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Updated on: August 15, 2017

 2017 - 2018 Calendar

Application form available for review here on Thursday, August 24 at noon.

Applications submission opens on Thursday, September 7 at 9:00 P. M.

Performance Rehearsal Date 

Monday, March 26, 2018  

Meymandi Concert Hall

3:45 pm to 7:45 pm

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

Performance Dates

Tues, March 27 & Wed, March 28 2018 

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 10, 5:30-7:30, home of Tricia Arnett, 2719 Wilson Lane, Raleigh. 

Observation: Raleigh Boychoir, Tuesday, January 16th, time TBD.

Questions - contact Earlene Barnes, Chair by email

Choral Celebration

Choral Celebration

2018 Application   Click here on September 7th

2018 Application - Word Document for review

We are pleased to introduce our 20th Raleigh Fine Arts Society Choral Celebration. Applications for Elementary School Choirs will be accepted on Thursday, September 7th, no earlier than 9:00 PM. Any application submitted earlier is deemed invalid and you must reapply after 9:00 PM.

Directions For Submission:

Step 1. Double click on the line above "2018 APPLICATION". 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 the associated PDF documents 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 2018 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 Tricia Arnett, Choral Chair if you have any questions. 

Complete and submit online your Application Submission Form no earlier than 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 7th. Participation is based on a "first respond" basis. Registration will close on Tuesday, September 12th at 9:00 PM. Directors will be notified of acceptance by Thursday, September 14th.

Participating elementary schools must complete the RFAS Choral Celebration Registration Form and submit online by Friday, September 22nd. The online registration form will be available on Monday, September 18th. 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.   

2018 Performance dates: Tuesday, March 27 & Wed, March 28

Mandatory Rehearsal date: Monday, March 26

Applications for our 20th Raleigh Fine Arts Society Choral Celebration will be available August 24th for your review.  We hope you will consider applying for the 2018 program.

Choral Director Letter 

Choral Celebration Application Submission Form

Participating Schools Registration Form



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. 

2017 Performing Schools

Wednesday, March 29th

Baucom Elementary

Douglas Elementary

Holly Grove Elementary

Oak Grove Elementary

Penny Road Elementary

Turner Creek Elementary

Willow Springs Elementary

Yates Mill Elementary

Thursday, March 30th

A. B. Combs Leadership Elementary

Beaverdam Elementary

Fox Road Elementary

Heritage Year Round Elementary

North Forest Pines Elementary

North Raleigh Christian Academy 

Ravenscroft School

York Elementary


Click here for a list of past participants.

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