It’s hard to believe, admits Carol Ruth Allen, Director of the Northeast Texas Choral Society, but “her baby” is 20 years old in 2017. Shortly after getting settled in Sulphur Springs, the classically-trained choral teacher’s dream for community chorale began to morph into an idea which she prayerfully nurtured It then became a concept which her husband, family and friends embraced as well. In 1997, Carol’s concept of the community choir became flesh and blood when 100 local singers joined during the first round of auditions. Over the years, the NETCS Board of Directors has consistently lent talent of every description to the success of the project. Today the Choral Society is a solid reality for everyone in and around the Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County community who enjoys choral performance with two concerts per year.
The public is invited to celebrate and enjoy the “Feast of Favorites” Christmas Concert in two performances … Saturday December 2 at 7 pm and Sunday December 3 at 2 pm…. on the stage of the SSHS Auditorium of the Civic Center in Sulphur Springs. Tickets are $12 per adult and tickets for children age 12 and under are $5, available from Choral Society singers and at local banks. Children are encouraged to come so that they may be exposed to this type of musical art. A season ticket option is offered this year as well, at $20. Find out more and purchase tickets for the concert at netchoral.org
Carol’s belief in personal and community enrichment through this form of art and culture is deeply rooted. Here is an excerpt from the website. “Attending a live performance of any kind is a unique experience in and of itself. When you visit a NETCS concert, your gift is hearing rich, quality choral arrangements presented by 100 voices in an artistically designed manner that allows for an exchange with the audience. This interaction of performance and reception gives life to music in a way no recording can. Expect to lose your breath with the melody. Prepare to connect with the music. Watch for surprises! Following concert, we often hear from first-time audience members, ‘I’ll never miss another show.’ We think you will agree.”
New singers are always being sought. Watch for the next round of auditions in 2018 as the Spring show is planned. Auditions and rehearsals are held at First United Methodist Church, 301 Church Street in Sulphur Springs, Texas.