trce1_webThis season’s Holiday Concert will be held Tuesday, December 12, 7:00pm, at the First Baptist Church on the Town Square in Burnsville. It’s always free and the most beautiful sounding “voice” in the town.

It’s going to be a great night for listening—First Noel, Christmas in the Air, selections from The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, and of course, a traditional English Carol to bring the spirit of Christmas and the holidays to Burnsville.

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is TRAC’s own community orchestra. First organized in 1975, the all-volunteer Ensemble consists of approximately two dozen local musicians of all ages who meet weekly to rehearse. The Ensemble, together for over 30 years, are musicians from Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Madison, and Buncombe Counties, and from many backgrounds, professions and ages — farmers, librarians, salespeople, potters, ministers, photographers, office and construction workers, teachers and students, doctors and hospital technicians; the list goes on and on. It is an interesting cross-section and a demographic blend created by a shared love of classical music. 


Lisa Mauney, the Ensemble’s current director, points out that the Chamber Ensemble continually welcomes new players, particularly those of orchestral string or wind instruments. The current group rehearses weekly at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville, where their spring and holiday concerts are given.


Do you play? Want to contribute beautiful music to your community. Got a bit of time to rehearse? And have fun? If you’re interested in joining the Ensemble, give Denise a call at the Burnsville TRAC office, 828.682.7215. Planning has begun for the 2017 season of music in our mountains.




The Toe River Chamber Ensemble is made possible in part by a Grassroots Arts Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural and Natural Resources Department, a state agency and by those individuals and organizations who believe in the benefits of music. Want to help the Arts Council keep the music flowing, sponsor more concerts? Donate to the Chamber Ensemble today.


 Photography by Steve Buettner