"...the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term 'education.' We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts."
-National Standards for Arts Education
What's up in 2022? We are!
The SRC Community Chorus presents...
The Best of Barry Cloyd
Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.
SRC Theatre, Taylor Hall, Canton Campus
International award-winning and Spoon River College Community Chorus audience favorite Barry Cloyd returns to the SRC Theatre stage on Sunday, October 23, 2022 @ 3:00 p.m. for one performance only!
Using his years of extensive research gems, a myriad of musical instruments, his delightful storytelling skills, and exceptional vocals, Barry offers the best of his best in this compilation concert.
For the single price of $10, audience members will be treated to songs from FIVE of Barry's most popular shows PLUS some of Barry's own award-winning compositions.
- An Irish Immigrant's Song
- The River's Song, The Importance of our Midwestern Rivers
- Burl Ives, Midwestern Minstrel
- Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Troubadour
- Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, the Birth of Sci-Fi & The First Citizens of The Future
- AND A Taste of Barry Cloyd, Award-Winning Songwriter's Originals
Mark your calendars! Tickets on sale beginning September 19. Check back here for more information. Seating is limited.
This program 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.
SRC Community Chorus Announces 2022-23 Season
For its 2022-2023 season, the SRC Community Chorus presents A Season for All Generations. Celebrating a love of live performance, this season brings together generations of experienced performers, skilled directors, and emerging talents for three separate offerings.
The season begins with The Best of Barry Cloyd for one performance only on October 23, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the SRC Theatre. Internationally award-winning singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd captivates and educates his audiences by blending period music with historical storytelling. This show features segments from his most popular shows. For every adult with a paid ticket, one child/youth/student under 18 receives a complimentary ticket. Tickets go on sale September 19.
Our Favorite Things: A Concert for the Winter Season, directed by John L. Davis, runs December 3 at 7:00 p.m. and December 4, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Canton. This concert features secular, sacred, classical and Broadway musical numbers celebrating the holidays and the beauty of winter. Anyone with a love of singing is welcome to participate.
"This year our concert will also celebrate the 120th birthday of Richard Rodgers with a special focus on his work The Sound of Music," Davis said. "Our members ages currently span from 18 to 87. This year we will be adding a children's group to the concert and feature them in The Sound of Music segment as singers/performers. We've also added a matinee on December 4 for those who prefer daytime performances."
Rehearsals for Our Favorite Things begin September 15. To learn more about participation, please contact the Chorus at email@example.com.
The Show of Shows Showcase June 2-4, 2023, completes the Chorus season. The musical revue of Broadway numbers will be directed by Carol Davis.
Young emerging performers from 18-30 will be invited to participate in a performance workshop as well as perform in the staged showcase. Invited participants will receive personalized performance strategies from a panel of music directors, prepare their own special Broadway numbers from what they've learned, and receive constructive critiques for improvement from panelists. The Showcase enables these emerging future stars to work alongside seasoned community/professional performers and participate in musical numbers with them.
"Despite the challenges of the last two years, our Chorus continued to discover ways to produce concerts and shows," said Carol Davis, Artistic Director. "Our participants' dedication amazes me. We've noticed an increase in diversity and in age variety not only in our performers, but in our audiences. This is vital for growth and sustainability in the arts and this year we celebrate. Our second overarching goal remains supporting student educational success through our Named Endowed Scholarship program."
"The SRC Community Chorus was established in 2005. If the arts are to continue to thrive, it is vital that we reach out to all generations to develop new talents and new audiences. We believe the multi-generational approach in our 2022-23 Season of Generations sets a solid foundation for years to come."
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerts and Productions since 2005:
The SRC Community Chorus presents 2-3 concerts, revues, plays, and musicals each year. To date, the list includes:
The Musical World of Disney
50 Years of Broadway
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
A Golden Holiday
Songs for the Season
A Joyous Jubilee
A Classic Afternoon with Alison Richter-Meuth and John L. Davis
Cole, Irving, George, & Jerome
An American Choral Mosaic
A Winter Tapestry
Broadway, Start to Finish
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Songs and Snowflakes
Handel's Messiah (twice)
- Ken Bradbury in Concert
Winter Tales & Tunes
The River's Song by Barry Cloyd
Frosty Airs & Fables
Burl Ives: Midwestern Minstrel by Barry Cloyd
Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged (2020 Virtual Holiday Concert)
Silver Songs & Golden Gifts
Man of La Mancha
Pirates of Penzance
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Guys and Dolls
- Into the Woods
A Tuna Christmas
*Denotes an original production written by a member of the SRC Community Chorus
Shows for a Cause:
The SRC Community Chorus operates under the auspices of the SRC Foundation and is entirely self-funded, with occasional support from entities such as Two Rivers Arts Council. Since its inception, it has raised well over $100,000 for the Foundation's scholarship program and has established seven permanent, endowed scholarships, each named after a Chorus member or someone special to the Chorus:
- The Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship
- The Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship
- The Harley Davis Scholarship
- The Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship
- The Gail A. Mathis Memorial Scholarship
- The Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship
- The David L. Bishop Memorial Scholarship
Into the Woods (June 2022)
Silver Songs & Golden Gifts (December 2021)
The Guys (September 2021)
The Musical World of Disney (August 2021)
Home for the Holidays: Virtually Unplugged (December 2020 Virtual Concert)
Barry Cloyd: Burl Ives, Midwestern Minstrel (February 2020)
Frosty Airs & Fables (December 2019)
Guys and Dolls (June 2019)
Winter Tales and Tunes (December 2018)
A Piano Potpourri (February 2018)
Songs and Snowflakes (December 2017)
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 (September 2014)
BROADWAY: Start to Finish (March 2014)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (November 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)