We are referred to as a community chorus. For performances other than our bi-annual concerts we are represented by The Spotlighters, a smaller ensemble of the chorus. Our legal governing entity, authorized to conduct official business as a nonprofit charitable organization, is The Spotsylvanians, Inc®. More information about each is stated below.
How We Operate
The Spotsylvanians, Inc.®
We are a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation and community choral organization in partnership with Spotsylvania County Parks and Recreation and parent organization to The Spotsylvanians Community Chorus.® We are a member organization of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Of Commerce. Our goals are to provide affordable, quality musical entertainment, and to enlighten, educate, and acquaint the community with the history and variety of choral music through our performances. In addition, participants learn proper choral and performance techniques. We also cooperate with school based musical support programs by involving students from within our local school system. Membership fees are waved for students.
The Spotsylvanians Community Chorus®
We perform two major concerts each year – a Spring Concert in May and a Christmas Candlelight Concert in December. Our Christmas Concert is free of charge as “OUR GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY.” Our Spring Concert has an admission fee to help defray annual operating expenses. Tickets are sold in two categories, regular admission and discounted admission for senior citizens and students. In addition, we perform at Spotsylvania County sponsored events. Our membership consists of approximately 50 singers divided into four balanced sections. Brochure.
This smaller group is a select ensemble comprised of singers from The Spotsylvanians Community Chorus.® They perform where it would not be feasible for our larger group to perform. When requested to perform at organized events, The Spotlighters require a stipend to help defray annual operating expenses. Visit our contact page for scheduling and booking information.
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The Spotsylvanians® welcomes anyone interested in singing in our choral ensemble. If you would like to become a part of this exciting experience, contact our membership chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We renew membership for each of our two annual concerts and practice Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. Membership dues are $35 ($65 for a couple) to help defray concert costs.
What We Sing
This exciting chorus learns and performs a wide variety of excellent choral literature for our Spring Concert. The repertoire includes spirituals, sacred and folk songs, melodies from Broadway, humorous pieces and music of the great composers. Our Christmas Candlelight Concert features beautiful carols, folk songs, traditional hymns and contemporary pieces. It is performed on a stage decorated for Christmas in a family setting. Concert Performance Dates: Check the Upcoming Performances section of this website, and the local media, for dates and location of our December and May concerts.
Robert Estes, Our Founding Conductor
The "Spotsylvanians" name was specifically chosen so as to bring special recognition and a sense of community identity to Spotsylvania County and the Rappahannock area by providing new, exciting musical entertainment to concert audiences as well as local charitable organizations, and the public and private sectors of the community.
Mr. Robert Estes founded The Spotsylvanians in December of 2002. Mr Estes previously taught music in the public schools of Connecticut for 33 years and retired in 1985 to Durham, North Carolina. In 1987 he founded the Durham Chorale, which he conducted for 15 years.
Our first official practice was held in January 2003. Our first public appearance was for a graduation ceremony on 4 June at Courtland H.S. Our debut concert performance was held on 7-8 June 2003.
Mission and Goals
The Spotsylvanians is composed primarily of adult singers from Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George counties, and the nearby surrounding area. Most of these amateur singers currently participate in church choirs within the Rappahannock geographical area and are looking to expand their musical repertoires and community service outreach. Our purpose is to provide a culturally stimulating non-profit biannual music program for these singers and the Rappahannock community at large. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life in the community and create a sense of community identity for our fellow citizens.
The Spotlighters is a nucleus of trained four part and solo singers, available year round, to provide community service choral music and programs for local Government and Community sponsored functions, as well as to our local Hospital, Hospice, assisted living centers, and senior citizen homes on a volunteer basis. As an extension of our commitment to community involvment, we are cooperating fully with the schools to utilize students, technicians, and musical artists to assist with our performances.
This logo represents The Spotsylvanians, Inc., and The Spotsylvanians Community Chorus. The Spotsylvanians, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation and community choral organization in partnership with Spotsylvania County Parks and Recreation and the parent organization of The Spotsylvanians Community Chorus.