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Welcome to our June 5, 2021 Concert!

Welcome to Out Loud Chorus' first ever outdoor concert! This past year has been a challenge for the performing arts, but Out Loud was determined to stay together and find ways to make music you could enjoy. So as concert time came near and indoor venues were not an option, we were excited and encouraged about singing together, as a whole choir once again in the glorious outdoors.

Tonight we present Out of the Closet. A light hearted take on.......our clothes! So grab your cowboy hat, get out your boogie shoes, or kinky boots, wearing your strongest suit and shout 'I'm coming out' to Vogue.

So, here we are at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. It should prove to be a very fun night . We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it.

Annie Withers, Out Loud President

The Music

I’m Coming Out
Music & Lyrics by Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers, arr. Gene Gaunt
soloists: Erica Ashe, soprano & Michelle Mormul, soprano

Boogie Shoes
Music & Lyrics by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, arr. Kirby Shaw

Finishing the Hat
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Paul Clark, tenor

Sea of Cowboy Hats
Music & Lyrics by Chely Wright, Dale Dodson, Jimmy Melton, arr. Gene Gaunt
soloist: Tom Patrick, bass
Braden DeWeese, violin

Second Hand Rose
Music by James F. Hanley & Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Amanda Bynum, soprano

My Strongest Suit
Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
borrowed from the library of Tecumseh High School
the Sopranos and Altos of Out Loud
soloist: Tyree Cowell, soprano

Clothed With the Sun
Music & Lyrics by Arthur Durkee
Arthur Durkee, tenor

Music & Lyrics by Madonna & Shep Pettibone, arr. Andy Beck

The Lady in Red
Music & Lyrics by Chris De Burgh
MaryEllen Cain, soprano

Coat of Many Colors
Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton, arr. Rob Bradley
the Tenors & Basses of Out Loud
soloist: Tim Hamann, tenor

Put On Your Sunday Clothes
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman, arr. Mac Huff
Trisha Miller, soprano
Sandy Lambert, alto
Tom Williams, baritone
Tim Howley, piano

Kinky Boots Medley
Music & Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, arr. Andy Beck
Soloists: Amy Advey, alto
Josie Dykstra, soprano
Kevin Werner, baritone
Matthew Linden, tenor
Amber Music, tenor

The People Making this Happen

Tracy Bennett
Sara Box
Amanda Bynum
MaryEllen Cain
Tyree Cowell
Josie Dykstra
Cinda Hocking
Trisha Miller
Michelle Mormul
Holly Preston
Angie Sanchez
Sarah Snay
Laura Wallace
Alessandra Ward
Abby Weisberger

Amy Advey
Patricia Anderson
Ariana Joy Arlen
Erica Ashe
Morgan Benjamin
Callie Dendrinos
Lisa Groh
Vicky Hover
Sandy Lambert
Amy Skrent
Jennifer Skwarski
Amy Snow-Schell
Lorrel Sullivan
Annie Withers

Lucy Binns
Paul Clark
Arthur Durkee
Jackson Friese
Tim Hamann
Mark Jagner
Matthew Linden
Amber Music
Lisa Nichols
Ken Saldanha
Mary Wagner

Doug Dormer
Gene Gaunt
Jon Hoffman
Brad O'Conner
Tom Patrick
Sun Chao
Kevin Werner
Tom Williams

Non-Singing Members
Diane Connaughton
Jennica Dotson
Jessica Gowing
Tim Howley
Julianna Jackowski
AJ Jeffries
Rosalie Matta
John Morgan
Kathleen Mozak-Betts
Becca Ritter
Beth Simmert
Kristin Warzyniec
George Micah Woods
Kristen Zuri

Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Annie Withers
TREASURER: Tom Williams
SECRETARY: Jennica Dotson
PUTTING ON A SHOW: Tim Hamann & Callie Dendrinos
RUNNING A CHOIR: Jon Hoffman & Brad O’Conner

SCRIPT: Lisa Nichols
POSTER ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN: Arthur Durkee & Abby Weisberger
CONCERT DRESS / COSTUMES: Jennifer Skwarski & VIcky Hover
WEBMASTER: Layla Ananda

Thank you!

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts
For the sponsorship of Out Loud through an Operational Support Grant.

Trinity Lutheran Church
For hosting our rehearsals, including letting us use their outdoor space when we needed to adjust this year.

Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
For the use of this fantastic outdoor space to safely perform in tonight. And in particular to Jessica Black for coordinating this with us.

Nightingale Media
Nelson Gast and his team continue to make us look and sound good with professionalism and style beyond our wildest dreams.

Gene Gaunt
SPECIAL thanks to our own Gene Gaunt for arranging two of the songs in this concert. This show would not have been possible without his impressive talent.

Darin DeWeese
Artistic Director

Darin is a native Michigander who grew up in the historic, picturesque town of Marshall. With an immense love for choral music, Darin followed his passion for singing to Michigan State University where he completed his Bachelor’s in Music Education. Following his time at MSU Darin served as the Director of Vocal Music at Tecumseh High School where he taught for seven years. During his time in Tecumseh, his choirs performed both locally and regionally, receiving numerous awards including being selected to perform at the prestigious Michigan Youth Arts Festival in 2017. As a singer, Darin has performed at major venues in the United States and abroad including Carnegie Hall, The Detroit Opera House, the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Miami, and has performed contracts with Celebrity Cruises. Darin currently sings on staff at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills and recently completed a residency at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England. Aside from music, Darin and his husband, Joey, reside in Sylvan Lake, Michigan where he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews, being on the lake, and gardening.

John Morefield

John has just completed the first year of his Master's program in Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan. His undergraduate areas of study included music education, composition, conducting, and prior to that: playing Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute band for 12 years. An Illinois native, before moving to Ann Arbor he accompanied the Woodstock Community Choir, and is thrilled to be able to play for Out Loud in his new town. In addition to playing the piano he enjoys his podcasts, his cat, his (soon-to-be) wife, and a cold beer. John expresses the most sincere gratitude to Out Loud for welcoming him into such a dedicated community of music-lovers.

Colette Jacobsen

Music is a life-long love and hobby for Colette Jacobsen, also known as “CJ”. At age 7, she built a cardboard guitar with rubber bands in an effort to get started. Her mother, a classically trained pianist, agreed to pay for lessons – as long as it was classical guitar and not “loud rock music”. So at age 10, CJ began studying classical guitar with Rick Ruskin at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music in Michigan. Eventually, she switched to acoustic and electric guitar. Her early gigs included playing in high school bands and travelling the country supporting choirs and musical productions. While in college she played guitar at coffee shops, in wedding bands, and for stage bands supporting university theatre. CJ has since learned to play bass, ukulele, banjo, and mandolin. Since 2011, she has played guitar and bass for the Sing Out Detroit Chorus. Last year, she played bass for the Matt Shevrin Jazz Quartet in Ann Arbor. CJ works in IT Management at GM, but her love for music keeps her busy jamming with musical buddies in the area. She lives in Madison Heights with her wife, Laura. CJ has enjoyed Out Loud’s concerts from the audience and is excited to be joining them onstage tonight!

Edie Herrold

Bassist and composer Edie Herrold has been performing professionally since the mid-1970's. She first played at the National Women's Music Festival in 1978 and the Michigan Women's Music Festival in 1980 with the Milwaukee-based jazz-rock band Breakwater and returned to both festivals several times with The Washington Sisters, with whom she also performed around the US and in Canada, and to the National twice to perform works by Kay Gardner. Herrold holds a Master in Music in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami (FL), and owns her own music composition and production company, Edie Herrold Soundtracks ( As co-leader of The Herrold/Gordon Small Band, she recorded and produced a CD of original music, "Think BIG," and performed at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, the Firefly Club, the Detroit Institute of Art, Del Rio, and Ann Arbor's Top of the Park festival. Aside from freelance gigs on acoustic and electric basses (including a recent stint with the Ann Arbor Civic Theater's production of "Cabaret"), Herrold works part-time at the University of Michigan Hospital as a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP™-a provider of therapeutic music at bedside).

Tamara Perkuhn

Tamara’s drumming career has spanned more than 30 years. She has played in bands of many genres including; big band swing, country, R&B, jazz, blues and rock. At 18 she was hired by the Continental Theatre Company and toured the U.S. for 6 months. Her early adult years were spent in the Kansas City area where she played with many local folk/rock musicians which led to her first studio experience in 1983. In 1989 Tamara left her home state of Kansas to train as an audio engineer at The Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts (aka Full Sail University) in Orlando, Florida. This career change brought her to Michigan where she worked in the recording industry for 10 years at Ron Rose Productions in Southfield, Michigan. She was also part of an all female R&B band, “Bonnie and the Working Girls” which played regularly in the Detroit metro area. More recently she played in a blues and rock band “Tracy Mack and the Magic Land Band” In November Tamara started a new project, an 8 piece, small band playing jazz, latin and pop tunes. She also plays for Metro Detroit’s “Sing Out Detroit” Choir.

Dayne G.

Dayne G. is an actor, teacher, presenter, director, or rather a performer. A diverse and wide ranging career has taken him from LA to NYC, North/ South America and Asia. However, given current circumstances, he’s most looking forward to hosting Out Loud Chorus’s first live, in person, choral performance of 2021 after successfully hosting the OLC livestream in January. Hailing from the University of Michigan’s prestigious Theatre program he is proud to be back, keeping it local here in Washtenaw County.