FOUNDING CONDUCTOR TO RETIRE …
For seven very successful years, Linda Monner has conducted the 65-voice Rappahannock Choral Society to the delight of thousands of music patrons. In July, Mrs. Monner, one of the founders of the RCS, plans to retire as Conductor/Music/Artistic Director after the 2017-18 concert season. “Although I’m ready to turn over my conducting baton, I plan to stay active with the RCS in whatever advisory role I can, including helping lead the search for a person to take over the music leadership,” Monner said.
The search for a Conductor/Music/Artistic Director produced a number of candidates, according to RCS president David A. Covington. “Linda has been the heart and soul of the RCS from the very beginning. Her inspiration on the conductor’s podium and her ability to bring forth the very best from every one of our singers is not only superb, but unique. Finding her successor was a big challenge,” Covington added. Look for information on our new conductor shortly.
Linda plans to stay active with the RCS in a supporting role. Her legacy of achievement will leave RCS well-situated to continue making “Great Music…Close to Home”© for many years.
The Rappahannock Choral Society was awarded a project grant from the Virginia Commission of the Arts for our spring 2015 concert. This is the second time that the RCS has been awarded a project grant. The first one was for our highly successful spring 2013 concert which featured “A Musical Remembrance of the Civil War and the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Chancellorsville.”
“…commended for their exemplary leadership as the premier community choral organization in Spotsylvania County and the Rappahannock Region” — HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 206: Commending the Rappahannock Choral Society
The Rappahannock Choral Society announced the winner of the $500 2017 Anne E. Parker Memorial Scholarship, OLIVER KRISKA, a senior attending Chancellor High School, at the Spring 2017 concert performance on Saturday, May 12th at Chancellor High School. Oliver has been playing violin for nine years and piano for five years. He is the Concertmaster of his school’s Symphonic Orchestra and plays in the electric orchestra, string quartet, and pit orchestra for musicals. He is also a member of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra. Other hobbies Oliver enjoys include drawing, playing ukulele, performing with a rock string group, and entering LEGO building competitions.
This fall, Oliver will attend James Madison University to double major in Music (violin performance) and Chemistry.