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The Chorus

The Medina Chorus is a non-profit regional choral ensemble originally formed in 1935 as a Messiah Chorus.  The impetus was to offer area high school students and community singers the opportunity to perform  Handel's oratorio at Christmas.   The WW II years were lean years in the men's sections, but the Chorus endured.  Eventually a spring season was launched and the ensemble performed lighter musical numbers in May.

Since 1991, the ensemble has performed a number of ambitious, large-work programs.   It replaced a volunteer orchestra, engaging professional instrumentalists in an ensemble scaled to specific program needs.  Noted area professionals from the teaching faculty at northern Ohio universities provide solo voices in these larger works.  Chorus members have enjoyed the occasional venture into these performances.  They help to raise the bar acoustically as well as artistically.

Medina Chorus singers are not auditioned.  The ability to read music and have some understanding of it is helpful.  They are dedicated singers who volunteer their time to help the Chorus meet its operational and logistical needs.  Members purchase their music through the organization.  We are reliant on patrons, grants, advertisers and gifts for operating expenses. 

The Chorus performs two major concerts each year, with additional concerts at the Western Reserve Senior Residence and caroling at the Medina Home.  When possible, we have accepted invitations to sing at community events. 

This is the testament to the importance of music in our lives.  The Chorus is a volunteer performing arts ensemble which has continued to provide singers in the community a place to express what is in our souls.   Despite challenging economic times and the societal upheaval of wars, we have endured since 1935. 

Our Director, Jordan Saul

Ms. Saul is a graduate of University of Arizona where she earned a Bachelors of Music. She completed a Master of Music in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Saul has extensive experience in conducting vocal music and has studied with pedagogues and conductors across the country. She is engaged in doctoral studies at The Ohio State University and currently serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities, Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University.

Ms. Saul brings abundant talent and enthusiasm to Medina Chorus. Her love of music and the vocal arts is infectious and embraced by Chorus members!

Pianist, Cathy Fafrak

Cathy Fafrak is a cum laude graduate of Capital University's Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano, organ, voice, chamber music and accompanying. After Graduation, she accompanied many vocal and instrumental groups at Capital University, The Ohio State University, and elsewhere throughout the greater Central Ohio area. Miss Fafrak currently serves as the organist at the United Church of Christ, Congregational, on Medina's Square.