The SRC Community Chorus was formed in 2005 by Carol Davis, 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.
Over 200 individuals -- students, central Illinois community members, SRC faculty and staff, and friends of the college -- have participated in the last 13 years as musicians, technicians, singers, actors, and dancers. Membership/participation is open to anyone with a love of performance. The performances take place place in the SRC Theater in Taylor Hall on the Canton Campus, at venues offering dinner theater opportunities, at local churches, and other facilities.
The chorus has established the Harley L. Davis Memorial 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.
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.
Barry Cloyd to Present The River's Song for SRC Chorus Mini-Concert
Photo provided by Barry Cloyd
Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Barry Cloyd returns to Fulton County as part of the 2018-19 SRC Community Chorus season on Sunday, February 10 to present the engaging mini-concert The River's Song: The Importance of Our Midwestern Rivers at First Christian Church in Canton. Show time is 3 p.m. Guest performers include John Davis, Colin Davis, Bob Juraco, and Alex Smith. Reservations ($10) may now be made by calling 649-6260.
Cloyd is a Midwestern-based, full-time, touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who performs more than 125 various shows per year. In addition to his energetic concert schedule, Barry has been the resident stringed instrumentalist/vocalist on The Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheel Riverboat for the last 18 years. Barry is also a recording artist with 10 CDs to his credit, and his all-original Southland won the award for best Americana album in 2016, resulting in his tracks "Spirit Dance" and "Know this River" being placed on radio stations in more than 45 countries worldwide. He has shared the stage and recorded with many stars of the blues and Americana music worlds, including band members of Buddy Guy's Band, The Byrds, Stephen Stills, EmmyLou Harris, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Denver, and Dan Fogelberg. Barry has also created and toured dozens of edu-tainment programs, which focus on history through music.
The original concert presentation, The River's Song, takes the audience backwards through time to the days when the rivers of the Midwest were major highways for the first peoples, the Illiniwek Nation, from which our state gets its name. From there, the concert moves on to the coming of the Europeans and the changes brought by them.
"The development of river travel while Illinois was still the Wild West helped to build this nation. Several characters, both brave and notorious, are highlighted in the concert, along with many of the songs that accompanied early Illinoisans into the future of our great state," says Cloyd. "The River's Song features French Voyageur songs, riverboat banjo tunes, Lincoln-era music, and original songs telling the tale of how vital our Midwestern rivers have been in our past and to our future."
"The SRC Community Chorus originated in 2005 and has grown to include over 100 singers, musicians, and technicians," says Carol Davis, Artistic Director. "We have raised funds to establish five, $10,000, named, endowed scholarships and are self-funded through ticket sales. A sixth named, endowed scholarship has been established through the SRC Foundation in memory of Vicki Murphy, mother of founding chorus member Chad Murphy. Funds from the 2018-19 Chorus season will be dedicated to this scholarship."
The 2018-19 season continues in June with the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls. Visit www.src.edu/foundation/Pages/chorus.aspx, like us on Facebook, or contact Carol Davis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
SRC Chorus Performs Winter Tales & Tunes
Winter Tales and Tunes was performed on December 1 and 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Canton, with 470 people in attendance. Ticket proceeds were contributed to the Vicki Murphy Memorial Scholarship at Spoon River College.
"This was a very popular concert," said John Davis, director. "We offered a wide variety of songs and added new musical genres and special features to the performances. Many have told us it was their favorite winter concert since the Chorus' inception in 2005. Not even tornadoes kept them away."
A pre-show of handbells delighted audience members as they arrived, comprised of chorus members, Dee Doubet, Bea Meeker, and Kara Fitzjarrald. Young ushers and future performers included the Larson Triplets -- Hannah, Gwen, and Elliot -- as well as Kate and Jack Fitzjarrald.
December 2018 marks milestone anniversaries of two enduring holiday pieces. The classic novel A Christmas Carol marks its 175th anniversary, and a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Franz Gruber's "Silent Night."
Artistic Director Carol Davis researched and wrote an original mini-script, entitled Dickens and Scrooge, and embedded the play with contemporary holiday songs performed by the Chorus.
"I was thrilled to have the role of Charles Dickens portrayed by Doug Okey, and Ebenezer Scrooge played by Larry Eskridge," said Carol Davis. "Doug is a seasoned actor and serves as drama faculty at SRC. Larry's talents are well-known throughout the area. A Christmas Carol has never been out of print, and we allowed Dickens to travel through time and Ebenezer to walk off the page to bring us the eternal message of hope."
Chorus members include Tori Albanito, Bruce Beal, Patrick Bell, Loren Blackfelner, Carla Bobell, Gloria Bradford, Janice Dare Bruster, Bill Burkhead, Debbie Burkhead, Bob Champlin, Carol Davis, Colin Davis, Jackie Davis, Richard Etter, Jim Gage, Karen Garman, Jeanine Gaumer, Angela Hale, Bob Heppenstahl, Sherry Hilton, Susan Juliusson, Carol Kohler, Leta Krock, Lindsey Larson, Aja Lawson, Wendy Martin, Sue Maurice, Susie McMillen, Jeanette McWhorter, Trygve Meade, Janet Munson, Chad Murphy, Dave Norton, Kris Olson, Natalie Orwig, Kathy Phillips, Jo Potter Keen, Ginny Reter, Peggy Roberts, Ron Rupe, Elliyah Sale, Karen Shaw, Becky Silva, Alex Smith, Ron Smith, Sue Smith, Jean Sprecher, Jeanine Standard, John Stanko, Pat Stanko, Doris Taylor, Kenny Taylor, Michael Varnes, Melissa Walker, Tammy Weaver, JoEllyn Welch, Lauren Wilcoxen, and Pam Willison. Featured musicians were Gretchen Fuller on piano, Tom Sandman on percussion, and Drew Ponder on bass.
Winter Tales and Tunes (December 1 and 2, 2018)
- We welcome all to be part of our winter concert, with performances on December 1 & 2; no auditions are required. Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 20.
- In addition to our focus on classical, traditional, and contemporary songs of winter and the holidays, this year we are adding a few new components to keep things fresh and alive. Even Charles Dickens and Mr. Scrooge will be there!
- Contact Carol Davis (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for rehearsal schedule and more information).
Mini-Concert with Barry Cloyd (February 10, 2019)
- Barry is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Central Illinois who performs throughout the United States and beyond.
- The mini-concert will feature songs of the Illinois Rivers, with a special nod to the Spoon River (Spoon River College, you know...).
- Check out Barry on Facebook, or go to his website, http://barrycloyd.com.
Guys and Dolls (June 27-30, 2019)
- Everyone is welcome to be part of this classic production. We need actors, singers, musicians, technicians, choreographers, costumers, set builders/painters -- it's a big, old musical, so there is a place for everyone.
- Work is already beginning behind the scenes.
- For more information, contact Carol Davis (email@example.com or 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:
- 50 Years of Broadway
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- A Golden Holiday
- Broadway, Too
- Songs for the Season
- A Joyous Jubilee
- 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)
- Winter Wonders
- Winter Tales & Tunes
- Man of La Mancha
- Mass Theatrical*
- Pirates of Penzance
- Hotel Holidaze*
- You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
- 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
- Bleacher Bums
- A Tuna Christmas
*Denotes an original production written by a member of the SRC Community Chorus
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)