Sebastian River Middle School Choral Department Madrigal dinners and holiday concert


The SRMS Madrigal Singers

The Choral Department at Sebastian River Middle School will present two Holiday Madrigal Dinners on Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, 2018, beginning at 7:00pm. The event will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2555 58th Avenue in Vero Beach. Doors open at 6:15pm; tickets are $20 each and include dinner. They can be purchased by SRMS Choral students or by contacting Ethan Kinkle, Choral Director, by email at or call (772) 564-5185.

The 1st Annual Madrigal Dinners will feature performances by the SRMS Madrigal Singers, the by-audition-only top choir at the school. Eighteen to twenty-two musical selections will be performed, everything from well-known Christmas Carols to Spirituals and inspirational songs in a cappella, full choir with piano, and small group performance settings. “We had a lot of fun piecing together the set list,” said Ethan Kinkle, Choral Director, “it really is a varied balance of music that anyone would enjoy.” Currently, seats are filling up for the Friday, December 6 performance. However, there are a large number of seats still available for Thursday, December 5. Guests can enjoy menu selections from local restaurants such as TJ’s Pizzeria of Sebastian and Marsh Landing in Fellsmere.

Proceeds from the Madrigal Dinners will benefit the choral department’s annual spring competition. This year they plan to travel to do a tour of South Florida. They will attend a clinic at the University of Miami, visit the Everglades, and make their way to Tampa to compete in the Music in the Parks Competition at Busch Gardens.

Ethan Kinkle, who received his Bachelor in Vocal Music Education from Western Kentucky University, is no stranger to quality choral music. This year marks his seventh year as an educator since beginning his career as choral director at Sebastian River Middle School. During that time, he has dedicated himself to building and maintaining one of Indian River County’s top choral departments. Kinkle’s choirs have received several awards, including Superior ratings at annual Music Performance Assessments and winning Grand Champion trophies at Music in the Parks competitions in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta.

The SRMS Choral Department will also present their annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 7:00pm. This concert will be held at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, located at 2206 16th Avenue in Vero Beach. All choirs will be featured in this concert, including Beginning Choir, Concert Choir, the Boys’ Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Mass Choir. This concert requires no tickets and is free to the community. Arrive early as seats tend to fill quickly.

For more information, please contact Ethan Kinkle, Choral Director, at or (772) 564-5185. E-mail is preferred.

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