Mission & About

Services: youth education – adult education – performing arts, music

This non-profit organization, led by an active board of directors, encourages and promotes musical education and appreciation in the Wood River Valley through its activities as an active, non-denominational, and non-auditioned community chorus.

Caritas presents performances of classical, traditional, and contemporary choral music with and without instrumental accompaniment. Caritas Chorale also strives to promote choral music appreciation and education in community schools, in the wider community, and among its members.

Caritas does not charge an admission for performances, sustaining itself in part through audience donations.

The approximately 60-member chorus, under the musical direction of R.L. Rowsey, performs two to three free concerts annually in addition to community outreach and musical fund-raising events.   Caritas has also commissioned and performed original choral and instrumental compositions, including  “Immense Ranges of High Mountains” in 2006 and “Nez Perce: Promises” in 2012, composed by David Alan Earnest to texts written by Diane Josephy Peavey.

Each September, Caritas holds its annual major fundraising event, usually an informal drinks and dinner occasion held in an especially relaxing and pleasant venue.  Caritas members and friends handle all aspects of the event from catering to cleanup. Musical entertainment features lighter choral selections performed by the Caritas ensemble.

In December, as a prelude to the holiday season, Caritas performs an audience sing-along, often at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum. Donations of food and money generated is to support the Hunger Coalition.

If you enjoy singing, we welcome new members to Caritas Chorale. There is always room for more voices.

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