To encourage the pursuit of art, music and the written word

 2019 - 2020 Calendar

Applications submission opens on Tuesday, September 17 at 9:00 P. M.

Video links: RFAS Choral Celebration

Choral Celebration-Why Participate_.mp4

Beautifully Organized.mp4

Choral Celebration Benefits to Children.mp4

World-Class Music Making.mp4

Performance Rehearsal Date 

Monday, March 16, 2020 

Meymandi Concert Hall

3:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Mandatory for all participating schools. Rehearsal times for each school to be determined.

Performance Dates

Tues, March 17 & Wed, March 18, 2020

Meymandi Concert Hall

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Students should arrive on their performance night no later than 5:45 pm for massed songs rehearsal.

Performance night to be determined

Choral Directors will be expected to attend two mandatory meetings prior to the performances:

 Directors' Meeting: Tuesday, October 1st, 5:30-7:30

Choral Conducting Workshop, January 14th, 4:45-6:30.

Questions - contact Jean Jamison, Chair at

2020 Choral Celebration



If you do, you will receive an email asking you to reapply.  

We are pleased to introduce our 21st Raleigh Fine Arts Society Choral Celebration. Applications for Elementary School Choirs will be accepted on Tuesday, September 17th, no earlier than 9:00 PM. Any application submitted earlier is deemed invalid and you must reapply after 9:00 PM. For accuracy, go by the time on your computer.

Directions For Submission:

Step 1. Double click on the  "2020 choral APPLICATION" button. This will bring up a page that starts the application process. Click on the word REGISTER.

Step 2. Input your email and click NEXT.

Step 3. The next page asks you to enter application information. Please fill in all of the blanks and review each of the Acknowledgment boxes at the end.

Step 4. Click NEXT. This brings up the Review and Confirm page.

Step 5. Please wait until 9:00 PM to click the CONFIRM button. You can set up all of the this, leave your browser open and come back to the page prior to confirming. You cannot save your information and return to the website later.


Please review the directions and CHORAL DIRECTOR LETTER to understand the requirements for participation.

We have Professional Development components again this year that offer enhanced benefits for participation. We look forward to your application and participation in the Choral Celebration.

Please read the Choral Director Letter , which includes descriptions of professional development components, the RFAS Choral Celebration Application Registration Form and the Participating Schools Registration Form. Please contact Jean Jamison, Choral Chair if you have any questions. 

Complete and submit online your Application Submission Form no earlier than 9:00 PM on Tuesday, September 17th. Participation is based on a "first respond" basis. Directors will be notified of acceptance by Saturday, September 21st.

Participating elementary schools must complete the RFAS Choral Celebration Registration Form and submit online by Sunday, September 30th. The online registration form will be available on Monday, September 24th. RFAS appreciates the ability to gather this valuable, confidential information from you online to use it effectively in communicating with you regarding planning for clinician workshops, and rehearsal and performance information.   

2020 Performance dates: Tuesday, March 17 & Wed, March 18

Mandatory Rehearsal date: Monday, March 16


In 1999 The Raleigh Fine Arts Society began a new tradition: an annual Choral Celebration, a project offering choral groups in grades 4 through 5 in Wake County Schools a chance to share their music as well as enjoy the successes of other elementary school choruses. Their choral directors receive comments from a qualified adjudicator. 

The first performances were held at Martin Middle School and moved in 2001 to Meymandi Concert Hall. Since its inception, the Choral Celebration has received much greater visibility within the Raleigh community and achieved record attendance of over 3,000 people. There are 16 elementary choral groups performing, with each performing two songs. This opportunity for some students is a once in a life time experience: singing in the state-of the-art Meymandi Concert Hall, home of the NC Symphony. Performances are free and open to the families of student performers. 

2019 Participating Schools

A. B. Combs Leadership Elementary

Conn Magnet Elementary

Douglas Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary

Fuquay Varina Elementary

Heritage  Elementary

Lacy Elementary

North Forest Pines Elementary

North Raleigh Christian Academy

Oak Grove Elementary

Our Lady of Lourdes

Turner Creek Elementary

Yates Mill Elementary

J. W York Elementary

Wake Forest Elementary

Willow Springs Elementary

Click here for a list of past participants.

      The Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Inc.  |  P.O. Box 10614  |  Raleigh, NC 27605  
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