66 years old
After retiring in 2004 from my editing and publishing business, I embraced singing, which has been a lifelong avocation. Of the musical organizations I've sung with, the most recent is the Sierra Community Chorus (now the Placer Pops Chorale), of which I was president during most of the period 2004-2011. Now my passion is to promote local performing arts. I started the Placer Performance Calendar (www.perfcal.com) in 2009 to document all the public performing arts events in South Placer County and Folsom (covering some 100 organizations). In September 2011, I started the Sacramento Choral Calendar (www.sacchoralcalendar.com) to document the activities of the 70 independent and college-affiliated choruses in the greater Sacramento area.
Here’s more evidence that there are angels among us. The Threshold Choir is a nationwide network of choirs, almost exclusively of women, whose purpose is to “bring ease and comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying.” At the heart of their work is singing at bedsides, in harmony and in groups of two to four, at the invitation of family and caregivers. They say that a typical session lasts 20 minutes, with many of the songs composed by Choir members themselves. The songs are non-religious, but spiritual nonetheless, and designed to give rest and comfort. In the Sacramento area there are three Threshold Choirs: in Davis, Placerville, and Woodland. They meet twice a month t
After dressing, that is. Maybe it’s time for you and that mellow voice of yours to forget about dreams of American Idol, and apply your talent to something less ambitious, but still highly rewarding: singing with a chorus. With the holiday performance season fast approaching, there are 70 independent and college-affiliated choruses in the greater Sacramento area that are looking for singers. A few want near-professional-quality singers, but the great majority are just looking for someone who can carry a tune. In many cases they don’t expect you to read music or have previous choral experience. There are men’s groups, women’s groups, and mixed choruses, and about one-third of them sp