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.
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.
December 1936: The Inlander introduces the newly formed Inland Children's Chorus who performed for Inland employees on Sunday, December 20, 1936. 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.
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.
June 1937: The Dayton Journal and The Dayton Daily News 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.
September 1937: The Inlander publishes a photo article reporting on a picnic given for Chorus members at Dayton's Triangle Park. Click on the image below and scroll to view.
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.
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.
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 to view.
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.
March 1938: Inland management announces that the increasing number of applications to the Chorus requires specific regulations for membership. These regulations are listed in the article. Click on the image below to view.
December 1938: A newspaper reports on an upcoming concert at which the Chorus will perform with the Orchestra "Dreams of Spring" by Strauss and "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" by Nevin. Click on the image below to view.
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 to view.
December ca. 1939: A General Motors publication includes a two-page photo spread with names of all the members of "the famous Inland Children's Chorus." Click on the image below to view.