July 1 marked the completion of my 3-year term as Decatur Choral Society President. It’s been an honor and pleasure to work with those who are making ongoing contributions to the success of Opus 24 and choral music opportunities in our community.
I look forward to serving the remainder of my time on the board under the leadership of Becky Stubblefield, who succeeds me as President. We also welcome Kathi McClugage to the DCS Board. She was one of the original founders of Opus and will offer valuable insights as we move forward. Nancy Salefski has completed her board term and has offered to continue being involved with our newsletter and church mailings. Thank you, Nancy!
August will usher in the beginning of school and fall schedules. Opus rehearsals will soon follow in September. Thanks once again for all of your support!
DCS Board/Opus 24
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.
“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