancha (July 2013)

 
community chorus la mancha 
 

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

 
community chorus charlie brown 
 

 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)

 
community chorus andrew lloyd webber
 

 Messiah (Dec. 2012)

 
community chorus messiah
 
 

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

 

community chorus cole, irving, george and jerome

 

 Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)

 
community chorus Mass Theatrical
 

 Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)

 
community chorus lincoln's america 
 
 

 Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)

 

community chorus holiday show