RiverChor holds auditions for the 2016-2017 season


Are you interested in singing with RiverChor?  We are having auditions on Sunday, September 11 from 1-3 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  You do not need to prepare anything, and auditions take about 10 minutes.

Our 2016 season will be as follows:

Sunday, Nov. 13               Fall Concert, Zion Lutheran, 2:00 pm

Saturday, Dec. 10             Holiday Concert with the CSO, Clinton High, 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 23                Spring Concert, Zion Lutheran, 2:00 pm

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RiverChor to present Spring Concert

RiverChor, Clinton Iowa's Community Choir

RiverChor will present a blend of choral music taking you on a number of delightful journeys.  Visit the Gypsies with Brahms, experience an ocean and a river community, relive your childhood with updated nursery rhymes, and Fly Away while Awakening to the music!  The concert will be on May 1, 2016, at 2:00 pm, in Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  It is open to all, and is free.

Repertoire presented will be selected from the following:

Come to the Music……Joseph M. Martin

O Clap Your Hands …. Maurice Green

Festival Te Deum ….. R. Vaughn Williams

Zigeunderlieder ….. Johannes Brahms

Monday’s Child, and Sing a Song of Sixpence ……. arr. John Rutter

Away from the Roll of the Sea ….. Allister MacGillivray

Song for the Mira ……. Allister MacGillivray

Do I Hear a Waltz? (Medley)  …… Rodgers/Hammerstein/Sondheim/Hart

I’ll Fly Away …. Albert Brumley

All Through the Night …… arr. Norman Luboff

The Awakening …… Joseph M. Martin


Mark your calendar for May 1, we’ll see you there!

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RiverChor’s Spring 2016 Concert

RiverChor is hard at work on our spring concert.  I’ll post more about that soon, however I wanted to get this date change out to you.  We had originally announced that the concert would be in April, however it will now be on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  Mark your calendars now and save the date!!

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Enjoy Messiah Again!

Did you miss our Messiah performance, or want to see/hear it again?  Here it is!

Merry Christmas from RiverChor!

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Handel’s “Messiah” to be Performed December 6

RiverChor, the Ashford University Choir, Clinton community singers, and Clinton orchestra members are in final preparations for Handel’s “Messiah”.  The performance is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  The performance is free, however offerings are appreciated to defray expenses.  Please come out and be part of a Clinton tradition since the 1930’s!!



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Messiah Rehearsals Begin….Join us!

Handel MessiahIt is time to prepare for a long time Clinton tradition, the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Any community member who would like to sing is welcome, we have the musical score for you to borrow (or you are welcome to bring your own).  Rehearsals are from 7-8:30 pm on Monday evenings, in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 5th Ave South, Clinton, Iowa (enter in the alley/parking lot side, proceed to the top of the stairs).  The first rehearsal is Monday, November 2nd.  (Missed the first one?  It’s ok, come next Monday!)

This is the third year of the cycle, so we will be performing nearly the entire work with orchestra.  The performance will be on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 pm.  Hope to see you at rehearsal, or the concert….it’s not Christmas without the Messiah!

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RiverChor presents ‘O, To Be in England’ on November 1

RiverChor is in final rehearsals for their fall concert, “O, To Be in England”. Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa. The concert will feature the following pieces:

When in Our Music God is Glorified …..  Charles Villiers Stanford
Remember, O Lord, What is Come Upon Us …..  T. A. Walmisley

Jerusalem, DLM …..  William Blake
I Was Glad …..  C. H. H. Parry
featuring David Gaulrapp, organist

Hosanna to the Son of David …..  Orlando Gibbons
There Shall a Star from David …..  Felix Mendelssohn
Advent Motet …..  Gustav Schreck

Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven ….. Pepper Choplin
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot ….. arr. Stacey V. Gibbs

I’ll Fly Away ….. Albert E. Brumley/arr. Joel Raney

We look forward to seeing you in the audience this Sunday!

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RiverChor Prepares for November 1 Concert

RiverChor Nov 2015 Promo jpgSave the date!  RiverChor will present their fall concert on Sunday, November 1, at 2pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.  Entitled ‘O, To Be In England’, the concert will feature works by English composers.

If you’d like to help us promote the concert, simply click the link below for a PDF of our poster, which you can print and post.


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2015 Auditions, and start of the season!

auditions2It’s time for auditions!  Stop by Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, IA anytime between 1-3pm on Sunday, August 30th.  There is no need to prepare anything, our director will ask you to sing a few simple things to get an idea of your range and ability.  The audition will take about 10 minutes.

The RiverChor 2015-2016 season will start rehearsals this Monday, August 31, at 7:00p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church in Clinton.  Come in the door facing the parking lot and proceed up the stairs or elevator.


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RiverChor to feature Bach Cantata on April 19th Concert

Christ lag in Todes Banden BWV 4 is an early cantata of Johann Sebastian Bach, and was likely intended for an Easter performance in 1707.  It is a chorale cantata, with music and text based on the hymn of the same name by Martin Luther.  There are seven movements, and it will be accompanied by strings.

RiverChor is also excited to present Robert Schumann’s Er, der Herrlichste von allen.  This piece has been newly arranged for three part women by Dr. Thea Engelson.

Making up the balance of the concert are various songs of the sea, of love, and spirituals as follows:

He’s Gone Away   American Folk Song  arr. Shaw/Parker

The Sailor and Young Nancy     arr. E.J Moeran

I Love My Love    Cornish Folk Song  arr. Gustav Holst

The Jolly Tar and the Milkmaid    George & Ira Gershwin

Where is Love?    Lionel Bart arr. Kirby Shaw

I Love That Old Barbershop Style   Einar Pedersen  arr. Val Hicks

Let Me Fly    arr. Robert DeCormier

I’ll Never Turn Back No More    R. Nathaniel Dett

King Jesus is A-Listenin’   arr. Ken Berg

Saints Bound for Heaven    Traditional   arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this concert!  It will be Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 2:00P.M. in Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.  The concert is open to the public, a free will-offering will be taken to defray the cost of music and musicians.

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