Artistic Director and Conductor John Erwin Announces Departure

June 25, 2022

A message from John Erwin:

“I think it best for me to step down as director of the Arkansas Chamber Singers. I want to thank my singers for their faithful and loyal participation in our music making. Without your presence there is no music. I also want to thank the members of the board and Lisette who have worked tirelessly to support our efforts and have given of their time and talents in so doing. I want to thank them for always having my back when I needed help and support.

Please know that I am eternally grateful and still filled with desire to collaborate with talented singers and players to bring about the joy and excitement of performing beauty for ourselves and our audiences. Though I am writing this with a tear in my eye I feel this is best for the group. I remain so thankful and grateful for this opportunity to fill my soul with the beauty each of you have afforded me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Mr. James West, ACS Board Chair and singers, says, “We are incredibly grateful for John's twenty-two years of leadership with Arkansas Chamber Singers. Under his baton, ACS has grown into a choir known for its artistic excellence and commitment to the community. As musicians, John always challenged us to listen carefully, perform at our highest level, and truly enjoy the opportunity to make music together each week. While we will miss him greatly on the podium, we wish John and his family the best as he enjoys the next chapter of his life.”

Arkansas Chamber Singers has embarked on the formal search process to fill the Artistic Director position. The position announcement and details about the application process can be found at

Who We Are

Arkansas Chamber Singers is a performing arts organization dedicated to presenting and promoting the art of choral singing to audiences throughout the state. Since its founding in 1979, the group has developed a stellar reputation for its interpretation and delivery of a wide-ranging repertoire of choral literature.

There are presently 65 auditioned members, all of whom are volunteers who perform four to five times each year. The typical range of singers and audience members are from a 150 mile radius of Little Rock.  The Choir has performed in Conway, Hot Springs, Helena, Harrison, and Hot Springs. Singers and audiences hail from all across Arkansas including Arkadelphia, Austin, Bauxite, Benton, Clarksville, Greenbrier, Pine Bluff, Roland and Searcy.

The Chamber Singers are committed to continuing a tradition of excellence in all that is performed and working together to increase cultural understanding and creativity through a variety of compositions and performances.