About the Community Festival Chorale

 

The Community Festival Chorale was founded in the summer of 2002 and has grown from a small group of dedicated singers to a community icon that the River Valley can be proud of.  We are truly a community choir with our membership being made up of River Valley people with a rich diversity of backgrounds and talents.  We all have one thing in common . . . the love of lifting up our voices in song for the sheer pleasure of it.  We have the good fortune of being able to do this with support receive from the community, and we like to return the favor with concerts offered free to the public.

Our concert seasons follow the local school semester cycle.  We meet once a week for rehearsals and prepare for seasonal concerts, as well as occasional special performances.  Shirley Faulkner, director and conductor, chooses both exciting and exquisite musical pieces that are our pleasure to sing and to listen to. In the spring of 2013, a decision was made by the current board of directors at the time to dissolve the choir as an individual entity and become a part of a larger organization - Arkansas Center for Music Education (ACME), at 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  By doing this, we are now able to offer receipts for tax deductions to those contributing to the choir.  We no longer have a board of directors, but one person from the former board was selected to serve on the ACME board and a couple others are serving as a committe to help with things specific to the choir.  This move will open doors for greater funding.

We invite all interested singers in the River Valley to join us.  The only requirement for membership is to have a little music inside you wanting to be released.  Why waste it in the shower?  Inexperienced singers who have difficulty in reading music will find plenty of warm, friendly "coaches" around them.  Everyone should have the chance to experience the joy of making truly beautiful music.

   

   

During the Summer, the Community Festival Chorale performs a Summer Pop's Concert Series.  Selections include Broadway hits, old time rock and roll, standards, patriotic and even TV theme songs.  The rehearsal for the Pop's concerts take place in June, July and August.

The Community Festival Chorale is able to issue 2.0 continuing education units (CEU's) through Arkansas Tech University for educators who require training.  This is done by filling out a form at the end of the semester, obtaining Shirley Faulkner's signature, and returning the form to Arkansas Tech University's School of Continuing Education and Professional Development with a check for $10 to pay for your transcript.

 

 

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