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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.

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.


I think that for the average singer an audition for Opus 24 might be a bit nerve wracking. However, it is a lot easier than you might think. While we can’t guarantee anyone a position in Opus, a person shouldn’t be too intimidated to give it a shot. Selection must take into consideration a commitment to attend rehearsals and concerts, current needs in the sections, and a voice that can blend with other singers. The ability to sing solos is nice, but that really isn’t crucial to sing in our choral group, and many of our singers would prefer not to do so.

As names come to Milt, he arranges a short audition on a Tuesday evening at Decatur First Lutheran Church. He will ask a few questions about experience, and he listens to range, pitch, and sight reading skills. He usually has a person sing a familiar song, and a piece on which Opus is rehearsing. Often candidates are asked to sit in on part of a rehearsal so that section members can later comment about what they have heard.
To quote Milt, “The process is really stress free for all involved.”

If you are interested in auditioning for Opus 24, you can refer to our website under “Auditions.”

Bill Horton
Decatur Choral Society