Saying Goodbye

 

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Dr. Keith Smith.  Dr. Smith shared his talents of medicine, woodworking, and music with his community. A long-time member of Opus 24, Keith added a richness of spirit and voice on Tuesday nights that will be sorely missed.  As members of Opus, we can only hope to emulate Keith both in our choir and community.

It has been a privilege to make music alongside Dr.  Keith Smith. Our hearts go out to his family and all who knew him.

Earworms…

Another Opus season is drawing to a close. Many good memories and the occasional “earworm” linger. Can you relate? “Earworms”?!?!?

Earworms (from the German “ohrwurm”) are those songs that continually repeat through a person’s mind after it is no longer being sung or played. They’re also known as sticky music, stuck song syndrome, and the more scientific, Involuntary Musical Imagery. Statistically, 98% of us experience earworms, with men and women equally affected, but a tendency to last longer and become more distracting for women. (Seriously?!?!) Songs with lyrics account for about 74% of earworms whereas instrumental music approximately 8%. They are most common in people with an interest in music. Interestingly, earworms have been the plot line or theme of stories, novels, TV and cartoon episodes, and music.

I can only imagine that the majority of our concert attendees, supporters, and Opus members have experienced this phenomenon at one time or another.  Another likely connection, but an unlikely conversation starter. Perhaps we should promote a more pleasant term…

Many thanks to all who participate and support choral music in our community! Looking forward to the 2018-19 Opus season!

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.