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I was listening to NPR this morning (Xmas morn) and caught part of the Saint Olaf Christmas Festival. This college has several choral groups (five or six that I know of), and it has had this concert tradition for over one hundred years.

They sang, at the closing as they do every year, the setting "Beautiful Savior," slightly different from the one "Doc" Dryden led every year. (I heard they tweaked it in order to extend the copyright) It was a while since I had heard it, and it brought back a lot of memories.

It made me think of how lucky I was to be in a school district where we were gradually being prepared for concert singing by all of those teachers over the years, culminating in the work Doc did. I was very, very fortunate to have learned so much from Doc during my time at BHS.

I wonder how many of the Concert Choir of 1964 are still standing!

My big regret is that he died a short time after that, and I never got the chance to go back and thank him. Because of Doc, I have sung with choirs in many places. I've been part of concerts of the Bach Christmas Oratorio, Brahms' German Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth, Orff's Carmina Burana, and a lot of others. Because of his training methods, my abilities were developed to their fullest, and I had opportunities I doubt I would otherwise have had.

So, if you can read this, Doc, Thank you, God bless you, and Merry Christmas!

Clearing up things after my Mom died recently, it turns out my parents owned two adjoining lots in the North Side Cemetery. Mom and Dad do not need them, and we would like to find anyone who might be able to use them.
If anyone is interested, feel free to contact me at
I am sure we can work something out.
For those not interested, I apologize if this inconveniences you. I just assumed this is a good place to reach a lot of people with connections to Butler.
Jim Oppenheimer, BHS '64

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