The Choir’s Mission is to promote harmony through the joy of singing, sharing of song, and presentation of scholarships to area young people seeking careers in music.
Oconomowoc Community Choir History
Sherman Leatherberry came up with the idea to form a community choir over 20 years ago. 75 people showed up for the first rehearsal to have fun singing! Sherman, Rod Rahn and Anne Stolz served as choir co-directors at the start. (They alternated directing over the years.) Many of the founding members were from Oconomowoc, and the name Oconomowoc Community Chorus (later changed to Choir) stuck. Despite the name, the choir is not sponsored by the city, nor is membership limited to Oconomowoc residents (although rehearsals are held in Oconomowoc.)
Rod Rahn passed away and in 1996 his family made an endowment to the choir for scholarship purposes. That necessitated the formation of a formal non-profit corporation. On October 1996 the choir became incorporated as a not-for-profit non-stock organization in Wisconsin. It is organized exclusively as a charitable and educational body according to IRS Section 501(c)(3) to foster an appreciation of music through performances and sponsoring music scholarships.
Anne Stolz has stepped down from our podium so that she could have more family time, but she still sings with the choir. We are honored to have Sherman Leatherberry serving as the choir’s director and Arlys Sobel as our Associate Director. And, most of all, we’re honored to have our members and supporters with us to continue weaving the song of Main Street America’s community choruses and choirs.