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The Oratorio Society, a nonprofit corporation, is governed by a Board of Directors. Day-to-day affairs are handled mainly by volunteers. The Oratorio Society thrives on the energy and support of its chorus members and friends.

Board of Directors

The Society's Board of Directors consists of elected members who serve three-year terms, and the Artistic Director, an ex officio member. The current directors collectively have over 60 years of board experience, including service on nonprofit boards of directors in the arts, civic groups, and churches. This significant experience helps effectively guide and provide oversight to the Society's mission and activities.

Board Members 2019-2020

  • Briar Duffy
  • Mark Gustafson, Treasurer
  • Peter Heege
  • Karen Jollie
  • Melinda Maurey, Chorus Manager
  • Michael Merchant
  • Libby Schultz
  • Ben Tolzmann
  • Matthew Mehaffey, Artistic Director (ex officio)


  • Mark Stange, House Manager
  • David Fielding, Programming Administrator
  • Volker and Kim Petersen, Webmasters


  • Andrew Stoebig, Program Notes
  • Phyllis Sherman, Editor

Development Committee

The Development Committee serves to plan and implement goals and strategies for obtaining financial support for the Society through individual contributions, grants, corporate giving programs, and other fundraising activities.

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee is charged with carrying out the administrative and management tasks necessary to produce the Society's performances, develop our audiences, and promote the public image of the Society. The committee oversees such matters as ticket sales, publicity, programs, performance logistics, new venues, and public relations.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee exists to address the perceived, actual, and potential needs of the Society's chorus members. The committee seeks ways to create a harmonious environment in which to learn and perform our music, grow as musicians, personally support our organization, forge bonds of friendship, and encourage volunteerism for the betterment of the organization. We cordially invite any members who are interested to join this active committee that has the best interests of the singers at heart.

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