About The Celebration Singers


About the Singers

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.

For more information about the Singers, how to become a Singer, and for scheduling a show, please contact us!


Our Mission

  • Educating organizational members and the community at large in the performance and appreciation for musical art in a variety of forms and presentations of vocal and instrumental music.
  • Providing the community and public at large with the opportunity to attend public performances of vocal and instrumental performances of well-known and obscure American and foreign vocal and instrumental music.


    • Become 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. Singers should attend all rehearsals and performances and be willing to serve on at least one of the various committees that make it possible for the “show to go on.”

      Dues and costume fees are kept to a minimum.

    • Celebration Singers, Inc., A Nonprofit Corporation

      The name of this corporation shall be Celebration Singers, Inc. The Chorus was formed in 1997 under the direction of J.G. Martin, DMA and incorporated in 1999 as a nonprofit corporation.

      The corporation has two purposes:
      1. Educating organizational members and the community at large in the performance and appreciation for musical art in a variety of forms and presentations of vocal and instrumental music.
      2. Providing the community and public at large with the opportunity to attend public performances of vocal and instrumental performances of well-known and obscure American and foreign vocal and instrumental music.

      MEMBERSHIP
      1. Potential members of the Celebration Singers Chorus shall be invited to join. There shall be an audition process determined by the Board of Directors and the Music Director.

      2. Smaller ensembles shall be formed as needed. Members shall be invited to join these groups. Groups include a ladies’ ensemble, a men’s ensemble and an mixed ensemble.

      COMMITTEES
      The following standing committees shall be named and the chairmen appointed by September 30 of each year by President.

      1. The Library Committee shall be responsible for maintaining all music and other publications belonging to the Chorus. It shall be composed of at least one member.

      2. The Audition Committee shall receive applications for membership and present their names to the Board. This committee shall be utilized at the discretion of the music director and composed of four members and the Music Director.

      3. The Membership Committee shall function at the request of the President to contact members of the Chorus who have unexplained absences from two consecutive rehearsals. One member of this committee shall serve as a care and support contact (cards, flowers, memorials).

      4. The Nominating Committee shall be appointed at a meeting before the spring show and shall bring a slate of officers to the Board for election after the spring show.

      5. The Production Committee shall oversee purchases, rentals or borrowing of facilities, sets, properties and printed music; program content; the printed program including advertisements and acknowledgments; the Music Director shall be a member of this committee.

      6. The Executive Committee shall serve as the budget committee.


    Our Board of Directors


    President
    Jamie Breed

    Immediate Past President
    Karen Swearingen

    Vice President
    vacant

    Secretary
    Jill D'Entremont

    Treasurer
    Don Jackson

    Director
    Betty Ann Blackburn

    BOARD MEMBERS
    Joana Agerton
    Jan Berny

    Lora Lynn Christensen
    Dolores Compere
    John Compere

    Brenda Overton

    Merri Roberts
    David Swearingen

    Larry Todsen

    Production Manager
    Joana Agerton

     

    Music Librarian
    Merri Roberts