Paul Browne Patterson followed his love of music to create the Sandusky Choral Society in 1936. With the help of fellow music lovers and director Elmer Frank, the society has remained afloat for 73 years.
The Choral Society averages 50 singers per concert, performing two concerts in December and two in the spring. Along with Sandusky performances, the Society also performs in Port Clinton and Bellevue.
Singers come from Sandusky, Castalia, Bellevue, Huron, Port Clinton, Norwalk, Wakeman and Monroeville.
In the 1950s and '60s, the group was known for its performance of Handel's "Messiah." The Society has a tradition of performing more classical music.
The director is William K. Kraus, who is directing for his 33rd year. The accompanist is James. E. Gardner. Past directors and accompanists have played an important role in the success of the society.
No auditions are required to join. The singers meet at 7 p.m. every Monday in the choir room of Sandusky High School.