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Carol with the OP Singers

The sounds of the OP Singers have been a beloved part of the holiday merriment at UCOP for 34 years.

Willie Archie directed the OP Singers for nearly all of those 34 years. He retired earlier this year after 40 years of service at UCOP as university research security manager. He’s coming out of retirement to conduct the OP Singers for the 2010 season.

And the OP Singers are looking for carolers! They welcome more singers this year – their 35th – especially sopranos.

Be a part of UCOP’s holiday tradition and join this harmonious group. Contact Charlotte Strem, interim director, Physical and Environmental Planning, at (510) 987-0113 or, for details or to book the group for your office holiday party this year.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Franklin Building, Room 6113 (except Thanksgiving week, when practice is on Monday, Nov 22).

2010 rehearsals

Franklin Building, Room 6113, from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 17
  • Monday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving week)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1 – tentative, may be rescheduled
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8

OP Singers carol at Holiday Party

You can look forward to an expanded repertoire this season. Catch the OP Singers on Dec. 15 from 8-9 a.m. in the Franklin Building lobby and during the Holiday Party from 2:30-4:30 p.m on various floors of the Franklin Building.

The OP Singers also sing for office parties. “Feed us, we’ll come,” Strem says.

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