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Summer Chorus 2018
Leonard Bernstein at 100

The Summer Chorus is an annual festival chorus sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota School of Music. Participation is open to all experienced choral singers with no audition! Check back in spring of 2018 for registration information.

OSM is requesting donations for our Summer Chorus Program, allowing us to keep this event accessible in terms of low registration fees and ticket prices. We are asking Summer Chorus members and other OSM supporters who are able, to please help!
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The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to join the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, the conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian. Leonard Bernstein – celebrated as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century – ushered in an era of major cultural and technological transition. He led the way in advocating an open attitude about what constituted “good” music, actively bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rock, he seized new media for its potential to reach diverse communities of listeners, young and old. Longtime conductor of the New York Philharmonic, renowned composer of works for the concert hall and Broadway stage, glamorous television personality, virtuosic pianist, and committed educator, Bernstein was a multi-tasker long before the term was coined. Bernstein – or “Lenny,” as he was often affectionately called – was an extravagantly gifted musician with a common touch. He maintained a life-long focus on advocating for social justice, notably civil rights at home and peace around the world. Join us for this birthday celebration featuring both classical and theatrical music by one of America’s most loved composers.

Oratorio Society Summer Chorus

Summer Chorus 2018

Rehearsals - tentative
Mon, Jul 9, 7–9:30 p.m.
Wed, Jul 11, 7–9:30 p.m.
Mon, Jul 16, 7–9:30 p.m.
Wed, Jul 18, 7–9:30 p.m.
Mon, Jul 23, 7–9:30 p.m.
Wed, Jul 25, 7–9:30 p.m.
Mon, Jul 30, 7–9:30 p.m.
Wed, Aug 1, 7–9:30 p.m.
Sat, Aug 4, 2–5:00 p.m.; Concert 7:30 p.m.

Dress rehearsal at Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis.



A really nice experience that I would recommend to others!

Matthew Mehaffey is a wonderful conductor and has the ability to pull a large group of people together in a short period of time and present a great performance.

For someone who had been away from reading music for years it was a huge challenge to keep up with the musical verbiage but at the same time really fun. The professional way that you lead us was a special delight. I had forgotten how much security comes from having confidence in a musical conductor.

Being in this chorus was a phenomenal experience! It taught me quite a bit about myself and my abilities that I had not yet discovered, as far as what I thought I could or could not do, musically.