The Western Carolina Community Chorus is composed of singers from the westernmost counties of the state. The organization is the oldest, continuously active community chorus in western North Carolina. Formed in the fall of 1970 for a joint performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah with the choruses of Western Carolina University, the group has been continuously active since its founding.
The chorus has established a distinguished reputation as a musical resource in the region, providing amateur and professional singers exceptional opportunities for serious study and performance of choral music. Western Carolina University has sponsored the organization since its inception, and the Jackson County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council have also provided significant funding and other forms of support for many years.
During its thirty-nine year history, the chorus has performed a wide variety of choral literature, including over twenty-five major works of composers ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Prokofiev and Orff. The group complements its repertory of masterworks by programming Christmas carols and part songs, choruses from oratorios, extended works of significant contemporary composers, medleys of music from Tin Pan Alley and the Broadway stage, and representative selections of seasonal, patriotic, traditional, and folk music
The chorus has presented concerts throughout western North Carolina, having performed in sixteen different locations in Jackson, Macon, Haywood, and Buncombe counties during its four decades of activity. Membership is open to singers with past experience in community, school, and church choirs. No audition is required for acceptance in the group, but regular attendance at rehearsals is essential. Additional information may be obtained by calling the director, Dr. Robert Holquist, at (828) 293-3270.