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Our Invitation To YOU…

The Opus 24 Spring concert is fast approaching! Join us Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 pm in the beautiful sanctuary of Central Christian Church, 650 W. William Street.

Mother’s Day observances will be fresh in our minds and hearts and are a great lead-in to our concert theme of “Sing Your Way Home.” Lots of memories and stories begin with our mothers and home.

We hope you will be with us for an evening of music that will meet you and welcome you with open arms, from Rutter’s “Requiem” to “Kumbaya” to “Across the Vast Eternal Sky” (which will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. Keith Smith).

Following our concert, a reception will be held in the Friendship Center where we can continue to enjoy the evening together.

Thank you from our Opus 24 members and the Decatur Choral Society for your ongoing support!

Sheryl Frye, Decatur Choral Society President

High School Voice Scholarships Available

Area high school singers are encouraged to audition for a chance to be awarded a scholarship to be applied toward vocal music lessons through Millikin University Preparatory Department.

Decatur Choral Society/Opus 24 will award scholarships to be applied to voice lessons with a Millikin University Voice Faculty member through the Preparatory Department.  Any upcoming freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior attending a Macon County high school in the fall of 2019 is eligible to audition.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at First Lutheran Church in Decatur, IL.

Interested students should click on the following link to fill out their application and upload a brief autobiography, recent photo, a copy of their school transcript and a letter of recommendation.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0_nMbXn0fGxTfMYTVUUbcMISHLrnfIdYNZ5JrgurBmb1jkQ/viewform

A new season…

“Where words leave off, music begins.” -Heinrich Heine

Opus 24 will reassemble this week to begin rehearsals for our May concert. It will be another of many “firsts” that will be experienced over the next year, not only for us, but for all of those who had a connection with Dr. Keith Smith. His passing in December was an unexpected and emotional loss for the many whose lives he touched with his many gifts and talents. Opus members are feeling that loss. The expressions of support, sympathy, and caring have been amazing. His wife, Janet, and their family will continue his legacy of embracing life to its fullest.

“You have changed my mourning into dancing. You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy so that my whole being might sing praises to You and never stop. Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”  Psalm 30:11-12

Keith will always be a presence with us. We look forward to honoring him with a future choral tribute that will highlight his love of music and life in a spirit of joy and praise.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sheryl Frye, President
Decatur Choral Society