"...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
The SRC Community Chorus was formed in 2005 by Carol Davis, then-SRC's Dean of Community and Workforce Education, to (1) provide quality entertainment within the Spoon River College District; (2) provide an avenue for local talents to perform; and (3) raise funds to support the SRC Foundation's scholarship program and performing arts/equipment at SRC. A generous grant from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois assisted in the group's establishment.
Entering its 15th
season in December 2019, the Chorus membership has grown to over 200 students, community members, SRC faculty and staff, and friends of the college. These members serve as musicians, technicians, singers, actors, visual artists, and dancers. Because we believe that the performing arts should be open to anyone with a love of performance, auditions to participate are not
required and a spot is found for anyone who desires to take part.
Annual performances include revues, plays, concerts, and musicals. Depending on the type of offerings, performance venues may be the SRC Theatre on the Canton Campus in Taylor Hall, local dinner theatre venues, district church sanctuaries, or open air facilities.
The SRC Community Chorus, operating under the auspices of the SRC Foundation, has established six $10,000 named endowed scholarships which are awarded in perpetuity. The scholarships recognize former Chorus members and include the Harley L. Davis Memorial Scholarship, the Tom Greenwell Memorial Scholarship, the Marge Saville Memorial Scholarship, the Roger Howerter Memorial Scholarship, the Gail A. Mathis Memorial Scholarship, and the Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship. The chorus is currently funding the David L. Bishop Memorial Scholarship.
Membership/participation is open to anyone with a love of performance. Contact Carol Davis at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Colin Davis, SRC Foundation Director, at email@example.com or (309) 649-6395.
Following a very successful 2018-19 season, we are pleased to announce our 2019-20 performance schedule:
Frosty Airs and Fables (December 7 and 8, 2019, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, Canton)
- A wide variety of engaging, winter holiday music, including a dramatic musical performance of "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus."
- We welcome all to be part of our winter concert; no auditions are required.
- Contact Carol Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) for rehearsal schedule and more information.
Burl Ives, Midwestern Minstrel with Barry Cloyd (February 9, 2020, 3 p.m., SRC Theater)
- Join internationally-known and award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Barry Cloyd and friends in remembering the late, great Burl Ives, musician, actor, and legendary snowman in the iconic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Check out Barry on Facebook!
From Broadway to L.A. (June 5-6, 2020, 7 p.m., June 7, 2020, 3 p.m., SRC Theater)
- A fast-paced musical revue, featuring some of Broadway's and Hollywood's best numbers.
- The show will include short scenes from Broadway musicals and Hollywood movies, and the songs that follow them.
- Featured will be a tribute to the genius of Walt Disney Productions.
Adaptation of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus to Highlight Concert
The classic story Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus will be featured in the SRC Community Chorus's Frosty Airs & Fables concert. The concert will be performed on December 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Canton.
In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon sent a letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa Claus really existed. Francis P. Church's poignant editorial response has become a Christmas classic which remains relevant today.
The dramatization, adapted by Carol Davis, features Kate Fitzjarrald as Virginia and B.J. Stone as Francis P. Church.
"Kate embodies the innocence and tenacity of the young Virginia," said Carol Davis, Artistic Director for the SRC Community Chorus. "And B. J. Stone's interpretation of the editorial reminds us that as long as there is hope and love in the world, Santa exists for everyone."
The story is underscored by a musical arrangement entitled Yes, Virginia, by Andy Beck. Soloists are Tori Albanito and Colin Davis.
Only a handful of tickets remain for the Sunday, December 8 concert. Saturday is sold out. The concert is under the direction of John L. Davis. Call (309) 649-6260 for more information.
Concerts and Productions since 2005:
The SRC Community Chorus presents 2-3 concerts, revues, plays, and musicals each year. To date, the list includes:
- 50 Years of Broadway
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- A Golden Holiday
- Broadway, Too
- 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
- Lincoln's America
- Broadway, Start to Finish
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Songs and Snowflakes
- Handel's Messiah (twice)
- Ken Bradbury in Concert
- Winter Wonders
- Winter Tales & Tunes
- The River's Song by Barry Cloyd
- Man of La Mancha
- Mass Theatrical*
- Pirates of Penzance
- Hotel Holidaze*
- You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Guys and Dolls
- Bleacher Bums
- A Tuna Christmas
*Denotes an original production written by a member of the SRC Community Chorus
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 (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)