The Greater Decatur Chorale is made up of 70+ adults who enjoy singing and sharing their talents with the community. Directed by Ted Hesse and accompanied by Anita Gifford, the group performs throughout the area, including area parks and festivals. To join this amazing ensemble, see audition info below. All are welcome!
A new semester begins August 26!
Auditions: 6:30 – 7 p.m., August 26
Fee: $40/semester (costumes and tux rental not included)
Rehearsals: Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m. beginning August 26
Location: Poage Arts & Recreation Center, 2020 N. Oakland
Note: To audition, please prepare a song of your choice and bring along a tape or CD for accompaniment if you wish. For an appointment, call Ms. Marie at 217-649-8042
Winter Chorale Concert
January 10 & 11 – 7:30 p.m. / January 12 – 2 p.m.
Richland Community College Shilling Auditorium
Picnic in the park and enjoy music by the Greater Decatur Chorale! Directed by Ted Hesse and accompanied by Anita Gifford the Chorale celebrates over 35 years of wonderful music in 2020 and features over 70 talented vocalists. The Greater Decatur Chorale will present many of your favorite dance tunes in their winter show, titled “Shall We Dance.”
Tickets: $10 per person in advance. $12 per person at the door. Call 422-5911 for tickets.
The Greater Decatur Chorale shares a passion for choral music with our community through performance, education, and public outreach.
The Greater Decatur Chorale has a heritage dating back to 1985 when it performed under the direction of Steve McClarey. Since then, the group has been directed by Jim Collins, Robert Teel, Brian Downen, Robert Hills, Ted Hesse, Christopher Thomas, Jonathan Saeger, Michael Engelhardt, Jason Garrett, Cyndi Johnson and the return of Ted Hesse. Accompanists have included Julie McClarey, Karen Neece and, since 2001, Anita Gifford. We are thankful for the ongoing support of WAND- TV and many generous individual donors!
The Chorale features two events annually, offering a formal performance in January and free concerts in the parks in the spring. Auditions are held in August and January for the winter and spring sessions.
Besides its annual concert schedule, the GDC members share their enthusiasm for song to area shopping centers and businesses, as well as nursing, assisted-living and group homes in an active outreach program. The Greater Decatur Chorale enjoys a variety of venues and a local following in the greater Decatur area, remaining a chorus that takes great pride in its musicianship while keeping the word “community” first and foremost in its scope and mission.
“Feed the body food and drink; it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music; it will live forever.” – Julie Andrews
GDC Conductor, Ted Hesse
Ted Hesse is proud conductor of the Greater Decatur Chorale. Hesse received his bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Millikin University and his master’s of music in choral conducting from the University of Northern Iowa. He furthered his studies in music at the University of Minnesota. He has been a church musician for over twenty years and taught at the collegiate level for fourteen years. He is active as a clinician, adjudicator, soloist and conductor.