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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

As the spouse of a board member of ESCS, I can vouch for their total commitment and dedication in bringing the musical excellence that they possess to the community of the Eastern Shore of Alabama. They do fill a need in our community for the spiritual as well as the musical art.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When attending the concerts.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Funding and permanent structure.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Enjoyed listening to the choir and the music selection.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They have been nice and cooperative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

A permanent place to conduct the concerts and a complete top of the line sound system in this new edifice.

Ways to make it better...

Look for more funding through grants, etc.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is a great organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

This is a great organization of talented individuals who volunteer their time and talents and work hard striving for absolute perfection in their concerts from the simplest to the most difficult music. They performed at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and 2009 with their director, Terry Maddox. In addition to performing two concerts per year, and a free “Messiah” concert, members volunteer and perform mini-concerts, at no charge, throughout the year at such functions as the Fairhope Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, book signings and at various events in and around Baldwin County. All donations received at the “Messiah” concert” go to support of the Edna Traccarella Scholarship Fund which began in 1996 and continues today. The organization’s Edna Traccarella Scholarship Fund supports a competition for high school students with awards of $300, $400 and $500 to assist students in furthering their vocal studies. ESCS also makes monetary contributions of $250-$500 each to several local high school’s music programs each year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Singing in the choir for the past 12 years and serving as Vice President.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Like them to perform in larger venues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The joy of singing with such a professional group of people who love music as much as I do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

This is a friendly organization and all get along well. There are end-of-the- semester socials and potluck dinners to start the new year. The director, Terry Maddox, drives the singers hard for perfection in music, yet instills some humor so it is fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a concert hall in this community where the choir could rehearse and hold concerts. (They rely on local churches) Purchase good sound equipment and more music. Hire full orchestra for the concerts.

Ways to make it better...

If we had more funds to hire more musicians to accompany the choir in their concerts.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding the funds to continue with the great programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a great organization with lots of wonderful talented people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

As a former, seven year, member of this choral group, I can attest to the quality and quantity of effort this organization expends to provide this community with outstanding choral music. Terry Maddox is an exceptionally talented director and conductor who demands perfection of effort while creating an environmnet of fun and enjoyment. If you desire to develop or improve your singing voice and you enjoy choral music, then here is where you want to be. As for me, I try never to miss their concerts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

formally serving as a singer and since attending their concerts. I learned to read music and developed vocal skills during rehearsals with this group.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

schedule their concerts at larger venues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

singing with a congenial group of people who are dedicated to providing a top quality performance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, courteous, and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sponsor more college scholarships for young singers,purchase a reshearser hall and equipment,and hire a full orchestra for their concerts.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was good. No changes recommended

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a great organization that provides a needed service to this community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

This group has been a life saver for teens in our community who are interested in pursuing voice, since our local public schools have cut chorus. The ESCS has permitted qualified teens to participate in their amazing program, at no cost. Under the direction of Terry Maddox, my teenaged sons music reading & vocal skill have been enhanced to that of collegiate level. I hope everyone will support this very worthwhile organization, who has blessed our community with much joy!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that everyone is so cheerful and willing to help out where ever needed, several have even carpooled my teenager to rehearsals since he can't drive yet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

My wife & I were involved in the choral program at our college & are very pleased with the caliber of leadership on the part of the conductor. This is indeed a fine organization.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Fellowship among the singers & interaction with the director.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Perform in other parts of the country & the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

Over the 68 years of my life I have been involved in singing with various choral groups.As a child I sang in church choirs and glee clubs. Being a pianist and singer, I looked for groups in my adult life that would challenge me through the difficulty of the music as well as the expertise of the conductor. I found such a group in the Eastern Shore Choral Society. Terry Maddox seems to have perfect pitch, which is, at times, scary because he catches all mistakes; and, demanding because he expects the correct notes to take the place of the incorrect ones. The caliber of the singers is at a high level and most are teaching, accompanying, or conducting in their own right. All members pay $45.00 per semester for the privilege of singing in this chorale but this amount does not cover all the items in our budget. I have heard nothing but compliments after our concerts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the high level of talent among the volunteer singers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

After a career that contained no opportunity for song, I was delighted to find such an inspiring yet challenging organization. To think that the group can not only work with the director to achieve a very acceptable presentation, but that we can succeed at providing, through donations and attendance at our two yearly recitals, scholarship funds for young people, is a wonderful end result at this time of life. I am so pleased to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely helpful and encouraging. My concerns about becoming involved were cheerfully eliminated, allowing me to be confident enough to give this a try even though I hadn't been involved in choral participation for many years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

Being a newcomer to the Eastern Shore area, I was thrilled to know there was a choral society such as the Eastern Shore Choral Society. The programs presented are chocked full of diverse selections presented by such an enthusiastic and talented choir. Also, each year a young talented performer is recognized and performs. I look forward to each performance which adds such a cultural flavor to our area.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated to the choir and have worked very hard to make each performance a meaningful experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

This is a great organizaton. A good variety of music, great fun and fellowship. If you like to sing, come and join them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Scholarships for young people pursuing their desire to study and sing classical music.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 15, 2010

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February 15, 2010

I have been personally edified by participating as a singer/member of the Eastern Shore Choral Society for several years since my retirement. The opportunity to be a part of this group has helped me pursue a hobby (singing) which makes me happy and brings joy to the lives of others. Our director and all of the members work very hard to produce an excellent performance for our community twice a year and at the same time encourage young people by offering scholarships which reward talent and hard work.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excited, helpful, energetic, focused, and able to complete the work at hand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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