Biennial benefit for Clifford Performing Arts Center

Chamber Singers reunion returns

Jan 06, 2018
Courtesy of: MVCS Alumni Some 30 to 40 Mount View Chamber Singers alums join the current group to perform in a biennial benefit that raises funds to support the school’s performing arts center. Pictured is the 2012 concert.

Thorndike — The biennial fundraising Chamber Singers Reunion Concert is set for Sunday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Clifford Performing Arts Center at Mt. View High School, Route 220.

David Stevenson, director, and the Chamber Singers have hosted the Reunion Concert every other year since 2007; Stevenson said it represents a chance for Singers to give back to the community that has so generously supported them over the years. In addition, the concert serves as a means to bring back alumni and celebrate the continuity they represent.

Tickets for the sixth biennial Mount View Chamber Singers Reunion Concert are $10 in advance and will be $12 at the door (no reservations taken). Advance tickets are available at Pat Newell Accounting in Unity, Freedom General Store, the Marsh River Co-op in Brooks and the Belfast Co-op.

Snow date is the following night, Jan. 8. The 2018 concert is sponsored by Future RSU 3, Unitel and the Unity Foundation.

“The Chamber Singers have been an integral part of the Waldo County music scene since the ‘80s, giving us such wonderful concerts as the Carols in the Round that are performed throughout Waldo County and beyond for the holiday season each year,” said Future RSU 3 board member Doug Van Horn. “This reunites past Chamber Singers with present ones to give us the glorious music of the Chamber Singers but with a whole choir of voices.”

Formed in 2004, the nonprofit Future RSU 3’s mission is to raise major funding for facilities and capital projects at RSU 3 schools, to be used to provide facilities needed to meet this district’s unique challenges and whose cost exceeds the level of state funding; and to continue long-term fundraising for facilities and programs to address future educational needs, strengthen a community-school partnership and promote community use of and involvement with our schools.

“For our ‘first act,’ Future RSU 3 (MSAD 3 at that time) raised over $500,000 for the Clifford Performing Arts Center, earning the support of more than 400 donors and the Unity Foundation,” said Van Horn.

This concert is a fundraiser for Future RSU 3’s “second act,” the current campaign to enhance facilities for athletics, recreation and fitness. Features include an indoor climbing wall, concessions/storage/restroom building, multi-sport scoreboard for the multipurpose field, multipurpose field bleachers, permanent scoreboards, lighting, goal posts/soccer nets for the multipurpose field, fitness trail with outdoor fitness stations, kickboards for soccer fields, dugouts/storage, electronic marquee and more.

For Future RSU 3, the concert is an event that engages the whole community, offers an opportunity to raise funds for the fund that will support future Performing Arts Center needs “and gives us visibility in the community to promote our current and ongoing campaign for athletics, recreation, and fitness,” said Van Horn.

The nonprofit also hopes to add to its numbers. A number of board members had been with the group since the beginning but at the end of the last school year, many of the founding members, and some of the other long-term members, needed to leave the board.

“We normally have up to 22 board members with all of the district's towns represented,” said Van Horn. “We need new energy and commitment from the district and are looking for people who are dedicated to the enrichment of the RSU 3 educational experience.”

Those interested in joining the effort can contact Van Horn at 382-6146 or dvanhorn@fairpoint.net; or Pat Newell at 948-2245 or pnewell@uninets.net.

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