Newsletter For Members of The Village Chorale 3-4-2008
Carol Andrews
Vol 1 No 14  March 4, 2008



      Look at your “Celebrate America” program!  Four times you will see the words “Selected solo.”  That means 4 soloists (or groups – ie. duo, trio, quartet) of our 87 members will add their special patriotic magic to our next concert!    Private auditions are set for the first Tuesday of April from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Applied music students from Saddleback College will again be asked to serve as judges and will be looking for good preparation, musical integrity, artistic expression, and stage presence.

      Carol Smith has accepted responsibility for this phase of our performance.  Watch for her instruction sheet so that you will be sure to be ready for your personal audition appointment and for accompaniment instructions.   

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Why is “abbreviation” such a long word?

Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right      to remain silent?

After hearing two eyewitness accounts of the same accident,  

        don’t you begin to wonder about history?



Each singer is VITAL to the success of our concert. 

That is why It is mandatory that every member of the chorale be present at all rehearsals.  The occasions when you may be excused are for death in the family, severest personal illness, and an act of God (earthquake or other disaster). 


Roster  Can’t find your name?  Guests are listed toward the end of the list…………

If you still don’t find your name………call Marilyn Freeman!


oops!  After all the effort made to get it right these corrections still need to be made.  .Sorry! 

Please correct your copy:


Elizabeth Canepa……CHANGE INFO FROM:…… Elizabeth Capenas

Ed and Sophia Chiang……ADD INFO: ……..581-5865……..  2355-F  Via Mariposa

Grace Lin…..ADD INFO: ………..770-7327……….. 308-D  Avenida Castilla

ADDition:………………….Ray Holloway……..472-8033……Bass……….3021-A Via Buena Vista

Patricia Matheny ……CHANGE: ……soprano, not alto

Adam Scoccia………CHANGE to:………583-1506

Shelby Silverman….. CHANGE: …..began S’97 not S’08

Shirley Wolk…..ADD INFO:….. began S’00

Jessica EllisonGUEST....CHANGE to:………215-2945 …………. ADD INFO:….. began S’06

Joyce Fredrickson - GUEST......ADD INFO:……. 588-5443…. 28826 Paseo Campana/ Mission Viejo

Mary Rose Hoang - GUEST……..CHANGE TINFO   …

Carol Hammond  -  GUEST………ADD INFO:……


Mon, 3   Happy Birthday!  Lois Niman


Tue, 4     Today is Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.

      Happy Birthday!  Carol Axel


Fri, 7      Happy Birthday!  Lidia Tepelian


Tue, 11    Today is Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.

      Happy Birthday!  Carol Andrews


Thu, 13           Happy Birthday!  Janet Dwyer


Fri, 14            Happy Birthday!  Dick Smith


Mon, 17           Happy Birthday!  Joel Breding

         Happy Birthday!  Pat Matheny


Tue, 18   Today is Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.


Fri, 21            Happy Anniversary!

        Marilyn Freeman & William Walsh

Sun, 23    Happy Birthday! Lennie Habenicht


Mon, 24    Happy Birthday!  Doug Tummond



Tue, 25  Today is Board Meeting   12:30 –1:30 p.m. 

             Today is Chorale Rehearsal   2 – 4 p.m.





Tenor Lois Niman – is a card player; is good at art; favorite magazine: “Time”; is widowed with 3 children, 6 grandchildren; born in Chicago; liked living in San Diego



Soprano Carol Axel – March is the month of Carol’s birthday – not February as previously reported.



Soprano Lidia Tepelian – is hair stylist; since childhood has sung weekly in her church; has studied piano; likes to travel; lives Costa del Sol; has 3 children, 3 grandchildren



Soprano Carol Andrews – is good at pretending she’s good at things; makes “agendas” for grandchildren sleepovers; remembers dancing in the sunbeams as a small child



Soprano Janet Dwyer – is a Music Practitioner; could eat hot fudge sundae every day: favorite author: C.S.Lewis; worst blooper: too-early entrance in an opera performance  



Bass Dick Smith – was born in Salt Lake City; likes to read, play golf; he and Carol have 6 children and 13 grandchildren; has been member since 2002



Bass-Baritone Joel Bredingis a piano tech; doesn’t like political hard heads; plays the piano; is a public speaker; hopes to be a movie star; sang in “Guys & Dolls Ensemble”



Soprano Patricia Matheny –TV favorites: Performing Arts, Nature, or History; sang in several choirs & had lessons; was teacher of handicapped children; would be sad with no piano



Soprano Marilyn Freeman – She & Bill have no children; lived in London, England; Favorites: Mandela / 6 a.m. / ‘70s / “Cooking Light” / author Robert Goddard; is no TV watcher



Evelyn Ellis sings in the alto section of the chorale, having joined in the fall of 2006.  This is her story:


      “Singing with the Village Chorale has brought a great deal of joy into my life at a time when I was at a very low depth. For seven years I was the 24/7 caregiver for my husband.  By the time he passed away I was a physical and mental wreck myself.  I just happened to be in the clubhouse one day and heard the singing . . . I stepped into the room.  The next week I went back and joined! 

      “It was a miracle….within six months I was on the road to recovery and able to drop off my blood pressure medicine. AARP knew what they were talking about when their article “Sing, sing, sing!” reported that “singing helps reduce blood pressure and relieve stress on the heart.”

      “The best part of getting that blood pressure reduced and heart stress relieved is that on the way you have a load of fun doing it.“


* * * * * News bits * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

1. If you read our article in the Globe on February 14th you learned that we had 11 new members and five returning members.  Returning members are altos Roberta Blackwood and Jessie Ellison, tenor Shirley Levin, and Sopranos Shelby Silverman, Shirley Wolk, and Mary Young (who is our former President).

        The Globe article reported that there were 83 members.  We now have 87.  Twelve of them are guests.  All others are residents. 

        Count them - new members all:

Sopranos  - Virginia Fay, Grace Lin, Pat Matheny,

               Grace Verte,

Altos -  Catherine Aubert, Elizabeth Canepa, Sophia Chiang,    

         Adrianne Cross, Joyce Fredrickson, & Lupita Jimenez

Bass/Baritone - Ed Chiang, Ned Read 

        Ruth Clark, Jeanne Fleming, and Ami Nam dropped.

2. In a word the response regarding their trip to the Vatican: Pat Cardinale said “Fabulous!” Margie Sutton said “Fabulous!”  Karen Cardinale said “Spiritual!”  They sang several times but singing for the Pope was a special high.  He clapped!  They had much more to say………..ask them!

3. Steve Bjorkman will be supplying cover art again for our concert handout.  Most businesses have new budgets this season - making them potential supporter/advertisers.  Pick up sales info on the sign in table next week!




Alto Lennie Habenicht – is good at reading music; has a green thumb; when she grows old she hopes to sing forever; attended concert ’94 and joined the next season



Bass Doug Tummond – Financial Planner part time; Calif born; trumpeter; likes paddle tennis, computers, reading,

toastmasters, square dancing; delivers Meals on Wheels