Pearl River Singers
The Pearl River Singers is an auditioned large mixed chorus singing a variety of sacred and secular music. This ensemble has achieved a reputation of excellence among Mississippi’s community college choirs. In past years, the Pearl River Singers has traveled throughout Europe, performing at venues such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Canterbury Cathedral in England, Scotland, and Wales. Each year the choir presents a Christmas concert on campus the first week in December. Last year, this concert was filmed and aired on local television stations.
In addition, the Pearl River Singers performs at the Mississippi Community College Choral Festival each year. In March 2009, the Singers performed a major choral work by Francis Poulenc, “Gloria”, as part of a mass choir with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony. Also in 2009, the group participated in many campus events associated with PRCC’s Centennial Celebration, including a Veteran’s Day tribute, Centennial Convocation, and “100 Years of Broadway” revue. Most students participating in this ensemble receive a half tuition scholarship awarded through audition.
Founded in 1985 by director emeritus Dr. Mark Malone, the RiverRoad showchoir is one of the most reputable in the state. This group contains 20-40 auditioned singer/dancers, as well as a live band and crew. RiverRoad has been choreographed by Michael Weaver and Jonathan McKenzie, and performs music by noted arrangers such as Eric Van Cleave, Dave Fehr, and David Alderman. Past performances include state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Southern Assoc. of Colleges and Schools, and at the national convention of Phi Theta Kappa, which is the community college national honors fraternity. Performance venues have included Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney World, Six Flags Over Georgia, Nashville, Norfolk, VA, Nassau, Bahamas, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Seattle.
RiverRoad is a vital part of recruiting at PRCC. They perform for many campus events, as well as at district high schools. 2009 welcomed the return of the Mississippi Showchoir Contest, which hosted 32 high school and middle school showchoirs from across the state. All singer/dancers, band members, and crew members receive a partial scholarship.
The Voices, a highly select group of 12 singers, performs a variety of music, specializing in a capella vocal jazz and pop numbers. The Voices performs for various alumni, civic, and professional organizations. In 2009, they were invited to perform at the Officer Cadet School graduation ceremony at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, MS. They also participated in many Centennial events on campus. Each year, The Voices participates at the Southern Invitational Choral Conference, held at USM. A half tuition scholarship is awarded to all members of this ensemble, and selection is based on audition.