Thank you for your past support of our Choral Celebration, Literary Contest, and Artists Exhibition. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, the majority of RFAS projects have been paused for spring 2021. We look forward to presenting these projects again in Spring 2022.
As for the North Carolina Artists Exhibition, we are pleased to announce our 2021 RFAS North Carolina Artists Exhibition: A Virtual Retrospective – New Work by 2018-2020 Juried Artists. Keep an eye out for more information forthcoming.
New information and details about the Choral Celebration and Literary Contest will be posted on our web site early fall 2021.
Please enjoy the music these elementary schools made as they prepared for the 2020 Choral Celebration.
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.
Fuquay-Varina Elementary Click on their logo below to hear the children perform their Choral Celebration pieces for Clinician Jane Bruer: ”The Artist Teaches Us All” by Mark Patterson, and “Cantamos” (We Sing) by James Desjardins. The children are directed by Laura Martin.
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.
We will miss the Choral Celebration performances this year. As we will take a pause on the actual performance RFAS Choral Celebration this year, Raleigh Fine Arts has found a significant way to support Choral Teachers in our community.
This page contains additional recordings of some of this past year's participating schools rehearsing their performance songs. Listen and enjoy!
2020 Participating Elementary Schools
North Raleigh Christian, Baucom, Wake Forest, Abbotts Creek, Parkside, Oakview, Conn, York, North Forest Pines, Fuquay-Varina, Douglas, Lacy, Oak Grove, Brier Creek, Turner Creek, Our Lady of Lourdes, and North Raleigh Christian
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.
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 Wake County and achieved record attendance of over 3,000 people. In 2020 sixteen elementary choral groups will participate with each school performing two songs. Students from Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay, North Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Morrisville will participate reflecting the tremendous growth of the Choral Celebration within Wake County. The opportunity to perform in the state-of the-art Meymandi Concert Hall, home of the NC Symphony is a once in a life time experience for some students.