Front Royal Oratorio Society

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The purpose of the Front Royal Oratorio Society (FROS) is to provide a cultural opportunity for music lovers in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to learn, perform, and hear some works of the great masters.

FROS was born when Herbert Gray Wyatt, the director of Music at Randolph-Macon Academy, his wife, Betty, Esther Marlowe, and the Front Royal Music Study Club, assembled a 62-voice chorus. Wyatt conducted its first performance, Theodore Dubois' The Seven Last Words of Christ and several chorales by J.S. Bach, on April 12, 1960, at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church.

This community chorus was reorganized in 1962 as the Front Royal Oratorio Society with Henry Groseclose as the first chairman of the Board of Directors. Slater C. Mounts conducted the group's first Christmas concert on December 8, 1962. Today FROS is composed of talented singers from six surrounding counties who dedicate many hours in rehearsal to fulfill our purpose. 

The continued support of individuals and businesses in the community, and grants from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation, Town of Front Royal, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Rappahannock Electric Company, and others, have helped us to achieve this goal. 

We always welcome new singers! Our members are from varied musical backgrounds, and no audition is required. If you're more of a supporter than a performer, we look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming concerts. 

We want to hear from you! Please contact us at to find out more about us, or call 540 635-4842.

Front Royal Oratorio Society

Rehearsal Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Front Royal United Methodist Church, 1 West Main St., Front Royal, VA 22630 (Map)


  • January 7, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. - Rehearsals begin for the spring season, Front Royal UMC, Front Royal, VA