Melodic Fun with the North Kingstown Community Chorus
Roberta Retires !!
A Note from the Chairman
Certainly the biggest chorus news this year is Roberta’s announcement that, after 31 years as our director, she is going to retire after the Spring 2016 concert. To put things in perspective, when Roberta founded the chorus in 1985, Ronald Reagan was President, an IBM PC with a floppy disk drive was the state of the art and the internet didn’t exist … and a (very) few of the current NKCC singers hadn’t been born.
What an amazing trip it has been! Here are some ballpark numbers from the past 31 years … The chorus has had almost 600 adult singers and around 350 youth singers. Over 32,000 people have come to our concerts. We have given out $30,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and donated $35,000 to support music in the North Kingstown School system. We sang at 350 parades, nursing homes, dedications or other community events. (No wonder Roberta is ready to retire!)
I once asked Roberta what kept her up at night, and her response surprised me. Her biggest fear was “getting stale”. Well, it never happened – 2015 was our best year ever, with record levels of ticket and ad sales, audience sizes and chorus members!
When Roberta told me over a year ago that she was planning to retire, I created a file called “mission impossible,” because that’s what finding a replacement felt like. But thanks to the efforts of the search committee – and some good luck – we are very excited to have Heather Skidds taking the helm for the fall season. As a chorus member said in the audition feedback forms, she is “Joyful! Talented! Fun!” … in other words, just like someone else we know!
A Note From Roberta
There now is a chorus called NKCC; It sure has meant a great deal to me. We learned all the notes, I say with a grin; OK, some we missed, but it's not a big sin. From Mozart and Beethoven including his wig, The folk songs, the gospel and Broadway's the thing. We sang up a storm, Ellie did a full jig, The twists and the turns, rousing numbers we rig. The band did inspire us with tones all so glorious, The drum kept the beat using both hands and feet. There's Norm's 12 Days and T&J's bucket. (Tom and June) They, of course, stole the whole show. Ted Johnson on clarinet and Jackie on vibes, Sure helped to keep our music alive. With talent like Jim and the Board on the team, They get all the work done behind the scenes. New piano's a joy, new keys to employ. Heather made it all sing, a special great thing. Red cardinals, red cardinals, red cardinals galore. They sing from the top of the highest most tree, One for each singer of the NKCC....and me. The stage is all set with new risers, you bet. We climb up with glee so everyone can see. The curtain does open, the house lights all dim. It's now all or nothing – we sink or we swim. No doubt about it, the applause says it all. We've put on a great show – what a big Wow! We built this great chorus for all to enjoy, And our brand new Director is really a joy. Sing on, sing on, let your voices sing on. Just send me free tickets from now on!
She did it! We will miss you Roberta!
All are welcome to join for the Christmas 2016 season. See below for directions to Quidnessett Elementary School
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