The spring 2011 concerts of the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus marked the culmination of 30 years of musical offerings by the chorus.
In 1980, a group of Tiverton choral enthusiasts founded the chorus as an ecumenical choral group, drawing membership from several churches in Tiverton. John Travers and Dr. Kermit Dewey, both of Tiverton, volunteered their services as Director and Accompanist. Initial financial support from the Northeastern Petroleum Company provided singers with music and folders.
On December 14, 1980, the chorus, initially called the Tiverton Community Chorus, gave its first concert in the Central Baptist Church of Tiverton.
Following four years of able leadership by John Travers, Anne Parke of Little Compton became the second director. During her 15-year tenure, the chorus more than doubled in size, adding members from much of Newport County and nearby Massachusetts communities. Practice sessions moved from the Tiverton Middle School to the current practice site, Amicable Church in Tiverton. During this time, the group changed its name to the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus to reflect more accurately its broader membership base. The chorus also undertook increasingly challenging musical offerings, mixing classical choral works with the lighter popular and seasonal fare.
After Anne Parke’s retirement, the relatively short tenure of two musical directors was occasioned by the birth of twins for Kimberly Kredlich of Providence, and the overwhelming demands of conducting four choruses for Jonathan Babbit. In 2003, accomplished musician Beth Armstrong of Bristol became the new director.
In 1999, the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Governor of Rhode Island recognized the chorus for its dedicated service in promoting choral music in our communities.
The chorus is grateful to the Amicable Church for providing practice space since 1986, to the many churches that have hosted our performances, and for the generous financial support of countless individuals, businesses, and organizations. This has helped the choir provide regional communities with over 30 years of quality choral music.