Our Story

OUR HISTORY

In January of 1976 fourteen area residents met for the first time to begin rehearsals for a musical variety show to raise money for a local charity. In June of that year they presented their first program, “A Musical Picnic”…and a tradition was born!

That small group of people, the original cast of Choral Dynamics of Galesburg, has expanded to include hundreds of individuals who have dedicated themselves to this simple philosophy: helping our community through song.

With a passion for singing and a willingness to give of their time, the members of Choral Dynamics have partnered with dozens of community organizations to raise over $546,710.00 to make our world a better place.

In the process of helping our community, Choral Dynamics has presented 85 memorable programs to the delight of our audiences. Along with incredible choral music, each show features soloists, small ensembles and dancing. Our audience is never disappointed! For 42 years, Choral Dynamics has been proud to be a part of the Galesburg musical landscape and to reach out a helping hand to groups in need.

OUR PEOPLE

Director

Alisa K. Ramer
Alisa brings an extensive background in choral music to Choral Dynamics.  She is a graduate of Carl Sandburg College, Monmouth College, and Western Illinois University. She is currently the Director of Worship Arts at First United Methodist Church in Galesburg.  She also has 18 years of experience as a music teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth  where she has implemented youth choirs, a band program, and coordinated all aspects of the school’s theatrical productions.  She has owned her own private music studio for over 25 years.

Accompanist

Karen Stevens
Karen has accompanied Choral Dynamics since 1999. She and her husband, Jon, live on a farm near Altona. They have two grown children, Alan and Sharon, and three grandchildren. Karen retired as a special education teacher at Silas Willard School in Galesburg and plays the organ at the United Church in Altona. Karen has said, “Being the accompanist for this group is a real joy for me. I really look forward to the wide variety of music performed for each show. Of course, the best part of each week is seeing the great bunch of people in this group.”

Board of Directors

Mary Stiers
President

Barb Ruppel
External Vice President

Karen Kistler
Internal Vice President

Diana Jones
Secretary

Susan Johnston
Treasurer

Elaine Clayton
Member-at-Large

Devin Bodenhamer
Publicity

Carol Maloney
Development Chair

Jeff Johnson
Financial Manager

Interested in becoming a part of Choral Dynamics?