The THIRTEENTH issue of our Orpheus newsletter. Please RSVP for our Summer Garden Party. A new event this season!
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Yours In Song - Issue No. 13

August 2018

Greetings Members of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia!

It has already been a busy summer for some of our luckiest members. See details below and important information about the upcoming 147th Orpheus Club Season.

This issues will cover the following topics:

OC Late Summer Garden Party

Noon - 4:00pm, Hill Physick House, 321 S. 4th Street, Society Hill

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Your newly-elected Officers and Board have decided that it would be fun to have an informal get together of Singing and Associate Members at the end of the summer. We will welcome the new OC season and share summer stories, instead of waiting until the Christmas Concert to finally say hello in the new season. So we have planned a party in the garden of Hill-Physick House.

Space will be limited, so reserve now, if you want to join us for this inaugural event. Cancellations may be made 3 days prior to the event without charge. 
Click here to RSVP for the Event
Food and beverages will be provided (yes, a bar!) as well as singing of course. 
Attire: Relaxed Garden Party
Cost: $55/per person

We will have a tent to ensure this event is rain or shine!
Please email OC Picnic Chairman Peter Bretschger at to RSVP for this new event.
Click here to RSVP for the Event

OC Trip to Italy

Orpheus Club is Associate Members' Passport to a World of Music

By John C. Gregory, Jr.

Real Italian pizza ...10 Euros
Bellini at Harry's Bar in Venice ... 22 Euros
Share a gondola ride with friends ... 60 Euros
Going to the Vatican to hear the Orpheus Club perform for a Mass at St Peter's Basilica: PRICELESS!

This is the second time Marlou and I have traveled with the Orpheus Club (the first being Cuba last year), and I can say without equivocation that being an Associate Member of Orpheus has truly been our passport to a world of music. How fortunate for us to be included ... to be a part of the Orpheus experience that far too few have experienced to date. Sure, there are the wonderful concerts and the Revels performances we all love throughout the year, but these travel opportunities inevitably have exceeded every expectation. Not only have the tours been well conceived and expertly executed, but to witness the Orpheus on international stage is beyond compare.

As Associate Members of Orpheus, we are all music lovers. To travel with Orpheus to Italy or Cuba is to experience music as the universal language. It is often the case where neither the local hosts nor many club members speak each other’s languages, but once the music starts, smiles come to the faces of all present as the music speaks to each of us in its own language. I think I can safely speak for all the Associate Members when I say we have witnessed absolutely magical moments where either the Orpheus singers have again made a strong musical impression or the Alfred James Band has achieved yet another crescendo or intensity of performance that just blows everyone away!

I am sure there will be another opportunity for Associate Members to enjoy other travel experiences with the Orpheus Club.  I urge each and every one of you to not miss that opportunity when it arises.   Not only will you get to visit a distant land, but you will long remember the camaraderie enjoyed and shared by singing and Associate members alike as we share the Orpheus experience.

In each instance where Orpheus or the Alfred James Band performed, in a church at a Mass or otherwise, the wave of applause was immediate and heartfelt.  As the Priest said in the only English used during a Mass said all in Latin at St Peter's Basilica, "We thank the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia for their performance!".  We, as Associate Members, applaud the Orpheus leadership for their vision and thank those responsible for making this all possible, not the least of which is Alfred Goodrich.

Bravo, Orpheus! Ciao Grazie!

Key Dates for the 147th Season

OCQC Moved to the Fall

In considering all the other commitments on the annual calendar, your Club Officers and Board believe that we will see even more spirited competition for the fifth annual Associate-judged Orpheus Club Quartet Contest (OCQC5) by moving the beloved event to the fall. As many of our Revelers are key contestants in this event, having it before the Revels season will make a huge impact for the participants. 

The winning quartet will be featured at our (2 night) Mid-Winter Concert at the Union League. See the November date, below

2018-2019 Season Dates

End of Summer Garden Party
Sunday, September 9

OCQC5 Finals
Saturday, November 10

Christmas Concert at The Academy of Music
Wednesday, December 12

Twelfth Night Revels
Last weekend in January, and the first two weekends in February

Mid-Winter Concerts at the Union League
Wed & Thurs, March 6 & 7

Spring Concert at Verizon Hall
Wednesday, May 8

Stay tuned for dates of other events that will be scheduled throughout the year!

Orpheus Club Travels

Ahoy, Bermuda

The 2019 Orpheus Cruise to Bermuda will set sail on July 8, 2019 and return Sunday, July 14th. Prices start as low as $1,450 per person (double occupancy) and will include a private cocktail party every night at sea. 

Space IS limited so consider making your reservation now. Call Celebrity Cruise’s Groups Department at 888-717-4907. Please reference our group name “Songs of the Sea” and our Group ID#: 6354659. We recommend you select the “complimentary drink option” when you sign up. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Cruise Director, Win Dougherty at or by phone at 610-952-1926.    

If you have any newsworthy items for the membership, please pass them along, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Jonathan (, Lawrence Choi ( ) or myself ( if you have any questions or suggestions.

Yours In Song,
Tim Ratner
Newsletter Editor
C: 267.255.7400 E:

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