of the Foothills Chorale is...
The VISION of
the Foothills Chorale is...
- to provide performance opportunities for qualified professional and amateur singers;
- to enhance the quality of life in the foothills of South Carolina by providing numerous educational and musical experiences;
- to provide educational enrichment by student involvement in Chorale events; and
- to build a tradition of community pride through choral excellence.
- to establish and maintain a reputation as one of the outstanding choral groups in the Southeast;
- to provide a variety of outreach programs to the community; and
- to broaden the scope of the Chorale’s repertoire, including jazz, theatre music, and multi-cultural selections.
(The following is taken
from the "Creed" of The Collegiate Chorale,
Robert Shaw, conductor)
that in a world of political,
economic and personal disintegrations music is not a luxury but
a necessity -- not simply because it is "therapeutic,"
nor because it is the "universal language," but
because it is the persistent focus of man's intelligence,
aspiration and good-will.
that music is always a
community enterprise. The solo performance does not exist. Even
its creations is an attempt to communicate, and every
performance an effort to unite the minds of men even of
that music is one art. The
chorus, the symphony orchestra, the virtuoso recitalist and the
string quartet are not competitive "attractions" for
the public fashion in patronage, but are instruments of a single
craft with similar responsibilities.
that music is peculiarly a
doer's art, and its benefits are in direct proportions to active
that it is the performer's
business to get out of the way of music. His craft is to
"reveal -- not to interpret."
that the choral art stands in a
unique position to be of service to man and music because it
offers the most immediate and accessible avenue of active
And we believe...
that the choral instrument
should assume a position of respect and musical responsibility
commensurate with the distinction of its literature and
comparable to that of the major professional orchestras.