Messages from OSEP Fans

Messages from fans and others that we have received that we would like to share.

May 20, 2013


Thank you for the information. I brought a busload of students to the concert Friday evening. I think for many of the students, it was their first time seeing classical music live. All of the students really enjoyed it and many found the event inspiring. Thanks again for the beautiful performance.
Eagle Rock staff

May 19. 2013

From Clayoma Gilliland, who sang in the chorus for over fifteen years: I am so sorry to miss the Oratorio Society potluck today because I wanted to tell you that your 25 marvelous. I enjoyed every minute of it. You have made so much progress and I am so proud of you. I would hold your performance up to anything the Longmont Symphony has ever done. I miss you all.


May 18, 2013
The chamber orchestra and the oratorio society are very special memories of my life in Estes Park.    The friends I had in these organizations, the other chamber music groups, and the Chamber Music Society made living in Estes Park unforgettable!Thank you for this anniversary celebration.  Just wish I could have been therefrom Charlotte (Tagg)

May 5, 2013

Dr. Patterson and Dr. Betsy Skinner will be establishing a concert series in Estes Park and Allenspark.  If you are interested, please contact either Margie ( or 303-747-2089) or Betsy ( or 303-747-1013


May 5, 2013

Dear Oratorio Society friends,

If there are any of you out there who still remember me, Greetings!  What a glorious and unbelievable occasion you are celebrating; your 25th anniversary! Congratulations to all concerned.

As I wrote my dear friend, Merritt Martin, today, the hardest part of leaving Estes Park 15 years ago this coming June 1st was to leave behind the Estes Park Chamber Orchestra and the Oratorio Society.  While it doesn’t appear in your printed history, it was actually the quartet of which I was also a part, the Aeolian Strings that began the whole process.

At one of our quartet rehearsals, we were talking about the Messiah, part of which we were playing somewhere; and the idea came up to have a “sing in” or Messiah reading, with anyone who felt so inspired getting up and singing the solo’s. Our quartet would accompany the evening, and it was held in the community room of City Hall, I think. We were quite surprised and pleased at the number of people who showed up and the volunteer soloists. We may have been rehearsing at the Community Church by then. I can’t remember for sure.

At any rate, everyone had such a great time that we decided to stay with the project and present the concert that coming Christmas for the public. I think Gary Elting was the conductor to start with.

As it grew, we began to do other “Larger works of music” as out charter says, including several requiems as well as other Christmas classics.  Then we began doing a regular spring concert as well as summer ones. It was a wonderful opportunity for the many talented residents….

So, again, hail to the Oratorio Society of Estes Park.  Long may it live and create beautiful music!

With wonderful memories,

LeJeune Williams

An Oratorio Society founder


Apr 11, 2013


Congratulations on your 25th anniversary! That is absolutely brilliant! I miss all of you, and conducting the Oratorio Society and Chamber Orchestra very much.
Thank you so much for the invitation to the celebratory concert and the potluck. I am so sad that I cannot attend. My sister-in-law is graduating with her doctorate in nursing on May 17th, so we will be in Iowa that weekend. Hers is the second doctorate in the family. I received mine in conducting in May of 2011.
If you send you season flyers or postcards would you please put me on your mailing list? I would greatly appreciate it.
I send you all greetings, and my very best wishes for your celebration and for your next 25 years!
Marjorie (Dr. Marjorie Monroe-Fischer)