About Richmond Choral Society
"We are the Music Makers"
Richmond Choral Society (RCS) was founded in 1951 for the purpose of studying, interpreting and performing classical and contemporary choral works, sharing this repertoire with the community and expanding its understanding and participation in this tradition. Since its inception, RCS has enjoyed a changing roster of volunteer choristers representing every profession, religion, ethnicity and age group. Exploring new repertory for its two concerts per year in a variety of settings across Staten Island, Manhattan–including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center–and New Jersey, collaborating with other community organizations, RCS has continued to evolve.
RCS holds two concerts per year and is involved in educating as well as performing. RCS has held day-long seminars conducted by hired professionals in a particular aspect of vocal music. Since 1993, RCS auditions graduating high school seniors for an annual scholarship for the further study of voice and vocal music; the winner performs at its spring concert. Since 2003, RCS Youth Chorus (RCSYC), comprised of Staten Island students from fourth to twelfth grade island-wide, has been singing the classical and contemporary repertory of choral music. RCSYC develops sight-reading skills, voice training in the classical style and ensemble performance skills.
RCS Chamber Ensemble is a smaller group of the 12 to 24 voices chosen by the director from the full adult chorus to perform at community events by special request and at selected RCS concerts.
RCS has performed under the direction of David Randolph, Alice Parker, John Daly Goodwin, Peter Tiboris, Patrick Gardener, and Penna Rose, as well as our current director, Marina Alexander. In addition, Ms. Parker was commissioned to compose a special work for our 50th anniversary in 2001, entitled "We Are the Music Makers".
Look for us and other organizations listed with the Vocal Area network at http://www.van.org.