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Cotact: Kathy Bowers
Oratorio Society serious about “serious” music
“I think we’re all serious about making good music,” declares Scott Anderson, the newly elected chairman of the Oratorio Society of Estes Park Board of Directors. OSEP is preparing for its 25th anniversary concert May 17th and 18th in the Estes Park High School Auditorium. More about that in coming weeks.
Anderson replaces Lynette Johnson who served as chair for seven years. She is the new Treasurer of the group and Orchestra Manager. Jackie Reed was elected Vice Chair and Chorus Manager. Ginny Page is Secretary. Other members of the board are Artistic Director Kathy Bowers, Bob Gunn, Susan McNeil, Jim Docter, Cathy Jensen, and Doug Fox.
“We work very well as a team,” says Johnson. “We’re always interested in what would make it better.
According to its by-laws, “The purpose of the Oratorio Society is to provide an opportunity for area musicians to perform major works of choral and instrumental classical music for the cultural enrichment of the community. (Examples of such music include, but are not limited to, oratorios, masses, symphonies, concertos, overtures.) Participation is open to any singer or instrumentalist who wishes to perform and has a commitment to the necessary rehearsals.”
“I think in a very small way we’re honoring the type of music we perform,” says board member Bob Gunn, “because it is special, it’s challenging. It’s not the sort of thing that most people want to take on and we provide the opportunity for people to hear what they wouldn’t otherwise hear, at least in a live concert anyway.”
“We’re also providing the opportunity for people like us to participate who otherwise would not be able to do it,” adds Reed.
“There are lots of choirs in Fort Collins, Longmont, Denver, and Boulder that perform with an orchestra,” says Artistic Director Kathy Bowers. “But as far as Estes Park is concerned, this is it. Some people would say towns this size don’t have the wherewithal to do that. Obviously, this is a special place and we are truly fortunate to have plenty of talented musicians, both singers and players, for such ensembles.”
One of the side benefits of the Oratorio Society’s Chamber Orchestra is the experience young musicians gain by taking part in the rehearsals and concerts.
“It’s really neat when we can get the kids to participate,” says Reed, “because otherwise they wouldn’t know what an orchestral experience was.” There is no other orchestra in Estes Park.
Bowers adds, “Some of them do play in youth orchestras, but they have to go to Longmont or Boulder or Denver to get that experience.” Page says she wouldn’t drive that far in the wintertime for that kind of an experience. Apparently a lot of people won’t.
“I was talking to a neighbor who said they love to go to these things,” says Reed. “They like to go to the classical concerts. They love to go to the ballet. But they’re getting too old and they don‘t want to drive all the way to Denver or go all the way to Aspen or places like that. It’s wonderful for them that there’s something here and they would like to see that continue.”
When board members were asked if a new Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center would benefit the Oratorio Society there was a chorus of approval. “Absolutely,” they said.
“It is part of the EPIC (Estes Park Performance Inc.) mission statement that we have been publicizing that the EPIC board intends to create an endowment that will make it easier to subsidize local performing groups,” explains Gunn, vice president of EPIC, promoters of the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center along Elkhorn Ave. in downtown Estes Park. “Even in the absence of an endowment, it is our intention to subsidize them anyway – take it out of operating funds. We have been accused of not really intending to do that, but that is our intention. And people say, ‘Well, if you have as many events as you say you’ll have, there won’t be time.’ (EPIC Exec. Dir.) Dick Zellner has already created a dummy schedule where he fit in all the local performing arts groups as well as examples of professional and semi-professional groups we hope to attract. That is very much our objective. We feel part of the mission of the Performing Arts Center is to provide such a superior venue that it can’t help but make the performing arts groups better.”
“It’s going to be so much nicer to not have to schlep equipment around,” says Bowers. “They’ll have proper chairs. Right now the chorus is sitting on folding chairs. It’s just little things like that: having the proper type of platforms, the right number of music stands for the orchestra” that would make things so much easier for performing arts groups.”
Johnson adds, “And people won’t be looking all over saying, ‘Where are they now? Where are they now? What church are they in this week?’”
Above all, OSEP board members reflect the attitude of everyone in the chorus and orchestra — just have fun performing.
“There’s a wealth of talent in this community,” says Anderson. “And, yes, we have fun.”
“If it wasn’t fun,” says violinist board member Ginny Page, “I wouldn’t be practicing every night.”
Submitted by: Doug Fox
Oratorio Society Changing Rehearsal Time and Venue – January 7, 2013
In preparation for its twenty-fifth anniversary spring concert on May 17 and 18, the Oratorio Society of Estes Park (OSEP) Chorus will begin rehearsing this weekend at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church (SMLC), 2000 Ptarmigan Trail. Not only is this a new rehearsal venue but the chorus is also changing the time for its Sunday, two-hour, evening rehearsals to 6:00 pm. instead of 7:00 p.m., beginning January 13th. Anyone who loves to sing and can make a commitment to regular Sunday evening attendance is welcome to join the chorus. No auditions are needed. Enjoyment is guaranteed. For further information, please call the director, Dr. Kathy Bowers at 586-5193.
Similarly, The Estes Park Chamber Orchestra, a part of OSEP, will rehearse at the Municipal Building in rooms 202/203; but it will continue at its regular Monday night time from 7:00 to 9:00, beginning January 14th. Orchestra members will need to bring their own stands. More strings are needed. Experienced players and students are both welcome. For more information, please call Lynette Johnson, orchestra manager, at 586-2192.
Since the twenty-fifth anniversary is such an important event for OSEP, Dr. Bowers is holding the member-musicians in suspense regarding her selection of music for this program. She has several good possibilities in mind, but wants to choose the very best for this occasion. According to Article 1 of OSEP’s By-laws, “The purpose of the Oratorio Society is to provide an opportunity for area musicians to perform major works of choral and instrumental classical music for the cultural enrichment of the community.” Because of her many years of experience in playing viola, herself, and in conducting for the Webster University Choral Department, Dr. Bowers has a good grasp of a wide variety of these ”major works ” suitable for OSEP. For the winter program of 2012, e.g., she introduced the members to Berlioz’ “The Childhood of Christ.” This was new music for all of them. The more they rehearsed it the more they learned to love it and wanted to introduce it to their loyal patrons of the Estes Valley. No wonder they were so very disappointed, then, both for themselves and their audience, when they were forced to cancel their Saturday afternoon performance of it due to a city-wide emergency on December 1, caused by the Fern Lake Fire. Now they are waiting eagerly to learn what music Dr. Bowers will bring when they begin rehearsing in preparation for their big anniversary celebration. Stay tuned.
A short break in the rehearsal schedule for both groups will occur at the end of January and beginning of February. Anyone who wants to practice his/her music at home during the break will need to pick it up at the January 13th and 14th rehearsals.