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Petzel: Musichorale to offer scholarship to amateur vocalists, instrumentalists

Updated: November 1, 2012 6:16AM



Greetings fellow Oak Lawnians!

Musichorale community choir announces its annual scholarship contest for amateur vocalists and instrumentalists. High school students are invited to audition for the vocal competition at 10 a.m. Oct. 27. The instrumental contest, open to students in sixth through 12th grades, will take place at 10 a.m. March 2.

Both contests will take place at Oak Lawn Community Church, 9000 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Lawn. Vocal applications must be postmarked by Oct. 10, and instrumental applications must be postmarked by Feb. 10. The application fee for either competition is $25.

Kathy Marassa, a Musichorale member, said that vocal and instrument contestants can select their own piece, but it must be performed as the original piece. Both contests have time limits: Vocalists have five minutes and must bring their own accompaniment. Instrumentalists have six minutes per song.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded more than $3,500 in prizes. The first-place prize is $1,000, and winners will be featured soloists at a Musichorale concert. Contest winners will be presented with their scholarships at the Christmas concert on Dec. 9.

Musichorale has a long history in Chicago and the southwest suburbs. Jeffrey Silhan has been the choir director for more than 30 years, taking over for his father, Art, who founded the choir back in 1947.

Musichorale’s 66th season is under way, and new choir members are welcome. The choir performs at parties, dedications, weddings, funerals and other events from September through April.

The choir also hosts two major concerts each year at Trinity Christian College. Rehearsals are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Oak Lawn Community Church.

Membership is open to anyone in high school and older who enjoys music or singing. Having a musical background or knowledge of how to read sheet music is not required.

“There’s no prerequisite to join,” Marassa said. “Just come and try out if you have a joy of music or love of singing.”

The choir is made up of longtime members, new members and returning members.

“We have a few members that come back,” Marassa said. “Life has changed for them at home and they return.”

Dues per season are $25 for high school students, $37.50 for new members and $50 for returning members. Contest questions can be emailed to mcscholarship@gmail.com.

For contest applications and rules or for information on becoming a member, visit Musichorale’s website at www.musichorale.org or call its 24-hour number at (312) 409-6661.

Celebrity announcements

Happy seventh birthday to Collin Gerger, from his parents, Kara and Joe, and Mary Grace. Happy 10th birthday to Morgan Soch, from her parents, Michelle and Ralph, and grandparents, Mary Ann and Rich Soch.

Happy 13th birthday to Emma Weston. Her family and Cocoa send her their love as she becomes a teenager. Kara and Stephen Jones wish their daughter, Victoria, a happy 14th birthday. Joseph Kupiszewski’s mother and grandmother wish him a happy birthday.

Happy birthday to Kasey and William Conroy from their parents. Happy 15th birthday to Anthony Lopez, from his godmother, Tara, and Jimmy. Cheryl and Mike Daly wish their son, Ryan, a happy 17th birthday.

Happy birthday to Adam Smith, who’s turning 17, from his parents, Sue and Bob, Alexis and Sandy. Happy 17th birthday to Anise Abu-Kawod, from his parents, Mohamed and Dolores, Sophia and Nora.

Allyson and Kurt Chitman send their daughter, Nicole, birthday wishes as she turns 23. Happy 28th birthday to Jenn Hermann from her parents, Judy and Joe. Happy birthday to Erin Gonsowski, from Keith, Steven, Erica and her mom, Dawn Carlsen.

Happy birthday to Cori Ellis from her husband, Ian, and Jacob. Special birthday wishes go out to my mom, Rose Marie Leon, from her husband, John, Lambchop and family. Happy birthday to Patricia Ciametti from her daughters and pals at Sit n’ Pretty.

Brian Feerick sends birthday wishes to his wife, Carrie. Happy birthday to Juanita Sullivan from her daughter, Kaitlyn. Birthday wishes go out to Glenn Chovanec and Dan Perrino.

Geri McKay’s family wish her the best on her birthday. Aggie and Eugene Mark wish their grandson, Joe Heneghan, a happy birthday. Joseph Beranek’s family send him their love on his 88th birthday.

Wedding anniversary wishes go out to the following couples: Jannine and Lee Hofman on their fourth anniversary; Nick and Eileen Kawacin on their 31st anniversary; Bob and Mike Owsiniak’s on their 49th anniversary; and Bob and Rene Fitzgerald on their 52nd 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.



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