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Mail Tribune 100

July 1, 1916


Next Friday, the 7th of July, the Chautauqua at Ashland, opens with a Rogue River valley musical day. The choruses of Medford and Ashland have been rehearsing for some months past with a view of uniting the singers of the two towns into one large chorus. A joint rehearsal of the two music clubs was held at Medford last Tuesday night, in which a hundred singers and an orchestra of twenty pieces were brought together.

It has been the desire of George Andrews, since opening his studio last winter, not only to improve the singers in individual solo work, but to build up an interest in choral work, in the entire community from Ashland to Grants Pass. He is much encouraged with his initial efforts, and hopes by another year to be able to bring together a chorus of 250 voices for a musical convention, on which occasion some of the best noted musical talent may be engaged to assist the local societies of the valley.

E. C. Root, Carleton Janes and Harry Howell are doing splendid work in bringing together their pupils to unite in one big orchestra, and it is their intention to build this orchestral organization up to thirty or forty members, which will be used not only as an accompaniment for the chorus, but standard overtures, and some of the symphonies will be taken up. The orchestra is composed of musicians from Medford, Talent and Ashland.

A picnic dinner has been arranged for Friday, at which all the musicians and singers are to participate, and concerts at the pavilion in the afternoon and evening.

The program of the afternoon will be interspersed with solo singing by Mrs. Ed Andrews, Miss Geraldine Theiss, Mrs. Gay Childers and Fletcher Fish, also singers from Grants Pass and Ashland. In fact, Friday is to be the big musical day of the Chautauqua, which should receive the encouragement and patronage of all music-lovers of the valley.