OSEP is celebrating its 31st Anniversary!
The Oratorio Society of Estes Park (OSEP) along with the Estes Park Chamber Orchestra, was organized in December 1987 by Connie and Gary Elting and by Merritt and Laura Martin. Its first appearance was for a sing-along session of Handel’s Messiah. On November 27,1988 OSEP presented Handel’s Messiah to the public at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies under the direction of Gary Elting. Rich Kohl conducted the Easter portions of Messiah at OSEP’s March 19,1989 performance. Thereafter, the following conductors have introduced and led this organization of both amateur and professional musicians to successfully perform a large variety of major classical works for chorus and orchestra:
Rich Kohl 1989
Gary Elting 1988 and 1990-1994
Marjorie Monroe-Fischer 1995-2000.
Claudia Irwin 2001 – 2011
Kathryn Bowers, DMA 2012 -2018
Robert Howard 2019-present