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. 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 Current News...

 

SRC Community Chorus Celebrates Successful Season, Plans Next

As Spoon River College’s academic year closes, so does the 2015-2016 season of the Spoon River College Community Chorus.  With its three presentations and over 100 members, the chorus added thousands to its fifth named endowed scholarship with the SRC Foundation.

The season began with the group’s annual holiday concert, Winter Wonders, in December, followed in February with A Classic Afternoon, featuring Alison Richter-Meuth and John L. Davis.  Last month, the Chorus presented Hotel Holidaze written by Carol Davis.

“We are so pleased that approximately 1,000 tickets were sold in all,” said artistic director Carol Davis.  “After expenses, net proceeds are given to the SRC Foundation for scholarships.  To date, the chorus has established four named endowed scholarships and is currently funding its fifth.  The chorus members enjoy performing but especially appreciate doing so for a wonderful cause.”

The 2016-2017 season features three distinctly different presentations.

BLEACHER BUMS, written by Joe Mantegna, is a hilarious comedy set in 1977 at Wrigley Field.  The wild nine-inning game between the Cubs and the Cardinals highlights the crazed Cubs fans who sit in the bleachers year after year awaiting a Cubs World Series.  Bleacher Bums runs September 8-11 in the SRC Theater in Taylor Hall on the Canton Campus.   The show is directed by Carol Davis.

“We are really looking forward to this production,” Davis said.  “We will be featuring some rarely seen cast members.  When we announce the cast, we believe many people will come just to see these surprise performers do something they’ve never done before.”

On December 3 and 4, the Chorus will present its annual holiday concert at the First Christian Church in Canton.   A Joyous Jubilee features music from several genres including classical, contemporary and holiday favorites.   John L. Davis serves as musical director for this concert.

The ever-entertaining Ken Bradbury is the featured performer in this year’s mini-concert scheduled for Sunday afternoon, February 12th.  Ken is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and playwright who performs throughout Illinois and Missouri, and a frequent guest artist on the Spirit of Peoria.  He last performed at the college during the Spoon River Reads program. 

The SRC Community Chorus is an extension of the SRC Foundation and is open to anyone who has a love for performance.  Auditions are not required.  For more information, please contact Carol Davis at cdavis.tenacious@gmail.com or (309) 338-7698.​

 

 Past News...

 
 

 Hotel Holidaze (March 2016)

 


 

 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