The Chorus was organized in 1994, as a Ladies Chorale, under the direction of Katherine Wende. Katherine Wende served until 1999. Dr. Betty Thorn, who was a member of the chorus, became the director in 2000, and formed a mixed Chorus to include male voices. Dr. Mike Bergman, a chorus member, assumed the directorship on Dr. Thorn’s retirement in 2004. Dr. Van Cura, having served the chorus as accompanist since 2003, accepted the director/pianist position beginning the fall of 2005-2008. Jakie Shirley became chorus director in 2009 and served in that capacity until June 2014. Then Jim Mohon, a chorus member, became the chorus director beginning the fall of 2014 through Spring 2017. Upon Jim's move, Dottie Shirley assumed the baton in the Fall of 2017.
Pianists have been:
Marge Kirkman, 1994
Judy Barry, 2002
Liz Milne, 2008
David Kalfus, 2009
Beverly Meade, 2014
Nan Cryar, 2015
David Kaulfus, 2015-2019
Hal McCarty, Spring 2019
David Kaulfus, Christmas 2019-Christmas 2021
David Albee, Spring 2022 and current.
Chorus Officers 2022
President: Marjorie Hairston
Vice President: Ana Pollock
Secretary: Kathy McLeod
Treasurer: Naomi Roupe
Past President: Brenda Merz
Director: Dottie Shirley
Dottie Shirley is just one of those people who has always "done music". Growing up with talented siblings, having the opportunity to sit under many wonderful directors through high school, college and church, rearing very talented, musical children, she comes to a point in her life where she agreed to accept the position of Salado Community Chorus director. She has been a participant in this organization for at least 10 years serving under own husband, Jakie Shirley, who was the director of the group for about 4 years prior to Jim Mohon. During this period of time, Dottie directed the Women's Ensemble.
Most of her experience has been serving in a church setting. Her husband, Jakie Shirley, was a Minister of Music. Needless to say, Dottie was a soloist and children choir coordinator and director. She also did a lot of long term music "subbing" in Pasadena and Lancaster when they lived in the Dallas area.
Dottie says, "This group of people who make up the Salado Community Chorus are some of the dearest folks in the world. They are faithful, pleasant and talented folks. Our organization is not an auditioned group but they love to sing and they do it well. I feel very honored to be their director."
Dr. David Albee
Dr. David Albee has performed extensively as piano soloist, accompanist, and chamber music recitalist throughout the United States including soloist with the Detroit and Des Moines symphonies; pianist for the Waco Symphony (14 seasons), Pittsburgh Symphony, Erie (PA) Philharmonic, Wheeling (WV) Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre orchestra; founding member of the Baylor and Drake trios; and accompanist for the Canton (OH) Symphony Chorus, Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, and Opera Omaha. He also has published reviews in professional journals and has made recordings including a solo piano recording chosen as one of the annual "Ten Best Classical Recordings" by Time Magazine.
Dr. Albee also has an extensive teaching career having served as artist/teacher on the Baylor University faculty for 15 years. He also has held positions at Drake, Grace, Geneva, and Carnegie Mellon universities. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Texas/Austin as well as degrees from the universities of Evansville and Illinois/Urbana.
The Chorus Rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 at the Civic Center, and other times as deemed necessary for best possible performance. The Chorus begins fall session in mid August and runs through the Christmas Concert which coincides with Christmas Stroll, the first two weekends in December. Spring session begins mid-January and runs through Spring Concert, late April.