Since 1998, men from all walks of life and with a ​wide range of musical talent have come together ​for the joy of singing and with a desire to give ​back to the Central Arkansas community. The ​Conway Men's Chorus presents two free concerts ​per year, performing to live audiences of all ages.

Since the Fall of 1998, the Chorus has presented at least two full concerts each ​year. Each Spring the Chorus has offered a Pops concert with a wide range of ​music genres from classical to contemporary, country to folk, doo-wop to ​patriotic, and pop-rock to barbershop. Each Fall the Chorus has presented a ​Christmas Holiday concert featuring a variety of traditional secular and sacred ​Christmas and seasonal favorites.

Through the years, Chorus members have been men from high school age into ​their 80s. They have had a full range of musical abilities and knowledge. They ​have been men from all walks of life and in various fields of employment ​including agriculture, arts, broadcasting, business, construction, education, ​finance, labor, law, medicine, music, sales, and retired.

During its history, more than 250 men from Conway and the surrounding ​central Arkansas area have sung with the Conway Men's Chorus at some time, ​with about 50 men participating each concert season. Nearly one-fourth of the ​founding members of the Chorus have been able to continue singing all through ​the years to the present.

Put simply, members of the Conway Men’s Chorus have been and continue to ​be men who love to sing and want to give the joy of music back to their ​community.

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upcoming CONCERTS

2023 Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 | 7:00 PM

Reynolds Performance Hall

University of Central Arkansas

Free Admission! Free Parking!

2024 Spring pops concert

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | 7:00 PM

Reynolds Performance Hall

University of Central Arkansas

Free Admission! Free Parking!

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Rehearsals for our 2023 Holiday Concert will begin on Monday, September 11, 2023

All Rehearsals are Mondays at 6:00 PM in the choir room of Woodland Heights Baptist Church, 4215 Prince Street in Conway, Arkansas. Enter at the side door off the parking lot nearest the northeast corner of the building.

In the event of winter weather, Men's Chorus rehearsal will be cancelled IF classes at UCA are cancelled that morning.

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join the chorus

Do you have to read music to be a singing member?

Singing members do not have to read music to join the Conway Men’s Chorus, though that is ​helpful. The Chorus does ask that all members have a commitment to the mission of the ​organization, the willingness to learn, and the desire to perform for our community.

Do I have to audition to join?

No. However, the Music Director and/or an Assistant Director will offer special sessions, if ​requested, to test your vocal ability and range, sight reading ability, and tonal memorization so as ​to help best place you in the proper section. These sessions are provided upon advanced request ​a half-hour prior to the start of a rehearsal during the first 2–3 rehearsal sessions.

When can I join the Chorus?

The Conway Men's Chorus presents two regular concerts each season. At the beginning of each ​concert period, the Chorus accepts new singing members.

Ho​w can I learn more?

Visit our Facebook page or email​.

You can also call 501-327-5151.

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Getting Started

It was early Fall in 1998 when then Arkansas State ​Representative Tom Courtway invited five of his friends – Jim ​Beal, Bill Johnson, Richard Hardin, Bill Ward and Arch Jones – ​to have lunch with him at his Conway law offices. All of these ​men had some musical affiliation and appreciation. Courtway ​declared, “I think we should start a men’s chorus. Conway ​needs it, and it would be a lot of fun.”

From that simple beginning, Richard Hardin, a choral director ​with the Conway Public Schools, began to direct rehearsals and ​shortly a group of nearly 60 men sang the National Anthem at a ​Conway High School football game, and later appeared at the ​Chamber of Commerce’s Second Monday Luncheon before ​presenting carols as part of the annual downtown Conway ​Christmas Parade as their first official concert.

Becoming established

Hardin directed the group for seven seasons before turning over the baton to ​then Arkansas State Senator and former university music professor Gilbert ​Baker, who directed it for two seasons. Next came Bill Ward, a church choir ​director, along with his wife, Suzy, as pianist, who directed the Chorus for five ​seasons. Other directors since then have been former church choir directors ​Darrell Spigner, Carlos Ichter, and Kelley Erstine. In January 2009, Sam ​Huskey, choral director with the Conway Public Schools, became the director ​of the Chorus and served in that capacity for 18 seasons until February 2018.

continuing the tradition

Since February 2018, Jordan Bennett, who had been serving as assistant ​director for several season prior, became the Chorus Music Director and ​currently continues in that position.

Paul Bradley has served as primary accompanist since the beginning of 2006 ​and currently continues in that capacity.

There have been four board chairmen since beginning in 1998: Tom Courtway, ​Jim Beal, Bill Ferguson, and current president Mike McCullars.

Our Mission is to give back to our community the gift of music through quality, ​entertaining, and enjoyable performances.

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To accomplish the mission of the Chorus, we:

  • Provide the Conway area with public ​concerts of the best in men's choral music ​expertly performed under skilled leadership ​and direction,
  • Help enrich lives in our community by ​demonstrating and fostering a love of ​music,
  • Cultivate and enhance the public's ​appreciation of choral music as a desired ​and appreciated art form through a wide ​range of musical styles and genres,
  • Provide an opportunity for male singers to ​participate in men's choral singing, and
  • Provide enjoyable fellowship experiences, ​music education and opportunities for ​musical self-expression for all chorus ​members.

our values

Our Values that help shape and focus all Chorus ​endeavors are:

  • Friendship ~ to create collegiality and ​camaraderie among the members of the chorus
  • Respect ~ to always treat each other with ​integrity and to support each member at his own ​level of musical knowledge or singing ability
  • Quality ~ to work toward artistic excellence and ​professional appearance while retaining the ​passion and joy of the amateur
  • Responsibility ~ to be openly accountable with ​high integrity in all fiscal and artistic endeavors to ​our members, audience and community




Any gift under $25 with a name or any gift of any amount given ​anonymously.


$25 – $49: Eighth Note Patron

$50 – $99: Quarter Note Patron

$100 – $149: Half Note Patron

$150 – $249: Whole Note Patron ​


$250 – $499: Chorus Sponsor (listed with large name or company logo)​

$500 – $999: Concert Sponsor (quarter page “ad” with name or logo)​

$1,000+: Major Concert Sponsor (half page “ad” with name or logo)​

The Conway Men's Chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.​

All contributions to the chorus are tax-deductible as allowed by law.​

Make a donation ONLINE

To make a donation to support the Conway Men's Chorus, ​you please click here. We accept Mastercard and Visa ​donations through a partnership with PayPal for Nonprofits.


Help Kroger contribute to the Conway Men's Chorus. Click here ​for instructions on how to make this happen every time you shop ​at Kroger.


You may also complete a paper donation form. Mail your ​completed form, along with your contribution, to:

Conway Men's Chorus, Inc.

c/o Mike McCullars

3183 Amanda Drive

Conway, AR 72034


Updated May 1, 2023


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  • MP Builders, LLC
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of​ficial media sponsor

  • 501 LIFE Magazine

SPONSORS ($500-$999)

  • First Security Bank
  • Jack 92.7 FM
  • Donald & Stefanie Brazille
  • Stewart Nelson & Carol Way Hefner

SPONSORS ($250-$499)​

  • Mike & Vicki Altland
  • Anonymous
  • Kelly Boswell
  • Rob Denning - Higher Worth Real Estate
  • Jim & Andy Lane
  • Jim & Jo Lynn Robinson
  • Jim Teeter
  • Clark & Donna Wooten


  • Crossman Printing Company
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WH​OLE NOTE ($150-249)

  • Ed & Lori Lybarger
  • Dan & Marijean Perry
  • Bill & Marilyn Powell
  • Patricia Qualls
  • Charles & Peggy Yarbro

HALF NOTE ($100-$149)​

  • Ron & Sherry Bennett
  • Phil & Anna Boudreaux
  • Floyd & Debra Bradley
  • Aaron Dixon
  • Larry & Vickie James
  • Aaron Knight
  • Mike & Gayle McCullars
  • Richard & Pamela McFadden
  • Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Stewart
  • Dan & Kari Rohrbaugh
  • Michael & Elizabeth Sowder

quarter note ​($50-99)

  • Kenneth & Deborah Barnes
  • Eddy & Rena Clarke
  • Robert & Myung Courtway
  • Steve & Nina Floyd
  • George & Kathy Heintzen
  • Ken & Linda Moore
  • John & Cathie Weir

Ei​ghth note ($25-$49)

  • Dave's Retreats
  • Rob & Jennifer Denning
  • David Loken
  • Lauren Norris
  • Len Schlientz