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Virtual Voices

Please enjoy the music these elementary schools made as they prepared for past Choral Celebrations.

Baucom Elementary sings: "Circle of Our Song" and "On Silver Tipped Wings". Mrs. Michelle Seaboch is their Music Teacher. Their Choral Celebration Clinician is Jane Bruer.

Abbotts Creek Elementary students have fun warming up before visit from Clinician, Bob Unger in preparation for their rehearsal with their Director, Susan Reynolds. Click on their photo below to listen. 

Abbotts Creek Elementary

North Raleigh Christian Academy Click on the logo below  to hear North Raleigh Christian Academy rehearsing "Build Me a World" by Ginger Littleton for Clinician Marshall Butler.  The children are directed by Lisa Pennington Bass and accompanied by Laurel Walter.

 Click on the image below to listen to the Douglas Elementary Magnet School students rehearse "The Beautiful Rain". Susan Zelasky, Director with  Accompanist, Marty Long.

Choral Celebration


In 1999, RFAS began a new tradition: an annual Choral Celebration.  The project offers choral groups in grades 4 and 5 in Wake County public, private, and charter schools an opportunity to share their music, as well as enjoy the musical achievements of other elementary school choruses in a non-competitive format. The first performances were held at Martin Middle School and moved in 2001 to Meymandi Concert Hall.  Since its inception, the Choral Celebration's visibility has grown significantly and achieved record attendance of more than 3,000 people. 

This year’s Celebration is scheduled for March 14-15, 2023, in Meymandi Hall.  RFAS and Celebration participants will follow state, local, and Meymandi public health policies and procedures in place next March 2023.

Up to sixteen elementary choral groups in grades 4 and 5 will be selected to participate, with each school performing two songs. RFAS offers Choral Clinician advisory services to participating schools' Choral Directors on performance techniques, as they prepare students for the March Celebration. In addition, a qualified Adjudicator will provide valuable, constructive reviews of schools' performances during the Celebration.

The 2022-2023 Project year will include an exciting new opportunity to increase RFAS outreach to students across Wake County.  A generous bequest from the Betsy Sykes estate will enable RFAS to provide additional Choral Clinician services to some schools. If RFAS is unable to accommodate all applicants for the 2022 March Celebration event, a limited number of opportunities for these classroom advisory services may be available to those schools not selected.

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society looks forward to once again offering an exciting opportunity to help promote and advance elementary music education in Wake County. School Choral Directors should watch for updates about the Choral Celebration Request for Applications later this summer. 

Mary Elliott Michael, Director for Turner Creek Elementary,  says, "RFAS has been instrumental in the growth of our choral program.  It provides our children an opportunity to diligently prepare and sing in a world-class concert hall., and they learn so much more than the music they sing.  Thank you RFAS for your gift to our children and community and for providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience that creates lasting memories. " 

Click on the images below to hear the children's voices.

Oak Grove Elementary students perform “Stars”, one of the traditional massed songs from the Choral Celebration. 

Parkside Elementary students rehearsing a performance piece with their teacher, Kim Demery, and Clinician Robert Unger. Ms. Demery highlights the benefits all children and schools experience through their participation in this annual celebration of elementary school choral groups.

Robert Unger, Clinician, discusses his role with participating schools as well as the uniqueness of  the program and  the opportunities it provides choral groups in Wake County.

August Letter

Thank-you notes from two children at Heritage Elementary,

directed by Barina Bailey:

Dear RFAS, 

Thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity to me.  I enjoyed performing and getting to see others perform because it opened my eyes to different types of music and song.

Dear Raleigh Fine Arts,

Thank you so much for making tonight possible!  I am so excited !  Thank you for being so generous.  Thanks to you I am able to sing at Meymandi!  Not every singer gets to sing at such a big place!  Thank you so very much!

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