The mission of the Greenville Choral Society is to foster excellence in the art of choral singing and to provide music education, cultural enrichment, and entertainment for its members and the community.
Greenville Choral Society opens 45th season
with ‘Messiah’ (Part 1) under new director
The Greenville Choral Society begins its 45th season in December with a new director and a look back to its first days as a performing arts ensemble.
Dwight Dockery, who earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from East Carolina University, is the new director of the concert choir, which will perform Part 1 of Handel’s “Messiah” and the “Hallelujah” chorus, with soloists and the New Carolina Sinfonia, Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville. Soloists will be Shelley Maddox, soprano; Jami Rhodes, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Crane, tenor; and Scott Skiba, bass.
A week later, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m., the Choral Society’s Youth Chorale, Children’s Chorus and Bella Voce ensemble will present their annual winter concert, also at The Memorial Baptist Church.
Thanks to grants from the Perkins, Wells and West trusts and foundations, the concerts are presented free of charge as a gift to the community. Those attending the concerts are asked to bring stuffed teddy bears for contribution to the TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center.
When the Choral Society began as the Greenville Community Chorus in 1969, its first concert consisted of selections from “Messiah.” Since then, the Choral Society has grown to become perhaps the largest community-based performing arts organization in eastern North Carolina.For additional information on the Choral Society, call 252-353-5495.