Celebration Singers, Inc

Abilene's Premiere Show Chorus

The Celebration Singers is a community show choir and non-profit charitable organization established in 1997 in Abilene, Texas. The Singers' goal is to present quality music to Abilene and the Big Country community at no admission cost.  We have not and will not charge admission to attend, and our family-friendly shows ensure people of all ages can enjoy our performances.  Because we do not charge admission, we rely on generous donations and support to cover our expenses.

Members of the Celebration Singers come from Abilene, Baird, Buffalo Gap, Clyde, Dyess AFB, Merkel, Noodle, Rotan, Stamford and Tye. Our performances feature a variety of music and include two annual concerts in Abilene’s historic Paramount Theater as well as special programs at other venues throughout the Big Country. We have performed for the American Legion National Convention, Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene Philharmonic, Abilene Zoo, Abilene Art Walk, Abilene holiday events, area colleges, churches, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, Cisco, Cross Plains, Stamford, and Sweetwater. Our shows also feature smaller ensembles that add to the variety and allow more of our members to shine.

If you love music as much as we do, you won't want to miss the Celebration Singers!

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Upcoming Shows

Annual Spring Show
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Annual Fall Show
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Our Members

Becoming a Member

New members are invited to join the organization at the beginning of either the fall or the spring season. Singers should be able to read music, or at least have a "good ear," are quick learners, or have been successful choir members in past ensemble experiences. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening during the season, and a final dress rehearsal is held on the evening before the show. Singers should attend all rehearsals and performances and be willing to volunteer with the show's production (sorting music, sewing costumes, creating props, etc) if able. Dues and costume fees are kept to a minimum.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact us!

Our Director & Accompanists


The Celebration Ladies

The Celebration Ladies began their journey as ambassadors for the Celebration Singers with Dr. J.G. Martin soon after the choir was organized in 1997. The group has performed for many organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, the Women's Club, retirement centers, church groups, and many others in and around the community. Their number one supporter is Billie Martin, the wife of the late Dr. J.G. Martin, who carries with her his spirit and his love of music.

The Celebration Ladies' harmonies are second to none, and their lovely voices can fill any room with cheer. And as Irving Berlin's famous song says, "There were never more devoted sisters!"

The Mixed-Up Group

The Celebration Singers' founder, Dr. J.G. Martin, selected several people to join the "Celebration A Capella" group with Dave Small as the coordinator. Betty Ann Blackburn transformed the group into an entertaining comedy group called The Mixed-Up Group, or as we like to say, The MUG. It's called the Mixed-Up Group due to its makup of mixed voices of men and women - and MUG has a nice ring to it, like the ringing a boxer has in his ears when he's been hit too hard.

This mixed-voices group knows how to have fun with every song they sing. Four-part harmonies are no problem for this group. You can be the judge at how mixed-up they really are!

Our Board of Directors


  Jamie Breed

Immediate Past President

  Karen Swearingen

Vice President



  Jill D'Entremont


 Becky Kirkpatrick


  Betty Ann Blackburn

Board Members

Music Librarian

Merri Roberts

Our Mission

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