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From the Conductor

We are all connected in this world

From the conductor:

Life and death, food and drink, different faiths, family and friends, old and young, poverty and wealth, sickness and health. These are but a few of the things that connect us to each other. This concert is about how we are CONNECTED. The “theme song” says that “ I am you are me, don’t you see? There is something between us that’s greater than air.” All of the music tonight is connected. It’s as if a great puzzle is being put together as we hear each piece. We welcome the Millikin Youth Choir to our concert tonight. They connect with us in melody and harmony that is universal to all.

The major piece in our puzzle is “I Share Creation” by Bob Chilcott, a former King Singer. There are four sources for the texts: anonymous Chinese, anonymous Aztec, Chief Seattle, and anonymous Arctic Eskimo. They all share creation as they have experienced it.

Our choir is CONNECTED by talent. Two pieces feature instrumentalists from the choir: Christine Smith, oboe and John Gorecki, clarinet. “Lullaby” was composed by tenor Conrad Fassig.

So enjoy the variety in this concert. Perhaps there will be a moment, or many moments which will connect you with yourself or someone or something. And, thanks for coming tonight. Let’s stay CONNECTED!!

Milt Scott Conductor.


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.