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Welcome to the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir

The Rocky Mount Chamber Choir is a choral ensemble comprised of local vocalists who love to sing and who are committed to the art of choral singing. Of the several professions represented by its members, more than half are teachers and school administrators in the Rocky Mount/Nash County and Wilson school systems, and many of them teach music. The ensemble is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

RMCC typically rehearses six times prior to annual Fall, Christmas, Valentine’s, and Spring concerts. The group’s repertoire is primarily classical, from Renaissance to Twentieth Century, sacred and secular, accompanied and a cappella. The Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts are free and open to the public. The Valentine’s concert is a ticketed fundraiser and features arrangements of jazz and popular tunes. RMCC is directed by James Smith and accompanied by Virginia Vance. The home base for the group is First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount, where Smith serves as the director of music and Vance serves as the organist.

Brief History

Following auditions in February 2015, the group began rehearsals in late March in preparation for a spring concert. Thanks to a wonderful newspaper article about the choir in the Rocky Mount Telegram on June 4th, a large appreciative audience was on hand for the first performance at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. A second performance of the same program was given in early August at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, where an audience of approximately 300 rewarded the group with a standing ovation. The choir then went on to present four more performances through June 2016. Near the end of their first full season, the Rocky Mount Telegram published another article about the group. A remarkably successful first year! 
 
During the 2016-2017 season, the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir presented six concerts. In addition to the fall concert in Rocky Mount, the choir was invited to perform on the "Music at First" concert series at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. A Christmas concert with chamber orchestra was followed in the new year with another Valentine’s concert at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount. In May the group presented a concert at the invitation of Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center to celebrate the center's 20th anniversary of its Performing Arts Series. The Chamber Choir closed its second season with a concert at The Cypress in Raleigh.

 

The 2017-2018 season was an exciting one. In addition to the Fall and Valentine's concerts, RMCC again presented a Christmas concert at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. They were joined for a portion of the concert by singers from Nash Central High School; the performance was accompanied by a chamber orchestra. A free will offering of over $1400 was received to support the United Community Ministries of Rocky Mount. In April, RMCC was joined by singers from the Rocky Mount community to present Parts II and III of Handel's "Messiah," accompanied by an orchestra. Again, a free will offering was received; $1395 was given to the Bassett Center, a homeless shelter for children and adults. In addition to the local concerts, the group performed on a concert series at First Presbyterian in New Bern and at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Va.  
 

AUDITIONS
 

If you are interested in singing with the ensemble, please contact James Smith at director@rockymountchamberchoir.com to schedule an audition. An accompanist will be provided.
 

  • Sing two songs or portions of two songs of contrasting style 

  • Demonstrate vocal range and sight-reading ability  

 

 

CHOIR MEMBERS

Eddie Atkins
Barbara Brehm

Jeffrey Batts

Dan Fogarty

Scott Fritschel

Kristin Harkins

Kristian Herring
C. J. Howell
Margie Jesse

Emily Kicklighter

Jim Lee
Emily Morton

Susie Powers
Coley Rhodes

Lana Quesenberry

Mark Ream

Dana Sosna

Joan Vick

Steve Warren

Suzanne Weaver

Jim Wiggs

Tara Woodard

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Smith, President
Dana Sosna, Vice-President
Jeffrey Batts, Secretary / Treasurer
Connie Grant
Jim Lee
Mark Ream, Web / Social Media
Suzanne Weaver

OUR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
BY JAMES SMITH, DIRECTOR

This year’s Christmas Concert again included the Nash Central High School Chorus, members of the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, and the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir, accompanied by a 16-piece chamber orchestra.  What has become a highlight of the Christmas season for many in the community, the performers’ efforts were again rewarded with a standing ovation from a large audience.

One of the goals from our inception has been to increase awareness of and appreciation for choral singing. As the home page of our website states: “Our mission is to share the love of music through outstanding choral concerts that provide significant artistic, educational, and entertaining experiences.” 

The paragraphs below are comments from the parent of one of the high school students who sang in the concert.


"I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate what you do for the arts and the kids.  As I sat listening to this amazing concert tonight, I couldn't help but think what an awesome experience this was for the children to participate in.  I am sure that there are kids who are never exposed to classical music and orchestras, yet through this they are able to let their talent shine.  

Having the exposure to classical music, singing with an orchestra and an adult choir and participating in a location (especially a church :) ) that the acoustics make the voices and instruments magnify was incredible.  A couple of the things that my child commented on after practicing with the Chamber Choir was how much harder it was to sing with an orchestra and that the organ was amazing! This is coming from a child who has been exposed to this type of music all of her life...yet never really experienced it herself.


Thank you again for the time and efforts that took place to make this happen!"

An offering was received at the concert to support a local organization. A little over $1300 was collected and given to FIGS (Filling in the Gaps), a local organization that recognizes the limitations that social services are able to provide.