When Gerald Alred is asked about the success he’s had in his academic career, he’s quick to credit an important influence from his childhood: the Inland Children’s Chorus.
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Your memories of the Inland Children’s Chorus
“I was 13 when Mother took me to audition for the Chorus. I was scared, but Mr. Westbrock was wonderful and I was accepted. I loved being a member. The girls that sat in the last row with me were all nice.”
— Shirley Whiting, Clayton
“The chorus experience brought a whole world of music to my life. I have been a singer ever since!”
— Bob Ivory, Cincinnati
“It as a very special gift that the Inland Mfg. Div and General Motors gave to many children. I still appreciate the friends I made belonging to the Chorus, and I still sing in my church choir.”
— Phyllis Denlinger Phillips, a member of the original choir in 1936, Dayton
“I have wonderful memories of the Inland Chorus. I appeared with the Chorus on the Steve Allen Show in 1952 at Memorial Hall.”
— Ron Filburn, Maimi Twp.
“We came downtown to all the practices taking the city buses. We practiced at the Loretto. I remember the first time I had an audition. I sang ‘The First Noel.’ Years later, I met my husband and he told me he had “cut a record.” It turned out it was for the Inland Children’s Chorus. He was one of two young boys who sang ‘Oh Come Little Children.’
— Dolores Kulhanek Rehling, Englewood