Welcome to the oldest choral organization in Sussex County! We are delighted that you may be considering joining our group. We hope that you will find much joy in sharing our love of music and song, as we strive to present high-quality choral music to the community.
We have all heard the old adage: “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Well, a chorus is only good when it is well rehearsed and has a cohesive sound. In order to achieve a unified, harmonious sound, it is most important that our members make every effort to attend all of the rehearsals. We ask that each member miss no more than 4 rehearsals per semester. We want all of our members to have the best experience possible.
Rehearsals & Participation
Women wear a floor length, Empire waist, navy blue gown with a scoop neck, three quarter
sleeves and inverted front pleats for a soft look in the front. There is a small sash which ties in
the back for easy adjustment. It is made of a soft, performance knit fabric which is both
comfortable to wear and easy to care for.
Women are asked to provide closed toed shoes and simple jewelry ( earrings and necklace )to finish this elegant look. The gowns are purchased through the Oratorio Society from Formal Fashions Inc. at a cost of $60 for each member. The Oratorio Society covers all shipping and any extra cost Formal Fashions Inc. charges for larger sizes.
Men wear a black, two button blazer and navy blue satin bow tie matching the womens'
gowns.The blazer’s buttons are a burnished gold color. The blazer and bow tie are purchased
through the Oratorio Society from Formal fashions Inc. for $60 for each member. The Oratorio
Society will cover both shipping and any extra cost Formal Fashions Inc. charges for larger
sizes. The men will provide a white shirt, black pants and black shoes.
All member of the choir are required to have a 3-ring black binder to hold their music .
We are a friendly group and love to get together to socialize and share good food and fellowship. We usually try to have a winter party, schedules and weather permitting, and we almost always have a summer picnic. Friendship and fun are just two of the “perks” of being a Sussex County Oratorio member – along with the joy of making music together.
Officers, Directors and Staff for 2021/2022
Artistic Director/Conductor Jeanette Hile
Assistant Artistic Director Mike Spoer
Accompanist Thomas Molessa
President Tom Yates 201-400-3317
Vice President Kathleen Marshall
Treasurer Gary Hogue II
Recording Secretary Colleen Tosti
Corresponding Secretary Linda-Jean Euler
Artistic Director Jeanette Hile
At Large Alicia Cruz
At Large Don Rutsch
Librarian Mike Spoer