Earworms…

Another Opus season is drawing to a close. Many good memories and the occasional “earworm” linger. Can you relate? “Earworms”?!?!?

Earworms (from the German “ohrwurm”) are those songs that continually repeat through a person’s mind after it is no longer being sung or played. They’re also known as sticky music, stuck song syndrome, and the more scientific, Involuntary Musical Imagery. Statistically, 98% of us experience earworms, with men and women equally affected, but a tendency to last longer and become more distracting for women. (Seriously?!?!) Songs with lyrics account for about 74% of earworms whereas instrumental music approximately 8%. They are most common in people with an interest in music. Interestingly, earworms have been the plot line or theme of stories, novels, TV and cartoon episodes, and music.

I can only imagine that the majority of our concert attendees, supporters, and Opus members have experienced this phenomenon at one time or another.  Another likely connection, but an unlikely conversation starter. Perhaps we should promote a more pleasant term…

Many thanks to all who participate and support choral music in our community! Looking forward to the 2018-19 Opus season!

Sheryl Frye

President, Decatur Choral Society

2018 Scholarship Application

Attn: Macon County High School Students, Choir members, Choir Directors and voice teachers:

The Decatur Choral Society/Opus 24 will award scholarships to be applied towards voice lessons with a member of the Preparatory Dept. faculty at Millikin University. Any Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior attending a Macon County high school in the Fall of 2018 may apply to audition.

Auditions will be held May 22, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Decatur. You must sign up for an audition slot and provide your own accompanist. One selection demonstrating the student’s vocal ability will be required for the audition.

All Audition and Application requirements will be handled electronically with 3 easy steps:

  1. To sign up for a time slot, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F4BAFAC2DA6F58-decatur
  2. To submit your application, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/hFh329THISaxMjBh1
  3. The following information must be submitted to M. Miller via email (mmiller@millikin.edu) by Wednesday, May 16th:
    1. Brief Autobiography
    2. Recent Photograph
    3. Copy of School Transcript
    4. Letter of Recommendation

If you have any questions along the way, please contact Melissa Miller, Decatur Choral Society
Scholarship Coordinator at mmiller@millikin.edu or 217-424-6212.

 

Do you remember that overdone tune with four chords, often played at parties to show off your lack of piano skills? The tune….Heart and Soul. Hopefully, we have all progressed musically beyond those past experiences. This concert is the grownup version of what those words mean. Opus 24 combines with the Heart and Soul Choir from Central Christian Church in a concert that is truly a blending of the hearts and souls of this community. Draw the Circle Wide, African Benediction and This Little Light of Mine will bring these two ensembles together, both musically and emotionally.

Joining us are some of the area’s finest musicians. Strings, percussion, piano and Celtic pipe all add to the wonderful ambiance of this program. As the conductor of this concert, I strive to emulate the mission of choral music: all people, regardless of social stature, intelligence, age or physical or mental well-being should have (and deserve) the opportunity to bare their heart and soul through music. Please enjoy this opportunity to be blessed by what you not only hear, but what you receive from the hearts and souls of all the participants.

Milt Scott, Conductor