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Local Singers Celebrate Anniversaries with May Festival Chorus

Earlier this week, The Cincinnati May Festival announced that 22 singers in the all-volunteer May Festival Chorus will celebrate milestone anniversaries as chorus members during this year’s annual May Festival, May 22-23 with concerts at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine and the Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption in Covington.
Celebrating his 30th anniversary in the May Festival Chorus is John Black of Ft. Thomas, a sales professional at Proforma Innovative Solutions Group.   
Monica Wilson of Middletown, Sam Stover of Finneytown (a retired minister), and Spence Ingerson, a nurse residing in Westwood, celebrate their 25th anniversaries in the Chorus.  
The 2015 May Festival marks 20 years of service to the Chorus for Julie Schieve, a reading specialist for Lakota Schools residing in West Chester, Bud Babcock, a project leader for GPA, Inc. residing in Montgomery, Tony Barkley, a musician/teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools residing Downtown, and Michael Merry (retired) of Western Hills.  
The following Chorus members celebrate their tenth anniversaries with the May Festival: Dawn Bruestle, a retired music educator residing in Walnut Hills; Laurie Boisclair, an A/R Specialist with Transworld Systems residing in Kenwood; Cindy Bourgeois, a patient/family advocate for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center residing in Arlington Heights; Kathy Mank, a CPA with Tipton Interests, Inc. residing in Loveland; Braden Mechley, a teacher for St. Xavier High School residing in Hyde Park; and Steve France, a math teacher for Kinds Local Schools residing in Loveland.  
Celebrating their five-year anniversaries are Ruth Hill, an educator with the Kenton County School District residing in Covington; Sara Dorger, a Content Developer with Cengage Learning who resides in Wyoming; Sarah Hamilton, a Service Representative for 4 My Benefits residing in Clifton; Jon Olson, a Retail Support Analyst for U.S. Bank residing in Norwood; Jeffrey Stivers, a Library Service Assistant with Cincinnati Public Library residing in Clifton; Jim Laskey, who works in accounting at Xerox Business Services and resides in Florence; Travis Pierce a student residing in Mt. Healthy; a Content Implementation Director for Cengage Learning residing in Amberley.  
The annual choral festival, under the direction of Music Director James Conlon, dates back 142 years, and features the volunteer May Festival Chorus and the acclaimed Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO).  
Tickets for the 2015 May Festival performances are still available by visiting or calling 513-381-3300. 
Staff report/Photo: May Festival Chorus (provided)