Inland Children's Chorus Articles Page

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This area documents the history of the Chorus through a timeline of feature articles and news clippings. For reviews of specific concerts, which often include significant history, see the programs page. Enlarge documents for easier reading and scroll to view multiple pages.

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Richard B. Westbrock (below right), founding director of the Inland Children's Chorus, organized the Westbrock Singing Boys in 1933. Click on the image below and scroll to view articles that document Richard Westbrock's early musical career and training.

Westbrock Singing Boys


December 1936: The Inlander introduces the Inland Children's Chorus which performed on Sunday, December 20, 1936. Inland general manager Wallace Whittaker, who established the Chorus, comments on the performance. Click on the image below and scroll to view photos of Richard Westbrock (founding director) and Raymond Sovey, Broadway theatrical designer who staged the performances.

Inlander 1936


June 1937: The Chorus makes its first public appearance on June 4 at a concert that culminates a major drive to support the area Boy and Girl Scouts. Click on the image below and scroll to read The Inlander and newspaper clippings about the program.

Inlander 1937 and Scout Concert


June 1937: The Dayton Daily News, The Dayton Journal, and and other clippings report on the first public appearance and praise the value of the Chorus to the children, the arts, and the community. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Reviews of 1937 Scout Concert


September 1937: The Inlander publishes a photo article reporting on a picnic given for Chorus members at Dayton's Triangle Park. For photos from this event, see the snapshot album on the "Photos" page. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Chorus Picnic September 1, 1937


Fall 1937: A Dayton Philharmonic Association publication announces that the Chorus will perform with the Orchestra at its December 21 concert. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Dec 19, 1937


December 1937: The Dayton Daily News announces the upcoming concert and praises the Chorus as "that beautiful organization established last year through the ambition and generosity of Wallace Whittaker." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: Dec 19, 1937


December 1937: The Dayton Journal states that the Chorus "may be described as Dayton's preservation and interpretation of the best traditions of Christmas" and notes that the Chorus "has come to be recognized as one of the outstanding groups of its kind in the United States." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Traditions 1937


December 1937: The Inlander includes photos of Chorus members and clippings from newspaper reviews from the first concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander 1937


March 1938: Inland management announces that increasing applications to the Chorus require establishing specific regulations for membership. The Inlander also includes an announcement of a possible men's glee club to be organized by Richard Westbrock. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: March 1938


November 1939: A feature in the Dayton Sunday Journal-Herald reports on the Chorus at practice ("a performance in the making") and offers insight into Richard Westbrock's teaching style. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Teacups Article November 1939


December 1939: Draft of planned radio interview prior to the December 19 concert. Eleanor McCann, Music Director of the Dayton Art Institute, introduces Inland general manager Wallace Whittaker, Chorus Director Richard Westbrock, and other guests. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Radio Interview Draft Decenber 1939


December 1939: The Inlander includes photos of the concert group and Chorus members with Wallace Whittaker, founding general manager of Inland. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Interview prior to concert December 1939

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December 1940: A newspaper photo clipping announces the upcoming concert at the Masonic Temple with the Dayton Philharmonic orchestra. Click on the image below to view.

Photo Clipping - December 1940


December 1940: The Dayton Herald reports on the staging of the Chorus by Raymond Sovey, Broadway theatrical designer and two-time Tony Award nominee. Sovey returned to Dayton frequently to refine his work and address audiences at several concerts. Click on the image below and scroll to view the article and a biography for Sovey.

Raymond Sovey Article


December 1940: The Chorus performs The Story of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve -- a performance transmitted from the Dayton Art Institute to WLW in Cincinnati and broadcast to a national audience. The narrator, Paul Allison, reflects on a world facing war and "the less happy little ones of the earth." Listen to this performance (23 min) and click on the image below and scroll to view the script.

WLW Script Dec 24, 1940


August 1941: The Inlander includes a photo feature of the annual picnic at LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park in Middletown, Ohio. Click on the image below and scroll to view original photos taken at this event.

August 1941 Picnic feature and photos


December 1941: The Dayton Sunday Journal-Herald and The Dayton Daily News report that the Chorus will broadcast a performance "over more than 100 stations of the Columbia Broadcasting system network" and locally on WHIO. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Dec 1941 Clippings


December 1941: The Inlander features a photo of the Chorus performing with the Dayton Philharmonic and images from the annual party only two weeks after Pearl Harbor. W. S. Whittaker, General Manager, looks forward to the future when "uncertainty will have been removed." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Dec 1941


January 1943: Music critic A. S. Kany reviews the Chorus performance at the inaugural concert of the Chamber of Commerce series at the Dayton Art Institute. The Chorus would perform for twenty-six years and draw the largest following of the Sunday afternoon series. Broadway theatrical designer Raymond Sovey expresses "excitement" in working with the Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

Winter 1943


May 1943: The Inlander offers hope in the midst of World War II as it describes upcoming concerts in which the children will "raise their lovely voices to inspire. . . new hope and prophecy of happier days to come" in this "second Spring of America's fight for the freedom of men, women and children everywhere." Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Dec 1941


December 1943: The Inlander reports that the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has added an additional performance with the Chorus to accommodate popular demand. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Dec 10, 1943


December 1943: The Christmas issue of The Inlander features a dramatic cover with illustration art by George Harr. The issue includes a concert photo and announces upcoming broadcasts on radio stations WHIO and WING. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: December 1943


May 1944: The Inlander cover shows Angela Mae Lehman who concludes eight years with the Chorus. A four-page spread includes photos of Chorus members and their families as well as a preview of upcoming concerts. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: May 1944


Fall 1944: An Inlander article cites words of appreciation from Angela Mae Lehman, a charter Chorus member (1936-1944). Click on the image below and scroll to view. See also the March 1952 article on this page profiling her later career on Broadway and television.

Inlander: Fall 1944 Inlander


November 1944: A feature article reports on the visit of Milton Cross ("voice of the Metropolitan Opera") and a special performance by the Chorus. Mr. Cross received a gift album with photo and autographs of Chorus members. Click on the image below and scroll to view the article and related news clippings. See also the original Milton Cross photos from this event.

Inlander: Nov 17, 1944


December 1944: The GM national employee magazine features the Chorus on its cover. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

GM Folks Cover: Dec 1944


December 1944: The Dayton Sunday Journal-Herald includes a cover article with two-page photo spread on the Chorus. Click on the image below and scroll to view. See also the original photos by noted photographer James Keen.

Spotlight: Dec 1944


December 1944: The Dayton Daily News includes a photo of Chorus members Linda Crumb and James Lehman in an article describing a pair of upcoming concerts with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Dec 1944


December 1944: An article notes the recent extraordinary publicity about the Chorus, which is rapidly becoming "a Christmas institution in Dayton," and the times the Chorus will be heard on two Dayton radio stations (WHIO and WING). Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Dec 1944


December 1944: The Inlander includes a concert Chorus photo and notes that two radio stations will broadcast "The Story of Bethlehem" by the Chorus on Christmas Eve. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Dec 1944

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January 1945: Former Chorus member Barbara Cameron is hired as vocalist on WLW radio in Cincinnati replacing a young Doris Day. Cameron's career would include appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony, national television commercials, and work with Warner Brothers. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Cameron Articles


February 1945: All records for Sunday afternoon general attendance at the Dayton Art Institute were broken February 18 as a capacity audience filled the theater half an hour prior to the performance of the Inland Children's Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

DAI Concert


Spring 1945: An article states that the Chorus is "the first of its type to be established by an industrial concern" as it describes a series of upcoming concerts. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Spring 1945


September 1945: A newspaper spread refers to the appearance of the Chorus as "One of the most colorful and inspiring musical programs of the entire Yuletide Season." Click on the image below to view.

Newspaper Ad for upcoming season


December 1945: Newspaper articles describe the upcoming Christmas concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to be broadcast on two radio stations. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

News Article: Dec 1945


December 1945: The Dayton Herald reports that Charles Franklin Kettering -- head of research at General Motors for 27 years and renowned American inventor, engineer, and philanthropist -- will speak at the upcoming concert. Click on the image below to view.

News: Charles F. Kettering


December 1945: Broadway theatrical designer Raymond Sovey returns to Dayton to supervise the stage decor for an upcoming concert. One review states that Sovey added "new and extremely effective lighting effects" that reached their climax with the stage bathed in a soft blue haze as the chorus sang "Silent Night." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

News Article: Dec 1945


May 1946: At the spring concert J. D. O'Brien announces the formation of the Linden Center Children's Chorus under Inland sponsorship. Click on the image below and scroll to view this article and photo feature about the Linden Center chorus.

DH: May 4, 1946 Tribute


September 1946: Major ads and a publicity piece describe the upcoming musical season. Milton Cross, "voice of the Metropolitan Opera," calls the Chorus "one of the most unique and inspiring programs of its kind in the country." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: Sept 22, 1946


December 1947: Two articles describe upcoming performances with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and one highlights the graduation of 16-year-old Patty Weaver, the only chorus member to have sung each of ten years. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

December 1947 Articles


March 1948: Several articles describe upcoming performances at the Dayton Art Institute. Since we do not have a program for this concert, the articles below provide the only record of the selections performed. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

March 1948 DAI Concert


December 1948: The Dayton Herald reviews the Christmas concert that has become a "tradition" and credits much of the success of the Chorus "to the peristent support of J.D. O'Brien, general manager of Inland." Click on the image below to view.

December 17, 1948 DPO Review


Spring 1949: The Dayton Daily News shows Chorus member and newspaperboy Thomas Pfeiffer with director Richard Westbrock preparing for a series of concerts at the Dayton Art Institute. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: May 1949 Newsboy DDN


December 1949: Photo clippings in two newspapers announce the upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic. Shown are Chorus members Barbara Bilbrey, Jeanne Lamoreux, Dan Topp, and Darrell Lauer. Click on the image below to view.

December 1949 Photo Clipping

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January 1950: A newspaper clipping announces that Robert Connair hopes to start an alumni organization for former members of the Inland Children's Chorus. Click on the image below to view

Clipping on proposed Planning Meeting


May 1950: Newspaper reviews praise the spring performance and note that the Chorus sang Ketelby's "In a Monastery Garden" in tribute to the late Joseph V. Cuni who "had been active in all arrangements for the chorus since its inception." Click on the image below to view

Reviews Noting Cuni Passing


December 1950: A clipping shows Richard Westbrock directing Chorus members as they prepare for an upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below to view.

1950 newspaper clipping


June 1951: An editorial in the Journal Herald praises the appointment of Inland's John D. O'Brien to the Dayton-Montgomery county public library board of trustees and his commitment as an industrial leader to cultural institutions. Click on the image below to view.

1951 Editorial on O'Brien


October 1951: A full-page ad for the upcoming symphony season includes a photo of Richard Westbrock and notes that the Chorus, one of the "outstanding" in the country, will perform during at the Christmas program. Click on the image below to view.

1951 DPO Ad with Westbrock


December 1951: The Chorus will be heard nationally on a Christmas Eve broadcast narrated by ABC news analyst Henry J. Taylor and promoted in many local newspapers, including The Akron Beacon Journal and The Jackson Sun. Click on the image below to view.

1951 Radio Broadcast


January 1952: A newspaper highlights the upcoming national television appearance of the Chorus on Steve Allen's "Stars for Polio." Click on the image below to view the article and autograph of Steve Allen, the first host of NBC's The Tonight Show.

Steve Allen Article: January 1952


February 1952: The Chorus begins its 16th season at the Dayton Art Institute. Since we do not have a program for this concert, the article below provides the only record of the diverse selections performed. Click on the image below to view.

Dayton Art Institute concert - Feb 24, 1952


March 1952: Charter Chorus member Angela Mae Lehman is shown in a publicity photo and "making a name for herself on Broadway--but the name is Joan Lamont," according to an article in The Dayton Daily News. Click on the image below to view.

Angela Mae Lehman: March 1952


February 1953: Newspaper photos show a tailor measuring boys for their costumes and other Chorus members with flowers for the March 1 concert at the Art Institute. Click on the image below to view two news clippings.

March 1 Concert Articles: February/March 1953


September 1953: The noted columnist Marj Heyduck publishes Robert Connair's appeal to reach graduates "to take part in the biggest venture of the chorus" (the Nicolas Cantata). Click on the image below to view and see his January 1950 appeal above.

Clipping: Connair to Marj Heyduck


October 1953: Photo clippings fromThe Dayton Daily News announce the December presentation of Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas with guest conductor Hugh Ross. Click on the image below and scroll to view the 1990 New York Times obituary for Hugh C.M. Ross.

Clipping: Ross and DPO Program


November 1953: Richard Westbrock (below center) meets with tenor David Lloyd (left) of the New York City Opera and guest conductor Hugh Ross (right) of New York's Schola Cantorum in preparation for the world premiere stage production of Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Clipping: Ross, Lloyd, Westbrock


December 1953: Eileen Slattery is featured in Debussy's "The Blessed Damosel." The Journal Herald reports that for eight years she "was a member of the Inland Children's Chorus" and now a senior at the Cincinnati College of Music. Click on the image below to view.

JH: Eileen Slattery


December 1953: A newspaper photo feature shows the costuming planned for the upcoming production of Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Dec Nicolas Costumes


December 1953: Eleazar de Carvalho (below left), conductor of the Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra, congratulates Hugh Ross (center) and Richard Westbrock (right) on the production of Britten's Saint Nicolas. Click on the image below and scroll to see news photos and an invitation to a reception hosted by civic leader Miriam Rosenthal. See reviews with the 1953 Nicolas Concert program.

DJH: Carvalho Clipping


February 1954: Chorus members Patrick Caulfield and Beverly Hoover are shown in a newspaper article describing the upcoming concerts at the Dayton Art Institute. Click on the image below to view.

Caulfield and Hoover Feb 28 DAI


July 1954: A Dayton Daily News article shows Chorus member Charles Marshall II in his Eaton suit that he will wear when he is formally presented to the American ambassador in Copenhagen, Denmark. Click on the image below to view.

Charles Marshall II Eaton Suit

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January 1955: Published obituaries and editorials lament the sudden death of founding director Richard B. Westbrock. John D. O'Brien, General Manager, writes that "Richard Westbrock's influence will be felt for a great many years in our community." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: O'Brien Letter


April 1955: John D. O'Brien declares the company's intention to continue the Inland Children's Chorus and describes why an industrial corporation would sponsor such an activity. Click on the image below and scroll to view his statement and newspaper reports.

Inlander: O'Brien Statement


Summer 1955: The Inlander announces the appointment of Joseph P. Geiger who directed the Chorus from 1955 to 1970. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Geiger Appointment Article


September 1955: A Dayton Daily News article profiles charter Chorus member June Albers who will appear in Kismet and other performances in Australia and New Zealand. Click on the image below to view.

June Albers DDN Profile


December 1955: The GM national employee magazine includes a feature article on the Chorus ("one of the country's outstanding children's singing groups") with behind-the-scenes photos. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

GM Folks Article: Dec 1955


February 1956: Two newspaper articles announce upcoming performances that will include Franck's "Panis Angelicus" and Moeller's "The Happy Wanderer." Shown below (from left) are Nancy Donisi, Joe Sharp, and Frances Little. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: Feb 1956


February 1956: Concerts at the Dayton Art Institute often included multiple performances to accommodate large audiences. Click on the image below and scroll to view a news clipping and photo of the Italian Renaissance style Dayton Art Institute building.

Inlander: Art Institute Performance 1956


April 1956: The Inlander announces the Chorus graduates and the upcoming spring concert. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Graduates 1956


December 1956: The Dayton Journal Herald shows Joseph Geiger, Director, with Chorus members and music binders. The Chorus will perform at an upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below to view.

Journal Herald 1956 with Binders


December 1956: A newspaper clipping shows Joseph Geiger rehearsing Chorus members for an upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Geiger with boys 1956


December 1956: The annual Christmas concert helps open the newly remodeled three-thousand-seat Memorial Hall. Click on the image below and scroll to view both the clipping below and a photo of Memorial Hall, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Inlander: Memorial Hall Opening with Geiger 1956


December 1956: The Christmas issue of The Inlander features a full front-page illustration and a second page report on a joint concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: December 1956


February 1957: Newspaper articles report on two upcoming performances at the Dayton Art Institute. One clipping features a photo of six members from two families. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: Clippings Feb 1957


July 1957: A photo feature shows images from the annual picnic at LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Picnic Feature 1957


December 1957: The Christmas issue of The Inlander includes a feature article on the Chorus with photos in the practice room at The Loretto. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Dec 1957


February 1958: Chorus members Linda, Danny, and Beverly Hoover are featured in a photo with an article about two upcoming performances at the Dayton Art Institute. Click on the image below to view.

DDN Hoovers 1958


May 1958: An article reports on the Chorus members who graduated at the recent concert and describes the tribute given for the 50th anniversary of General Motors Corporation. Click on the image below to view.

Graduates 1958


April 1959: A clipping announces Chorus members who graduated at the recent concert. Click on the image below to view.

Graduates 1959


Fall 1959: A news clipping reports that Joseph P. Geiger has 245 children rehearsing, seventy of which are "new this year and many will find a place in the famed singing group, which is starting its 24th season." Click on the image below to view.

Geiger Shoe Clipping 1959


December 1959: A cover feature includes photos of Chorus members who will participate in the upcoming Christmas concert, which will mark the sixth year for Joseph Geiger as Director of the Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: December 1959

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February 1960: Chorus members "Bunny" Loges and Don Stevens are shown in one of two articles previewing the upcoming concert at the Dayton Art Institute. Click on the image below to view.

February Articles for Feb 14 Concert


May 1960: The Inlander shows Chorus graduates honored and the "senior chorus" introduced at the spring concert. Shown as well are Frederic Donner, GM Chairman, and other GM executives who reportedly attended the concert. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: May 18, 1960


November 1960: The Inlander announces the Silver Anniversary Concert with a front-page spread on the history of the Inland Children's Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Nov 1960


December 1960: A Journal Herald article announces the Silver Anniversary concert and praises the tradition of the Inland Children's Chorus. It also notes Chorus performances with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and on radio. Click on the image below to view.

Journal Herald: Dec 10 1960


December 1960: The Dayton Daily News reports on the upcoming Silver Anniversary concert on December 13. The article includes a photo of Chorus members John Stevens, Diann Thomas, and Don Stevens. Click on the image below to view.

Clipping: Dec 1960


January 1961: The Inlander includes photos from the Silver Anniversary concert and announces the retirement of John D. O'Brien who is presented plaque from members of the Chorus. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Jan 1961


April 1961: An article announces 19 members to graduate at the upcoming concert. Click on the image below to view.

Clipping: 1961 Graduates


April 1962: A Dayton Daily News article reports on a special concert by the Chorus performed for the Civic Music association on Saturday, April 14 at the National Cash Register Company auditorium. Click on the image below to view.

1962 NCR Concert


December 1963: A feature article with photos describes a typical Chorus practice. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Dec 1963


January 1964: An article includes behind-the-scenes photos from the Christmas concert. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Concert Summary 1964


March 1964: The Dayton Daily News reports that baritone Ludlow Hallman signs with the Santa Fe Opera and that Hallman was a soloist with the Inland Children’s Chorus. Click on the image below to view and scroll above to the May 1958 graduates to see his photo.

Ludlow Hallman Article 1964


April/May 1964: The Inlander and a newspaper clipping announce the graduates to be recognized at the upcoming spring concert on May 12. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Graduates 1964

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May 1965: A feature article in Dayton USA profiles the Chorus and details the educational value that comes from performing before audiences, including "the need of being attuned to others." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Dayton USA feature: May 1965


May 1965: An article quotes Chorus graduates who reflect on the value of their experience and includes a photo with Judy Westbrock, the last of the founding director's children to participate. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Graduates 1965


May 1965: An article discusses industry support of music and includes a photo of the Chorus, which is cited as a notable example of an industry-sponsored musical organization. Click on the image below to view.

Industry Support of Music 1965


November 1965: A cover article announces the upcoming concert that will include "special stage effects." Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: 30th Anniversary Concert 1965


December 1965: The Inlander describes upcoming television appearances and introduces James A. Will, the new accompanist for the Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander TV and James Will 1965


January 1966: An article describes the 1965 Christmas concert at Memorial Hall and a special television appearance, including behind-the-scenes photos of the preparations. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: TV Appearance 1965


May 1966: Graduating Chorus members suggest the educational power of music and performance through "self-discipline" and "satisfaction out of working to entertain people." Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: May 1966


May 1966: The Dayton Daily News reports the largest number to complete service with the Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

Clipping: May 1966


December 1966: A newspaper insert announces a TV appearance by the Chorus on Dayton's NBC affiliate. The program host was Johnny Gilbert, entertainer and distinctive voice of the television game show Jeopardy. Click on the image below to view.

News Insert: 1966 TV Special


December 1966: An article reports that the Chorus will appear for the second consecutive year on Johnny Gilbert's "Christmas at Home." Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Dec 1966 TV Special


January 1967: A photo feature describes the 1966 Christmas concert and television appearance with Johnny Gilbert. Click to see a video that Johnny donated to this website of his 1967 interview with Mike Douglas and click on the image below to view the article.

Inlander 1967: 1966 TV Special


December 1967: A clipping shows the concert and junior choruses in a scene from the 1967 Christmas concert at Memorial Hall. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: 1967 Christmas Concert


January 1968: A cover article describes a White House performance by former Chorus member Joy Clements (née Joyce Marie Albrecht) and her substantial career as a lyric coloratura soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: Joy Clements Feature 1968


January 1968: An entertainment listing features former Chorus member Joseph Merrill Albrecht (and brother of Joy Clements) who will perform with his wife Peggy at Wright State University in A German Requiem by Brahms. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Albrecht Announcement 1968


April 1968: A cover article describes two generations of Chorus members: LaDonna (Beatty) White and her daughters Marilyn Jean and Gretchen. The upcoming concert on May 14 will honor the Chorus graduates. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: LaDonna White and Daughters 1968


May 1968: The Inlander eulogizes long-time general manager J. D. O'Brien and announces the retirement of Marcella Sprauer who is shown with a Chorus scrapbook she maintained since the Chorus' inception. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: O'Brien Eulogy and Marcella Sprauer 1968


May 1968: A photo feature shows a scene from the May 14 concert and includes photos of graduate Mark Magee and the Chappie family Chorus alumni. Click on the image below.

Inlander: Spring Photo Feature 1968


February 1969: The Journal Herald announces that the Chorus will premiere at its upcoming concert "Dayton, The City Beautiful" with music by Joseph Geiger and James Will with lyrics by Miriam Page. Click on the image below and scroll to view to view.

Journal Herald - February 6, 1969


April 1970: An article announces the Chorus graduates and describes the upcoming May 12 concert at which "former Chorus graduates Joan and Jane Boston, Alfred Wimmers and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Schamel will be featured soloists and dancers." Click on the image below to read details of what would be the final performance of the Inland Children's Chorus.

Inlander: Graduates 1970


July 1970: Inland general manager T.O. Mathues writes on the official dissolution of the Inland Children's Chorus, which Betty Dietz reports in The Dayton Daily News. A parent responds in a poignant letter the Dayton Journal Herald. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

ICC Dissolution Article

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December 1995: Matt Phelan (below right), former member and Atlanta graphic design executive, developed a tribute publication as well as restored recordings on cassette tape that he distributed free of charge. Click on the image below and scroll to view both a front-page article about his efforts and his extensive scrapbook.

DDN: Phelan Article and Scrapbook 1995


February 2008: A biography of Sister Dorothy Stang, The Greatest Gift, traces her early life that includes her time in the Chorus. The book focuses on her death as she worked to preserve the Amazon Basin in Brazil. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Feb 2008: The Greatest Gift


May 2010: Former members meet at Wright State University to establish the Inland Children's Chorus Collection and the partnership of Special Collections and Archives with InlandChorus.com. Click on the image below and scroll to view an article about this meeting.

DDN: May 28, 2010


April 2012: Special Collections publishes an "Out of the Box" blog posting noting the 2012 Luncheon and exhibit of items to be delivered to Wright State University. Click on the image below and scroll to view a screen capture.

DDN: April 18, 2013


April 2013: Print and online editions of an article appear in the Dayton Daily News the week prior to the 2013 annual luncheon. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: April 18, 2013


August 2013: The Sunday Dayton Daily News "Life and Arts" section includes a front-page article on the Chorus by staff writer Meredith Moss with photos by Peter Wine from the 2013 luncheon. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

DDN: August 11, 2013


April 2014: Meredith Moss includes an announcement with details of the upcoming luncheon in the Sunday Dayton Daily News "Life and Arts" section. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: April 20, 2014


April 2015: An article with photo in the Sunday Dayton Daily News "Life and Arts" section announces the upcoming luncheon. This piece and earlier ones resulted in new attendees. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: April 19, 2015


December 2016: The Chorus is featured on a blog hosted by M. Ruth Myers, author of the popular Maggie Sullivan mystery series about a Depression era private investigator. Click on the image below and scroll to view a copy of the posting.

Blog: Dec 2016


April 2017: The Chorus is profiled in the Dayton Daily News with a video and an article by Journalist Lisa Powell of the Cox Media Group. Click on this video link to watch and click on the image below to view a screen capture of the online article.

History Extra: April 2017


December 2017: The front page of the "Life" section of the Dayton Daily News includes a Chorus story by Lisa Powell based her April online History Extra photo feature. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

December 2017 Feature


April 2018: This year's Luncheon and Exhibit is announced in an article announcing upcoming events. Several new attendees found the meeting because of this article. Click on the image below to view.

December 2017 Feature


May 2018: A photo with caption in the Dayton Daily News shows Toni Vanden Bos, Wright State University archivist, receiving a certificate as an honorary member of the Inland Children's Chorus. Click on the image below and scroll to view the clipping and certificate.

May 2018 Feature


August 2018: See a blog posting on the website of award-winning author M. Ruth Myers that describes a May 1946 concert of the Chorus that reflected the hope of post-World War II America. Click on the image below scroll to view a copy of the posting.

August 2018 Blog Posting


April 2019: Two articles in the Dayton Daily News, one published the prior Sunday and a second Friday, announce the annual exhibit and reunion of former members of the Inland Children's Chorus. Click on the image below and scroll to view copies of the articles.

April 2019 DDN Articles