June 28-July 2, 2013 – North Kingstown Community Chorus performs at Gettysburg and in Washington, D.C.

North Kingstown Community Chorus
Roberta Belanger, director
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA ‎22101 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Old Presbyterian Meetinghouse “Concerts with a Cause”
323 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
American Civil War Museum
297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325 (map)


To be chosen from the following:
Arr. Shaw | Take Five
Arr. Hayes | What a Wonderful World
Arr. Waggoner | Every Night When the Sun Goes In
Lewis | Exsultate, Jubilate
Arr. Drennan | Since I Laid My Burdens Down
Arr. Artman | A Whale of a Tale
Arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Arr. Shaw | Route 66
Berlin | Irving Berlin’s America
M and A Souders | Thank You, Soldiers
Eilers and Lowden | Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Billingsley | Dancing Queen
Arr. Michael Geiger | Beethoven’s Wig


About the Artists…

The North Kingstown Community Chorus, with Roberta Belanger as director, held its first formal concert in 1985 with 24 singers.  The group now numbers about 100 dedicated and enthusiastic singers of all ages. Roberta started the Youth Chorus in 1991 because not every elementary school in North Kingstown offered the students the opportunity to participate in a school chorus.

The chorus holds an annual spring and winter concert along with benefit concerts throughout the year.  We perform ballads, popular tunes, musical comedy, seasonal favorites, patriotic tunes and more!  One of our concert goals is to have fun!! When we have fun it spreads out to the entire audience helping to create a truly enjoyable experience for everyone in the auditorium.

A fabulous band and young dancers from a local dance studio add dimension to our concert programs, as do performances by small groups of singers in specialty numbers. The audience is always kept on its toes.

The North Kingstown Community Chorus is fully supported financially by membership fees, music fees, ticket fees and funds raised by selling advertising space in the concert program.  We raise enough money to award an annual $1,000 music scholarship gift to a high school senior residing in North Kingstown who is planning to study music in college.  We also support the North Kingstown School Department music department with donations for music materials and music related activities.

Roberta Belanger, director
Roberta Belanger is a singer, voice teacher and choral director.  She directs both the North Kingstown Community Chorus and the Youth Chorus.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Rhode Island in 1985 and has enjoyed running her private voice studio and directing the chorus since then.  She continued voice studies with Iride Pilla through the Boston Conservatory and vocal pedagogy courses at Westminster Choir College.

Roberta has also served as an adjunct voice teacher at Salve Regina University.  She has held several offices in the R. I. Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is presently the R. I. Divisional Governor.

Roberta began her directing career working with children’s choirs and has been soloist and/or choir director in many churches throughout Rhode Island.  She has been the director of the North Kingstown Community Chorus since it was formed in 1985.

Noel Smith, accompanist
Noel Smith is a recording artist, composer and pianist.  Her voice and songs have been featured in video games and movies internationally.  She has been the soloist for the Video Game Orchestra, performing at PAX East and Symphony Hall.  Noel is the director of Vox Futura, a premier recording choir for video games, films and new compositions.  Noel has released 2 critically acclaimed albums “Defenseless” and “A New England Christmas” where the North Kingstown Community Chorus was featured.  Noel is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.