trce1_webA special Messiah Concert will be held Tuesday, March 27, 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.

This concert will feature several numbers from Handel’s Messiah and be accompanied by the Toe River Community Choir. 
Rehearsal Schedule:
JAN 23/30: Strings Only
FEB 6: Strings, Woodwind
FEB 13: Strings, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horns
FEB 20: Full Rehearsal
MAR 20: Full Rehearsal w/ Chorus

A Spring Concert is planned for Tuesday, May 29, at 7pm and hosted by the First Baptist Church. Check back for details.
Rehearsal Schedule:
APR 10/17: Full Rehearsal
APR 24: Strings Only
MAY 1/8/15/22: Full Rehearsal (no percussion on the 8th)
Rehearsals are held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the church. 

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.

And like the Ensemble, the Community Choir is an all volunteer group that will be lead this year by Jessica Crim. 


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 2018 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
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