ABOUT SPRINGFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY
Celebrating 46 years as part of the Springfield arts mosaic, the Springfield Choral Society offers an eclectic repertoire of secular and sacred music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Contemporary periods.
The Choral Society is known for high-quality performances presented in historically correct text settings and musical styles. Its body of work includes masses and motets by the great masters, carols and celebratory pieces and a range of outstanding contemporary choral selections. In addition, over the past several years it has commissioned four new compositions, premiered by the Choral Society.
The Springfield Choral Society contains an exciting mix of amateur, professional and semi-professional singers, some of whom have taught music at elementary, secondary and college levels. Others, while engaging in various professions, enjoy performing choral music as their avocation. Many singers have been members of other choral groups from around the country prior to settling in the Springfield Area. With its growth over these past years and its vision for the future, the Springfield Choral Society expects to continue its long tradition for many years to come.
ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR
Dr. Abby Musgrove is the Director of Choral Activities at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, where she conducts choirs and ensembles, teaches conducting and other various music classes, and oversees the Music Education Program. A native of central Illinois, Dr. Musgrove has taught all ages and levels of music, including choirs and bands, and is an avid church musician. She is also the director of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorale and the founder and director of the newly-formed Spero Chamber Chorale. Her musical interests are eclectic, from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque chamber to experimental and avant-garde, with plenty of classic rock thrown in. Dr. Musgrove’s research often focuses on connections between the arts, and the science behind aesthetics. She is a fan of science fiction, Shakespeare, steampunk, archeology, and tea. Abby lives in Jacksonville with her husband, Will, and their daughter, Quincy. In 2019, Dr. Musgrove was made the Director of the Springfield Choral Society.
SPRINGFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Claire Ribelin, President
Kristinah Henson, Vice President & Chorus Manager
Kendra Kornack, Treasurer
Adam Miller, Secretary
The Reverend Tom Christell
The Very Reverend Andrew Hook
Dr. Victoria Nichols Johnson