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2017-2018 season


50th anniversary season


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This Season's Concerts

About the Chorale

The West Shore Chorale’s 2017-2018 Concert Season John Drotleff, Conductor Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3:00 P.M. Hymns, Folk songs, and Spirituals St. Richard Parish 5053 Whitethorn Ave, North Olmsted, OH 44070

Saturday, april 28, 2018, 12:00 Noon Meet the Composer Share a discussion and Q & A with composer David Malloy Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts Free Admission – Public invited

Sunday, april 29, 2018, 7:30 P.M. 50th Anniversary Concert W. A. Mozart: “Requiem” and David Malloy: “Elegies for Ephemera” This piece has been commissioned by the Chorale to celebrate its 50th anniversary. David Malloy is the Tony-nominated composer of the Broadway hit, “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts Tickets $15, Students of all ages free To order advanced tickets for all concerts, call 216.373.7773. Purchase tickets at the door or pay online at Parking is free. 4

Founded in 1968, the West Shore Chorale has been an anchor in the lives of singers and audience members for 49 years. Committed to the highest performance standards, the Chorale presents a varied selection of repertoire from traditional to rarely-heard compositions. By offering affordable ticket prices and highly accessible venues, the Chorale strives to share these great choral works with the widest possible audiences. The Chorale has performed more than 80 major choral/orchestral compositions in addition to spirituals, hymns, and contemporary pieces. As part of its community outreach efforts, the Chorale regularly collaborates with local schools and performance groups, showcasing the talents of musicians from all walks of life. The group has performed on radio, television, with Opera Circle, and for the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and Ohio Music Education Association.

Our Mission To enrich the lives of singers, audience members, and West Shore residents through the transformative power of choral music 5



John Drotleff, conductor of the West Shore Chorale and Orchestra since 1984, is the fourth conductor of the Chorale. Mr. Drotleff has directed choirs and taught music in northeastern Ohio since 1961 in four public schools, three colleges, seven churches and three community choruses. His work in high schools and colleges has included appearances at state adjudicated events, professional music conferences, and tours throughout the East and Midwestern parts of the country, including venues in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center and The National Cathedral. Mr. Drotleff has served as a guest conductor and workshop clinician for many musical groups and professional organizations in the Northeastern part of the United States. His conducting repertoire includes such works as Bach’s Magnificat and B Minor Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Berlioz’s Te Deum, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Dettingen Te Deum, and Zadok the Priest, Haydn’s Creation, Lord Nelson Mass, Mass in the Time of War, Theresienmesse, Harmoniemesse, Creation Mass, Heiligmesse and Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Lobgesang, and St. Paul, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Missa Brevis in F, Vesperae Solennis de Confessore, and Mass in C Minor (The “Great”), Szymanowski, Stabat Mater, the Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Faure, and Durufle, numerous contemporary composers and several hundred compositions from the traditional choral repertoire. He has been a member of numerous professional organizations, but he is most grateful for his association with Ohio Choral Directors Association, where he twice served as President and has received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award. He lives in Lakewood with his wife, Judy. Their son, Stefan, daughter-in-law, Misty, and grandson, Maxwell, live nearby. He credits his first music teachers during elementary school, Christine Knuth and James Ramsey, with nurturing his interest in music. He graduated from Dana School of Music, a division of Youngstown State University, and Columbia University, with additional work at Westminster Choir College. He has attended courses, clinics, and master classes given by many notable conductors throughout the country. Maria Voljin is celebrating her 34 anniversary season as WSC’s Accompanist. She is a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory and has degrees in piano, vocal accompanying and organ. She has played for the Cleveland Ballet, the Ohio Boychoir, and is certified by the American Guild of Organists. th


Audition Information Membership in the Chorale is open to all singers with a strong interest in performing classical choral music. We select singers based on musical ability, experience, and available openings. The next auditions will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2017, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. If you are interested in scheduling an audition for the 2018 concert season please contact our Membership Secretary, Joan Schwertle, at 440-476-5617 or by email at

Acknowledgments The Chorale thanks Magnificat High School for the use of its facilities. Thanks to Tom Benham for assistance with staging and Maria Voljin for her rehearsal work. We appreciate Judy Drotleff for stellar program notes and editing, Daniel Klinzing for impressive webpage maintenance, Amanda Cobes for awesome ad sales management, Andy Walsh for managing our books, David Yost for audio recordings, Dallas Young for video services, Michael Frohlich for making our receptions spectacular, Connie Benham for tracking ticket sales, Kelly Kutler for grantwriting, Ray Lewis and Esther Hazlett for maintaining our music library, Eyring Movers for providing space for that same library, Gusto Designs for our beautiful programs and materials, and Full Color Printings for printing said materials. We also acknowledge our families and friends for their help with the program, reception, ushering, and box office.

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singers Soprano 1

Zoe Bridges ❘ Debra Chelko ❘ Amanda Cobes ❘ Judy Fesko ❘ Megan Ghrist Marjorie Hildebrandt ❘ Dawn Liston ❘ Melinda Murray ❘ Cheryl Osborne Rossalyn Rupe ❘ Elizabeth Todd ❘ Nina Waitzman ❘ Elizabeth Zak

The West West Shore Shore Chorale was directors through theChorale years The was


the brain brain child child of of Lakewood Lakewood the Mayor Robert Robert Lawther Lawther Mayor beginnings (pictured), he he was was assisted assisted by by (pictured), Dr. David David Sprague Sprague and and ChesChesDr. ter Potts. Potts. ter

The West Shore Chorale was the brain child of Lakewood Soprano 2 Kathy Brown ❘ Diane DeFrasia ❘ Alice DiNicola ❘ Carrie Euype ❘ Fiona Ferrier Mayor Robert Lawther Anita Fjeldstad ❘ Lisa Hanson ❘ Colleen Kane ❘ Karen Margosian ❘ Lorraine Riebel (pictured), he was assisted by Legendary Lakewood Lakewood ed ed Legendary Leslie Smith ❘ Lily Yee soloist B. B. Neil Neil Davis Davis was was soloist Dr. David Sprague and Chesdirector. The West Shore Chorale was director. ter Potts. The West Shore Chorale was alto 1 YEAR the brain brain child child of of Lakewood Lakewood 11 YEAR the Joyce Baginski ❘ Martha Blachly-Cross ❘ Anita Bridges ❘ Sandy Crago TheMayor West Shore Chorale was the brain child of Lakewood Mayor Robert Lawther Robert Lawther Mayor Robert Lawther Marilyn Crane ❘ Sheri Eyring ❘ Justine Hughes ❘ Kristen Jones ❘ Kelly Kutler (pictured), he was assisted by Dr. David Sprague and Chester Potts. (pictured), he he was was assisted assisted by by Mary Beth Larsen ❘ Linda Ramage ❘ Kathy Sands ❘ Katie Sobey ❘ Janet Wroblewski (pictured), Renowned conductor, conductor, p p Renowned Dr. David Sprague and ChesLegendary Lakewood educator, director, and educator, Bill Appling w Dr. David Sprague and Cheseducator, Bill Appling w alto 2 soloist B. Neil Davis was the Chorale’s first second director. director. ter Potts. Potts. second ter Diane Avellano-Virotsko ❘ Margaret Aylward ❘ Barbara Bibbee ❘ Karen Brill director. 11 YEARS

The Directors...


The Directors...

Susan Clark ❘ Susan Cross ❘ Deb DeCarlo ❘ Misty Drotleff ❘ Sarma Eglite Gloria Homolak ❘ Joan Schwertle ❘ Amy Williams ❘ Jessica C. Williams ❘ Karin Wishner

tenor 1

David Brill ❘ Rob Eilmann ❘ Dave Fleming ❘ Tom Glynn ❘ Dan Klinzing David McCallum ❘ Bryan McGucken ❘ Dick Schwertle ❘ Corey Todd

tenor 2

Robert Bordon ❘ Tom Czaikowski ❘ Emerson Emser ❘ Lorn Fjeldstad Ray Lewis ❘ Drew Marko ❘ Kevin Miller ❘ Joel Schmittgen

bass 1

Robert Anderson ❘ Stefan Drotleff ❘ Chris Duston ❘ Michael Frohlich Jim McDonald ❘ Bob Paraska ❘ Tim Tavcar ❘ Andy Walsh ❘ Bob Worley

bass 2

Eliot Aretskin-Hariton ❘ Tom Benham ❘ James Bridges ❘ Jim Browning John Homolak ❘ Matt Liese ❘ Randy Malloy ❘ Ernie Ramage ❘ Eric Richardson Don Shultzaberger ❘ Dallas M. Young Jr. 8

the directors The Directors... 1 YEAR


Martin Kessler was Legendary Lakewood educator, director, and the Chorale’s third Legendary Lakewood Lakewood educator, educator, director, and Kessler Martin was the the C C Legendary and Martin Kessler was Renownedsoloist conductor, pianist, arranger anddirector, B. Neil Davis director and went on to soloist B. Neil Davis was the Chorale’s first rector and went went on to be be soloist Neil was the Chorale’sberector first and the conductor of on the to was the B. Chorale’s first educator, Bill Appling wasDavis the Chorale’s director. the Suburban Symphon director. director. Suburban Symphony. the Suburban Symphon second director. 1 YEAR 4 YEARS



Educator choral Renowned conductor, Renowned conductor, pianist, pianist, arranger arranger and andand Renowned conductor, and Educator choral sin sin singing champion pianist, arranger and Educator and choral educator, Bill Appling was the Chorale’s Martin Kessler was the Chorale’s third dieducator, Bill Appling was the Chorale’s John Drotleff is the the fou fou John Drotleff is theis educator, Bill Appling John Drotleff second director. rector and was went onChorale’s to be the conductor of fourth and current the second director. director. director. director. second director. the Suburban Symphony. 34 YEARS 11 YEARS



Martin Kessler Kessler was was the the Chorale’s Chorale’s third third didiMartin Educator and choral singing champion rector and and went went on on to to be be the the conductor conductor of of rector John Drotleff is the fourth and current the Suburban Suburban Symphony. Symphony. the director.



patron list

patron list

Thanks to Our Contributors Conductor’s Circle ($1500 and above) Broestl & Wallis Jewelers Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Ohio Arts Council Judy and John Drotleff Andrew L. & Alice F. Walsh In loving memory of Norma Huey Anonymous 50th Anniversary Commission Karen and David Brill Jim and Joyce Browning Debra and Richard Chelko Judy and John Drotleff Tom and Carol Glynn Indra and Randy Malloy

Benefactor ($500-$1499) Barbara Cross M. Patricia Culler and Thomas G. Williams In loving memory of Ronald L. Cross Martha Blachly-Cross Susan Cross Monica and Ben Bassett Lois Bronfman Pat York Maxwell Joan and Dick Schwertle Mary St. Cyr Kellie, David, and Alex Miller, and Amanda and Zachary Wake David and Beverly Fleming In loving memory of Michael Moore Cathy Moore Susan Cross Art and Alice DiNicola Marsha Kushner


PNC Bank Kathy Sands Don Shultzaberger and Robert Paraska Dana Snyder and James Skivkoff

Sponsor ($250-499) Robert and Cheryl Anderson Karen and David Brill Judith Eckelmeyer Lorn and Anita Fjeldstad Virginia Hansen John and Gloria Homolak Kevin and Colleen Kane Dan Klinzing Jim and Mary McDonald Melinda Murray In loving memory of Richard Park Marilyn Park Elizabeth Todd and Phillip Schillawski


Judy & Steve Fesko Barbara Graves Gusto Designs, LLC Bill and Marjorie Hildebrandt Justine Hughes Kelly Kutler and Dan Dietrich Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich Ray Lewis Maryann Liguore and Dr. V. Swerchowsky Indra and Randy Malloy David McCallum Gary P. Richards Eric Richardson Lorraine Riebel Melissa Schmitt Dick and Joan Schwertle Leslie Smith Katie Sobey Mary St. Cyr Corey Todd Amy Williams Jessica Williams In honor of John Drotleff Mary Lou and Thomas Drotleff

($100-249) Connie and Tom Benham Dr. and Mrs. Bennhoff Barbara J. Bibbee Jan Casey Richard and Debra Chelko Amanda Cobes Revs. Paula Maeder Connor and David Connor Susan Cross Deb DeCarlo and Gary Way Stefan and Misty Drotleff Chris Duston Carrie Euype Sheri and Ed Eyring

Friend (up to $99) Eliot Aretskin-Hariton Diane Avellano-Virotsko Margaret Aylward Joyce Baginski Elizabeth Billings Judy Bulloch Bernard Bruder, Jr. Michael Brunstedt John and Marcene W. Busch Jordon Busch

Russell Cantanese Sister Susan Clark Jan Casey Beverly Coen Marilyn Crane Tom Czajkowski Mrs. Nancy F. Davis Sarma Eglite H.R. Erskine Richard and Judy Foote Bernadette Glenn Tom Glynn David M. Graves Jane Hawthorne Betsy Heil Sarah J. Henderson Bud & Anne Hurst Kristen Jones

Carol Judge Cynthia Katzan Phillip & Theresa Katzan Robert Lawther Miriam Lifsics Michael and Lisa Lisi Mr.and Mrs. Timothy Liston John Lorz Ed Manning Karen Margosian Rev. Fr. Andrew Marko Claudia G. Mateescu Gail M. Maxwell Ivy Morehouse Marika Negrila Colletta Normile and Nancy Sheldon Gratian M. Nugent

Cheryl Osborne Ellen Pietz Pamela and James Pitcher Joanne Popek Linda and Ernest Ramage Jim Ramsey Robert F. Scarr Michael J. Seredick Sharon Stahler Beth Tallman Irene Twohig Maria Voljin Mary Warren Bill and Marilyn Wells Jerry and Alice Weiner Karin Wishner Jane Youel Dallas M. Young, Jr.

We appreciate your continuing and generous support! As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The West Shore Chorale appreciates the generosity of our patrons. We thank each and every person on this list for support and friendship throughout the years! In addition to receiving contributions by mail, we are now accepting your donations online. Log onto to learn more about our Patron Levels and how you can become involved.

Congratulations, WSC! We are proud to serve such a wonderful community choir. Here’s to another 50! WSC Board of Directors


From the archives

Chagrin Falls - Downtown Cleveland - Lakewood -

Dr. Kevin M. Kane

Board Certified Podiatrist 7393 Broadview Rd, Ste. F Seven Hills, OH 44131 216-642-3668 (FOOT) HOUSE CALLS AVAILABLE IN THE WEST SHORE AREA Dr. Kane is shown here with his wife and WSC soprano, Colleen Kane.

Happy 50th Anniversary to the West Shore Chorale!

Blast from the past! From our archives, an early in-house publication 13



Fuller Sounds Handbell Choir of Rocky River United Methodist Church

Carmen Massaro

2017 marks the 39th anniversary year of the Fuller Sounds Handbell Choir of Rocky River United Methodist Church. The choir was named for the late Paul K. Fuller, when a five octave set of Malmark handbells was purchased through a generous donation by his wife, Emma, and family in his memory. Under the leadership of founding director, LaDonna Dougherty, the bell choir began to ring monthly for the morning worship service. Of the original eleven ringers, four continue to ring in the choir today. The group has expanded to thirteen ringers with six octaves of handbells and five octaves of choir chimes. The handbell choir has been invited to present programs on many occasions outside of the church. The choir has participated in several massed handbell festivals under the directorship of William Payne, Cynthia Dobrinski, Michael Helman and Tim Waugh. The Fuller Sounds have participated in choir exchanges with Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, and the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL. The choir has accompanied the Southwest Community Chorus and the West Shore Chorale in their respective Christmas concerts. Fuller Sounds also rings for various nursing homes, assisted care facilities, luncheons and other organizations including, on occasion, music in the lobby of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Christmas concerts.

Fuller Sounds is presently under the leadership of Carmen Massaro, now in his eighteenth year as director. Only the third director of the bell choir in its 39 years of existence, Mr. Massaro moved to the director’s position after being a ringing member of the group for fourteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and works as an information technology pharmacist in the hospital setting. Also an accomplished organist, Mr. Massaro does a great deal of substitute organ work throughout the city, has studied with Todd Wilson of the Cleveland Institute of Music and holds the Colleague certificate of organ playing of the American Guild of Organists.

Members Marlys Arnold Amy Boyd-Kirksey Christy Buchar Barb Cercone Ken Hunt 14

Judy Koney Ed Krzes Matt Leininger Cheryl Onesky

Barb Parker Barb Siwik Lynn Young Cordetta Valthauser


Thanks for the melodies! Congratulations West Shore Chorale on 50 years of beautiful music! – John & Gloria Homolak


From the archives

Carols & Choruses of Christmas When I was in high school and college, I would make an annual trip to Cleveland to hear Robert Shaw conduct the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus in their yearly Christmas concert. The concert packed 30 short pieces of music into an hour and a half by both moving quickly from one piece to another and by having the audience hold their applause until the very end of the concert. A wide variety of moods and styles using unaccompanied chorus, orchestra, bells, children’s voices, and occasional audience participation created a seamless river of music that flowed uninterrupted from beginning to end. No commercial holiday music was ever used, and only the best arrangements graced that program. Then in 1996 the West Shore Chorale started what has become the tradition of “Carols and Choruses of Christmas.” We modeled our concert after the example set by Mr. Shaw. And so we present a wide variety of some of the finest arrangements of Christmas music, asking you not to break the stream of sounds by holding your applause until the end of each part of the program, a small modification of Mr. Shaw’s idea. -John Drotleff



biographies Dave Malloy

Composer, Elegies for Ephemera (Commissioned for the West Shore Chorale) Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/ performer/orchestrator/sound designer. He has written eleven musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on a slice of Tolstoy’s War & Peace (12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical, Score, Book, and Orchestrations); Ghost Quartet, A song cycle about love, death, and whiskey; Preludes, a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff; Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert’s “Winterreise”, Black Wizard/Blue Wizard, an escapist RPG fantasy; Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage, an anti-academia rock opera; Beardo, a retelling of the Rasputin myth; Sandwich, a musical about killing animals; and Clown Bible, Genesis to Revelation told through clowns. He has won two Obie Awards, a Theater World Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, an ASCAP New Horizons Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant, and has been a MacDowell fellow and Composerin-Residence at Ars Nova. Future projects include adaptations of Moby-Dick and Shakespeare’s Henriad. He lives in Brooklyn.


David conte

Special Guest: 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration (A Benefit for the West Shore Chorale) David Conte (b. 1955) is the composer of over one hundred works published by E.C. Schirmer Music Publishing, including six operas, a musical, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, chamber music, organ, piano, guitar, and harp. He has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton, Oakland and Stockton Symphonies, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the American Guild of Organists, Sonoma City Opera and the Gerbode Foundation. In 1982, Conte lived and worked with Aaron Copland while preparing a study of the composer’s sketches, having received a Fulbright Fellowship for study with Copland’s teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris, where he was one of her last students. David Conte earned his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Wallace DePue, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University, where he studied with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky. He is Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2010 he was appointed to the composition faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, and in 2011 he joined the board of the American Composers Forum. In 2014 he was named Composer in Residence with Capella SF, a professional chorus in San Francisco. David Conte grew up in Lakewood graduating from Lakewood High School in 1973, where he was mentored by B. Neil Davis, and studied piano with Berdie d’Aliberti. In 2000 he was inducted into the Lakewood High School Alumni Hall of Fame.


board of trustees John Drotleff artistic director, susan L. cross president Debra decarlo vice president, Gloria Homolak secretary Andrew Walsh treasurer Daniel Klinzing ❘ Amanda Cobes ❘ Karen Brill ❘ Patricia Culler Nancy Huffman ❘ Tom Campbell ❘ Paula Maeder Connor ❘ Lorraine Riebel

Honorary Trustees Constance Benham ❘ Thomas Benham ❘ Maryann Liguore Walter Martens ❘ Dan Wallis

The WSC Legacy Club The WSC Legacy Giving Club provides you the opportunity to remember this choir in your Will or Trust, Life Insurance, Retirement Plans, or other annuity or lump sum accounts. For more information on how you can create a legacy of community based classical music, see Susan Cross or email us at

Founding Members Susan Cross Chris & Melissa Schmitt Barbara Cross Meredith Shoop Judy and John Drotleff Bryan McGucken and Elisabeth Canfield

New Members Ellen Pietz



Spotlight on

spotlight Member: Founding

Bob Worley

Spotlight on founding member: bob worley “I love to sing,” says Bob Worley, one of our two founding members. In 1968, Bob and his family were new to the West Side. A former instru“I love to sing,” says Bob Worley, one of our two mentalist, Bob found that he missed music . He Bob never choral founding members. In 1968, andconsidered his family were new to the West Side. A former instrumentalist, Bob singing, but found that it now filled the musical void in his life.

found that he missed music . He never considered choral singing, but found that it now filled the musical church choir for a year when someone suggested he void in his life.

He was singing in a audition for the WSC. The audition requirement was daunting, but he He was singing in a church choir Davis. for a year was encouraged by the WSC’s first director, B. Neil “Itwhen was worth ne of our two founding members. In someone suggested he audition for the WSC. The audition requirement was the angst, setinstrume on a 50-year pursuit choralB.singing opportunihe was encouraged by the WSC’s firstofdirector, Neil Davis. “It was  o the daunting, West Side. but A and former the angst, set me onchurch a 50-year pursuit of choral singing opportunities,” ties,” said Bob.and Later, the inaugurated a contemporary gospel musicworth . He never considered choral said Bob. Later, the church inaugurated a contemporary gospel chorus which he musical voidwhich in his life. chorus proved tolure, be so anBob irresistible lure,Aso Bob the WSC. A proved to be an irresistible left the WSC. move outleft of town took him a year when someone suggested he him even farther for several years. even farther fortown several years. move out of took

equirement was daunting, but he Bob the area in 2007 and decided to rejointo therejoin WSC. All he has Bob returned towas theworth area in 2007 and decided thetold WSC. All rector, B. returned Neil“It probably been in the Chorale about 15 years. ursuit of choral singing opportuni-


he has probably been in the Chorale about 15 years.

ugurated a contemporary gospel As an interesting side note, Bob’s 7-year-old daughter Cheryl, was at one of the ible lure, left the WSC. A note, Bob’s 7-year-old daughter Cheryl, was at As soanBob interesting side WSC’s earliest performances: Elijah. All grown up, Cheryl joined the Chorale herself ther for several years.WSC’s and has a member for theperformances: last 6 years. one of been the earliest Elijah. All grown up, Cheryl

decided to rejoin WSC. Allherself told joined thethe Chorale about 15 years.

and has been a member for the last 6 years.

ear-old daughter Cheryl, was at ces: Elijah. All grown up, Cheryl en a member for the last 6 years.

We have three 49-year WSC singers! We have three 49-year WSC singers!

ree 49-year WSC singers!

Diane DeFrasia, Tom Benham, andHildebrandt Diane DeFrasia, Tom Benham, and Marjorie joined the choir in its second season. Their dedication Marjorie Hildebrandt joined the choir in to the Chorale is an inspiration to us all.

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ldebrandt joined the choir in

eason. Their dedication to the

n inspiration to us all.


You are cordially invited to the

West Shore Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration Mark your calendars and plan to join us in celebrating 50 years of glorious choral singing, March 24, 2018, location to be announced.

Special guest: Lakewood’s own,

David Conte

its second season. Their dedication to the

This black-tie event will feature dinner, drinks,

Chorale is an inspiration to us all.

entertainment, and a special presentation from David Conte. Tickets: $100 each.

fun facts •T  he WSC has presented more than 118 performances of larger works with orchestra

• The Brahm’s Requiem is the most oft-performed large work (5 times) • The WSC has performed more than 700 individual, shorter choral works, and many have been repeated from time to time • The Chorale has performed twice for the professional conference of the Ohio Choral Directors and once for the Ohio Music Education Association • We have performed with the following instrumental organizations: Lakeside Symphony, Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony, Summit Choral Society and Orchestra, the Baldwin Wallace Brass choir, Rocky River United Methodist Fuller Sounds Bell Choir, and Westlake United Methodist Monday Morning Bell Choir

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• The WSC traveled to England to sing in the Warwick Choral Festival, John Rutter conducting • We have sung for the ordination of priests in Cleveland, four funerals, and one wedding • The Chorale has participated in The Helen D. Schubert Concert Series at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral • More than 100 high school students have participated in our Choral Scholars Program



With many thanks for my 48 years of joyous singing with B. Neil Davis, Martin Kessler, Wwm. Appling and John Drotleff. -Margie Hildebrandt


founder spotlight

Blast from the Past: Group p from the archives

WSC Founder And 50-year Member blast the Group past: group pictures Blast from thefrom Past: pictures Blast from the Past: Group pictures Tom Glynn Back in 1968, Tom was just 31 years old, married with 3 boys, living in Lakewood, and working at Euclid Road Machinery. He heard from his friend, Chester Potts, about a new choir being formed, Potts being one of the three creators of the West Shore Chorale. So he auditioned with the Chorale’s first director, B. Neil Davis.


Tom says that music is “very, very, VERY important “ in his life. Perhaps that’s why he is currently in three choirs: West Shore Chorale, Rocky River Community Chorus, and St. Christopher’s church choir. He sings with old, married with 3 boys, livingChorus for special events, and other area churches, too, as the Cleveland Orchestra Roadneeded. Machinery. He heard fromsomething important,” says Tom about choral singing. “We accomplish choir being formed, Potts being ShoreTom Chorale. So he auditioned has appreciated all of the Chorale’s various directors and describes them eil Davis. as “skilled and committed.” The WSC’s current director, John Drotleff, says that it would be nice to have 80 Toms. “He is always here for rehearsals and concerts, VERY important “ in his life. never makes any demands, is always upbeat, and complimentary about the music hree choirs: West Shore Choand rehearsals,” said John. s, and St. Christopher’s church chestra Chorus for special One of the Chorale’s past presidents, Tom kept it afloat during some difficult times. as needed. “We accomplish He has been a soloist on many occasions and has always been ready to step up and ut choral singing. accept a challenge. Thank you, Tom, for demonstrating the value of constancy and

commitment! e’s various directors and deed.” The WSC’s current director, ce to have 80 Toms. “He is al, never makes any demands, is out the music and rehearsals,”

Taken in the Lakewood High School Civic Audito in the Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium, this is the very first Taken in theTaken Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium, this is1968, B. Neil D the very firstChorale, West West Shore 1968,Shore B. Neil DavisChorale, directing.

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In 1987, the WSC traveled to England to participate in the Warwickshire Choral Festival. In 1987, the WSC traveled to England to

In 1987, the WSC traveled to England to participate in the in the Warwickshire Choralto Festival. In 1987,participate the WSC traveled England Warwickshire Choral Festival.

to participa

Warwickshire Choral Festival.

Tom kept it afloat during some on many occasions and has alCongratulations on 50 years of harmonious entertainment! t a challenge. Thank you, Tom, May the next 50 be twice as nice! ncy and commitment!

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For many years, the Chorale performed at Rocky River many years, for the Chorale performed at Rockycirca River 1988. Methodist Church,For the setting this group picture, 26

Methodist Church, the setting for this group picture, circa 1988.

For many years, the Chorale performed at Rocky River


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Congrats to the West Shore Chorale on their Golden Anniversary! Graphic design services for corporations, restaurants, non-profits* including charities and universities, and brides-to-be.

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SING TENOR (Congratulations WSC 50th Anniversary! From the tenor section)

Committed to Excellence. Committed to the Community. We proudly support the West Shore Chorale.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu


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“We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams...” Happy 50th, WSC! Here’s to many more! -Amanda Cobes


A Special Thank You to the Angels Who Made Our 50th Anniversary Commission a Reality Karen and David Brill

Jim and Joyce Browning

Debra and Richard Chelko

Judy and John Drotleff

Tom and Carol Glynn

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Thank you for your commitment to the mission of the West Shore Chorale





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Congratulations to The West Shore Chorale on 50 seasons of exceptional choral performance!

Winter Concert

Weekend with Guest Composer

"Winter's Fire"

Ola Gjeilo

Sunday January 21, 2018 4 pm

Master Class

works by

Debussy • Lauridsen • Szymko Eldridge • Rossini and more

Saturday November 3, 2018 2 pm Fall Concert

"Whispers of the Divine" with Ola Gjeilo on piano

Sunday November 4, 2018 4 pm

Michael Carney, Director Ruth Draper, Accompanist

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ENGINEERING & SURVEYING COMPANY Cleveland Clinic Beachcliff Family Medicine welcomes Dr. Matthew Goldman and Dr. Harkiran Saini to our practice.

Beachcliff Family Medicine is located at 19324 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

Same day appointments and direct phone access. Phone: (440) 356-3640 Open Monday through Saturday/extended hours Monday through Thursday Dr. Brill wishes his fellow WSC members a great 50th anniversary season!

Congratulations on 50 years of making beautiful music!


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Congrats West Shore Chorale on 50 years of amazing music! Your print partner, 216.227.8521

50 year of being top of the line!

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Happy 50 Anniversary West Shore Chorale!!

Congratulations on a labor of love for 50 years! The Smith- Cahill- Mayhew Families


Be your own kind of beautiful

In memory of Jim Metzler. Thanks for the music and memories. – With love from Kristen and Joel. In lux aeterna.

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A great grass-roots organization like the West Shore Chorale needs community involvement to succeed and you can help in easy ways!

Need ideas? 1. Invite friends! You already enjoy our performances, why not invite friends? Share the joy and catch up with the people you don’t get to see enough. Make a night of it with dinner and a WSC concert. 2. Buy a CD or a car magnet! You help spread the word about a wonderful community choir when you display some WSC pride with our logo products. 3. Make a cash donation! Gifts from individuals make up a sizeable portion of our yearly income. Our all-volunteer board is fiscally responsible and will make the most of your donation, and of course it’s tax deductible. 4. Come to our benefit! The WSC has a yearly Spring benefit which has taken different forms over the years, but is always a fun evening out and supports a worthy cause. Information will be posted at 5. Join the Legacy Club! Our newly established Legacy Club is an opportunity for you to make a lasting impact on the Chorale. Even a small part of your estate will make a big difference. Members of the LC are included in the program.

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Congratulations on 50 years of beautiful music!

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A buoyant jubilee marks the semi-centennial occurrence of performances of organized musical sounds! Regards and salutations from the Bass Section

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West Shore Chorale 2017-2018 Program  
West Shore Chorale 2017-2018 Program