Thursday Music Club Opens Season This Week at Stifel

WHEELING — The Thursday Music Club will kick off the 2018-19 year with a membership coffee-tea meeting at Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, at l0:30 a.m. Thursday.

There is no charge but members are asked make reservations by calling Emily Mayer at 304-232-1714 by Monday morning.

The club’s 2018 Gretchen McKee Award winner, Lindsay Six of Follansbee, will provide entertainment for the event.

Six is a senior at West Liberty University with a double major in music education and vocal performance and is a 2015 graduate of Brooke High School.

As section leader for sopranos at West Liberty, she sings in all three of the university’s choirs: WLU Singers, Choral Scholars and College Community Choir. Previously, she was a member of the Advanced Women’s Ensemble and Chamber Choir. She has been involved with various concerts and performances on the hilltop, including two operas and “Seussical the Musical.” She presented a joint voice recital in 2017 and traveled with the WLU Singers to Ireland in 2016 and to Canada in 2017.

In addition to being a full-time student, Six works on campus and at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church as a choir member. She is involved with Brooke County 4-H as a camp counselor and has taught a singing-musical activities class to campers for the past two years.

Her plans include pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting and teaching choir and private lessons in the public school system.

In high school, Six was a band member for four years and drum major for two years. She was in Brooke’s Madrigal Choir for two years, serving as Madrigal Queen. She participated in all-state choirs and attended the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2013 for trumpet.

New officers for the Thursday Music Club for 2018-20 are Geri Sloane, president; Judy Szymialis, vice president; Arlene Lawson, secretary, and Carol Couch, treasurer.

Programs planned for the season are as follows:

∫ Oct. 4 — Perc-n-Gersh featuring piano soloist Robert Irwin and percussionists Ben Neal, Linda West-Benyo, Eudora Elliott, Dr. Judith Bush and Dr. Millard Neal, arranger and conductor.

∫ Nov. 1 — Harping for Harmony featuring John Lozier presenting Latin American harp music.

∫ Dec. 6 — John Marshall High School Monarch Choir with David Sherrick, director.

∫ Feb. 7 — Full Circle featuring Breiding, piano, and Ben Podolski, violin.

∫ March 7 — Classic Classicals from West Liberty University featuring Cowan-Youssef, director.

∫ April 4 — Thursday Music Club chorus with Chops, director, and Breiding, accompanist.

Sponsors this year are Martha Winn, October; Martha Haigwood, November; Welsh and Suzanne McCormick, December; Dr. George and Carol Couch and Dr. Clyde and Joan Campbell, February; Sloane and Wallington, March. For more information, call Carol Couch, 304-280-2430.

The club’s study group meets the second Monday of the month at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1407 Chapline St. The first meeting is at 1 p.m. Oct. 8. Wallington will be the presenter and the hostesses will be Joyce Simon and Lois Neitzelt. For more information, call Davis, 740-695-3274.

The chorus practices from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 3, at Elm Grove United Methodist Church, 125 Kruger St. For more information, call Chops, 304-242-1455.