Tuesday evening rehearsals, finalizing the lists of songs, soloists working with the pianist, rehearsing of special selections to be performed by the Ladies Chorus and by Men and Friends, a mixed group of ladies and men, have been keeping the sixty-plus member Salado Community Chorus busy as they prepare for the free Annual Spring Concert scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Salado.
The theme of this year’s concert is “Honoring our Great U.S.A.”
Director Dottie Shirley said, “The selection of songs includes several patriotic tunes intertwined with a flavoring of folk, pop, country and gospel tunes.”
Special features of the 2023 Spring show are pre-concert music performed by Salado guitarist Johnny Herring, doing a three-song set at 6:50 p.m. At 7.p.m., there will be a USA flag processional followed by Dr. David Albee on the piano, and the Bell County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presenting the colors.
A select group of singers will perform “Light in the Hallway,” during the show, a song made popular by recording star Pentatonix.
Salado Chorus soloists throughout the concert will include Jim Buchanan, Bryan Buck, Sheryl Calderon, Jeannine Conners , Jan Doke, Tim Flanagan, Lezlie Mann, Brenda Merz, Ana Pollock, and Charles Turk.
Registration for the Spring Semester is busy underway.
Newly elected President
Ana Pollock welcomes the chorus.
Romayne Schatte, member, and new member, Scharlett Mikeska received the door prizes at the Kick-Off Dinner.
Director Dottie Shirley shares thoughts about the new season and the new music for the Spring Concert.
The Salado Community Chorus has released unofficial registration numbers for Spring 2023 compiled from the kickoff meeting held January 17 and a late sign up on January 24, which was also the first rehearsal date. Brenda Merz, secretary of the Chorus Board of Officers, reported on January 24 that 60 members had signed up for the Spring Session. That number does not include Director Dottie Shirley and Pianist Dr. David Albee. Merz said, “This is significant because of the 60 registered singers, 14 new people became members of the Salado Community Chorus. The numbers will become official at the first officers meeting set for February 23.”
Ana Pollock, president of the chorus, said, “We were astounded and really pleased with the number of new members who signed up.”
The new members are Valerie Anderson, Carolyn Britt, Sharon Burtin, Russell Cox, Sasha Doss, Lisa Hynes, Scharlet Mikeska, Casey Moore, Jeri Nollet, Jason Padgett, Mark Pollock, Angela Skipping, Karyl Small, and Paula Stella. The cities and towns represented by the membership include Salado, Temple, Round Rock, Georgetown, Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Holland, and Nolanville. There are 46 women in the chorus. The men singers total 14.
The Spring Concert, which has no admission fee, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, at the First Baptist Church in Salado. The musical selections being performed by the full chorus will include: “Turn Your Radio On,” “Forever Country,” “A Festive Call to Freedom,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Count Your Blessings,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Turkey in the Straw,” “We Honor You,” “Armed Forces-The Pride of America,” “Patriotic Medley,” and “Leaning on the Rock of Ages.” In addition, there will be tunes sung separately by a women’s group and men’s group. A song will also be performed by a combined select ensemble plus a mixture of several solos.