“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
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:
- To sign up for a time slot, go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F4BAFAC2DA6F58-decatur
- To submit your application, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/hFh329THISaxMjBh1
- The following information must be submitted to M. Miller via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com or 217-424-6212.
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.