Arkansas
Choral Society

The Arkansas Choral Society is Central Arkansas’s oldest continually operating musical organization. From our most notable performances of Handel’s Messiah in whole or in part every year since 1930 to our new pieces such as the Celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250 Birthday.

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Handel’s MESSIAH

Join the Arkansas Choral Society – accompanied by members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra – on Friday, December 2 for our 90th performance of Handel’s Messiah. Directed by musically-esteemed Dr. Kent Skinner, this Little Rock tradition serves as a festive way to begin the holiday season. Hosting this musical event is Calvary Baptist Church, located at 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock.

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The Arkansas Choral Society is Central Arkansas’s oldest continually operating musical organization.Best known for performing Handel’s Messiah in whole or in part every year since 1930, the Society’s repertoire includes both classical and contemporary works. Historically the group has traveled Arkansas performing concerts and has also performed at special events such as the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1986. The Arkansas Choral Society partners with high school and college choirs throughout Arkansas for its performances, and offers scholarships for college students.

Dr. Kent Skinner recently retired from being the Director of Choral Activities for the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In this capacity, he led the choral program and served as both stage and music director for the university’s opera and music theatre.

While in Mobile, Dr. Skinner also served as Chorus master for the Mobile Opera Company. He has frequently performed as soloist with the Greeley Philharmonic (Colorado) and upon various stages in Alabama, Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Skinner conducts the Arkansas Choral Society. Dr. Skinner holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Join the Choir

If you’re interested in joining the Arkansas Choral Society, we encourage you to connect with us a apply@lovetosing.org. Rehearsals are held every Monday throughout the fall and spring seasons leading up to the concert dates. There are no auditions. Dues are $25 for a season or $50 for the entire year, and choral members must purchase their own music. We look forward to answering any questions you may have!

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Board Members: Ashley McInturff, Gay Atkinson, Rick Couch, Eric Harrison, Carol Heavin, Nancy Phillips, Calli Turner, Barbara Cantley, DC Miles, Jeanette Emery, Lumas Kendrick, Sr., and  Sharl Hill

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