About The Chorale

Rich Traditions


There were 35 original singers when the first concert was presented on November 22, 1981 at First Baptist Church.  Since then, the Chorale has presented over 72 concerts.


Special performances have been presented at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the American Choral Directors Association Convention.  In addition to traditional Christmas and spring concerts, the Chorale has performed several times with the Fort Smith Symphony, and in other communities throughout Arkansas.


Major works presented have included those by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Handel, Britten, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.  The Chorale has produced ten concert recordings.


An average of 70 singers perform in each concert.  With Mr. Cromer’s leadership and the commitment of area volunteer singers, the Fort Smith Chorale is proud to be entering its 33rd season.


New Ladies' Uniform Info:

We are pleased to announce the ladies will be wearing new uniforms this season.


For a sneak-peek go to www.StageAccents.com.


In the search box enter: Carmen (for the top) and Onyx (for the skirt)

Music Director


William M. Cromer is the founding director of the Fort Smith Chorale. 


Named Distinguished Director of the Year by the Arkansas Choral Directors Association in 1988 and 2006, he served as its President from 1988-1990.  Mr. Cromer received the Civic Center Honors Award from the City of Fort Smith in 1994 for his outstanding leadership in music and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.


Inspired by his early choral experiences at Pine Bluff High School and First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Bill Cromer obtained his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Education at Arkansas State University.  Following graduation, Mr. Cromer moved to Fort Smith and began teaching at Kimmons Junior High School.  His great success at Kimmons was recognized two years later by his being named Director of Choral Activities at Northside High School where he has served for 34 years.  Mr. Cromer is also the immediate past director of the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church.

Board Of Directors


  • Pettus Kincannon, President

  • LeeAndra White, Vice-President

  • Burva Ann Nugent, Secretary

  • Hui Apple, Treasurer


  • Nancy Pipkins

  • Ron Martin

  • Jacquelyn Wallace

  • Gayle Robbins

  • Kelly Newton

  • Jim Fourmy

  • Lynn Coleman

  • Linda Huff

  • Lynn Nancarrow

  • Dixie Spears


  • Bill Cromer, Choral Director

  • Glenda Weigand, Executive Director

  • Gaye McClure, Accompanist