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We have recently been impacted by a glut of unsettling events that has left us reeling in shock, helplessness, frustration, and questioning. We have witnessed Nature’s power and man’s destructive disrespect of human life. Yet in all of these tragic situations, we have been offered numerous glimpses and accounts of caring, self-sacrifice, sharing, outreach, charity, and love. It’s as if the darkness of the disaster provides the contrasting backdrop for such healing offerings to be recognized and illuminated more than when they are occurring in our day-to-day lives during more “routine” circumstances.

“Ubi Caritas” is one of our Fall pieces that echoes “Where charity and love are…” Thousands of musical works have been written through the ages with a love theme in all of its many forms. Ola Gjeilo is the gifted composer who has transformed these traditional Mass reflections into an uplifting piece that will inspire our listeners with its riveting message in song.

Our “Wintertide” concert will be a meaningful way to usher in our season of Thanksgiving and preparation for Christmas. We are grateful and appreciate your continued support. It is our hope that you enjoy being sung to as much as we enjoy singing to you.

Sheryl Frye

Decatur Choral Society President

THE BEST BOARD

When I was first asked to serve on the Decatur Choral Society (DCS) Board of Directors by Kathi, I just could not see myself doing that, and probably very bluntly told her NO. I was a singer in Opus, but was teaching full time, had a growing family, and was very involved in madrigals. All good excuses, yes?

Years later someone bravely asked me again. This time I said yes. I am glad I did! I am so sorry, Kathi, that I turned you down then, but I think I redeemed myself. I have learned so much, and worked hard on the board for the past six years. I didn’t start out with any preconceived ideas about what to do on the board. I just did whatever needed to be done, which grew into fundraising, keeping a data base, and collecting the mail.

I can honestly say that this is the best board on which I have ever worked. Everybody does their part and works to make it possible for Opus 24, our community chorus, to function. Thank you for that opportunity to support and work for quality choral music in the Decatur area.

If you are asked to be one the DCS Board of Directors, don’t hesitate, don’t say no, just jump in with both feet. You will not be sorry that you did. I have learned a lot through this process, with the help of Ron, a former treasurer of the society. I could not have done this job without the help of all of the other members of the board serving with me. It has been a team effort and a wonderful group which supports each other.

I hope that you will consider me a consultant for the board, and a lifetime supporter of Opus 24. Thanks!

Carol Drayton
Chair of Fundraising
Decatur Choral Society

2015 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 2015 may apply to audition.

Auditions will be held May 2015 at First Lutheran Church in Decatur. A piano accompanist will be provided. One selection demonstrating the student’s vocal ability will be required for the audition. Applicants will be notified of their audition slot.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2015.

Click here to download an application form.

The award will be presented on the first Tuesday in June at the Decatur Choral Society Patron Appreciation Reception.