Arts Resources

Western Carolina Community Chorus

The Western Carolina Community Chorus is composed of singers from the westernmost counties of the state. The organization is the oldest, continuously active community chorus in western North Carolina. Formed in the fall of 1970 for a joint performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah with the choruses of Western Carolina University, the group has been continuously active since its founding. 

The chorus has established a distinguished reputation as a musical resource in the region, providing amateur and professional singers exceptional opportunities for serious study and performance of choral music. Western Carolina University has sponsored the organization since its inception, and the Jackson County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council have also provided significant funding and other forms of support for many years.

During its thirty-nine year history, the chorus has performed a wide variety of choral literature, including over twenty-five major works of composers ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Prokofiev and Orff. The group complements its repertory of masterworks by programming Christmas carols and part songs, choruses from oratorios, extended works of significant contemporary composers, medleys of music from Tin Pan Alley and the Broadway stage, and representative selections of seasonal, patriotic, traditional, and folk music

The chorus has presented concerts throughout western North Carolina, having performed in sixteen different locations in Jackson, Macon, Haywood, and Buncombe counties during its four decades of activity. Membership is open to singers with past experience in community, school, and church choirs. No audition is required for acceptance in the group, but regular attendance at rehearsals is essential. Additional information may be obtained by calling the director, James E. Dooley, at (828) 293-5589.

Western Carolina Civic Orchestra

Members of the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra, which includes community members and high school and college students, enjoy the experience of playing in a full orchestra, preparing for public concerts and performing a broad range of accessible orchestral music.  This is a very unique opportunity in our part of the state.  The 50+ members come from the Western North Carolina counties and from WCU.  Dr. Damon Sink, WCU Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition, serves as music director and conductor.  The WCU School of Music supports the Civic Orchestra by providing the conductor, rehearsal and performance space. The two full orchestral concerts each year are free and open to the public, and the spring concert each year features the winners of the Jackson County Arts Council student solo competition. Past winners have included collegiate, high school and middle-school level soloists.  Last season, more than 600 people attended or performed in our three concerts. Each year, concerts are held at WCU in the School of Music Recital Hall (located in the Coulter building) in November and April.  The community Christmas Concert is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Public Library.  New members are always welcome. For information about joining the orchestra, contact Dr.Damon Sink  dwsink@email.wcu.edu  or for concert information, call the WCU School of Music  828-227-7242.

John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Art Center

WCU Fine Art Museum

The Fine Art Museum serves as a cultural catalyst to celebrate and preserve the artistic legacy of the western North Carolina region with a developing focus to collect, interpret and showcase innovation in contemporary art of high artistic merit.

The North Carolina Arts Council resources page has information on arts opportunities for all of North Carolina.

Arts North Carolina – Advocates for the arts

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources