Our Story

Since 1977, The Asheville Choral Society has been inspiring and enriching audiences with the presentation of remarkable choral music at the highest artistic level. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the ACS is made up of some 100 volunteer, auditioned singers ranging in age from 18 to 80, many of whom have professional music backgrounds and all of whom share a passion for singing.

Now in its 40th season, the ACS has garnered a reputation as one of Asheville’s premiere music organizations and has been praised for the versatility, originality, and challenging nature of its programming. The ACS was founded by Dr. Robert P. Keener, Music Director Emeritus, who led the group for its first 23 seasons. From 2000 to 2010, Music Director Lenora Thom presided over a period of unprecedented artistic and organizational growth for the chorus. In 2010, the ACS launched a rigorous audition process for its next director, which culminated in the selection of Dr. Melodie Galloway.


The mission of the Asheville Choral Society is to inspire and to enrich performers and audiences through the presentation of remarkable music at the highest artistic level.


If you are interested in joining The Asheville Choral Society as a singer, check out our Auditions Page for more information and to schedule an audition.