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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

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.