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Choral Spectrum is an ensemble of 20-25 experienced singers whose mission is to master and present varied choral literature for enrichment and enjoyment.  Outreach is also an important component of the Choral Spectrum mission.

Originally formed as Oberlin Community Chamber Singers in 1966, the group was under the direction of Carol Longsworth for almost all of the years from 1967 through 2002.  In 1996 it was decided that the group would benefit from a more appropriate name, as singers were being drawn from a larger geographic area.  Since the group performs a wide spectrum of musical styles, the title Choral Spectrum was selected.

The Choral Spectrum singers enjoy challenging music: classical repertoire, madrigals, spirituals, folk music, newly commissioned works (sample Charity and Love (<|) written by Alice Parker for Choral Spectrum), jazz, and music with instruments.  Especially noted for creative programming, the singers often offer theme concerts, concerts with dialogue or costumes, collaborative performances with dancers or other choirs, and feature music often neglected in others' typical concert programs: music by women composers, African American composers or Jewish composers.

Choral Spectrum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.  In May 1996, Choral Spectrum moved into an office space in The New Union Center for the Arts, 39 S. Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio.  For the first time, correspondence, promotional activities, fundraising, planning, mailings, etc., as well as music storage, began taking place in one location!  This has improved efficiency and the cooperation with other arts organizations also housed in the New Union Center has offered new opportunities for collaborations and more creative networking.

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Leading Choral Spectrum since 2002, Dr. Ted S. Williams, Music Director, studied at Lindenwood College, Ohio University (BA Summa Cum Laude), Cleveland State University (Master of Music in Choral Conducting), and Kent State University (Ph. D. in Music Education).  Ted retired after teaching 35 years primarily in the Vermilion Schools as vocal music specialist for grades 5 through 12, drama advisor and director of the school musical.  He is active locally in community theater productions as an actor, vocal diretor and director, and currently serves on the board of Lorain Community Music Theater.  Ted is also Director of Music at United Church of Christ in Vermilion, OH.

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