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...



The Spoon River College Community Chorus opens its 2015-2016 season with “Winter Wonders,” a concert of holiday classical and contemporary music, on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.  Both performances will be presented at the First Christian Church in Canton.  Tickets are now on sale by calling (309) 647-6260 or by contacting any participating member.

Over 70 singers, musicians and technicians will take part in the concert being directed by John L. Davis.  Gretchen Fuller serves as accompanist along with brass and other instrumentation in specific numbers.  Included in the concert are classical pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and Handel as well as unique arrangements of traditional carols.  The Clement C. Moore classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be presented in story and song as well as many other holiday favorites and inspiring contemporary pieces.

Singing in the concert are Andrea Barbknecht, Cynthia Beard, David Bishop, Carla Bobell, Rob Bobell, Gloria Bradford, Jasper Brown, Bill Burkhead, Debbie Burkhead, Carol Davis, Jackie Davis, Colin Davis, Kevin Dearing, Richard Etter, Jim Gage, Jeanine Gaumer, Andrea Harris, Andrea Hart, Rita Hatch, Sherry Hilton, Angie Hodgson, Jo Potter Keen, Katey Kohler, Carol Kohler, Leta Krock, Chad Leitschuh, Wendy Martin, Sara Mathis, Susie McMillen, Jeanette McWhorter, Audra Miles, Janet Munson, Chad Murphy, Martha Murphy, Glenn Nestlerode, Nina Nestlerode, Dave Norton, Sue O’Flaherty, Natalie Orwig, Kathy Phillips, Sue Reuschel, Teresa Rue, Ron Rupe, Karen Shaw, Becky Silva, Ron Smith, Alex Smith, Jean Sprecher, Jeanine Standard, Pat Stanko, John Stanko, Doris Taylor, Kenny Taylor, Roberta Tomlinson, Melissa Walker, Tammy Weaver, Donna Weinstein, Judy White, Pam Willison, and Gina Wright.

“The SRC Chorus is beginning its 11th year of bringing quality concerts and performances to the central Illinois area,” said Carol Davis, artistic director.  “Our members live throughout the SRC district and beyond.  It is wonderful to have so many dedicated musicians performing for the love of music and to raise funds for SRC scholarships.”

The SRC Community Chorus is an affiliate of the SRC Foundation and is beginning its fifth Named Endowed Scholarship with these performances.  Named Endowed Scholarships require an investment of $10,000 or more.  The SRC Chorus is completely self-funded through ticket sales and arts grants.  The profits from the performances are then given to the SRC Foundation to support students seeking a higher education at the college.

“The SRC Foundation appreciates not only the monetary contributions from ticket sales but also the ambassadorship the participants provide,” said Colin Davis, Director of the Foundation.   “The Chorus has over 100 members who spread the word about our organization every year.”

As a bonus this year, the SRC Community Chorus is featuring a concert by classically trained singers John L. Davis and Alison Richter-Meuth on February 21st.  More information on this concert will be available soon.

The SRC Community Chorus’s next production is a musical revue, conceived by Carol Davis, entitled HOTEL HOLIDAZE.  The show is influenced by the musical “Holiday Inn” and the comedy film “Funny Farm” and will be presented in April, 2016.

For more information about the Chorus, please go to and visit the Community Chorus page.  You may also contact Carol Davis at  ​


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

The Chorus will present its annual holiday concert on December 5 and 6, 2015.  The concert will include classical, contemporary and traditional holiday music and feature a brass quintet.  This year's performances will take place at the First Christian Church in Canton.

Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning on September 17. Rehearsals will take place at the Canton Church of the Brethren, 269 E. Chestnut, 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​ or (309) 338-7698.


 Past News...


 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 2015)


 Quilters (Sept. 2014)


 BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)

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 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nov. 2013)

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 Man of La Mancha (July 2013)

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

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 The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)

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 Messiah (Dec. 2012)

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


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 Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)

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 Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)

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 Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)


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