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Our Story


In January of 1976, fourteen area residents met to organize a unique choral group whose goal was to perform shows that would raise money for local charities. 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 $638,644.00 to make our world a better place.

In the process of helping our community, Choral Dynamics has presented 89 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 48 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.



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.


Leo Ramer
Leo came to Choral Dynamics highly recommended by our dear director, his spouse Alisa!  Coming from a musical family,  Leo was given an early start at WIU when he was in 6th grade, and has owned a music studio serving a myriad of students since 1970!
Leo founded the Ecumenical Singers in 1979, and toured with them all over the country, including Washington, D.C., New York City, and Pearl Harbor. He & Alisa serve their church,  Immaculate Conception Catholic, and share a studio in their home in Monmouth for music students of all ages. Leo is thrilled to join Alisa as part of Choral Dynamics with our mission of service to the community.

Board of Directors

Jackie Piper

Deb Swisher
External Vice President

Jeff Spencer
Internal Vice President

Gail Coffman

Margie Allen

Pam Melvin

Jean Ruebner
Membership Development

Tammie Brooks

Carol Maloney
Development Chair

Jeff Johnson
Financial Manager

Interested in becoming a part of Choral Dynamics?