Don had not sung since grade 4 and was now approaching retirement with a notion of doing something musical. He didn't read music, but was willing to learn. During a Cantorion Fall Open House, Don showed up to observe the choir during one of its practices. Not allowed to just observe, he was put next to tenor Eddie for the evening. Eddie showed Don the ropes and encouraged him along. Don became a member when he retired the following year. After just two practices, Don asked, Judy Brown the choir director, if she thought he was ready to contribute to an upcoming concert. Judy's reply, "You're ready, I didn't hear anything awful coming from your direction!" Supportive, encouraging, fun - Cantorion Values.
Jen has been singing since childhood, either along to the radio or in school choirs. At first she sang for fun and entertainment, but upon entering her first year of high school Jen decided to enroll in the school's vocal music program. Although it was a bit overwhelming and intimidating, especially since class solos led to shaky hands and wobbly knees, Jen soon found her love of vocal music growing and developing along with her voice. After graduating college she found that she missed the creativity and enjoyment of singing in a group, the radio just wasn't cutting it any more. This is how she found Cantorion choir - the relaxed, no audition, come as you are atmosphere helped her to feel right at home and to find the joy in singing again. She has even found, thanks to the support of the choir, that she doesn't even mind the solos...but she still gets shaky hands every time.
William came to one of Cantorion's events and had so much fun, he decided to give the choir a try and has stayed with it. His musical training is rather elementary: " I knew what a staff was and that the notes higher up the staff had to be sung higher - and that is about all. I'm enjoying learning about music, singing, and the social time with the other members of the choir. It takes me away from my usual daily concerns. I find choir fun, challenging, and enriching".