The SRC Community Chorus was established in 2005-06 by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois to promote the love of multiple music genres, to provide an opportunity for community and college performance, and to raise funds for the SRC Foundation. The Chorus features over 100 singers, musicians, and technicians producing 3-5 concerts, revues, plays and musicals annually. Carol Davis serves as Artistic Director for the Chorus.
The SRC Chorus is self-funded through ticket sales and grants. Since its inception over $100,000 has been raised. Proceeds from the performances benefit scholarships and arts programming sponsored by Spoon River College. The chorus has established the Harley L. Davis Scholarship, the Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship, the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship, the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship, and the Gail A. Mathis Memorial Scholarship. A sixth named, endowed scholarship, the Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship, is currently being funded. The Chorus and the SRC Foundation also assisted with funding for a new LED lighting and sound system in the theater in Taylor Hall, where many of the SRCCC's performances are held.
The 2017-18 season has already produced the comedy/drama VANITIES. Upcoming is the winter concert SONGS & SNOWFLAKES, the hilarious comedy A TUNA CHRISTMAS, and the Tony Award-Winning musical classic FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.
Recent years have seen the Cubs-Cardinals comedy BLEACHER BUMS, the winter concert A JOYOUS JUBILEE, and the premiere of an original musical HOTEL HOLIDAYS. The addition of the Concert Mini Series featured Illinois artists Ken Bradbury, Barry Cloyd, TRIO CON BRIO, and HIM…HER…US with John Davis and Carla Bobell, as well as Knox College's Alison Richter-Meuth.
SRC Community Chorus Concert Rehearsals Begin September 28
Tickets are now on sale for the SRC Community Chorus concert Songs and Snowflakes. The concert features 60 singers, musicians and technicians and will be presented on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 at the First Christian Church in Canton. Both performances are at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets may be obtained by calling (309) 649-6260; by walk-in Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The Pink Whale, 27 South Main Street in Canton; or through chorus members.
Songs and Snowflakes will feature a combination of classical, traditional and contemporary holiday songs. Featured selections include the Festival Cantata "Rejoice in the Lamb," Haydn's Gloria, and Tschesnokoff's "Salvation is Created;" "The Shepherd's Chorus" from Amahl and the Night Visitors and "Counting Down to Christmas" from A Christmas Story, the Musical; a Hanukkah song "Hanerot Halalu;" popular songs "White Christmas," "Silver Bells," "Jingle Bells" and "Over the River;" sacred songs and spirituals "Silent Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "Let All Mortal Flesh," "Way Down in Bethlehem" and more.
Chorus members participating in the concert are Andrea Barbknecht, Loren Blackfelner, Carla Bobell, Gloria Bradford, Janice Dare Bruster, Debbie Burkhead, Carol Davis, Colin Davis, Jackie Davis, Katey Davis, Kevin Dearing, Richard Etter, James Gage, Andrea Garnett, Micah Garnett, Jeanine Gaumer, Sherry Hilton, Jo Potter Keen, Kevin Kessler, Tammy Kessler, Carol Kohler, Leta Krock, Chad Leitschuh, Wendy Martin, Greg Mathis, Sara Mathis, Sue Maurice, Susie McMillen, Trygve Meade, David Meeker, Janet Munson, Chad Murphy, Glenn Nestlerode, Dave Norton, Natalie Orwig, Virginia Reter, Sue Reuschel, Ron Rupe, Carol Shaw, Karen Shaw, Tiffany Siefert, Becky Silva, Alex Smith, Ron Smith, Sue Smith, Jean Sprecher, Jeanine Standard, John Stanko, Pat Stanko, Marilyn Stewart, Doris Taylor, Kenny Taylor, Roberta Tomlinson, Tammy Weaver, Donna Weinstein, JoEllyn Welch, Pam Willison, and Christine Wright.
John L. Davis directs Songs and Snowflakes with Gretchen Fuller accompanying. The SRC Community Chorus artistic director is Carol Davis.
Proceeds from ticket sales fund named endowed scholarships for SRC students. The chorus is currently funding the Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship. Vicki was an avid supporter of the SRC Chorus and her son, Chad Murphy, is a founding member of the Chorus.
For more information, please contact Colin Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol Davis at email@example.com.
Vanities (August 2017)
A Joyous Jubilee (December 2016)
Bleacher Bums (September 2016)
Hotel Holidaze (March 2016)
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 2015)
Quilters (Sept. 2014)
BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nov. 2013)
Man of La Mancha (July 2013)
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (May 2013)
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 2013)
Messiah (Dec. 2012)
Cole, Irving, George and Jerome (Feb. 2012)
Mass Theatrical (Feb. 2011)
Lincoln's America (Nov. 2010)
Holiday Show (Dec. 2009)