Resolution J300-2013

Honoring the Octavo Singers upon the occasion of celebrating their 80th Anniversary



  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring the Octavo Singers upon the occasion of
celebrating their 80th Anniversary

WHEREAS, The State of  New  York  takes  great  pride  in  acknowledging
significant  milestones  in  the distinguished histories of its esteemed
entities; and
  WHEREAS, Octavo Singers will celebrate its 80th Anniversary throughout
2013; and
  WHEREAS, The chorus was  originally  formed  with  funds  through  the
federal Works Progress Administration (WPA); and
  WHEREAS, Members enjoyed singing as a way to alleviate the many diffi-
culties of the Great Depression; and
  WHEREAS,  When  WPA  funds ran out, Octavo Singers was formed by those
members who wished to continue singing; and
  WHEREAS, There were 50 founding members of all backgrounds; some  were
professionally trained singers; and
  WHEREAS,  The  first  director of the Octavo Singers was Gordon Mason,
who led the group from the 1933-1934 season until the 1969-1970  season;
  WHEREAS,  George G. Moross assumed leadership until his untimely death
in 2010; he introduced orchestral accompaniment to the performances,  as
well  as  lesser-known  works  and  commissioned  compositions  by local
composers Thomas Savoy, Cici Hunt, Joseph Orietas,  and  Brian  Hoffman;
  WHEREAS, Curtis Funk has served as director since March of 2011; and
  WHEREAS,  Octavo  Singers  has  a  long  and  distinguished history of
providing high quality performances for the community;  now,  therefore,
be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the Octavo Singers upon the occasion of  their  80th  Anniversary;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Curtis Funk, Director, Octavo Singers.


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