Since the mid-seventies, the Sea Notes Choral Society has provided quality choral entertainment. Organized in May of 1974 for a Brunswick County Bicentennial Committee fundraiser, the group decided to continue singing together as a new Community Chorus, performing that year for the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival and at Christmas for the Southport Woman's Club Holiday House. The fledgling chorus borrowed music from New Hanover High School in Wilmington to get the ball rolling. In early 1975, the name Sea Notes was chosen and officers were elected. The borrowed music was returned and members paid dues in order to start building a choral music library of their own.
They say variety is the spice of life, and so it has been with Sea Notes. On the serious side of the spectrum, Sea Notes has performed an impressive list of works including the Bach Magnificat, Mozart's Mass in C, Faure's Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Britten's Ceremony of Carols with Harp, and of course the complete Messiah with professional orchestra. On the lighter side, performances have included numerous artistic choral pieces, sacred, gospel, folk, pop and Broadway selections, Gilbert and Sullivan, and a wide array of Christmas octavos. Patriotic programs have been produced annually since 1974 for the NC Fourth of July Festival in Southport; consequently the repertoire includes almost every notable patriotic choral work published. I Love America, a musical by John W. Peterson and Don Wyrtzen, was performed twice in 1976 with singers from New Hanover and Brunswick Counties as part of the Bicentennial Celebration. It was much loved by singers and audiences alike and has been repeated often through the years, most recently on July 4, 2001. The Brunswick Concert Band has performed with Sea Notes in numerous July 4th concerts. And in 1996 Sea Notes collaborated with Brunswick Little Theatre on a production of Fiddler on the Roof. In 1994, Sea Notes produced a two-day USO Show and World War II memorabilia display at the Southport Community Building (one of the first USO buildings built in the United States.) Sea Notes Christmas Concert that same year was the last event held in the building before it burned in January of '95.
In addition to the regular concert seasons, Sea Notes has participated in major civic and cultural functions over the years, notably the Dedication of the Governor Russell Ferry, the dedication of the Thomas J. Harrelson segment of US Highway 17 , from Winnabow south to the South Carolina State Line (Tommy Harrelson, former NC Transportation Secretary, is a charter member of the Sea Notes,) and more recently at the Dedication of the Coastal Carolina Museum and Ingram Planetarium. During the NC Fourth of July Festivals, Sea Notes has sung for many of the annual Ecumenical Worship Services and for several of the Naturalization Ceremonies. During the Christmas season, Sea Notes has on occasion carolled for the Christmas by the Sea Candlelight Tour in Southport, for the historic Brunswick Town Open House, and in Wilmington for the Festival of Trees, the Olde Wilmington Candlelight Tour, and the Tree Lighting at Hilton Park. In 1992 Sea Notes participated in several events for the Southport Bicentennial Celebration. In 1993 Sea Notes was featured at the Pawley's Island Autumn Music Festival. In both 2002 and 2003 Sea Notes entertained for the Bald Head Island Conservancy's annual July 3rd barbecue and auction fundraiser. In the wake of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Sea Notes was proud to contribute time and talent to Southport's 'Operation Flagwaving' on the Garrison Lawn on Southport's waterfront. A beautiful program to honor those lost also raised more than $16,000 for the American Red Cross. A similar memorial event was held one year later on September 11, 2002 and Sea Notes once again gave their best. As current events develop and civic duty demands, Sea Notes steps up to the plate.