Masters of Harmony Update -- Fall 2010

Ron Larson, Oct 27, 2010

On July 31, members of the Masters of Harmony family celebrated “Family Appreciation Day” at the Palomar Observatory for a guided tour of the facility that houses the historic 200-inch Hale Telescope. At the end of the tour, the group assembled for a picture beneath the giant telescope and gave the facility staff a rousing rendition of “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

In mid-August, the Masters bid a sad farewell to Justin Miller, who accepted a teaching position at his former high school in Connecticut. During his nine years as a Masters member, Justin became a superb choreography coach and assistant director. While a student at Chapman University, he became the director of The Westminster Chorus. Under his dynamic leadership, Westminster won “Choir of the World” honors in 2009 and the International Chorus Championship in 2010. In addition, he became one of 13 MOH certified judges when he qualified as a Music judge last summer.

Congratulations to MOH Board Member Rich Owen for securing another grant from the Los Angeles Arts Commission. The grant will provide financial assistance for the Masters to continue supporting youth outreach programs and spreading the word about our hobby.

On September 1, for the first time, the Masters of Harmony offered online ticket ordering. Anyone wanting to attend the MOH Christmas shows on December 11 at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton can go to the MOH website here and select specific seats for either show. Patrons can order tickets online using all major credit cards without any processing fees or by fax, phone or direct mail.

On October 9, the Masters qualified for the 2011 International Contest in Kansas City by winning the Far Western District chorus crown in Bakersfield and set up the long-awaited head-to-head match-up with The Vocal Majority. The Crush won the FWD quartet title. In fact, each of the top four quartets at Bakersfield included singers from the Masters of Harmony-Westminster family.

On October 13, current and former members of the Masters of Harmony gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the chapter. Hall of Famer Joe D’Amore described how he and eight other idealistic founding fathers decided to try to create a chorus “dedicated to musical excellence,” one able to perform and compete at world-class levels. After more than 300 performances, seven gold medals and seven recordings, Masters of Harmony music now reaches around the world.

Since our last report, Christian Espinoza and Bill Finlan were reinstated and Michael Norcross, Jake Tickner and Jeff Wilson were welcomed as new members of the Masters of Harmony.

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