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, 2015-2018; Hal McCarty, Spring 2019; David Kaulfus, Current.
Chorus Officers 2021
President: Brenda Merz
Vice President: Marjorie Hairston
Secretary: Kathy McLeod
Treasurer: Naomi Roupe
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."
David Kaulfus has rejoined us as our accompanist! The entire Chorus welcomes his return - he is so easy to sing with and has been a part of our group for several years.
David grew up in Waco, Tx and graduated from Baylor with a degree in Economics and Finance. He moved to the Temple/Belton area in 1989 and has remained there ever since. His love of music, both on the piano and the trumpet, has been a vital part of his life and ministry. He served as the Contemporary Worship Leader at FBC in Salado for many years, has served in many churches across the area and has played his trumpet with many diverse groups in the area.
David currently works for a large company as a Territory Sales Representative. He also owns a retail business in Harker Heights.
The Chorus is delighted and grateful to have such a talented accompanist!
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.