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Toe River Chamber Ensemble

Toe River Chamber Ensemble is a community orchestra sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council. It is based in Yancey and Mitchell Counties of North Carolina.

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble (TRCE) is a community orchestra created in 1976 largely through the efforts of Susannah Jones, local cellist and then director of Music in the Mountains. Over the years many musicians of all capabilities and walks of life have played in the group. The Ensemble has been blessed with hardworking visionary conductors and the steadfast support of Toe River Arts. The members currently come from Yancey, Mitchell, Madison, and Buncombe Counties. Weekly rehearsals are held at the First Baptist Church of Burnsville under the capable leadership of Maestro Lisa Mauney.

Video by Martha J Moore

Notes from the Maestro

May 2022

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble resumed full rehearsals in March of 2022. It is exciting to hear our strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion all making music together again. This all-volunteer, amateur group continues to amaze me with their determination and talent.

We are very excited to announce several Spring and Summer performances including our first full ensemble public performance since December 2019.

  • Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30, Brass Ensemble at Homeplace Beer Company, free
  • Friday, June 10th @ 5, Brass Ensemble at the Spruce Pine Mainstreet Pocket Park, free
  • Tuesday, June 21st @ 7:30, TRCE full ensemble at First Baptist Church Burnsville. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, along with a medley of John Williams movie themes.
    Suggested sliding scale donation: $5-25+
  • Wednesday, June 22nd @ 6:30, TRCE full ensemble at Homeplace Beer Company, free

After the concerts, the ensemble will take a summer break and resume rehearsals in late September. We would like to expand our string section, especially in the violin section. If you are fully vaccinated for Covid 19 and play a string instrument, we invite you to check us out and fill out an interest form here.

If you would like to help support this group, donations may be made to Toe River Arts, specifying the donation to be allocated to the Toe River Chamber Ensemble.

Contact Toe River Arts if you have any questions.

Lisa Mauney

NC Arts Council

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.