Summit Choral Society

Summit Choral Society SCS prides itself on producing & performing high-quality musical events with emphasis on education. Each student progresses at his/her own speed and ability.
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Summit Choral Society began in 1990 with the Masterworks Chorale. The Children’s Choir Program soon followed in 1990, providing the start of a unique pathway for choral music education and performance. The vision was to develop a musical community for singers of all ages who enjoy learning, growing, creating and sharing the sounds of the expansive world of choral repertoire. Serving the Greater Ak

ron area for 29 years, the Children’s Choir Program is a unique vocal music education program for children in grades one through twelve. Its teachings are based on the Zoltan Kodály method of attaining music literacy. This past season, 179 children from over 100 schools in six counties participate. Singers are placed in one of four Musicianship Classes and the appropriate choir (Beginning Singing, Intermediate, Advanced or Performance Choirs) matched with their own musical experience and skill. The Metropolitan Chorus, formally Masterworks Choral, is a unique adult choral ensemble focusing on a wide variety of music with a concentration on ​intimately-performed works in the Greater Akron community. Representing many diverse backgrounds, cultures, races and beliefs, these multi-generational singers are brought together by their love of the choral arts. They share a dedication to excellence, exploring and preserving choral repertoire from all over the world. SCS's Metropolitan Chorus provides relevant, inspiring and ingenuitive programming throughout the greater Akron community.

​Summit Choral Society is a nationally recognized, award-winning choral performance program!

....and the countdown begins! 🎉The Metropolitan Chorus Spring Concert is just NINE days away!Join the Metropolitan Choru...
04/18/2024

....and the countdown begins! 🎉The Metropolitan Chorus Spring Concert is just NINE days away!

Join the Metropolitan Chorus for a musical evening this April! 🌟Under the direction of Dr. Britt Cooper, SCS's Metropolitan Chorus will perform a variety of musical works to enhance your Spring season.

Tickets are on sale now on our website. Doors open at 6:30. Reserve your seats today at https://www.summitchoralsociety.org/metropolitan-spring-concert.html

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04/15/2024

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Tomorrow is opening night for Revere High School Players production of Rogers & Hammerstein's, Cinderella ✨Wishing Perfo...
04/10/2024

Tomorrow is opening night for Revere High School Players production of Rogers & Hammerstein's, Cinderella ✨

Wishing Performance Choir Member, Rasi Veerappan, and the entire cast a successful and fun run! Break a leg! 🎭

🎫Tickets are on sale now and the show runs April 11-14: https://rhs.revereschools.org/families/revere-players

Join the Metropolitan Chorus for a musical evening this April! 🌟Under the direction of Dr. Britt Cooper, SCS's Metropoli...
04/09/2024

Join the Metropolitan Chorus for a musical evening this April! 🌟Under the direction of Dr. Britt Cooper, SCS's Metropolitan Chorus will perform a variety of musical works to enhance your Spring season.

Tickets are on sale now on our website. Doors open at 6:30. Reserve your seats today!🎵

https://www.summitchoralsociety.org/metropolitan-spring-concert.html

Yesterday, singers from the Metropolitan Chorus performed on in the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. We ar...
04/07/2024

Yesterday, singers from the Metropolitan Chorus performed on in the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. We are so incredibly proud of all of the singers who performed yesterday evening!

SCS's Metropolitan Chorus is getting ready for their big performance of lluminare by Elaine Hagenberg at Carnegie Hall T...
04/06/2024

SCS's Metropolitan Chorus is getting ready for their big performance of lluminare by Elaine Hagenberg at Carnegie Hall TONIGHT at 8:30 PM, in Stern Auditorium on Perelman Stage National Concerts

The group is having a wonderful time in New York! Check the comments to see all of the memories they've shared.

ONE MORE DAY until members of the Metropolitan Chorus perform at Carnegie Hall! Summit Choral Society is thrilled to ann...
04/05/2024

ONE MORE DAY until members of the Metropolitan Chorus perform at Carnegie Hall!

Summit Choral Society is thrilled to announce that its adult community choir, Metropolitan Chorus, has been selected to perform in the world-renowned Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Singers from this prestigious group will sing in New York City as part of the National Masterwork Chorus performance of “Illuminare” concert by celebrated composer Elaine Hagenberg on April 6, 2024.
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Summit Choral Society values the safety of each and every baby, child, mother, father, grandparent, teacher and singer w...
04/02/2024

Summit Choral Society values the safety of each and every baby, child, mother, father, grandparent, teacher and singer who comes to our programs on Tuesday evenings. Tomorrow evening, Tuesday April 2nd, is forecast to have severe inclimate weather in our area and all immediate surrounding areas. The weather forecast includes damaging winds up to 80 MPH and the potential for both tornadoes and hail. Due to this information, all SCS classes and rehearsals scheduled for tomorrow night have been cancelled and rescheduled. The following is information regarding your rescheduled class/program/rehearsal. Please mark your calendars for the make-up!

Metropolitan Chorus and Children’s Choir Program will be moved to
Sunday, April 21st at Summit Choral Society at SummitArtspace
Bel Canto - 2:30-3:40PM
Advanced Choir - 2:30-3:50PM
Performance Choir - 2:30-4:30PM
Extension Choirs - 3:20-3:50PM
Metropolitan Chorus - 4:00-5:45PM

Sing With Me will be moved to Tuesday, May 14, 5:20-5:50PM at Summit Choral Society at SummitArtspace

Please check the weather in your area and keep your family safe.
https://www.news5cleveland.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-threat-increasing-for-tuesday-night-in-northeast-ohio

  Two years ago today, Performance Choir embarked on an All Ohio Tour, working with the Cincinnati Youth Choir in a mast...
04/01/2024

Two years ago today, Performance Choir embarked on an All Ohio Tour, working with the Cincinnati Youth Choir in a master class workshop and performing with the Columbus Children's Chorus at the National Veterans Memorial & Museum!


And the countdown begins! SCS's Metropolitan Chorus will perform at Carnegie Hall in just SIX days on this Saturday, Apr...
04/01/2024

And the countdown begins! SCS's Metropolitan Chorus will perform at Carnegie Hall in just SIX days on this Saturday, April 6😄

  We are excited to welcome Mario Buchanan, organist and piano accompanist, to the SCS team! 😄Mario Buchanan has served ...
03/23/2024

We are excited to welcome Mario Buchanan, organist and piano accompanist, to the SCS team! 😄

Mario Buchanan has served as Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church since September, 2018. At Christ Church, Mario oversees the Adult Choir, a choral scholar program of six singers, and an RSCM-affiliated Young Choristers program. Mario came to Hudson from Canton, Ohio where he was the Gibbs Music Intern at Christ Presbyterian Church. Born and raised in Akron, Mario is a graduate of the University of Akron where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, studying primarily with Valerie Thorson and secondarily with Nicole Keller. In addition to his college organ studies, Mario studied voice and remained active in various choirs throughout the area. Mario received the distinction of winning the 2014-15 Concerto Competition at the University of Akron, the first organist to win the award. He performed Francois Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in G minor with the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim. He has received additional organ instruction from Todd Wilson, Marie-Louis Langlais (widow of Jean Langlais), James David Christie, and Craig Cramer. Mario concertizes around the country, including most recently at St. Philip's Cathedral in Atlanta and Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. Mario studied choral conducting with Dr. Samuel Gordon, Dr. Marie Bucoy-Calavan, and has participated in masterclasses with Dr. William Weinert, Dr. Ann Howard Jones, Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, and John Nelson. Mario is a Colleague of the AGO, Past Dean of the AGO Akron Chapter, past Music in Worship Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association(OCDA), and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM).

Senior Banners are now hanging in downtown Akron! They can be seen between streets High & Dart❤️Ava, Elinor, Erika, Jami...
03/21/2024

Senior Banners are now hanging in downtown Akron! They can be seen between streets High & Dart❤️

Ava, Elinor, Erika, Jamie, Madeline, & Natalie

🎵May The Road Rise Up To Meet You🎵

AKRON, OH – Summit Choral Society is thrilled to announce that its adult community choir, Metropolitan Chorus, has been ...
03/18/2024

AKRON, OH – Summit Choral Society is thrilled to announce that its adult community choir, Metropolitan Chorus, has been selected to perform in the world-renowned Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Singers from this prestigious group will sing in New York City as part of the National Masterwork Chorus performance of “Illuminare” concert by celebrated composer Elaine Hagenberg on April 6, 2024.

This invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall is a testament to the exceptional talent and dedication of our Metropolitan Chorus singers. We are honored to have been chosen to participate in this prestigious event, which celebrates excellence in choral music across the nation. Under the direction of Dr. Britt Cooper, the Metropolitan Chorus has been preparing for this momentous occasion, performing this work for the Akron community as its feature repertoire at this season’s Christmas Candlelight Concert Series, a captivating and unforgettable performance to be sure!

Dr. Cooper states, “Carnegie Hall is the most famous concert hall in the United States; we are deeply honored to be sending singers from Metropolitan Chorus to New York to sing great music in that very special place. I invite any adult singer with a passion for music to join our ensemble and share in future opportunities such as this!”

The National Masterwork Chorus “Illuminare” concert promises to be an evening of musical splendor, showcasing the brilliance and beauty of Hagenberg’s compositions. With its stirring melodies, rich harmonies, and profound lyrics, this music has the power to inspire and uplift audiences of all ages.

“I am immensely proud of our Metropolitan Chorus and their remarkable achievements. Their dedication to musical excellence and their passion for sharing the joy of choral music are a testament to the arts and culture sector right here in Akron. We look forward to representing Summit Choral Society and Akron, Ohio, on the prestigious Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall,” says Shara L Cocchiola, Executive Artistic Director.

For more information about Summit Choral Society, please visit SummitChoralSociety.org

Summit Choral Society is excited to Welcome Jared Coleman to the SCS Board of Directors!   😄Jared Coleman is President o...
03/17/2024

Summit Choral Society is excited to Welcome Jared Coleman to the SCS Board of Directors! 😄

Jared Coleman is President of Diogenes Asset Management UA LLC and Executive Director of UAkronPark, Inc. In these roles he manages compliance, stakeholder relations, capital projects, and strategic planning for the parking concession at the University of Akron. He was previously the Director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Akron, which is also his alma mater. Born in Akron, Jared grew up attending a church with a ca****la congregational singing. This inspired a love for choral music. He has fond childhood memories of going with his family to hear the Akron Derbytown Chorus and many barbershop quartets perform at the Civic Theatre.

The joy of singing, combined with a love of education and desire for equality make Jared a firm believer in the mission and values of Summit Choral Society. Jared currently lives in North Canton, Ohio with his two children.

☀️ Learn more about Jared and our board on our website at https://www.summitchoralsociety.org/board-of-directors.html (link in bio).

03/13/2024
Performance Choir sang for Canton American Guild of Organists today! ❤️🎶
03/12/2024

Performance Choir sang for Canton American Guild of Organists today! ❤️🎶

  Meet Chris Burnham, Emeritus Director!🌟The First President of The Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA)...
03/04/2024

Meet Chris Burnham, Emeritus Director!🌟

The First President of The Development Finance Authority of Summit County (DFA) since 2000, Chris has successfully guided and financed numerous development and redevelopment projects in the region. With over 30 years experience in public and DFA to directly or indirectly be associated with the retention and creation of 11,077 jobs, including thousands of construction jobs.

Chris has been an innovator in regional cooperation, guiding the DFA to provide economic development finance in eight Northeast Ohio counties. In 2003, DFA established the Fixed-Rate Common Jobs & Investment Bond Fund Program, one of five rated (Standard & Poor'sBBB+) bond fund programs in the State of Ohio.

As Director of Marketing for ASW Services, Inc., from 1994-2000, Chris was responsible for guiding the development of CAK International Business Park, Foreign Trade Zone #181, located at the Akron-Canton Airport. The business park attracted eight new businesses bringing $57.85 M of private investment and approximately 1,000 jobs to Summit County.

Chris also served as Director of Development for Summit County with responsibility for economic development and community development programs, the Department of Building Standards, Capital Improvements, and the Planning Commission. Chis also served as the President of SCS's board of directors from 2016-2023!

THANK YOU for all that you do for SCS, Chris !😄

Learn more about him on our website at https://www.summitchoralsociety.org/board-of-directors.html

Our Tuesday nights are always lively because of our amazing singers ❤️
03/04/2024

Our Tuesday nights are always lively because of our amazing singers ❤️

  Meet Diane Cardew, Emeritus Director!🌟Diane (Kilo) Cardew joined the Board of Directors of Summit Choral Society (SCS)...
03/04/2024

Meet Diane Cardew, Emeritus Director!🌟

Diane (Kilo) Cardew joined the Board of Directors of Summit Choral Society (SCS) in 2013 and
held office as Treasurer before her election as President in 2014. She served as President of the
Board from October 2014 to July 2016. Diane was honored as an Emeritus Director in June 2018
before leaving the Board to join the staff, where she served as the Business Manager, grant writer
and Metropolitan Chorus coordinator until December 2020. Prior to her employment with SCS,
she taught and coordinated gifted programs for Tallmadge City Schools for 30 years, while also
coaching and directing several creative and academic competitions, conducting in-service
trainings and presenting at state and national gifted education conferences. Diane is currently
employed as a Business Operations Coordinator for the American Red Cross. She has been
involved with SCS since 2004 when she started singing with the Masterworks Chorale. She
continues to sing with SCS in the Metropolitan Chorus, along with her son, who is an alumnus of SCS’s Children’s Choir Program.

THANK YOU for all that you do for SCS, Diane!😄

Learn more about her on our website at https://www.summitchoralsociety.org/board-of-directors.html

Choral•ography is one week away! We'd like to give a HUGE THANK YOU of our 2024 table sponsors for this event for suppor...
03/02/2024

Choral•ography is one week away! We'd like to give a HUGE THANK YOU of our 2024 table sponsors for this event for supporting Summit Choral Society and helping .

  Meet Dawn Wilson, Board of Directors Member!🌟Dawn Wilson is the Fine Arts Learning Specialist for the Akron Public Sch...
03/01/2024

Meet Dawn Wilson, Board of Directors Member!🌟

Dawn Wilson is the Fine Arts Learning Specialist for the Akron Public Schools. In this capacity, she
oversees the Fine Arts programs in grades PK through 12. Prior to this position, Dawn served in
numerous schools in Akron as a choral music teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Dawn graduated
from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (Therapy).
She completed her Master of Science degree in Education (Administration) at the University of Akron.
Dawn is passionate about providing opportunities for students to be exposed to and participate in the
variety of Fine Arts programming available in our community. Her mission is to facilitate the
development and maintenance of a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

THANK YOU for all that you do for SCS, Dawn!😄

Learn more about her on our website at https://www.summitchoralsociety.org/board-of-directors.html

Our SWM class for the Spring is officially FULL!🎉Our next SWM session will be in the Fall: ​OCTOBER 8, 15, 22, 28 | NOVE...
02/28/2024

Our SWM class for the Spring is officially FULL!🎉

Our next SWM session will be in the Fall:
​OCTOBER 8, 15, 22, 28 | NOVEMBER 5, 12

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