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.
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. The application deadline is usually in April. Check back for the application form for our 2018 scholarship, which will be posted when it is available. Be sure to visit our News Update page to view information on our 2017 scholarship winner!
RCS Graphic Design Contest
Also in conjunction with our Partner In Education with Spotsylvania County Schools, the RCS began a graphic design contest for graphic arts students at the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center. The RCS Graphic Design Contest is held each concert season, when possible, with the Graphic Arts students at the Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center (SCTC). James Fox, the Graphic Arts Instructor at SCTC, incorporates the contest into his lesson plans each semester with the students’ artwork graded and submitted for judging. The winning artwork is used by the RCS’s graphic artist as the basis for printed and media advertising and concert documents and prizes are awarded to the winning students at a concert performance each season. Our first contest was held in the spring of 2012 and we are pleased to continue it each concert season, as it can be incorporated in the season’s lesson plans. Our contest is currently on hold due to illness with one of our program leaders but we will resume the contest as soon as that becomes possible.