First Presbyterian Church

To Be Rescheduled due to Recent Surge of Reported Covid Cases in Nash County

Spring Concert

UPDATE AS OF 5/19/2022:

In light of the recent surge of reported Covid cases in Nash County, and out of concern for the welfare of our audience, the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir will not perform in concert this coming Sunday evening, May 22nd.  We will look to reschedule the performance for a later date.     

Thank you,
James Smith



After nearly two years, the Rocky Mount Chamber Choir returned to “live” choral singing this past December with our annual Christmas concert.  As has been our Christmas tradition for the past five years, the audience was given the opportunity to donate to a local charity/organization.  We were pleased this year that nearly $1,000 was collected and given to My Sister’s House, which offers transitional housing for women and children fleeing from domestic violence.  


We are excited to continue singing this Spring with a 7:00 concert on Sunday, May 22nd at First Presbyterian Church, 153 N. Church St. in Rocky Mount.  As always, the performance is free and open to the public.


The performance will include both sacred and secular works.  The first half of the concert will feature several selections based on tunes from The Sacred Harp, an 1844 publication which documented a New England tradition of choral music that developed in the early 1800’s and whose influence can be seen in 20th century Southern “revival” services.  Jumping halfway around the world, we’ll close the first half with two pieces from South Africa, one sung in Swahili and the other in isiXhosa, the latter of which is spoken by approximately 20% of the country’s population. 


The lighter fare of the second half will include an arrangement of American icon Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and the spiritual "Like a River in My Soul."  We'll end the concert with several selections from musical theatre, including "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady, "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz, and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Miserables.