SRCS Board of Directors
Shelley Everett - Chair
Carol Yeh - Vice Chair
Peggy Gresham - Secretary
Julie Todd - Treasurer
Beth Ann Cordova
Jason J. Michael
In the mid-1990s, a group of singers began gathering informally for an annual presentation of Handel's Messiah in December of each year. In 1998, Barbara Perry stepped forward to lead the group, which came together each year by word of mouth from various local church and community choirs. The 1999 performance saw an increase in the size, technical proficiency and community attendance at the concert. Singers from that group decided to formally organize to ensure that the performances would continue and the Stafford Regional Choral Society was born. The newly formed Choral Society immediately expanded to offer a regular schedule of concerts throughout the year. Currently SRCS produces a minimum of two free community productions and one fundraiser annually.
SoundCHECK was born in 2012 out of an increasing call from the community for SRCS performances. The small audition group of 24 is available for performances for local groups and organizations.
If you are interested in having SoundCHECK perform for your organization please contact us at StaffordRegionalChoralSociety@Yahoo.com.
Meet Our Music Directors
Jason J. Michael
SRCS Music Director
Jason J. Michael is thrilled and proud to begin his new position with SRCS, having previously prepped the ensemble as a guest conductor for its appearance in Riverside Center’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jason’s career and educational background have been eclectic and diverse. He received his BA in Music Composition with emphases in choral conducting and arranging from Susquehanna University in 1993 and then went on to subsequent degrees in Theatre at Kutztown University (1996 BA), Villanova University (2005 MA), and Virginia Commonwealth University (2014 MFA). He has worked variously for the last twenty-five years as an actor, director, music director, composer, arranger, adjunct professor, and author. For the last eight years, he has served as Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, where he also conducts the Adult and Youth Choirs and Handbells. Locally, he has also music directed for Christian Youth Theatre of Fredericksburg and was a regular guest music director at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts between 2011 and 2016. Other music directing highlights include eight national tours for American Family Theatre, a two-year stint as a guest Music Director for the prestigious Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA, and a one-year appointment as the Assistant Conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. His carol arrangements have been featured on 95.9’s Hometown Holiday Spotlight for three consecutive years. He contributed songs to Warp Speed: A Sci-Fi Parody Musical, which ran in NYC in 2014. His spiritual, All Aboard: The Ballad of Harriet Tubman, is published by Theodore Presser Co., and his children’s books, Daddy Doesn’t Purr and Mommy Made a Beastie, as well as True Haiku for You and A Haiku a Day are on Amazon. Jason is married to his wife Nancy, and they have two children, John Adams and Junius.
Position hiring ahead of first rehearsal on 6 Feb 2022
The Stafford Regional Choral Society (SRCS) Accompanist will provide instrumental music (primarily or exclusively keyboard) for SRCS rehearsals and performances. This will include playing choral parts, accompaniment, or other music as needed and/or requested by the Artistic Director and/or Music Director.
This position is overseen by the Artistic Director and hired by the Board of Directors.
The Accompanist will work with the Music Director, Artistic Director, and Board of Directors to enhance the SRCS Music Program.
Degree in music preferred, working toward a degree, or equivalent experience
Experience accompanying a choir
Strong piano and/or keyboard proficiency
Ability to read open score choral parts and/or develop a piano reduction of choral parts
Broad and eclectic musical background and willingness to explore new musical genres
Ability to work cooperatively with Music Director, Artistic Director, Board of Directors, and SRCS members.
Experience and/or willingness to work with volunteers of diverse backgrounds and ages
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Provide instrumental music for choral rehearsals.
Inform the Artistic Director and/or Music Director as early as possible for anticipated absences from rehearsal/performance so that a substitute can be found.
Accompany both the SRCS and soloists during regularly scheduled weekly rehearsals and in performances.
Provide recordings for SRCS members to rehearse at home, as needed.
Provide music for up to three other events annually, to be decided by mutual agreement between Board of Directors, Artistic Director, and the Music Director. These may include, for example, a Cabaret, community outreach program, or youth education outreach program. Any additional events beyond the three will be by mutual agreement and paid for by the SRCS board as necessary.
Prepare assigned choral pieces and adapt as requested by Music Director.
Be available, as mutually agreeable, for consultation with Music Director and/or Artistic Director for development of the SRCS Music Program.
Direct sectionals, on an occasional basis, by request of the Music Director.
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