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 ORIGINAL MUSICAL "HOTEL HOLIDAZE"

The SRC Community Chorus will present the original musical HOTEL HOLIDAZE for four performances April 1-3, 2016, including matinees on April 2 and 3, in the Taylor Hall Theater at Spoon River College.  The musical, written by Carol Davis, features the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, George M. Cohan, and other melodic composers of the 20th century.  Tickets are now on sale by calling 647-6260.

“Hotel Holidaze is a throwback to the musicals of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland,” said Carol Davis, who is also directing the show.  “I’ve directed and acted in more shows than I can remember, but writing one is an exciting challenge.  I worked on the script for about six months.  The show is fun, light-hearted and, just like It’s A Wonderful Life, it ends with everyone happy.”

It is 1957 and the Hotel Holly, built in the 1920s, is about to be closed due to the death of Mr. Oswald, the owner. His five daughters have all gone their separate ways but return to the small Midwestern town of River City for their father’s funeral.  Mr. Oswald’s last wish was to have his family restore the hotel to its former glory, but there is no money to do so.  Along with the staff, the Oswald family and a mysterious guest attempt to save the Inn from foreclosure.  But where do they begin?

Some of the musical numbers include Easter Parade, On the Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe, Danny Boy, Yankee Doodle Dandy, You’re A Grand Old Flag, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, The White Cliffs of Dover, Autumn Leaves, I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me and many more.  A special Tribute to the Armed Forces is featured.

John L. Davis serves as musical director.  The production utilizes over 35 cast, technicians, and musicians. 

Carla Bobell, Jeanine Gaumer, Carmen McCarthy, Julie Seeley and Lindsey Larson portray the Oswald sisters.  Chad Leitschuh is the mysterious Saul Sawyer; Chad Murphy is Zeke Bond; Alex Smith is James; Tony Roberts is T, the bartender; Jasper Brown is John Stone, Sara Mathis is Sarah Smith; and Gina Wright is Gertrude Oswald.

The cast also includes Tammy Weaver, Teresa Rue, Craig Zilly, Bob Heppenstall, and Westin Bobell.  Those in the chorus are Audra Miles, Kenny Taylor, Cynthia Beard, Shirley Roberts, Doris Taylor, Judy White, Jackie Davis, Andrea Barbknecht, Jean Arndt, Jean Sprecher, Jo Potter Keen, Andrea Harris, Natalie Orwig, and Linda Brown.

For more information, please call (309) 647-6260 or contact Carol Davis at (309) 338-7698.  ​

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)

 
​​
 

 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