Owosso Musicale Presidents’ Letter for 2016-17 Season

posted Oct 2, 2016, 6:28 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Oct 8, 2016, 10:54 AM ]

Owosso Musicale Presidents’ Letter for 2016-17 Season

Dear Musicale Members
It is time to think musically as we begin the 80th season of Owosso Musicale! Prepare to enjoy our anniversary all year with special programs, people and fellowship.  We celebrate eighty years of music, service and mentoring musicians in Shiawassee County….and a century for our National Music Federation!
As we enjoy the celebration within our club, it is especially important to involve potential new members for the longevity of our purpose and local club.  We want to invite and involve as many people as possible!  Think of music lovers to invite and join us for our wonderful programs.  Bring guests and potential members as we reach out to the community.  It would be wonderful to no longer be the ‘best kept secret in Shiawassee County’.  Perhaps the friend you invite has been hoping you would ask him or her!!  (You will find a letter attached that you can print to inform or invite a friend!)

Your Program Committee and Board of Directors and have been busy over the summer to develop a program that will focus on different aspects of the arts and our outreach over the years.  Our season starts on Monday, October 10th at Christ Episcopal church at noon with Samantha Gowen from MSU playing French Horn after a very special Presidents’ Tea.  This is our meeting  to honor our past presidents,  and the memories of those not with us, by contributing to our scholarship fund as we begin our year-long celebration of the 80 years since Owosso Musicale was founded.

Our schedule for 2016-17 will be:
*Monday, October 10, Noon at Christ Episcopal Church.  Performer:  Samantha Gowen, French Horn

*Monday, November 14, Noon at Christ Episcopal Church, Patriotic celebration with Meridian Strings ensemble and OM Chorus

*Monday, December 5th , 11:30am, Holiday Luncheon at D’Mar Banquet Center, Performers:  OHS Dancers under the direction of OHS teacher, Amy Bickley

***No January Meeting- Happy New Year!

**Sunday, February 12th   3PM, First Baptist Church,  An Afternoon with Pooh Stevens and Jim Spring       

*Monday, March 13th, Noon at Christ Episcopal Church, Music Award Winners

 *Monday, April 10th,  Noon at Christ Episcopal Church,  Janie Hoffa, Flute with Laura Hoffa-Johnson accompanying  her daughter.

*Monday, May 8th, 11:30am,  Anniversary Luncheon at Shiawassee Arts Council with past award winners

Thank you to Program our program committee:  Donna Benson, Sue Degerstrom, Tom Elliott, Cheryl Gapinski, Sue Henry, Sharon Robinson, and Donna Rose.

We appreciate the special effort to make this year a showcase of the musical talent of Shiawassee County and OM award winners.  Another “thank you” goes to Lila Gerber and tea chairpersons as well as all members of tea committees.  We couldn’t function without volunteers!!
New this year is a corps of members who wish to let all know that they are available to share a ride to OM meetings or Chorus practices.  This is just another way this warm-hearted group embraces our fellowship of music.   It is easy to call one of the volunteers listed in our booklet because they love your company!

Also new, is that Owosso Musicale has co-presidents for the 2016-17 program year.  Donna Benson and Sue Henry have taken the lead in an unusual arrangement that they both are anticipating to make this special year a fun one.   Each recognizes the talents and strengths brought to Musicale, as well as family and other time constraints.  You will see Sue leading the meetings for the first half of the year, and Donna for the winter months.  Planning to work closely together, either Donna or Sue are glad to discuss any of your concerns or suggestions.     

Most importantly, we want to note that Sue Degerstrom, after twenty-five years, has retired to become our President Emeritus/Past President.  In honor of her service and all the contributions she has made to our club and organization, we are dedicating the Past President Tea Fundraiser to Sue.  Please consider what your gift may be this year as these funds will be designated to a special award fund that we will ask Sue to designate.

Sh-h-h!  This is a secret to honor a very special lady!

We trust all have renewed your membership for the year so you can enjoy the variety of programs for this special year. If you still need to pay your dues, please contact treasurer, Cheryl Gapinski at (989) 725-8668 or cell: (989) 666-7233; email: or address: 1043 Chipman Lane, Owosso  MI  48867.  Program booklets have been printed and will be available at the first meeting.  Let us know if you need to have it delivered to you.

Looking forward to seeing you on October 10th!  It is just around the corner.

Donna Benson                                                 Sue Henry
Co-president                                                   Co-president

FYI:  The Michigan Federation of Music Clubs may be chartering a bus to go to the National Federation of Music Clubs Convention that will be leaving from Lansing and going to the convention in Dayton, Ohio from June 21 to 25, 2017.

(Start thinking if you wish to go!         

Sue Henry thinks she may be able to get permission for Owosso folks to park & board the bus in Owosso.)

Neil Woodard Concert February 7

posted Jan 22, 2016, 6:28 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Oct 3, 2016, 7:05 AM ]

The Owosso Musicale is pleased to invite the public to attend a concert featuring Neil Woodward, Michigan’s Troubadour. The event will take place February 7, 2016, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 114 W. Mason street in downtown Owosso. A freewill donation is being asked for by attendees, and a reception will follow Woodward’s performance.

For over thirty years Woodward has shared folk music’s warmth and wisdom with Great Lakes audiences. In such historic surroundings as Crossroads Village, Grand Traverse Lighthouse and Greenfield Village and in schools and libraries lake-to-lake, his vast repertoire and enthusiasm bring to life the Michigan experience for people from around the world.

In 2003 the Legislature of the State of Michigan officially named Neil Woodward Michigan’s Troubadour in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the preservation of Great Lakes folk music and culture. The Arts Foundation of Michigan (now ArtServe Michigan) with their Creative Artist Grant Award recognized Neil’s own compositions as contributing contributions to the troubadour’s traditions, an artistic chronicle of significant individuals and events. His songs, recordings and concerts have earned him nine Detroit Music Awards. His traditional recordings are catalogued by the Library of Congress Office of Folklife, Smithsonian Folkways, and by the Archives of the State of Michigan.

Neil is a course guest lecturer for Michigan, Eastern and Wayne State Universities. He is a Faculty and Presenter member teacher of Smithsonian Associates.

Woodward’s experience in performance, research, writing, arranging, theatre, audio and video production, along with his widely acknowledged skill with over a dozen musical instruments offer a unique perspective to his many private students. His school programs bring our culture into focus for pre-school through college level students. In venues as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Michigan Historical Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Northern Michigan campgrounds and lighthouses, plus community schools and libraries of Alpena, Ann Arbor, Brighton, Byron, Copper Harbor, Charlotte, Davion, Detroit, Flint, Hartland, Howell, Kentwood, Lansing, Montague, Ossineke, Paradise and Ypsilanti, Neil’s performances pay tribute to light- keepers, immigrants, laborers, sailors, soldiers, lumberjacks, railroaders, farmers, hobos, auto workers, dancers, singers, musicians and dogs.

Neil may be the only person alive who played both banjo at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Jews harp at Lincoln Center.

Chairing Owosso Musicale’s reception will be Lila Gerber, who will be assisted by Glenda Davis, Jan Hintz, Katie Howard, Marcia Parker, and Travis Waybright. We invite families and friends to come and enjoy an afternoon with Michigan’s outstanding Troubadour!

Sue Degerstrom, 725-5001

79th Season Newsletter

posted Sep 21, 2015, 11:38 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 22, 2016, 6:32 AM ]

The Owosso Musicale News Letter

Dear Musicale Members,

Our 79th (!) Season is ready to open October 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, Noon of course, with two highly qualified M.S.U. graduate music students. Tom Elliott was able to secure them, (Thank you!) and they are Jin Hyun Kim, cellist and Zhan Wang, pianist. Jin actually rated a study class with YoYo Ma and both she and Zhan were soloists in the MSU Honors Concert last spring.

But before this, Christ Church is hosting the fabulous Flint Gospel Chorus and director Rafeal McDaniel on Sunday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m. (I heard them up here at Alpena Trinity Church & they are outstanding!) As C.E.C. has so willingly become our home by graciously housing our Hamlin Mason and chorus music, I ask you to support this concert by attending & inviting your families, friends and neighbors! A reception will follow the concert and we hope some of you will help by providing cookies, etc. Volunteers may contact Sharon Robinson at 517-204-9882.

November 9 is American Music Month and will feature music from the 40's (Do you recall "Love Letters in the Sand" & more?) We also want to honor our own Marine, Genny. Our December our luncheon will be held in the new D'Mar Banquet Center on N. M-52. on the 7th---note that is a week early. The OHS Jazz Band will perform for us & the OM Chorus will lead us in in songs of the season.

We trust all have renewed their membership for the year and are looking forward to a variety of programs. There will be 2 treasurers taking care of business this year. Sue Henry plans on spending some time in Florida this winter, and Sharon Robinson will take over her duties during that time.
The rest of the year will feature programs by Neil Woodward, Michigan's Troubadour; O.M. Music Award winners; Kailey Grubb, a former award winner; and the Classical Bells Quartet.
See you in October,

July 2015 Newsletter

posted Jul 24, 2015, 4:12 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 2:06 PM ]

July, 19, 2015

Dear Musicale Members,

The O.M. Board members and I hope you enjoyed the past season’s offerings as much as we did. The November program featuring the story of Hanna Leja and her life as a Polish resistance member really drew the biggest crowd ever! What a thrill to see over 100 persons who were interested in viewing her video and singing patriotic songs!

So now we are busy lining up new programs for the coming season: October 12 with the Past Presidents Tea held at Christ Episcopal Church will feature the performance of cellist Jin Hyun Kim, a graduate student of the M.S.U. School of Music. For the American Music Month of November we will celebrate the music of the 1940s on the 9th at Christ Episcopal Christ.

On December 7th our Christmas Luncheon will be held at the new DiMar Center with the O.H.S. Jazz Band performing. The February 8th meeting will highlight Folk and Bluegrass music. On Sunday, February 24th,  the O.M. Music Award Auditions take place with the winning entrants performing at our meeting on March 14th.

Plans are in the works to bring the M.S.U. Professors of Jazz 7 piece band to the O.C.P. stage in the spring. This will be a joint effort with O.C.P. In April, Kailey Grubb, one of the past year’s award winners will sing for us. Our May Luncheon will take place at the S.A.C. on the 9th with the delightful Classical Bells Quartet performing.

We hope this helps you look forward to our 79th Season in bringing musical culture that is educational and inspirational to both our club and our community. Your support is needed and appreciated very much. You were requested to renew your membership in June and we thank those who already have done so. Now is the time to send your dues to OM Treasurer, Sue Henry so you may renew your membership! And, please, if you have any changes or additions to your address, phone number, or email address, please let Cheryl Gapinski know ASAP! You may reach her by email, phone or mail. She is responsible for producing the new Yearbook and she needs all your info. (A written resignation is required if you find that necessary, which we hope not!) When you receive your Yearbook be sure to check out your Tea Committee assignment along with your address, etc. for correctness. Thank you for your attention to this.

The Dues Schedule is the same as last year and dues are due by August 1st.

Single Member

Active Member (serves on a Tea Committee) ………….. $20.00

Associate Member (doesn’t serve on a Tea Committee)..$40.00

Patron…..$50.00 minimum

Couple or Family

Family Member (1 member serves on a Tea Committee) $30.00

THANK YOU!   Looking forward to seeing you all on October 8 at Noon at Christ Church!

Sue Degerstrom, President, Owosso Musicale

The Owosso Musicale Spring Luncheon and Program

posted May 6, 2015, 10:03 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated May 6, 2015, 10:14 AM ]

The Owosso Musicale will hold their final meeting of their 78th Season with a luncheon held on Noon Monday, May 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, 120 Goodhue St. Highlighting the afternoon will be the performance by Deborah Moriarty, professor of piano and chair of the piano area at Michigan State University College of Music, where she is recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.

A Massachusetts native, Moriarty made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 11. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music, the Julliard School, and the New England Conservatory of Music where she received her Master of Music degree with honors.  She also served on the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Lovell. She has studied with Russell Sherman, Theodore Lettvin, and Beveridge Webster.

An active recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the eastern United States, Moriarty has also performed in Belgium, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, and the Soviet Union. She is a founding member of the Fontana Ensemble of Michigan, and as an advocate of new music, has participated in numerous premier performances including Milton Babbitt’s “Whirled Series” at Merkin Hall in New York City. She has recordings on the Crystal and CRI labels.

On the business agenda will be the installation of the O.M. Board members, and the attendance of the O.M. President at the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs 98th Convention at the MSU Kellogg Convention Center. The O.M. Chorus will also attend on the event’s Choral Day to perform.  

Guests are welcome to attend both the luncheon and recital. The luncheon is $12 and reservations need to be made by calling Katie Florian at 723-3728. Others may arrive at 12:50 am to attend the program in the sanctuary.

Sept 2014 Newsletter

posted Oct 4, 2014, 4:08 PM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 9:25 AM ]


Dear Members, Welcome to our 78th Season celebrating and supporting musical culture in our Community! I do hope this finds all refreshed from your summer hiatus and ready to enjoy the exciting new line-up for 2014-15 put in place by your committee.

: October 13, Past President’s Tea, Noon at Christ Episcopal Church with “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs” presented by Ron Davis on organ and Glenda Davis on piano. Ron assures it will be both entertaining and educational with the audience singing along!

: October 17, Friday, 9;00 am, NE District Fall Meeting at Christ Episcopal Church. You’re all invited to come.Students from the Creative Center For the Arts will perform.

: November 10, American Music Month, Noon at St. Johns United Church of Christ featuring “Let Us Be Free” with Hanna Leja relating stories of W.W.II in Prague, Poland and how the American Armed Forces assisted in freeing her country. There will be slides and music with Owosso Musicale Chorus performing.

: December 6, Handel’s “Messiah”, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church. The Reverend Ellsworth Jackson will be directing a local chorus and orchestra.  Rev. Jackson, who has a great passion for ‘’’The Messiah” has already directed 34 performances of it. Tom Elliott will be directing the rehearsals for the chorus and interested singers may contact him at 989-472-4361.

: December 8, Program at Noon at Christ Episcopal Church with seasonal songs and music with The Corunna H.S. Cavalier Varsity Singers, O.M. Chorus, a piano duo and more. Luncheon afterwards at Abiding in the Vine. Make reservations to Katie Florian, 723-3728

: February 9, Jeff Haas (son of Karl Haas) will present his program of “Building Bridges With Music” in the A.M. at Corunna M.S.  and in the P.M. at O.M.S. which we will attend.

: March 9, Music Award Winners Recital at Christ Episcopal Church.

: April 13, “Casey At the Bat”, a tribute to Baseball (tah-da-da-dah da dah!), Noon at Christ Episcopal Church with Sharon Robinson at the organ and a Narrator.

: May 11, Spring Luncheon, 11:30 am at  Christ Episcopal Church  with pianist Deborah Moriarity, Dean of MSU Piano Department.

A warm welcome is extended to 4 new members: Gordon Pennington, Mary Mitosinka,  Kathy Foster and Katie Howard!   A Reminder for all: Membership dues are payable now and are $20 for Active, $30 for Family, $40 for Associate, $50 for Patron. Cheryl who has done a great job as Treasurer for many years, has retired from the position, so now you may send your check to Sue Henry at 2309 Meadowdown Dr.

Yearbooks will be given out at the October 13 Meeting and per usual the active and family members are asked to find their month to serve on the Tea committee. If you have a problem with the date, please contact the chairman of the month and Donna Benson.  Also, please check your addresses and phone numbers and if they are wrong or you have changed any of them, please inform Cheryl or myself.

We are very proud to have Donna Rose as our “Musician of the Year” 2014-2015!!...a  most deserved honor. Donna is filling in as O.M. chorus director and pianist while Ann Ferden is recovering from rotator cuff surgery. And we also appreciate each and every one of you who support this organization in all our efforts to make music a vital and inspiring part in the life of our community. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sue Degerstrom, President

Spring Luncheon

posted May 6, 2014, 2:20 PM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated May 6, 2014, 2:20 PM ]

The Owosso Musicale will hold their final meeting of their 77th season with their Spring Luncheon on Monday, May 12 at the Shiawassee Arts Center Riverview Gallery on 206 Curwood Castle Drive. Members and guests should arrive at 11:30 a.m. for registration with lunch being served at noon. Guests are most welcome and reservations should be made today with O.M. treasurer Cheryl Gapinski at 725-8668. The charge for the meal is $10 and checks may be mailed to Mrs. Gapinski at 1043 Chipman Lane, Owosso. Featured artist for the afternoon is Bonnie Brooks, soprano, from the Detroit area where she has performed for many years. Her husband Jim will join her in singing several duets and they will be accompanied at the piano by Blake Ray, also from the Detroit area. Bonnie Brooks has enjoyed a long and varied career in vocal music throughout the Detroit area having been soloist for many venues of musical productions. She also has her own studio from which she teaches voice to students. On the agenda will be the Installation of the Board members for the coming year. Planning for the next season will be outlined, along with Owosso Musicale hosting the Fall Meeting of the Northeast District of the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs.

February Meeting

posted Jan 24, 2014, 6:33 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 24, 2014, 3:12 PM ]

February 10, 2014 at First Church of Christ 

Vintage Woodwind Quintet 

Together We Sing

Trumpet Invasion #2

posted Jan 24, 2014, 6:19 AM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Jan 24, 2014, 2:42 PM ]

Back by popular demand  

Rich & Brandon Ridenour's Trumpet Invasion #2 

Thursday, March 6th at 7pm 
Owosso Middle School's Auditorium 
Adults $10 ($12 at the door) 
Students under 18 FREE if accompanied by adult 
Tickets available at Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce, Shiawassee Arts Center, OCP ticket office or from Owosso Musicale or Rotary member.

2013 Newsletter

posted Oct 4, 2013, 4:18 PM by Robert Wilcox   [ updated Oct 4, 2014, 4:06 PM ]


Dear Members,

2013 A Significantly Musical Year for Owosso Musicale

Owosso Musicale celebrated 80 years of support for music in Shiawassee County, co-sponsoring a concert with Rotary that featured the Alma College Percussion Ensemble that electrified the audience with jazz and more! 100% of Musicale’s profit supports music outreach and student awards.

Music outreach is enjoyed by the Musicale Chorus (see picture) as well as their audiences which include Memorial Hospital, Oliver Woods, Durand Rehabilitation Center, the Gould House and Glow Event as well as Michigan Federation Convention and Musicale meetings.

Additional programs varied from informative to world class music to interest all ages and tastes! We were entertained by world renowned pianist Geraldo Ashcheri, and musicians Marcia Anderson and Liz Febba (see picture), as well as, a music scholar from MSU, and our music award winners. November found Musicale celebrating Veterans’ Day with Soloist Ron Wilson, Flutist Louise Hemond-Wilson and the Owosso Chorus sharing the background history and rousing songs of each war era. Veterans were honored including WWII marine veteran and long-time Musicale member, Genny Jennings¸and we were honored to havevMayor, Ben Fredericks attend.

The program year finished with a joint holiday luncheon with MSARP who all enjoyed the talents of Owosso High School’s Madrigal Singers. Of special note this year were the four High School level music award winners from the annual competition that occurs on the last Saturday of February chaired by Cheryl Gapinski, and a large number of new club members! Meetings are open to visitors and guests. Call Tom Elliot about membership questions at (989) 472- 4361

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