Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 PM–RCS's fall program will start with Joseph Haydn's Theresienmesse, named for Maria Theresa of the Two Sicilies, one of six Masses written at the height of his writings for chorus during the Classical period. This composition is said to demonstrate his imagination and development style. This performance will take place in St. Clare’s Church in Great Kills on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 PM and will include seasonal favorites and RCS’s traditional holiday sing along, a popular custom that RCS and its audience enjoy together as the start to their holiday season.

RCS Met the NY Knicks on January 27, 2013

Who says a community chorus has to be stodgy? The folks at Madison Square Garden gave us a chance to disspell the myth when they asked us to be a part of Staten Island Night at the Garden. RCS sang the National Anthem to open the NY Knicks game on Sunday, January 27, 2013. They must have gone to commercial on ESPN and MSG, so we didn't make it on national television, but we did sing live for an audience of 18,000! So, just for the record, check out our YouTube below.





RCS 2013 Scholarship Winner:  Joshua Limage

Incentive Award winners: Frank Galante and Karima Jabril.

January, 2013  Scholarship Letter

Dear Music Educator:

On behalf of the Richmond Choral Society, I am writing to inform you of RCS’s Scholarship Program and to ask for your assistance in recommending students for our consideration.

Our Board feels that it is important to encourage young Staten Islanders, who are already active in singing in their schools, to continue their interest in singing. To this end, we have awarded vocal scholarships, up to $1000, to high school seniors for the past fifteen years.

We invite you to recommend a candidate for consideration this year (application deadline March 15, 2013. The application requirements are as follows:

  • A resident of Staten Island
  • A senior in good academic standing who has applied to, and plans to attend, an institute of higher education in the fall of 2013
  • A participant in their school’s vocal music program: Chorus, soloist with an instrumental ensemble, SING, theater performance, or, realizing that some schools are not able to have these programs, a known participant in community theater or church/synagogue choir

We require that your candidate(s) complete the enclosed application form and submit a resume along with a copy of their musical selection. All further contact will be between the candidate and our selection committee. We will require an interview and an informal audition on April 20. In addition, the award winner will be offered the opportunity to perform at an RCS or RCS Youth Chorus concert.

Richmond Choral Society was founded in 1951 by Dr. Anders Emile to provide Staten Island singers an opportunity to rehearse and to perform classical choral works. In addition to presenting two concerts a year, we have performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and at numerous official Staten Island events.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. To view and print a scholarship application, click here. This scholarship document can also be filled out and emailed as an attachment to email address below. We are looking forward to meeting with your candidates.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 718-273-7130, or on line at

Linda Atwell Reiersen

Important Reminders

Application deadline-March 15, 2013 Scholarship Committee Chair

Auditions–April 20, 2013


RCS's Fall Concert, "New York Sings"  Celebrating New York Composers – Featuring:

  • Leonard's Bernstein's revolutionary Mass in a new concert edition which will be performed on Staten Island for the first time
  • The Word, by Galt MacDermot, Staten Island resident and composer of Hair and Two Gentlemen of Verona, has dabbled in the sacred with this new work
  • World premier of a new work by emerging composer, David Glorioso, entitled Supplication

Took place at St. Peter's Church on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4 p.m

“Blessed Peace” — RCS’s 2011 Fall Concert

ROGER WESBY, Wagner College Choir Director
BETH JOHANNING, RCS Youth Chorus Director
The Holiday season is about peace, joy and fellowship.  RCS , Wagner College Choirs and RCS Youth Chorus collaborated in a call for "Blessed Peace" on Sunday, December 4, 2011, 4 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, 53 St. Mark's Place, Staten Island, NY 10301.  They reprised the brilliance of Bach with "Dona Nobis Pacem," the last movement of his B Minor Mass; an original work by local composer Barbara Wesby on the three great religions that sprang from the biblical Abraham in her Songs of Abraham, a world premier, and other visions of peace and the holiday season by Edward Elgar, Giovanni Gabrieli and a Hanukkah song by Roger Emerson and John Jacobsen.  The concert concluded with John Rutter's uplifting Gloria.  The audience was invited to join the choruses in a prayer for peace with a traditional round of Dona Nobis Pacem.  All present joined hands and hearts in the truest spirit of the holiday season.
A shuttle van was provided from St. Peter's School parking lot off Carroll Place and St. Peter's Place to the church.
Italian Harvest Festival at the Tuscan Gardens, Snug Harbor on Saturday, October 15–Hope you were there!  This grand taste of Tuscany was a feast for the palates of gourmonds and music-lovers alike.  A strong breeze swept through the evergreens, carrying the smell of soup, steak and sausage in the air; the sun was warm and good food was all around!  Canoli and pasta demonstrations, one following the other, filled one corner; samples of lasagna had us queued up for tasting nearby.  Three different kinds of biscotti–almond, fig/pistachio and chocolate nut–were on hand for sampling , along with California wine. Zeppole and fried Oreos were sold by the bandstand, where popular music came through in surround-sound.
Opera lovers, family and friends of RIchmond Choral Society (RCS), gathered in the Gardens at 3 p.m. for the rich sounds of three wonderful soloists who sang arias by Puccini and Bizet.  RCS, under the direction of our music director, Marina Alexander, was the backup for "Harbanera" from Bizet's Carmen, and for the grand finale, "Nessun Dorma," from Puccini's Turandot.
RCS was proud and happy to be a part of the first annual Italian Harvest Festival at Snug Harbor, the home of the Noble Museum, and our weekly rehearsal venue.

Our Trip to Greece

On July 17, 2011 in the central plaza of Hermoupolis, on the island of Syros in Greece, choral singers from Canada, France and Greece, high school and college groups among us (four sopranos and two altos from RCS  and Marina Alexander's Arcadian Chorale), we performed the exciting Carmina Burana, in its entirety, "under the stars," on the steps of the main plaza, before an audience of about 500.  Also included in the program were excerpts from Zorba the Greek, two Greek traditional favorites and some Americana.  Peter Tiboris, founder and General Director of the International Festival of the Aegean, directed approximately 350 singers and a full orchestra on a bandstand in front of us.  As you can see in the photos below, some of our audience sat in front of us, others were standing on either side of the bandstand.  We also participated in an all-women's chorus in an all-American program at the Apollo Theater in Hermoupolis.