Our Story

The Asheville Choral Society (ACS) has been inspiring and enriching audiences in Western North Carolina since 1978 with remarkable choral music at the highest artistic level. The ACS is made up of some 100-plus auditioned singers ranging in age from 16 to 80-plus, many of whom have professional music backgrounds and all of whom share a passion for singing.

The ACS started in 1977 as a small group of enthusiastic singers, who envisioned a group dedicated to the performance of great choral music. They quickly realized the need for a professional director, and were fortunate to engage the late Dr. Robert P. Keener, Music Director Emeritus, who led the group for its first 22 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 Artistic Director Dr. Melodie Galloway.

Now in its 42nd season, the ACS has garnered a reputation as one of Western North Carolina’s premier music organizations, and has been praised for the versatility, originality, and challenging nature of its programming. The ACS performs with the area’s finest musicians, and has forged artistic collaborations with the Celebration Singers — Asheville’s outstanding youth choir, the Asheville Symphony Chorus, Cantaria, and other acclaimed musical ensembles. The ACS is actively engaged with the greater Asheville community through public performances at festivals and events, holiday caroling at community establishments, and strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, MANNA FoodBank, and the Asheville Humane Society. The ACS was part of the Asheville Amadeus 2017 Festival, in a concert that included the world premiere of a work commissioned by the ACS.

The Asheville Choral Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Mission

The mission of the Asheville Choral Society is to enrich our community with the transformational experience of remarkable choral artistry.

Vision

The Asheville Choral Society will be known for exceptional performances and community partnerships. We will elevate the significance of high-quality choral music, adding value to the Asheville arts scene.

Values

  • Excellence: We hold excellence to be the standard by which we approach performance and rehearsal, constantly seeking to improve both our understanding and presentation of our repertoire. We recognize that excellence takes hard work and commit ourselves to both group and individual practice.
  • Music Literacy: We strive to educate our audience and ourselves about the composers and pieces we perform in order to develop a deeper and richer appreciation for the choral works. We actively expand our musical knowledge by performing choral music of diverse genres and styles.
  • Vocal Artistry: We believe in the beauty of voices of all ages and commit to developing technique, both individual and as a group, to ensure a long life of healthy singing.
  • Collaboration: We are committed to partnering with community organizations using the power of music to affect change for the betterment of Asheville.
  • Community: We affirm the importance of music in highlighting our shared humanity. We believe in developing community within our chorus, recognizing it as a vital component that strengthens our performance as a collective unit, and enhances the care and concern we provide for each other.
  • Diversity: We seek to increase the diversity of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status within our choral membership to better reflect the surrounding community.
  • Joy: We believe that singing collectively brings great pleasure to both the singer and the listener and enhances their lives far beyond the performance.

Join

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.

The Asheville Choral Society follows an equal opportunity policy and welcomes members, Board Directors, and Staff without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.