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Orpheus Choir celebrates 80 years during Homecoming reunion

Posted: Oct 26, 2012

 Choir tours, devotions, host homes, excellence in music; these traditions are familiar to Orpheus choir members — and they have been going on for 80 years.

Orpheus alumni will join the 69 current choir members to celebrate 80 years of Orpheus Choir during a special reunion this Homecoming.

“We’re expecting maybe close to 200 singers,” Dr. Jeff Bell, Orpheus Choir director said.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, there will be a reunion/rehearsal from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., where alumni can reconnect.

There will also be a silent auction to raise money for the Orpheus Memorial Scholarships given to current Orpheus members. Items on auction include old Orpheus memorabilia: CDs, cassettes, records and a quilt.

The choir will sing in Centennial Chapel for College Church of the Nazarene’s Sunday morning worship service (Nov. 4), accompanied by both the Ruffatti pipe organ and piano.

Dr. George Dunbar, former Orpheus choir director, will be conducting a portion of the performance. With 27 years, he had the longest tenure of any choir director.

The music, camaraderie and common experiences will bring the choir members together not only in song, but also as a family.

“It’s an opportunity to come back and see that excellence in choral music is still the standard at Olivet,” Dr. Bell said.

For a full listing of Homecoming 2012 events, or to register, click here.


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