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Welcome to the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir

The Rocky Mount Chamber Choir is a choral ensemble of people 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/Edgecombe County and Wilson school systems, and many of them teach music.  The ensemble is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


The group’s repertoire includes music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts are free and open to the public. 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 its initial concert in June. Thanks to a wonderful newspaper article about the new choral ensemble in the Rocky Mount Telegram, a large appreciative audience attended this concert at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount.  A recent, unsolicited review in the Rocky Mount Telegram referred to the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir as “Rocky Mount’s hidden musical jewel “ and to its “exquisite vocal sounds of Americana, spiritual, folk, and classical music.”


In addition to its regular season of three local concerts, RMCC also performs in venues and on concert series around the state.  Since its founding, the ensemble has presented three concerts in Raleigh, a concert at First Presbyterian Church in New Bern, and a performance on the Music at First concert series in Wilmington, as well as a second concert there at First Baptist Church.  In May 2017, RMCC was invited to present a concert at Wesleyan College’s Dunn Center to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Performing Arts Series.  In 2018 the singers gave a concert as a part of the Bruton Parish concert series in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Since its founding in 2015, the overriding goal of RMCC has been to be a positive force in the Rocky Mount community by offering beautiful music to all who choose to listen.  In order to make this music accessible to everyone, all concerts have been and continue to be free of charge.  In addition to free concerts, the organization also gives back to the community by collecting an offering at each Christmas concert.  These gifts go to support local charities in Rocky Mount and typically amount to $1,200 - $1,500, thanks to the generosity of appreciative audience members.

AUDITIONS
AUDTIONS

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

Jonathan Armstrong

Eddie Atkins

Latonya Atkinson

Sarah Anderson 

Jeffrey Batts

Alyson Boswell

Diane Bulluck

Scott Fritschel

Kristin Harkins

Jeremy Herring

Kristian Herring

Gretchen Hunt

Margie Jesse

Emily Kicklighter

Lisa Lamm

Traci Petteway

Susie Powers

Lana Quesenberry

Mark Ream

Zack Ross

Caleb Skinner

Dana Sosna

Sophie Stevens

Joan Vick

Steve Warren

Suzanne Weaver

John Willcox

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

James Smith, President
Dana Sosna, Vice-President
Jeffrey Batts, Secretary / Treasurer
Virginia Vance
Caleb Skinner
Mark Ream, Web / Social Media
Suzanne Weaver

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