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Royal River to Hold Online Auction
        November 15-30, 2010

Starting on November 15, 2010 and ending November 30th, Royal River Chorus will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise money for the organization.  YOU are invited to bid on these items online to help the chorus raise money for music, costumes, coaches, and educational workshops. 

This is an easy way to support the chorus... simply go to http://www.biddingforgood.com/royalriverchorus to view the items, and if you see something you would like to bid on, simply enter a username and password and follow the prompts.

BiddingForGood.com is the leading online charity auction platform for non-profit organizations who want an easy way to raise money for their group.  The auction site allows donors to make tax-deductible donations and bidders to donate to the non-profit of their choice. BiddingForGood brings together all charity auctions in one place, supporting hundreds of nonprofit causes nationwide with thousands of different items up for bid each day. The proceeds from each bid go directly to the cause that item represents.

Bid high and bid often!    Thanks!!!!


xmastree.gif (5856 bytes)FREE Performance at the American Legion
        December 9, 2010

If you have never heard/seen Royal River Chorus, here's your chance!!

Royal River will be holding an Open House and concert for the community at the American Legion Hall, 17 Dunn Street, in Westbrook.  The chorus will sing songs of the season as well as a variety of numbers from their regular repertoire.  Royal River's quartets will also perform.   Refreshments will be served. 

The performance is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. 

Flyer for the Performance


Choir Fest 2010
        November 13, 2010 -  Westbrook Performing Arts Center

The Royal River Chorus, along with 5 other choral groups from Southern Maine,  were invited to an all-day workshop led by Dr. Rollo Dilworth to work on vocal skills.  Each chorus had private sessions with Dr. Dilworth, then all the choirs got together to work on 2 songs together, one of which was composed by Dr. Dilworth. 

In the evening, a concert featuring each group was held for the general public.  Each choral group performed 2-3 numbers, then the concert ended with the entire ensemble (all 500 singers) singing the 2 songs that they learned during the day.  What a glorious sound!

Rollo.jpg (26893 bytes) Guest clinician and conductor Dr. Rollo Dilworth is a world renowned composer, teacher, and coach. He has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and has been the guest director at State Honor Festivals in 25 states. His performing endeavors have taken him to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Featured Choral Groups:

The Royal River Chorus
The Boy Singers of Maine
The Mt. Ararat Chamber Singers
The Portland Community Chorus
Musica de Filia
The University of Southern Maine Chorale


Master Director Christine Ferguson Retires

After 13 1/2 years directing the Royal River Chorus, Christine Ferguson is retiring as the director of Royal River. While she explores other opportunities, she will continue as a non-singing Member of the chorus and will continue singing with her quartet Celebrate!  

ChrisSanAntonio.jpg (39702 bytes)Chris joined Royal River in 1995 as a front row performer and shortly after became the Associate Director.  When former director Lorraine Barrows resigned in 1996, Chris took over as director. In 1999 Chris earned the title of Master Director by completing the Director's Certification Program and by leading the chorus to a score of over 600 points at contest!  With Chris's exceptional knowledge of vocal production and her ability to light up the stage with  personality and showmanship, Royal River improved year after year, winning many awards. Christine Ferguson will be a hard act to follow!

Assistant Director Wendi McPike, a very accomplished musician who previously directed the Heart of Maine Chorus, has taken over as director.  The chorus members had a mini-goal setting discussion to discuss their hopes and concerns,  and will have a full goal setting in the near future.  During the mini-session it was learned that the Royal River members are very sad about losing Chris but  are positive about the change and look forward to the next phase in the life of Royal River with Wendi at its helm.


Contest News
Apr 16-17, 2010

Royal River Chorus brings home awards

Under the direction of our interim director, Wendi McPike, Royal River took home first prize in the AA Mid-Size Chorus division and 3rd place in the overall contest.   The chorus performed a steamy  version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" full of character and flirtatious choreography while wowing the audience with their big sound.  For the second number, Royal River performed the beautifully nostalgic ballad, "Once Upon a Time."  It must have had the desired effect because some members of the audience were caught with tears in their eyes. The chorus performed at the Show of Champions later that evening and let loose yet again and recieved a long standing ovation.

In addition to their first and third medals, Royal River won the Most Competing Quartets award.   This award is given to the chorus that has the highest percentage of members competing in a quartet.  For the first time, Royal River had 5 quartets competing.

Royal River Quartets

The Quartet Contest was exceptionally competetive and  exciting again this year. All the quartets were very entertaining.

Congratulations to Celebrate! who's sound always mesmerizes the audiences.  The judges awarded their efforts with great scores and a 3rd place medal.  Their received the highest Music scores, and were one pont behind the champs in their Sound score.

Congratulations also to Rally! who came in 9th in their first contest, an amazing accomplishment. Their practice and hard work made their performance seem effortless.

A round of applause also to Flashpoint! , Better Together, and Relative Ring who truly entertained the audience with great songs, beautiful blends, and heart-felt emotion.

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All dressed and ready to go! 
In the lobby just before walking over to Symphony Hall for contest.


Royal River is 25 Years Old!

On January 28th, Royal River celebrated its 25th anniversary.  During the past 25 years, many songs have been sung, many lasting friendships have been formed, and many memories have been shared during those 25 years.   To celebrate, all former and current members were invited to a night of celebration with lots of photos, videos, Royal River trivia, and of course singing.  It was SO great to see so many  former members  there, including the founding director, Lorraine Barrows.

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Please check out some of the photos from the party..


International Contest
October 20-24, 2009

At Regional Contest in May of 2008, Royal River came in 2nd place and achieved their highest score ever.  This score was high enough to earn them a wildcard spot at International Competition in Nashville in 2009. After working hard at rehearsals and receiving coaching from the best of the best (Jim Arns, Betty Clipman, Joe Connelly, and Dale Syverson), we were ready.   We came in 19th which was a great improvement from our previous International contest in Detroit.  We also scored 115 points higher than the previous International contest.  Success!!  Our contest songs were "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "How Deep is the Ocean."   Everyone had a FANTASTIC time in Nashville!!  Yahoo!!!!


New Rehearsal Hall

After several months of searching, Royal River has found a new rehearsal hall  which fulfills all our needs.   The American Legion  in Westbrook is excited at the prospect of renting their hall to a performing group.  We will also be able to have coaching sessions there and Christmas parties, etc.  The hall has a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, breakout rooms, and a place to store our "stuff" and is on the edge of a nice park.  Please see Rehearsal Information for more details.

American Legion Hall
17 Dunn Street
Westbrook, Maine


REAL Women... REAL Harmony... REAL Fun!!!
January 10, 2009

Royal River Chorus hosted an all-day educational program and new membership drive on Saturday, January 10th, 2009.  This was a great opportunity to learn about the barbershop art form, enjoy free voice lessons, and hear the acclaimed Royal River Chorus all at the same time.   Several women enjoyed the day and are contemplating  membership.  For those who missed the session, stay tuned for future workshops, or join Royal RIver on ANY Thursday rehearsal to see if Royal River is just the outlet you've been looking for.

More info about Royal River Rehearsals


Royal River's Latest CD Now on SALE!

Royal River has just lowered the price of their latest CD, Royal River Chorus - Live!    This is Royal River's fourth CD, but it is the first time they have produced a live recording.  The songs were recorded in October 2006 during their annual show, "Runnin' Wild and Feelin' Groovy." 

The CD uses its title songs and other themed music to contrast today's life in the fast lane with the laid back vibe of the sixties.   Favorite songs of the era are sung by the chorus and by 3 of its quartets.  In addition a couple numbers are sung by the Young Women in Harmony chorus, a group of 48 girls (age 7-23) who spent six hours on the day of the show rehearsing for their moment in the spotlight.  Two bonus tracks are also on the CD - Royal River's 2007 Competition songs recorded live during their contest in Springfield, Massachussetts. 

For more details about the new CD, click Royal River Chorus - Live

For information about our other CD's click on CD's, Tapes and Cookbooks