Petzel: Musichorale Community Choir’s scholarship contests scheduled
By Cheryl Petzel Citizen Journalistemail@example.com October 16, 2013 9:38AM
The Musichorale Community Choir, led by director Jeff Silhan (center). | Supplied photo
Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! The Musichorale Community Choir’s annual scholarship contest for amateur vocalists and instrumentalists is underway. It’s open to students in grades six through 12, and contestants are not required to live in Oak Lawn.
Applications for instrumentalists must be postmarked by Feb. 15, and the application fee is $25. The vocal portion of the contest, which is now closed, is open only to high school students.
Auditions for vocal contestants begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at 10 a.m., and those for instrumental contestants start at 10 a.m. March 1. The public is invited to attend the auditions, which will take place at Oak Lawn Community Church, 9000 Ridgeland Ave., Oak Lawn.
Contestants can select their own piece, but it must be performed as the original piece. Instrumental contestants will have six minutes to perform, and vocal contestants will have five minutes.
Musichorale member Kathy Marassa said the vocal contest’s first-place winner will be announced at the Noel Concert on Dec. 8. He or she will receive a $1,000 award and be a featured soloist at the holiday concert. More than $3,500 in prizes will be awarded to those finishing in first, second and third place.
The choir hosts Christmas and spring concerts each year and also performs at parties, weddings, dedications, funerals and other events from September through April. This year’s holiday concert, “T’was the Night Before Christmas,” will mark the choir’s 67th year hosting its Noel Concert. It’s scheduled for 3:20 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Ozinga Auditorium at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights.
Musichorale was founded in 1947 by Art Silhan, who spent 33 years as choir director. When Silhan stepped down in 1980, his son, Jeffrey, succeeded him. Now matching his dad’s 33 years in the position, Jeffrey Silhan has no plans to stop.
The choir is always looking to add members. Marassa said the choir has 75 members, “but our goal is to eventually have 100 singers up there on the stage. We welcome everyone.”
Rehearsals are at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Oak Lawn Community Church, the choir’s home base. Membership is open to anyone in high school and older who enjoys music or singing. A musical background or knowledge of how to read sheet music is not required. Dues per season are $25 for high school students, $37.50 for new members and $50 for returning members.
For contest applications or membership information, visit Musichorale’s website at www.musichorale.org or call its 24-hour number at 312-409-6661.
Here are this week’s celebrity announcements: Happy 2nd birthday to Luke Makuch from his parents, Jamie and Jeff, and Jack. Happy 9th birthday to Dean Nusko from his “yia yia.” A happy 15th to Dolores and Louise Ehrhardt from their parents and grandparents, and to Michelle Sasala from her parents and brother, John. Patti and Larry Sharon also wish their son, Zachary a happy 15th birthday.
Moleigh and Liam Carson wish their daughter, Tara, a happy Sweet 16th birthday. Clarissa Ackermann’s parents wish her a happy 18th, which is also the wish to Emily Mathis from her mom. Dave and Juanita West send birthday wishes to their grandchildren, Dimitra Konstantopolis, who’s turning 22, and Zachary West, who’s turning 31. Happy 24th birthday to Elizabeth Ksiazek from her family.
Mark Russo’s parents wish him a happy day as he turns 27. Birthday wishes go out to Lisa Kohlstedt from Pat, Jonathan, Grace and Jillian. Happy birthday to Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury. Birthday wishes for Shirley Mis and Sandra Allen. Loving birthday wishes go out Maryanna Petzel (yes, we’re related) from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, granddogs, grandcats and great-grandlizards.
A happy birthday to John Vitiritti from his daughter, Joy. Jimmy Brown is also celebrating his birthday. Birthday wishes for Rick Weston from his family and Cocoa. Happy birthday to Eugene Mark from his wife, Aggie, and daughters.
Congratulations to Kyle and Allison (Arnold) Palhegyi who were married on Oct. 5 at St. Gerald Church in Oak Lawn. Their family and friends wish them the best as they begin their journey as husband and wife.
Wedding anniversary wishes go out to the following couples: Jeff and Jamie Makuch on their eighth anniversary; Adam and Angie Arend on their ninth; Gary and Kim Krupa on their 12th; Jim and Laura Noble on their 28th; Andy and Bonnie Paciga on their 43rd and Mike and Barb Owsianiak on their golden 50th anniversary.
Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays, special events or special “stuff”going on with your family or within the community. Call me at (708) 899-9544 or email me at the address above.
Until next time ...