Honoring RCS and The Battle of Chancellorsville
Shown here (l to r) are Linda Monner, RCS Conductor; Mrs. Bass-Fortune, Principal of Chancellor High School; Chuck Parry, RCS President; and Vic Szabo, RCS Facilities Coordinator. The RCS was given an American flag flown over the United States Capitol Building in honor of the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville (held by Linda Monner) and an accompanying certificate of authenticity signed by the Architect of the Capitol (held by Chuck Parry) for their commemorative Spring 2013 performance of music from the Civil War era. The RCS formally presented the flag and certificate of authenticity, along with a special certificate of appreciation to Chancellor High School (held by Mrs. Bass-Fortune), to Mrs. Bass-Fortune at a meeting of the Spotsylvania School Board. The school proudly displays the flag and certificates at Chancellor High School.
Anne E. Parker Memorial RCS Scholarship
It was the vision of one of our founding members, Anne E. Parker, that sparked the creation of the scholarship we offer each year. Anne felt a strong commitment to support the arts locally. It is in her memory that we are pleased to award a scholarship to a graduating Spotsylvania County senior who is continuing their education in music or the performing arts. We awarded our first scholarship in 2012. Make sure to check back here for the 2021-2022 Scholarship Application! Visit our News Update page for information on our last scholarship winner.
In Partnership with Spotsylvania County Parks and Recreation
In the summer of 2010 the RCS entered into a partnership with Spotsylvania County Parks and Recreation, enabling the choral society to utilize a county high school auditorium for our performances and allowed us the use of county owned risers for the stage. We honor our partnership with Parks and Recreation by performing at selected county events, such as the July 4th Spectacular.
Partner In Education with Spotsylvania County Schools
In early 2011, the RCS became a Partner In Education with the Spotsylvania County Schools. We have established a relationship with the high schools and include them in programs designed to involve students in our concert efforts. Through our partnership, we formed a relationship with Chancellor High School and perform our twice-yearly concerts in their large, beautiful auditorium. Click on the photo to the left to view it in full. The RCS requested that a flag be flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Battle of Chancellorsville when the chorus performed a spring concert of Civil War music. The flag and certificates were presented to Chancellor High School for display and in appreciation of their continued loyal support to the RCS for our use of their school for our performances. Chancellor High School Principal, Mrs. Bass-Fortune, accepted the certificates from our then-president Chuck Parry (third from right), our conductor Linda Monner (left) and Vic Szabo (right), RCS board member, Facility Coordinator and singer.
Partner In Community Service with the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Department
In 2014, the RCS began a relationship with the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Department as a Partner In Community Service. The Sheriff’s Department’s cadet program provides us with a cadre of cadets at concerts who help perform various duties on concert performance weekend as we set up the lobby, acting as ushers and helping wherever they are needed. In the photo to the right, then-president Chuck Parry (center left) presents a Partners in Community Service certificate to Spotsylvania County Sheriff Roger Harris (center right) with conductor Linda Monner (left) and board member Linda Maple (right), who volunteers along with her husband Mike with the Sheriff’s Department assisting in administrative duties.
Grants and awards
The Rappahannock Choral Society has been awarded two Project
Grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts in conjunction
with two of our performances about the Homefront during WWll
and the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Chancellorsville.
We have received commendations from the Governor of Virginia
as well as in a HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 206 “..for their
exemplary leadership as the premier community choral
organization in Spotsylvania County and the Rappahannock Region.”