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 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, received his early musical training from Marcus Kellerman in Detroit and organized the Westbrock Singing Boys in 1933. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Westbrock Singing Boys


December 1936: The Dayton Daily News reports that the Inland employee Christmas party will feature the Inland Children's Chorus "organized and trained specially for this occasion." Click on the image below to view.

DDN First Article on Initial Performance - Dec 20, 1936


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

Inlander 1936


May 1937: The Dayton Daily News reports that the combined Boy and Girl Scout campaign will conclude by featuring the Inland Children's Chorus. The article states that the Chorus originators have "set for themselves the goal of making it the finest industrial children's choir in the world." Click on the image below to view.

Photo Features 1937 Scout Concert


June 1937: Newspapers include photo features on the Chorus as it prepares to perform at the closing of area Boy and Girl Scout combined campaign. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

1937 Scout Concert Brilliant


June 1937: The concert program and newspapers describe in detail the first public appearance of the Chorus on June 4, 1937 and the impact on fundrasing for the Boy and Girl Scouts. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Program for Scout Concert and reviews


June 1937: The Inlander profiles with photos those at Inland who participated in the staging for the Scout campaign performance. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander 1937 and Scout Concert


September 1937: The Inlander publishes a report on a picnic given for Chorus members at Dayton's Triangle Park. Click on the image below and scroll to view. See also the snapshot album for original photos from this event.

Chorus Picnic September 1, 1937


Fall 1937: Newspaper articles and the Dayton Philharmonic Association preview the first Chorus appearance with the Orchestra at its December 21 concert. One article states that the Chorus is now "part of the musical life of Dayton, and one of its most important cultural developments." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Preview Articles announce the first DPO concert on December 21, 1937


December 1937: The Dayton Daily News profiles Broadway theatrical designer and two-time Tony Award nominee Raymond Sovey. A key figure in Chorus history, Sovey describes why he took time from his busy New York schedule to work in Dayton on the staging of the Chorus that he calls "one of the grandest things of its kind." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Sovey DDN: Dec 17, 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 comments from newspaper reviews of 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. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: March 1938


June 1938: The Dayton Herald reports briefly in an entertainment news column that "because of economic necessities, the public spring concert... will be abandoned this year." Click on the image below to view.

June 24 Spring Cancellation 1938


July 1938: A major newspaper feature announces the upcoming season of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The third concert will feature the Chorus, most notably in its "annual appearance." Click on the image below to view.

July 1938 - DDN Spread


December 1938: See an announcement and the draft script for an interview to be broadcast on WHIO with Inland's Wallace Whittaker and Chorus Director Richard Westbrock. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Radio Interview Draft December 1938


December 1938: Two articles note that out-of-town music critics will be guests of Inland General Manager Wallace Whittaker at the upcoming concert, "one of the social-musical highlights of the holiday season." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

National Critics Attend Performance December 1938


December 1938: The Dayton Daily News notes the upcoming concert and reports that logistics prohibited the Chorus from accepting an invitation to perform in Baltimore for the National Federation of Music clubs. Click on the image below to view.

Announcements and Baltimore December 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: 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 society section column reports on the interactions of Chorus members with director Richard Westbrock at a rehearsal for an upcoming concert. Click on the image below to view.

Teacups Clipping - December 1940


December 1940: Section Two of The Dayton Daily News includes a front-page feature of behind-the-scenes photos of a dress rehearsal with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for the upcoming concert. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Photo Feature with Orchestra


December 1940: The Dayton Herald reports on the staging of the Chorus by Broadway theatrical designer Raymond Sovey who returned to Dayton frequently to refine his work and address audiences at several concerts. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Raymond Sovey Article


December 1940: Newspaper clippings report that the Chorus will broadcast The Story of Bethlehem (23min) from the Dayton Art Institute over WLW radio in Cincinnati. A rare script of the broadcast reflects a world facing war. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

WLW Script Dec 24, 1940


August 1941: The Inlander publishes photos from the annual picnic at LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park near Middletown, Ohio. The Westbrock collection includes original and unpublished photos. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

August 1941 Picnic feature and photos


December 1941: Two Newspaper articles describe an upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The Concert was performed ten days after the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Dec 1941 Clippings


December 1941: The Chorus will broadcast to over 100 stations of the CBS network, one article noting the Chorus derived from a small children's chorus from 20 years ago appearing on an Inland employee Christmas program. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Dec 1941 Clippings


December 1941: Newspaper announcements describe the nation-wide broadcast of the Chorus as "General Motors' Christmas Card to America." One article refers to the "professional finesse" of the Chorus. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Dec 1941 Card-Clippings


December 1941: Dramatic front pages list the CBS national broadcast of the Chorus. The Dayton Herald also marks the first performance of Deeds Carillon with a striking nighttime photo by James Keen of this enduring landmark. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Dec 1941 Front Page


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 a future when "uncertainty will have been removed." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Dec 1941


June 1942: The Chorus performs on a remote broadcast from the Dayton Art Institute for a CBS program addressed to soldiers in the Air Service Command throughout the world. Click on the image below to view.

Air Service Command Broadcast: Dec 1942


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. Broadway theatrical designer Raymond Sovey expresses "excitement" working with the Chorus. The website does not have a program for this concert, but these articles list the selections performed. Click the image below and scroll 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." Click on the image below to view.

Inlander: Dec 1941


December 1943: The Inlander and newspapers report that the Dayton Philharmonic has added an additional performance with the Chorus to accommodate popular demand. The website does not have a program for this concert, but these articles list the selections performed. 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


February 1944: The Chorus performs its second concert for the Chamber of Commerce series at the Dayton Art Institute. The first half is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Julia Shaw Carnell, "donor of the institute building to the city." The website does not have a program for this concert, but these articles list the selections performed. Click on the image below to view.

DAI-Carnell Program: February 1944


April 1944: The Chorus performs during the visit to the Dayton Art Institute of Francis Henry Taylor, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Taylor predicts a renaissance of art and religion in the coming post-war era. Click on the image below to view.

Taylor Visit: April 1944


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


October 1944: Billboard magazine includes a feature article ("Dayton Plans Top Big Name '43-'44 Series") that lists Chorus performances on December 16 and 17. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Billboard magazine: October 7, 1944


Fall 1944: An Inlander article cites words of appreciation from Angela Mae Lehman, a charter Chorus member (1936-1944) and a newspaper notes her performance two years later at her high school graduation. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Fall 1944 Inlander


October 1944: Photo features report the visit to Dayton of Milton J. Cross, known as "the voice of the Metropolitan Opera." The Chorus performed and presented an autographed record album to Mr. Cross. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Milton Cross Visit: Oct 26, 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.

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. Click on the image below to view.

DDN: Dec 1944


December 1944: The Inlander includes a concert Chorus photo and notes that both WING and WHIO radio 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 in Cincinnati replacing Doris Day. Cameron's career would range from appearing with the Cincinnati Symphony (see clipping) to writing and performing The Road Runner Show theme for Warner Brothers. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Cameron Articles


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 concert and the Christmas Eve 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 F. 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 and scroll to view.

News: Charles F. Kettering


December 1945: Broadway theatrical designer Raymond Sovey returns often to Dayton to supervise the stage decor for upcoming concerts. 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. See his comments and an article the year following the announcement. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

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 for 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. The website does not have a program for this concert, but these articles list the selections performed. Click on the image below.

March 1948 DAI Concert


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: Chorus members Barbara Bilbrey, Jeanne Lamoreux, Dan Topp, and Darrell Lauer are featured in a newspaper photo clipping announcing the upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic. Click on the image below to view.

December 1949 Photo Clipping

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January 1950: Newspaper clippings announce 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, such as The Jackson Sun (Tennessee). Click on the image below to view.

1951 Radio Broadcast


January 1952: Newspapers highlight the upcoming national television appearance of the Chorus on Steve Allen's "Stars for Polio." Steve Allen was the first host of NBC's The Tonight Show. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Steve Allen Article: January 1952


February 1952: The Chorus begins its 16th season at the Dayton Art Institute. The website does not have a program for this concert, but this article lists the 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 arranging flowers for the March 1 performance at the Art Institute. Click on the image below to view.

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.

Clipping: Connair to Marj Heyduck


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: Eleazar de Carvalho (left), conductor of the Rio de Janeiro Symphony Orchestra, congratulates Hugh Ross and Richard Westbrock on the world premier stage production of Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas. Various related articles were published and a reception for the principals was hosted by civic leader Miriam Rosenthal. Click the image below and scroll to view. See also the concert program for "Who's Who" and professional photos of Hugh Ross and David Lloyd.

DJH: Carvalho Clipping


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

Caulfield and Hoover Feb 28 DAI


July 1954: A newspaper 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 states in The Inlander and in earlier newspaper reports the company's intention to continue the Inland Children's Chorus. He describes why an industrial corporation would sponsor such an activity. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: O'Brien Statement


Summer 1955: The Inlander and two newspapers announce the appointment of Joseph P. Geiger who directed the Chorus from 1955 to 1970. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Geiger Appointment Article


September 1955: The Dayton Daily News 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. See a photo of the Italian Renaissance style Dayton Art Institute building. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

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 Journal Herald announces that the Inland Children's Chorus will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time under the direction of Joseph Geiger. Click on the image below to view.

Journal Herald with Geiger Photo


December 1956: The Journal Herald shows Director Joseph Geiger with Chorus members in preparation for the upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Click on the image below to view.

Journal Herald 1956 with Binders


December 1956: A photo clipping from The Dayton Daily News shows Joseph Geiger rehearsing Chorus members for the upcoming concert with the Dayton Philharmonic. 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. See also an exterior photo of Memorial Hall, which was listed in 1988 on the National Register of Historic Places. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

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


September 1957: Former Chorus member Lt. William (Bill) McCord is profiled in The Daily Ardmoreite because he will direct the Ardmore, Oklahoma Civic Chorus. The article states that he was a soloist with the Inland Children's Chorus. Click on the image below to view.

Bill McCord Will Direct Chorus 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. Another photo shows GM's top 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: The Dayton Daily News announces the Silver Anniversary concert with a photo of Chorus members John Stevens, Diann Thomas, and Don Stevens. The Journal Herald praises the tradition of the Chorus. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Clippings: 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 newspaper 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 1958 Chorus graduate Ludlow Hallman will join the Santa Fe Opera. After a distinguished and varied career in music, Hallman became Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Maine. Click on the image below to view.

Ludlow Hallman Article 1964


April/May 1964: The Inlander and a newspaper announce details of the program and 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 four-page feature article with photos in Dayton USA profiles the Chorus. The article details the contribution to the community and educational value to young people that comes from performing before large audiences. 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: A Journal Herald article laments the decline of industry music organizations, such as orchestras and choruses. The Inland Children's Chorus is cited as a notable exception. 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 introduces James A. Will as the new accompanist for the Chorus and describes upcoming television appearances on Dayton's NBC affiliate. Click on the image below to view.

Inlander TV and James Will 1965


January 1966: A photo feature describes the 1965 Christmas concert at Memorial Hall and special television appearances on the Johnny Gilbert Show. 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 television appearances with entertainer Johnny Gilbert who later became the announcer and distinctive voice of the television game show Jeopardy! Click on the image below to view.

News Insert: 1966 TV Special


December 1966: The Inlander reports and a newspaper ad announces that the Chorus will appear on Johnny Gilbert's television special "Christmas at Home." Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Inlander: Dec 1966 TV Special


January 1967: The Inlander features the 1966 Christmas concert and later television appearances with Johnny Gilbert. Click on the image below to view. Click on this link to view Johnny's 1967 interview at the Stratford House in Dayton with legendary talk show host Mike Douglas [courtesy of Johnny Gilbert - 2019].

Inlander 1967: 1966 TV Special


December 1967: A photo 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.

Journal Herald - February 6, 1969


April 1970: The Inlander announces the Chorus graduates and the upcoming May 12 concert at which "former Chorus members Joan and Jane Boston, Alfred Wimmers and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Schamel will be featured soloists and dancers." Click on the image below to view.

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. A front-page Dayton Daily News article was based on his work and his extensive scrapbook (1936-1943). Click on the image below and scroll to view.

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.

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.

DDN: April 18, 2013


April 2013: Two print versions 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: A blog posting features a Chorus performance two weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack and the U.S. entry into World War II. The posting was written by M. Ruth Myers, author of the Maggie Sullivan mystery series. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

Blog: Dec 2016


April 2017: Click on this link to watch a video by Journalist Lisa Powell of the Cox Media Group profiling the Chorus history and see a screen capture of her online article. Click on the image below and scroll to view.

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 (center), 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.

May 2018 Feature


August 2018: A blog posting describes a May 1946 Chorus concert that reflects the hopes of post-World War II America and a 2018 concert directed by a former Chorus member that may have justified their hopes. Click on the image below scroll to view.

August 2018 Blog Posting


April 2019: Two articles in the Dayton Daily News, one published the prior Sunday and a second on 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.

April 2019 DDN Articles