Calling All Orphs!

This year, the Staples Orphenians celebrate 50 years as an elite singing group.  Director Alice Lipson is planning a special event for June 6.  Highlights will include the traditional invitation to all alumni to sing “Ride the Chariot” — and the appearance of Orphenians founder Dr. George Weigle. He will guest-conduct the penultimate “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

To make this extra-special, the word must spread far and wide to former Orphs.  There are hundreds of old (and less-old) singers to locate.

In addition, Lipson is looking for programs from 1961 through 1965, 1967-68, 1971, 1974-75, 1982, 1984, 1993, 1997 and 1999.

Also:  photos from any year.

Please send contact information, programs and photos to Alice Lipson, c/o Staples High School, 70 North Ave., Westport, CT 06880.  Her email is

Save the date:  Sunday, June 6.  A reception in the Staples auditorium lobby at 6 p.m. will precede the 7:30 concert.

Start rehearsing now!

The 2009-10 Staples High School Orphenians.

2 responses to “Calling All Orphs!

  1. Thank you so much for posting this info, Dan. I was fortunate to be an Orph in 70 and 71 and I can send this to a few I’ve reconnected with on Facebook. It’s way up there in my favorite high school experiences and for a chance to see Mr. Weigle again, I’m there. Sorta like playing soccer with your championship team again, if you know what I mean. I may even have a program for Alice. Thanks again.

    • Pamela Stavenger Nash

      This sounds so fun – Margaret turned me on to your blog – will try to get the word out to any contacts I might have!