The Michael O’Neal Singers ended its 20th Season with a tremendously enjoyable and successful concert on May 22. With nearly 1500 persons in attendance it was a great way to conclude what has been a thrilling and satisfying season. Our overall theme has been CELEBRATE! We have celebrated the future (with guest high school ensembles), celebrated the season (holiday music with the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet), celebrated our community (Messiah Sing-Along), celebrated artistic genius (Mozart Requiem) and celebrated musical theatre (one hundred years of song).
One constant that I have experienced throughout this year has been a series of congratulatory remarks regarding my contributions to the success of the season, and even for our entire twenty years as an ensemble. While I have appreciated the compliments, I do not for a moment consider myself to be the chief cause of our success. Instead, our success has been the result of a shared dream to accomplish something collectively that we could never achieve individually. The wondrous aspect of this (as far as I am concerned) is that while we have sought to achieve something as a group, there has also been such a large degree of individual growth and satisfaction achieved as well.
As I have observed the commitment made this year by the MOS singers, staff, board, and supporters, I have been humbled. It has reminded me that there are hundreds of people who want us to succeed and are willing to work to see it happen. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our success this season, as well as in past seasons. It is a pleasure and a privilege to renew my commitment to MOS at this time and I look forward to many more years of making music with an organization for which I have such admiration and affection.