About Our Chorus

The chorus is supported and presented by the Sierra Vista Community Chorus Society–a non-profit organization. To learn more about the society click here.

Our History

The Sierra Vista Community Chorus is an outgrowth of a senior sing-along group formed in the mid-80’s. The original group maintained this sing-along format until 1996 when a change was made to sing music written in parts and to perform show tunes, old pop songs, and sacred music for audiences in concerts. At that time the chorus began to accept members of all ages and abilities, which caused a growth in the size and popularity of the group. This change led to the presentation of a big Christmas concert in 1996 and a Dinner Concert in May of 1997. In September of 1999, Sharon Keene became the director after having served as its accompanist for six months. Since then the chorus has grown steadily from about 38 members in April of 1999 to its present membership of 90+ voices. Anyone who loves to sing is invited to join; no auditions are required and there are no required dues.

 

Our Director – Sharon Keene

Sharon Keene holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL and has completed many post-graduate courses in both education and music while raising her family. She is a retired high school choral director from Harvard, Illinois, where she directed several choral groups, taught music theory and appreciation, led her choruses to no less than 8 state championships, and directed all of the musical theater productions during her 25 years at Harvard High School. Besides the Community Chorus, Sharon directs the choir at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sierra Vista. In February of 2003, she was named Artist of the Year in 2002 at the Mayor’s Art Awards Ceremony.

Open Ensembles

Three ensembles are open to the appropriate members:

  1. The Men’s Chorus is open to all men and any women who sing tenor. This group rehearses on Mondays from 9:00-9:30 AM starting weekly after the gospel concert in October.
  2. The Women’s Chorus is open to all women and it rehearses on Mondays from 11:00 – 11:30 AM starting weekly after the gospel concert in October.
  3. High Desert Sound, a women’s barbershop chorus under the direction of Linda Gilbert, rehearses on Mondays from 11:00 or 11:30 AM to noon after the women’s chorus or gospel chorus rehearsal. Other rehearsals are scheduled as appropriate. Women who sing in HDS must be able to control their vibrato and must also belong to the Women’s Chorus listed above.

The Sierra Vista Community Chorus has several other ensembles that are populated at the discretion of the director. These groups are formed by invitation and auditions are required. They are featured at the Gospel Concert and at Sweet Treats and Swingin’ Sounds along with singing a selection at the main concerts at Buena.

Our Performance Schedule

We love to sing, and the best part is performing for our community! Here is a rundown of our most consistent annual performances.

  • Major Concerts at the Klein Center for Performing Arts:

    • Christmas Concert – mid-December. This concert is free — our gift to the community. We use this opportunity to collect non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys to benefit the Firemen’s annual toy drive. Please consider donating!
    • Spring Concert – mid May (The 2020 spring concert will be based on Motown music!)
  • Other Performances:

    • Gospel Concert – mid-October at Faith Presbyterian Church. Two performances are given on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Donations are accepted and passed on in entirety to a local charity chosen each year.
    • Sweet Treats and Swingin’ Sounds – three performances by the chorus ensembles and soloists are held in the first part of March. Elegant homemade desserts made by chorus members are served. Fundraiser benefits a local charity chosen each year.
    • Care Centers – The chorus entertains at several local care centers prior to each show. This gives people who cannot leave to go to the concerts a chance to hear a good portion of our show, and it also serves as a sort of dress rehearsal for our members.