‘Cullman Women Sing’ makes beautiful music

Cullman Women Sing (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Women Sing held its Spring Concert recently at Grace Episcopal Church. The concert was free to the public and one of two for the group this year. The group is directed by Laura Doss and is made up of women from around Cullman County and surrounding areas who share the love of singing.

Doss is adjunct faculty at both Samford University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Cullman native has a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and a Masters of Education. This is her fourth year serving as director.

Doss said, “We began rehearsing the music for this concert in January. The ladies meet once a week and we have a wonderful time.”

Cullman Women Sing will take a short break and begin rehearsals for its Fall Concert near the end of the summer.

The Spring Concert offered a variety of styles including classical, gospel and whimsical. “Duetto buffo di due gatti” (duet for two cats) by Gioachino Rossini was a crowd favorite. Leah and Laura Doss performed the comical piece accompanied by Kristi Warden on piano.

Other featured performances included Clare Bevensee performing Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major” on violoncello, Michael Ostberg providing percussion accompaniment on “Coo Coo Bird” by Alice Parker, Jackie Thrasher on clarinet performing “Meditation from Thais” by Jules Massenet and Kristina Ostberg on flute performing “It is Well with My Soul” by Horatio Spafford.

Cullman Women Sing’s emotional performance of “O Love” by Elaine Hagenberg, accompanied by Warden on piano and Clare Bevensee on violoncello, was spectacular and the favorite of many guests and performers.

Cullman Women Sing members are Marquita Boike, Patti Bostik, Erlene Clark, Lydia Corry, Susan Eddleman, Meg Glover, Marci Green, Julia James, Susan Johnson, Dianne Knight, Debra Laslie, Leah Lewis, Susan McBrayer, Christa McCrorie, Holly McLeod, Kristina Ostberg, Becky Persons, Linda Schgier, Sheila Sizemore, Phyllis Smith, Jaime Styles, Becky tankersley, Jackie Thrasher, Joan von Lehe, Kristi Warden, Melody Westmoreland and Sandy Wilson.

Accompanying throughout the concert on piano was Warden, who recently moved to Cullman. She is also a graduate of Samford as well as The University of North Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Masters of Music in Organ Performance.

For more information, contact Laura Doss at dossfarms@charter.net.

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