Singers Wanted for On-going OLLI Singers on USM Campus; Starts 1/16/14


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,678)

Men and women, at least 50 years old, who enjoy singing four part harmony are invited to join the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Singers Special Interest Group for the six-week Winter Session.  The first meeting is Thursday, January 16th, at the Wishcamper Building, Bedford Street on the University of Southern Maine campus, Portland.  Singers will meet in the lobby of the building, although subsequent practices will be held in Room 113.  Singers do not need to read music, although that is helpful. Singers need to be a member of OLLI which costs $25.00.

The OLLI Singers is a continuation of a chorus organized and led by Terry Foster about ten years ago. Eventually Faith Varney joined him as co-director.  When they recently decided to retire from their roles, several of the singers determined to continue the group under the OLLI banner in order to stay together and keep singing.  Last fall the group met weekly with temporary assistance.  Sally Trice stepped up to the challenge and joined the dedicated Marian Rich, longtime piano accompanist for the Singers.  Trice wil continue to serve as a co-director for the Winter Session.

Fortunately, OLLI administrators have found someone qualified and willing to step up and pick-up the baton that the retirement of Terry Foster and Faith Varney  left suspended in the somewhere in space! Chuck Hornberger has agreed to fill that gap and become the new director of the OLLI Singers.  New to the Portland area and thus to OLLI, Chuck has several decades of experience in singing, leading choral groups and organizing training for the Newton Community Chorus (Massachusetts) outreach program.  He will be co-directing with Sally Trice. Welcome Chuck!

For more information on the OLLI Singers Special Interest Group please feel free to contact Henry Warren 207 – 653-1198, Singers’ Coordinator.  To become a member of OLLI, please call the office at 780-4406 or stop in at 210 Wishcamper Center on the USM Portland Campus.  Pls. check on-line for other intellectually fun courses for Maine’s “gray generation “.