The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (FWCC) hosted its 5th Annual Do Re Mi: A Dinner and Music Review on Saturday, February 3, 2018, in the International Ballroom on the IPFW campus. Over 260 people attended this event, which introduces attendees to the organization’s greatest asset: the professionally trained singers of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. Over 300 children are involved in the choir’s programs and participate in dozens of performances each year that reach a live audience of thousands.
New this year and to recognize supporters who go above and beyond to nurture our organization, FWCC established an annual award that was presented at this event. The Irene Ator Choral Excellence Award honors an individual, family, or business in our community that embodies the mission of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir through a lifelong commitment to exemplary choral music education. Recipients of this award are recognized for their devotion to the FWCC as a volunteer, advocate, friend, and mentor, leading by example and exhibiting unwavering dedication to music education.
We are honored to bestow the first award to its namesake, Irene Ator, Artistic Assistant and Principal Accompanist, now in her 17th year with FWCC. Irene is passionate about making beautiful music with our singers, and she finds true joy in collaborating with talented young people. She has enriched the lives of thousands of young singers in our community, not just through her role with FWCC, but as an involved community musician. She supports our mission through her gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and FWCC would not be what it is today without her.
“The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is fortunate to have such an incredible person in Irene Ator,” says Jonathan Busarow, Executive Artistic Director. “I can think of no finer role model for our students than Irene. She embodies our mission to provide a choral music education to all children. I am thankful to her for all that she has given and continues to give the FWCC – financially, emotionally, and musically.”