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During his many years of membership, Michael Sopchak held an honored place as the spiritual heart and soul of the Downtown Singers. His wonderful good nature and natural charm brought warmth and quick smiles to all who knew him. As our “Poet Laureate”, Mike was known for his sprightly humor and quick wit; his writings and personae brought a fresh beauty and meaning to the choral experience.
Michael always took a particular interest in the soloists who highlight the group’s concerts. The participation of accomplished soloists is an inspiration to the Singers and has the effect of lifting our performances as a whole to the highest possible level. It was for the purpose of supporting continued inclusion of such inspirational soloists that the Michael P. Sopchak Memorial Fund was established.
Musically gifted, intelligent, perpetually self-effacing, and always in touch with the spirit in which the chorus was born, Larry Denniston was the very soul of the Downtown Singers.
His grace and calm, thoughtful, caring nature was a steady hand in the governance of the choir right from its very creation. As Alan Crabb’s right-hand, Larry was always the one he would ask “How does it sound?” and “Can we afford that?”
Larry’s commitment to the choir was every bit as deep and abiding as Alan’s, and although he loved singing the Messiah each year, it was the breadth and depth of the works of our Spring Concerts that he took a special interest in, for, as Alan always stated “the Spring Concerts are where we have the opportunity to stretch and grow ourselves musically”. So it is for the purpose of ensuring the continuation of the legacy of that musical growth through annual Spring Concerts that the Larry G. Denniston Legacy Fund has been established.