Ellen, Soprano Ones
Music has been foundational in my life (my dad ran a music store and my mother gave piano lessons). My involvement with music has been more varied. Two years ago I joined a church choir and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed singing in an a capella choir in college.
After I attended a Tucson Women's Chorus concert last spring, I thought it would be a wonderful experience to sing with a women's chorus as I had done in High School. The experience has been a challenge and a joy. As Soprano 1 section leader, I hope to encourage and support the musicianship, as well as the healing singing together can bring.
Leslie, Soprano Ones
I was a late bloomer as a singer. In elementary school through high school, I took a few piano lessons and played a clarinet. After college, I taught elementary school on the Navajo reservation and the Tohono O'odham reservation. Most of the primary grade teachers taught the kids one or two songs a month to enrich the language arts program and/or for them to sing in a program. One of the teachers had a book of children's songs in Navajo that we used. I can still remember how to sing in Navajo one song about herding sheep. Singing with the kids boosted my confidence in singing and I thought maybe someday I'd like to sing with a group.
After I retired, a friend noticed how I was always humming or singing. She referred me to another friend of hers who was in the Tucson Women's Chorus. I joined the chorus and was amazed by the camaraderie and joy of singing I found with this community of women.
Lori Gal, Soprano Twos
My music career began when my grandmother told me she would pay for piano lessons or ballet class and it was my choice.
I majored in piano at Texas Tech where I met my husband, David, also a pianist and a composer.
After teaching piano for 10 years and general music in the Amphitheater School district for 21 years, I retired in 2020 and sorely needed a new musical outlet.
TWC has been a bright addition to my life and I can’t wait for the new season to start!
Lenore Ballen, Alto Ones
My first experience with Tucson Women’s Chorus was hearing my friends singing at the fall concert in 2022. What caught my attention was the theme, diverse repertoire, and how much fun everyone seemed to have.
As I was drawn to join the chorus, I have since fallen in love with the jovial director, the fun people, and how focusing on new music challenged me, bringing me more attention and presence in the world.
I feel a sense of community with the choir members as a result of the opportunities for coffee gatherings, potlucks, and sometimes extra rehearsals as needed. This group has totally enriched my life!
Rhishja, Alto Twos
I moved to Tucson in 2016 from the San Francisco North Bay. I reconnected with my passion for singing and joined the Tucson Women's Chorus in Spring 2023. In addition to singing, I enjoy experimenting with ambient electronica.
Singing with the TWC provides me with spiritual nourishment and a path to healing. I love to sing and make beautiful music with my singing sisters!