German Village Gazette

Village Singers offer residents concert preview

Event will help fund scholarship


The Village Singers are offering residents an opportunity to see the group in full dress rehearsal and dine on food from popular local restaurants.

Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the Singers, addressed the German Village Society board of trustees at its regular monthly meeting March 10.

Owens said his ensemble is now rehearsing for Magic Moments, a concert that will celebrate the songs of the 1950s and '60s.

The dress rehearsal, to be held at 5:30 p.m. May 1, will offer patrons a chance to sample not only tunes, but also food from five local restaurants, Owens said.

So far, Thurman Cafe, Schmidt's and the Hey Hey have committed to the event. He said he's confident two more will emerge. Patrons will have access to a cash bar.

Shows open to the general public will be held May 3-4 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Owens said he is looking for 40 patrons who will spend $100 for two tickets to the rehearsal show May 1. The price includes tickets to a matinee performance May 4.

The program will raise money for the choir's endowment fund, established in 2012.

The group has raised $3,000 so far and will award its first arts scholarship to a local student this spring.

The scholarship will award up to $500 to deserving students to attend a summer program at the local arts institutions.

Owens said the Singers are in their 13th season, performing two concerts a year, one in spring and the other at Christmas. Both concerts are traditionally held in the Meeting Haus.

The $10 per-ticket price to each show and singers' dues are enough to cover the group's expenses, which include a paid accompanist, director, additional musicians and sheet music, which has risen in cost from $1 a page to at least $2.50, Owens said.

"In order to enhance our scholarship program, we need to raise additional funds," he said.

Those who would like to purchase tickets can do so by sending an email to Owens at


Other matters

In other news from the meeting, the Society trustees announced the Strategic Planning Task Force has been asking residents and business owners what German Village should look like in 2020 and where the society should focus its resources.

The next step is an online survey to gather input from more people as the strategic planning project seeks to recommend three to five projects for the Society board to prioritize over the next five years or so.

Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the society, said the survey should be distributed electronically and posted online by the first week of April.

She said the last time the Society's strategic planning process was reviewed was in 2007.