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...

 

TRIO CON BRIO Featured in Second SRC Community Chorus Concert Series

Trio Con Brio featuring Tony Roberts on harp, Madeline Christensen Wood on flute, and Charles

Spurgeon on cello, with guest vocalists Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, and Carmen McCarthy, will be in concert on Sunday, February 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Canton Church of the Brethren, 269 East Chestnut Street.  After a very successful season ticket campaign, only 30 tickets remain for this event.  Individual tickets may be reserved by calling (309) 647-6260.

The concert will consist of Broadway, movie and popular songs beautifully arranged for harp, cello and flute by Tony Roberts.  Some of the featured pieces include Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins; Bring Him Home from Les Miserables; Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings; Dust in the Wind by Kansas; The Forrest Gump Suite;  Shenandoah; The Show Must Go On by Queen, and Scarboro’ Fair.

Special guest vocalists Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, and Carmen McCarthy will present a variety of songs with Valentine’s Day themes including My Funny Valentine, We Kiss in A Shadow, Walking in the Air, Tear Jerk, and I Dreamed a Dream.

Tony Roberts is an accomplished musician, singer, and arranger.  He is well known to central Illinois audiences for his performances in and musical direction of musicals at Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Players, Public Theatre, the SRC Community Chorus and many others.  He also assists with area high school musical productions, participates in concerts, provides special music at various events and churches, and operates Occasions in Havana.  Dr. Roberts is a successful chiropractor in the Havana area.

Madeline Christensen Wood holds Bachelor’s degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and will earn her Masters in Music Education from Northern State University in December.  Her primary teachers are Donald Peck, principal emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Kyle Dzapo, principal emeritus of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.  She has won top awards in the North Shore Musicians Club competition, the Chicago Musicians Club of Women competition, and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Classical Music competition.  She has performed with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony and Youth Symphony Orchestras and has enjoyed performing solo flute recitals at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue, and at Knox College. 

Charles Spurgeon is a performing cellist and private cello teacher. Currently he teaches privately in the Bloomington/Normal area, plays as a regular section cellist in the Peoria Symphony, and is a member of Trio Con Brio.  He has played as a substitute cellist in the Jacksonville Symphony, the Champaign Urbana Symphony, the Quincy Symphony and the Muddy River Opera Company.  He received his Bachelors in music from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 2012.

This Concert Series 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. Proceeds are donated to the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship fund at Spoon River College.

The third and final concert in the series has changed due to the leaving of Olivet Nazarene University’s Apollo Choir director.  In its place, popular performers John Davis and Carla Bobell will present the concert HIM…HER…US, a concert of Broadway solos and duets about love lost, love found, love funny and love strange on Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the SRC Theater in Taylor Hall on the Canton campus.  For more information, please contact Carol Davis at (309) 647-6395 or carol.davis@src.edu. 



 

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