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Richmond Choral Society’s Scholars Program now open to high school students around the region

High school juniors and seniors can learn from the pros and earn some cash in the process


The Richmond Choral Society has been in operation since 1946.

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Richmond Choral Society — the River City’s oldest community choir — has introduced a program aimed at high school juniors and seniors. The RCS Scholars Program gives young choral singers from around the region the opportunity to work with professionals and earn some money in the process.

Rehearsing and performing since 1946, the volunteer choir has about 60 members whose ages span six decades. Artistic director Markus Compton describes its sound as “Bach to rock.”

The new program already has its first member. Andrew Riley, a Deep Run HS senior tenor, has spent two months with RCS and even performed a solo at its most recent concert. As an RCS Scholar, Riley receives mentorship from Compton and other experienced choir members. He also earns $25 per rehearsal and $100 per concert.

Local high schoolers interested in becoming RCS scholars can apply online. The next RCS concert will be Tuesday, June 4.

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