Who We Are
The mission of Chorus Abilene is to promote choral music in our community through performance and participation. Our administrative and artistic staff are dedicated to educating the hearts, minds, and voices of our singers.
Chorus Abilene, Inc. (formerly known as The Classical Chorus of Abilene, Inc.) began in 1990 with a 23 member adult chorus as the dream of Dr. Betty Karol Wilson. Since that time, they have added youth ensembles and a pop style a cappella group, and now consist of singers, first grade through senior citizens, from all over the Big Country.
Between the youth and adult choirs, Chorus Abilene has toured to Hawaii, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, and the Caribbean.
As an active pianist, Abigail has been a performing participant at the Vancouver International Song Institute and has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in masterclasses with distinguished musicians such as Thomas Pasatieri, Rachel Barton-Pine, Aldo Mancinelli, Cameron Stowe, Lee Thompson, Lenora Eve, Eugenia Grunwald, Mary Saunders-Barton, Anton Nel, Rudolf Rudnynstky, and Joyce Farwell. She has a passion for opera and has been a pianist/coach and musical director for Opera Breve, Red River Lyric, and the Hardin-Simmons University opera program. She is currently the collaborative artist in residence for the Church of the Heavenly Rest Chamber Music Concert Series.
Abigail has a passion for arts education and young people and is particularly looking forward to reaching out to students in the Big Country and introducing them to the youth choruses of Chorus Abilene. While Abigail enjoys an active career as a professional musician and arts administator, she says her most important job is being mother to her daughter, Josephine.
Additional experience includes teaching elementary, middle, and high school instrumental music in Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri, as well as directing church and community choirs. Professional affiliations: American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Adam is married to Holly, and teacher at the AISD Magnet Program at McMurry Univesity. They have two daughters, Rigby and Hazel, and a son, David. As a family, they enjoy watching movies and planning trips to the mountains, the lake, the river, or the beach. Adam is fluent in pop-culture references spanning most Galaxies and Middle Earth, identifies Wookie-Hobbit, and is still waiting on his letter from Hogwarts.
Robin was the music director for the musicals produced at Wylie during her tenure, and has been the guest music director for musicals at McMurry including Spamalot, I do! I do! and Carousel. Her most recent role was Julie Jordan in McMurry’s Summer Theatre presentation of Carousel.
Robin serves in her church as the Family Ministry and Assimilation Coordinator. She teaches children’s music for their annual VBS and directs the children’s Christmas show. She also serves as a children’s leader for Bible Study Fellowship.
Robin is married to Josh Davis and together they have 4 children, Jackson, Lilly, Andrew and Rosie. Robin enjoys crafting, especially scrapbooking and t-shirt making, and exploring new places with her family.
Before his current appointment, Marc held positions as staff accompanist at both Hardin-Simmons & McMurry Universities, where he maintained a prolific performance schedule. Performance opportunities there included undergraduate, graduate, and faculty recitals, studio classes, musicals, and accompanying choral ensembles.
He is also an active church musician, having held positions as pianist or organist for over twenty-five years. He has been the pianist at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene since 2006. He tours and performs with their high school choir every summer.
Other musical endeavors have included work with the Civic Orchestra of Abilene, Red River Lyric Opera (as conductor for Rachel Portman's "The Little Prince", July 2019), the Church of the Heavenly Rest recital series, North Central Texas College, KCACTF, the Point Theatre, Abilene Community Theatre (where he now serves on the Board of Directors), and the Paramount Theatre in Abilene.
Marc adores spending time with his beautiful daughter, Josephine. His hobbies include collecting vinyl records, watching baseball, and finding new ways to connect with the community. He is thrilled to be joining the outstanding Chorus Abilene team this season.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree from McMurry College and his Orff Schulwerk training in music education at Southern Methodist University. In 2005, he was voted Teacher of the Year at Wylie Intermediate School. In 2014, he was voted runner up for favorite teacher in the Abilene Reporter News Readers’ Choice Awards. His wife, Kristy, is a retired Wylie Choir Director and Elementary Music Teacher.