HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS

 

1973 

  • The Civic Chorale, formerly Johnson City Civic Chorale, founded by Robert & Jane LaPella to provide opportunities for adult singers to perform serious choral music and to contribute to the cultural environment in the region of Johnson City area.
1979
  • Chorale incorporated as a tax-exempt organization.
  • Hosted Ayre Valley Singers from England.
1980
  • Performed for the opening of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.
1982
  • Chorale performed at the Knoxville World's Fair.
  • Sang for wedding of Chorale members Lisa Adkins and David Runner.
1984
  • Combined forces with the Johnson City Community Theatre to produce Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
1986
  • Chorale commissioned & premiered Kenton Coe's The Light in This Room.
1993
  • Performed the concert version of Porgy and Bess with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra.
  • Director Robert LaPella and accompanist Jane LaPella retired after 21 concert seasons.
  • Douglas Grove-DeJarnett selected as Conductor/Music Director; with Lisa & David Runner to share accompanist duties.
  • Commissioned and premiered Kenton Coe's Song of Creation in honor of the LaPellas.
1994
  • Handel's Messiah performed with orchestra at Central Baptist Church as gift to community from North Side & Specialty Hospitals.
1995
  • Second annual Christmas concert sponsored by North Side & Specialty Hospitals.
1996
  • Chorale performed Howard Hanson's Testament of Freedom with Johnson City Community Band at Seeger Auditorium, Milligan College.
  • Performed Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah with orchestra and guest soloist Peter Infanger.
  • Handel's Messiah performed as Christmas gift to community from North Side & Specialty Hospitals.
1997
  • Performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Kingsport Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
  • Benefit dinner & concert at home of Grand Benefactors Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Sandy Powell.
  • Joined forces with Chancel Choir of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church to perform Haydn's Creation with orchestra.
  • Fourth & final Christmas concert sponsored by local Columbia Hospitals, North Side and Specialty.
  • Douglas Grove-DeJarnett resigned as conductor citing demands of job & family.
1998
  • David Hendricksen appointed Music Director and Conductor.
  • Grant awarded from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Arts Build Communities program of the Johnson City Area Arts Council.
1999
  • Chorale expands to 40 members.
  • Grant awarded from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Arts Build Communities program of the Johnson City Area Arts Council.
2000
  • Chorale expanded to 45 members.
  • The Chorale was invited to participate in the local concerts sponsored by the Johnson City Area Arts Council for the national Continental Harmony project.
  • Grant awarded from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Arts Build Communities program of the Johnson City Area Arts Council.
  • Grant awarded from the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation to support the hiring of the professional orchestra for performance of Bach’s Magnificat in December.
2001
  • Chorale expanded to 50 members.
  • In April, the Chorale joined with the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah.
  • Benefit concert at home of Grand Benefactors Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Sandy Powell.
  • Collaboration in October with the Milligan College Chamber Orchestra presenting a Haydn Mass.
  • Grant awarded from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Arts Build Communities program of the Johnson City Area Arts Council.
2002
  • Chorale expanded to 55 members.
  • Chorale initiated multiple performances of a concert program.  Spring concert presented at Munsey UMC in Johnson City, and at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingsport.  Brahms' Requiem presented in October in Johnson City, and at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol.
  • Woodnote Recorder Ensemble participated as Guest Artists in renaissance section of spring concert.
  • Grant awarded from the Arts Project program of the Tennessee Arts Commission in support of spring 2003 program of 20th century American music.
  • Grant awarded from the Tennessee Arts Commission through the Arts Build Communities program of the Johnson City Area Arts Council to support the hiring of the professional orchestra for performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in December.
2013
  • The Civic Chorale celebrates their 40th season.
 

 

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