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 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. Over $60,000 has been raised in ticket sales.

Last year saw 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.  This 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. The system was designed and installed by award-winning light designer Jacob Welch, an SRC alum.​​​​​​​​​​

 

 Current News...

 

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR "A CLASSIC AFTERNOON" CONCERT

The Spoon River College Community Chorus presents another mini-concert on Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Canton.  Alison Richter-Meuth and John L. Davis, along with Gretchen Fuller, will perform a program of classic music literature featuring the works of some of the most influential composers of all time.

Tickets are on sale Friday, January 15th by calling the SRC Community Outreach/Foundation Office at (309) 647-6260.  General admission seating tickets are $10 and limited to 200.  Proceeds will benefit the SRC Foundation’s Scholarship Program.

The music program will include selections written by classic master composers.  The arias and duets feature the works of Puccini, Verdi, Schubert, Schumann, Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan and more.

Richter-Meuth and Davis have many things in common.  They are both Canton High School graduates, have both performed professionally in both opera and musical theater, and played opposite one another in 1995 in a production of NOSFERATU, a world premiere musical.  This will be the first time they have performed together since that time.

Alison Meuth made her operatic debut with Opera Illinois as Inez in Il Trovatore in 2002. She went on to sing Alice in Lucia and Suor Angelica for them as well as covering The Mother in Ahmal and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She was also part of their Young Artist's Ensemble. Alison sang Liu in Turandot for Utah Festival opera as well as Sarah Goode in The Crucible.  Alison had the opportunity to work for Sarasota Opera where she toured with Madame Butterfly.  She also performed scenes concerts for that company.  Alison sang the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana to rave reviews for Annapolis Opera.  A year later she sang the role of Tosca for them where the Baltimore Sun Times applauded her performance.  Alison returned home to the Peoria area in 2009.  She has been a professor at Knox College since that time.  At Knox Alison teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and directs their opera program.  She is a part of the Bradley Faculty Group Peoria Lunaire.  She had the opportunity in Spring 2015 to sing the Verdi Requiem Soprano Solo with the Knox and Monmouth Colleges as well as the Galesburg Community Chorus.  Alison lives in Peoria with her husband Jeremy and three children.

Davis received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bradley University in 1976.  As a music educator, John has worked with all ages from elementary students through retired adults.  He taught music in Canton District 66, Peoria District 150 and Spoon River Valley Unit District 4.  He is the Director of Music at the First Christian Church in Canton and in his 11th year as music director of the SRC Community Chorus.  John’s choirs have participated in the inauguration of President George H. W. Bush in 1989 and during The White House Christmas tours in 1990, 1994 and 1998.  His choirs also performed at the American Choral Directors Regional Convention and the Illinois Music Educators’ Association.  His children’s choirs sang in concert with John Denver and traveled to Europe on concert tours in 1991, 1994, and 1997.  As a performer, he has appeared with the New York City Opera National Touring Company, the Cleveland Orchestra, and studied at the Blossom Music Festival at Kent State.  He has performed in or musical directed over 60 musicals for various theaters throughout Illinois.  John is the proud father of Colin Davis, the SRC Foundation Director and a Knox College graduate, and co-owner of The Pink Whale, an antique store in Canton.

Gretchen Fuller is an accomplished pianist and accompanist.  She has played for numerous musicals and vocal competitions as well as many area churches, including the First Christian Church of Canton. Gretchen and her husband, Butch, reside in the Canton area.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the SRC Community Outreach/Foundation Office at (309) 647-6260.  ​

NEW CHORUS SEASON SET TO BEGIN

The​ SRC Community Chorus is open to anyone of any age who has a love of music performance.  No auditions are required.

The Chorus presented its annual holiday concert on December 5 and 6, 2015, featuring classical and contemporary holiday music, accompanied by a brass quartet.  Over $4000 was raised through ticket sales, which funds SRC Foundation scholarships.

"A Classic Afternoon," a mini-concert featuring local, but well-traveled talents John L. Davis and Alison Richter-Meuth, featuring Gretchen Fuller on piano, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Canton.

"Hotel Holidays," a musical revue with story inspired by the film Holiday Inn will be presented on April 1-3, 2016.  A small hotel is about to go bankrupt until the owners realize that there is "money in holiday music."  Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays, beginning February 4.  Again, no auditions are required, and everyone is invited to sing or perform.

A soon to be announced Broadway musical will take place in the summer of 2016, and the Concert Mini Series is currently being planned.

For more information, please contact Carol Davis at cdavis.tenacious@gmail.com​ or (309) 338-7698.

 

 Past News...

 
 

 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 2015)

 
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 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)

 
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 Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)

 

community chorus holiday show