Liberty Community Chorus Singer Spotlight
1. When did you join the LCC?
I believe it was the Fall of 2011, which means I am ready to begin my tenth year.
2. Where did you grow up?
Macon MO, 60 miles north of Columbia
3. Tell us about your family – are you married, single, any children?
My wife Randa and I have been married for 40 years and we have three grown children. Sara will be 36 this month, and she has worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital for 11+ years. Adam is 33 and has a Masters in Religious Studies, has been working as a sous-chef at a catering company and is looking for a new career coming out of the pandemic. Cameron is 28 and owns a men’s clothing store in the Crossroads called East & West, and has been married to Liz for 6 years.
4. What is (or was) your professional career?
I was in banking for 9 years, and have been in sales in the art, craft, and framing industries for 33 years. I am currently the National Sales Manager for Speedball Art Products and hope to complete my career with them.
5. Tell us about your choral experiences. What choirs have you sang with? Are you currently singing with other choirs?
I sang in my church choir early on and sang in the concert choir in high school the one year it didn’t conflict with concert or jazz band. I have sung in my church choir at Bethel UCC for 40 years, and my wife & I are the contemporary song leaders, which we often open our service with. We have had a barbershop quartet (or sextet, etc.) off and on at church, which I also enjoy.
6. Besides choral music, what other styles of music do you enjoy?
Many, many other styles, except opera. Big band jazz is at the top of my list. The horn bands of the 70’s and 80’s, like Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Tower of Power; and Maynard Ferguson. The great singing country acts, like Vince Gill, Rascal Flats, Lady Antebellum, & Chris Stapleton. Great solo performers like: James Taylor, Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, and Tony Bennett.
7. What has been your favorite or most memorable LCC concert or song?
Favorite song: Amazing Grace, with bag pipes and field drum at Gano or the Community of Christ Temple. Favorite concert: Patriotic – because our audience enjoyed it so much!
8. Do you play any musical instruments?
Saxophones, but I own and play mostly an alto. I was an instrumental music major for two years and then changed to business and decided to enjoy music as an important hobby rather than a career.
9. What are your hobbies or interests other than singing?
When we retire, Randa and I want to take some extended vacations, mostly to European countries, but possibly to include Asia and Australia. I also want to play in a jazz combo, which I did for a few years a while back. I would also like to join a community theatre group. I am an avid golfer and sports enthusiast. I intend to read much more than I do right now.
10.What is your favorite food or dessert?
A juicy, thick ribeye steak. Desserts – all pies and cobblers, but especially banana cream and pumpkin pies.
11.Do you have any pets? What kind and how many?
We have two 70lb. dogs, a male and a female. Cassius is almost 13 and a shepherd mix, with a brown coat and a black face. We tell him that he is the best dog ever and we all believe it! Mila is a pure-bred husky, is about four, and although she is very sweet, she drives us a little crazy with her digging and desire to run!
12.If you could have dinner with your favorite musician, singer, composer from any time period, who would be?
Vince Gill, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, and Aaron Copland.