The RSVP Chorus

Members of the RSVP Chorus are, from left:

1st row – Ann Jones (accompanist), Joyce Jenkins, Nancy Pye, Ann Hall, Juanita Ripplinger and Gina Pratt.

2nd row – Rhonda Mims, June Schroeder, Kathleen Lawlor and Joy Evans.

Back – Jeanie McBride, Jovena Russell, Bill Evans, Tom LaRoucque and David Pratt.

Not pictured – Alece Alexander, Sue Beiter, Denise Bertonaschi, Bonnie Clark, Ann Davidson, Bill Holcomb, Joan Howell, Bob Kirkbride, Nancy Wilson, Pat Walker and Robert Walker.

The RSVP Chorus will perform Christmas music at the Guntersville Museum Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., one of 3 RSVP groups to do so. The Ukesters perform at 1:30 and the Dulcimer Group at 2:30.

The performances are in affiliation with the Festival of Trees, the annual community holiday display at the Museum.

It will be one of many performances for the RSVP Chorus this holiday season, according to director Mary Jo “Joy” Evans. They will also perform at the Guntersville Senior Center and many area nursing homes.

Member Ann Jones said the chorus is active year-round, performing a variety of music in the spring and doing various programs in the nursing homes. Then in the fall, they start working on their Christmas music.

“It makes a difference for those patients in the nursing home,” Jones said. “It is quite a good thing.”

She said a portion of the nursing home show involves inviting the seniors to sing along with the chorus.

Because RSVP is in between its old facility and its new facility north of the river, the chorus has been practicing in a temporary location, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. They practice for an hour and a half every Tuesday.

Evans said they'd love to have more singers join them when they start back after the holidays, hopefully in the new RSVP facility. They practice every Tuesday from 1:30 until 3.

"The spring program is show tunes, spirituals, 50s music, miscellaneous music really, both sacred and secular," she said. 

We had the identification of their Chorus singers wrong under their picture in Saturday’s paper so we’re running it again here.

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