Hello, ACS Singers and patrons,

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our fellow chorus members and our community, the ACS board and Dr. Skinner have made the difficult decision to continue the temporary suspension of mass in person rehearsals through the fall season.  

This decision, due to the continuing rise in Covid 19 cases in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, was difficult to make because we value the commitment of our members and understand the desire to come together and sing, especially during this difficult time of isolation and loss.  

Without the ability to meet in person, it would be impossible to put on a full chorus performance of Handel’s Messiah this coming December at the level of musicianship for which we are known.  As a symbol of our commitment to remain a driving force in the Arkansas choral community and the resilience of the human spirit through trying times, we have decided not to cancel the fall performance completely.  Instead, we will invite a small group to perform selections from Messiah in lieu of the full chorus this year.  
In addition, we are exploring ways to bring the chorus together, including hosting a special Messiah Sing-along in celebration of our 90th Anniversary (while adhering to CDC guidelines).  We are closely monitoring the Covid rates and updates to the CDC guidelines as we make plans for this event and the Spring concert, which we expect to center on Beethoven’s Mass in C with some delightful additions.  Details to come later this fall.  

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Choral Society and your commitment to making beautiful music for the state of Arkansas for years to come.