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

 2018 - 2019 Calendar

Registration form available for Choral Celebration participants, due September 22nd.

Applications submission opens on Tuesday, September 11 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 25, 2019 

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 26 & Wed, March 27, 2019 

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 2, 5:30-7:30

Choral Conducting Workshop, Tuesday, January 22nd, 4:45-6:30.

Questions - contact Earleen Barnes, Chair at or 919-632-8467

2019 Choral Celebration


2019 Registration Form

We are pleased to introduce our 21st Raleigh Fine Arts Society Choral Celebration. Applications for Elementary School Choirs will be accepted on Tuesday, September 11th, 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 line above "2019 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 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 2019 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 eARLEEN BARNES, Choral Chair if you have any questions. 

Complete and submit online your Application Submission Form no earlier than 9:00 PM on TUEsday, September 11th. Participation is based on a "first respond" basis. Directors will be notified of acceptance by friday, September 14th.

Participating elementary schools must complete the RFAS Choral Celebration Registration Form and submit online by SUNday, September 22nd. The online registration form will be available on Monday, September 17th. 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.   

2019 Performance dates: Tuesday, March 26 & Wed, March 27

Mandatory Rehearsal date: Monday, March 25


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. 

Participants in 2017 - 2018 Performances

Tuesday, March 27

A. B. Combs





Holly Grove

Oak Grove

Wake Forest

Wednesday, March 28

Fox Road


North Forest Pines

Our Lady of Lourdes

Turner Creek

Willow Springs

Yates Mill


Click here for a list of past participants.

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