A message from Mary Wentsel Pipes, Brea Olinda Choir Booster Club Vice President.
Just a few short weeks ago, BOHS Choir Director Dave Willert returned after recovering from a stroke in May 2012. He could have taken the whole year off to recover, but he has worked really hard to come back just in time for competition season. This past weekend his return was celebrated by our two advanced choirs: Masquerade (Advanced Mixed) and Spellbound (Advanced Women).
Masquerade competed at Bonita Vista on Friday, February 22, and not only had a full sweep, Masquerade won 1st place, Musicianship and Showmanship. Julianne Sexton and Daniel Dwyer won Best Soloists. Marysa Leite won Best Female Performer and all of the Masquerade guys won Best Male Performer! Then on Saturday Spellbound followed their lead with 1st place, best performer: Rachel Gallegos, best solo: Julianne Sexton, music, show! Another sweep! We finished the weekend off at the Brea 8K with an incredible turnout of choir parents and choir students. Our Booster President, Andrea Strom, was the Chair of the Brea 8K Food Court with a record 18 restaurants participating to feed the runners at the "Finest Finish Line in Orange County" and Julianne Sexton from the BOHS Choirs started this exciting race day with her performance of the National Anthem.
We would like to extend a huge debt of gratitude to our Choreographer Doug Kuhl, who worked tirelessly in Dave’s absence as well as Jocelyn Dietsche who did a fabulous job as our interim Choir Director. We can’t imagine anyone who could have done better!
bbonadminSuccessful Author and BOHS Choir Director Dave Willert suffered from a mini-stroke last week. He is expected to make a full recovery within the next few weeks through a stroke rehabilitation plan.
Dave Willert is a family man who also places great emphasis on those friendships he has developed over the years. So, it’s no wonder, there has been an outpour of support from his choir family and the community to help his family during this challenging time and also financially, as a benefit concert to honor Dave is planned on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Dave is a person with great passion and enthusiasm for what he does. He values team work, and does not give his students strict boundaries. He sets a goal and lets them figure out ways to achieve their goals. According to Dave, “Remember the old saying, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink? So true. If the student buys in to what we are doing, they will pursue their challenges with all of the enthusiasm and thinking ability they have available. That is what I want from my students.”
“It takes a team, he says, and that is why we have been so successful over the past 35 years, with no end in sight!” We wish Dave a speedy successful recovery.
Friends of the Brea Olinda Choir are actively raising money to finance their trip to Chicago to compete in FAME National’s in April. Any donation, whether large or small, to help them achieve their goal will be very much appreciated. They also have 250 Breaopoly games left to sell at $25.00 per game. If they sell the remaining Breaopoly games, they will raise about $6,000.00 with the challenging task of raising around $37,000.00.
Photos courtesy of Robin Berkey.