Thesis Title

A History of the Mid-America Singers of Springfield, Missouri

Date of Graduation

Summer 1985

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Wayne Harrell

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

Prior to this study, there has been no documented history of the Mid-America Singers of Springfield, Missouri. This study recorded a brief history of Springfield and its early settlement, a brief history of cultural activities in the city and in Southwest Missouri, a brief history of community choral groups in America and particularly in the Midwest, and the sequence of events that occurred since the inception of the Mid-America Singers in 1967 to 1985. Each of the four conductors of the Mid-America Singers was given a complete chapter in the study: Samuel Gordon (1967-1974); G. Robert Chancellor (1974); Darrell Benne (1975-1982); and Charles Facer (1982 to the present). Also discussed is the outreach of the Mid-America Singers into schools and other organizations in Springfield, Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, the funding of the Mid-America Singers and important events such as a national bicentennial appearance in Washington, D.C. The study includes lists of personnel through the years, Constitution and By-Laws of the organization and selected programs.

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© Herschel Douglas Fincher

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