durango choral society

Greetings From Dawn Spaeder, Executive Director

Dawn Spaeder

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Durango Choral Society website. Your support and devotion inspire us and allow us to thrive in this, our 50th year. We are so grateful for you. As music lovers, we live the notion that singing elevates our lives and fills our paths with joy and higher purpose. We are so thankful for the opportunity to perform for you, our beloved Durango audience. Our talented and acclaimed Artistic Directors Dr. Linda Mack Berven and Amy Barrett have designed a season sure to move and delight you.

Your dedication to DCS is good for Durango and good for your health. Research on singing and community shows a tight relationship between involvement in the choral arts and a higher quality of life. This is seen across age groups and rings true for singers, volunteers and audience members alike. Youngsters involved in choral groups are shown to have higher grades, a well-developed sense of responsibility and more involvement in volunteerism and leadership roles as they grow. Singers of every age enjoy health benefits ranging from general stress reduction to cardio strengthening. Did you know that choral singing and listening is helpful in maintaining mental agility? Most importantly, audience members who continue to value the singing arts enjoy all of the benefits of live performance and community gathering, a true commodity in this digital age. Together we celebrate the musical masters, joining to create the timeless relationship between artists and audience that brings the music to life, evokes the beauty of the ages and lifts us all. In concert with you, our vibrant audience and supporters, we make Durango a better place.

The Choral Society, Women's Choir, Children's Chorale and Youth Chorus extend our deepest gratitude for your continued support. Our singers, dedicated board, volunteers, talented staff and world-class Artistic Directors thank you for valuing our mission of bringing you high artistry, education and community connection through the choral arts. We are honored to share this golden season with you.

Dawn Spaeder
Executive Director

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