The Village Singers concluded their 15th season with the Christmas concert, "Glad Tidings," performed in the German Village Meeting Haus. The concert was directed by Quinton Jones and accompanied by Dave Butler, a recent graduate of Capital University.

The Village Singers concluded their 15th season with the Christmas concert, "Glad Tidings," performed in the German Village Meeting Haus. The concert was directed by Quinton Jones and accompanied by Dave Butler, a recent graduate of Capital University.

Sacred and seasonal music -- from "Winter Wonderland" to "Bolingo," a traditional Republic of Congo Christmas spiritual -- was featured. "Bidi Bom," a seasonal Jewish favorite, also was performed to the delight of not only our audience but to the Singers.

Our spring show, "Movie Magicals," May 14 and 15 featured music from "The Sound of Music," James Bond movies, "The Pink Panther," "Grease," "Chicago" and more.

The Village Singers welcome new members in all voices: soprano, alto, tenor and bass; no auditions are necessary, just the joy of music.

Singers from not only German Village, but also from Worthington, Hilliard, Canal Winchester, Grove City, Westerville and more make up our group. For the last eight years, the Village Singers have had the honor of singing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies of the Columbus Oktoberfest.

Our 2017 season's first rehearsal is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Meeting Haus. We will being preparation for the spring concert.

We meet in season at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Meeting Haus and again we welcome new singers. For more information, call me, Wayne Owens, at 614-446-2427, email wowo@ columbus.rr.com or visit us on Facebook at Village Singers.

This year we sponsored two children from the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School to the summer camp at Directions for Youth And Family through our scholarship fund.

Our Village Singers Endowment Fund, established in 2013 with funds received from patrons and corporate sponsors, has also sent students from the Columbus Gifted Academy at Beck and the Columbus Kinderchor to summer camps at the McConnell Arts Center and the Columbus Children's Theater in previous years.

Comments from students include: "I got to sing for people I didn't even know, wow," and, "I know now that I want to be a teacher and it was a lot of fun. Can I do it next summer?"

"We Got Music" will be performed May 6 and 7. It will feature music from many genres: Broadway, gospel, folk, country, blues and jazz, to name a few.

We plan to add additional musicians, costuming and movements to this program. Our spring concert features a patrons dress rehearsal sponsored by Jeff Gilbert and Ameriprise Financial, the Leventhal Fund and Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant.

We will perform a taste of our spring concert along with a taste of several of our German Village restaurants for our patrons who have contributed toward our endowment fund.

With the new audio and video enhancements in Brent Warner Fest Hall we have, thanks to our position as a unit of German Village Society, to certainly be more creative in our productions.

Without the Society's support, we would not exist. Its commitment to community by providing rehearsal and performance space cannot only be measured in dollars, but by the many grateful singers for the countless hours of enjoyment.

Our membership from four singers way back then to the many singers and musicians today is encouraging. Come join us for an evening of social and music.

I've read somewhere that "music has charms to soothe the savage breast."

I'm not sure of all that, but I do know that music is the universal language.

Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the Village Singers, submitted the Village Notebook column.