The Arkansas Choral Society is Central Arkansas's oldest continually operating musical organization. Best known for performing Handel's Messiah in whole or in part every year since 1930, the Society's repertoire includes both classical and contemporary works. Historically the group has traveled Arkansas performing concerts and has also performed at special events such as the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1986. The Arkansas Choral Society partners with high school and college choirs throughout Arkansas for its performances, and offers scholarships for college students.
Dr. Kent Skinner is currently the Director of Choral Activities for the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In this capacity, he leads the choral program and serves as both stage and music director for the university's opera and music theatre. Prior to this position, he held similar posts at the University of South Alabama (Mobile), Maryville College (Tennessee), Porterville College (California), and Garden City Community College (Kansas).
While in Mobile, Dr. Skinner also served as Chorus master for the Mobile Opera Company. He has frequently performed as soloist with the Greeley Philharmonic (Colorado) and upon various stages in Alabama, Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Skinner conducts the Arkansas Choral Society. Dr. Skinner holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.