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Liz - Director: Liz is a lover of all things awesome: adventures, music, nature, and bikes. She is a professional musician and can be seen directing choirs, teaching K-5 music, coaching fitness classes, and playing keys/singing in her bands. Liz holds a BA in music business and vocal performance, and an MAE in Vocal Music Education.
Kathy - Collaborative Pianist: Kathy Henson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her love of music writing manifested itself at an early age. With the guidance of her music teachers she entered into the State Composition Competition at age 16, where she won second place with her original piano composition "Edge of Silence." Throughout the years she has accompanied many singers and choirs and has played everywhere from local bars to convention concerts and lots of stuff in between. Today you will still find her behind the piano, as a composer, accompanist, vocal coach, choral & musical theater director for several local groups and ensembles in the Twin Cities area.
Becky - Soprano: This is my fifth year back with NOTEable singers after a hiatus of about 10 years to sing in the Harmonic Relief show choir with my wonderful husband Brady; and prior to that I was with this group for about 9 years! I have always performed; whether in musical theatre, bands, show choir or TV. I work at Optum currently as a Sr. Administrative Assistant for Legal. I am a big Sci Fi and Super Hero Geek and my fav hero is Wonder Woman. I LOVE the MN State Fair and a big fan of the MN Ren Fest enough to go to both many times each year (I cannot get enough!). I also love to cook and watch any food/cooking related shows I can find. I have two spoiled, sweet cats ( Tigger and Rusty) and my favorite people to be with are my family and those I consider to be family!
Deb - Soprano: Deb Pitton has a been a music lover all her life. She sang in high school and college choirs, as well as community choirs in other states. She’s acted and sang in community theater musicals and enjoys sharing the joy of song. A retired college professor, she is happy to find time to add singing back into her life.
Debbie - Soprano: This is my third year with the NOTEable Singers. After raising 7 children over many decades and enjoying their fine arts, I decided to join some of them for myself! Here I am memorizing, singing, and dancing all at the same time! I want to thank the NOTEable Singers for all their help and patience. Big shout out to my husband and children for all the love and support!
Julie - Soprano: I have been singing and performing since I was itty bitty. I play the piano, guitar, accordion, ukelele, and recently started playing the tenor pan with the Pan-Handlers Steel drum band. During the day, I am a piano teacher and Music Therapist for children with disabilities. I have been singing on our church's worship team for over 20 years, but haven't been involved in a choir since college, so I am very excited to bring that back into my life! In my free time I enjoy reading, exercising, putzing in my garden & spending time with my husband and young adult children.
Kris - Soprano: I'm from Bloomington, graduated from the U of M, BA in Child Psychology and played drums in the U of M band. I later became the first female patrol officer in Edina (about a 100 years ago), retired and I am now Pilates instructor and teach Driver Improvement to senior citizens. I love theater-especially musicals and I've been on the Board of Directors for Eden Prairie Players community theater for 12 years. I got my feet wet as a cast member in Peter Pan, Bye Bye Birdie and Music Man, but I love NOTEable Singers even more! My favorite hobbies are golfing, making gourmet food. I like the challenge of learning new music and sharing my love of music with others. The group is committed and shares the same love. I admire the talented women in the group and their dedication.
Krys - Soprano: Music has always been an important part of my life. I have been singing since I was in elementary school and have been a member of a choir since I was 8 years old. I was a singer at Luther College in the Cathedral and Collegiate choirs. Before joining NOTEable singers I sang with The Northwestern Singers in Austin and the St. Peter Choral Society. I am also a teacher of English Language Learners and enjoy reading and attending Minnesota Twins games.
Lisa - Soprano: Lisa Unruh, soprano, grew up in a small town, where she sang for the school and church choirs. She says that singing with the NOTEables gives her great joy, and a much-needed chance to interact with ‘real people’ (she works from home). Lisa describes herself as a ‘background’ singer, which is convenient, because she typically IS in the back row due to her lofty stature. She has two grown daughters, a senior poodle, and recently added a new puppy to the family. She’s been with the NOTEables for about 10 years, and deeply values the friendships and support this group has brought into her life.
Megan - Soprano: There are many characters in my life story. I am a: daughter, granddaughter, sister, teacher (3rd grade Spanish Immersion) dancer, singer, church volunteer, friend, and so much more. My favorite role is being Auntie Megan to 5 beautiful kiddos! There are many things that I love to do. Wish there was enough time to do all of them! Skiing, reading, laughing, traveling, photography, dancing, singing, playing piano, watching movies, playing games. Music has always been a big part of my life! From dancing around the kitchen while mom was quizzing me on my spelling words, learning to play the piano, listening to my grandpa Al play the concertina, dad playing the oldies on the radio, grandpa Allan teaching me new songs to sing, making up silly songs with my mom and sister, and all my years in school choirs. I don't think I could ever give it up. To many wonderful memories when it comes to music in my life!
Theresa - Soprano: I enjoy collaborating with such a hard working and talented group of women. I grew up in Bloomington and have enjoyed singing my whole life. I sing with our contemporary worship team, and assist in directing the children’s Praise Club at my church. I can often be found supporting my kids and husband at their various endeavors. I love dogs and the beauty and struggles of life. My motto to strive for is “work hard and be kind”
Connie - Soprano: I am a mother, grandmother, pharmacist, and pharmacy manager. I live on a hobby farm with an assortment of critters and love world travel. At 63 years old, I was nudged by a friend to enter the Ms. Minnesota Sr. Pageant. Not knowing what my talent was, I chose to sing and the experience left me changed forever. My heart and emotions were so touched by this musical experience that I began voice training with Mary Laymon. Over the last 17 years, I have studied guitar, piano, and voice, with the Guthrie and MacPhail Music Center. To my delight, this led to fun “plays” with community theaters and vocal performing groups. I had the honor of being selected St. Paul Winter Carnival Sr. Queen in 2006 and Ms. Senior Sweetheart International in 2010. Our Sweetheart group of women is the focus of the award-winning documentary film, Pretty Old, I am so grateful for the people and feelings found participating in the arts.
Cari - Soprano: Cari comes with a professional background in leading business groups. She was the first executive director for uptown Minneapolis and produced events, uptown art fair and uptown jazz fest. Cari and husband moved and lived in Bayfield, Wisconsin where she directed the chamber of commerce and visitors center for 25 years. Cari was a member of the city of lake suite airlines and numerous other courses including the Writtenhouse Singers and Parkinson chorus in Bayfield.
Brenda - Mezzo: I have so much fun making music and busting out some sweet moves with these wonderful women! I had taken a few years off from performing after college and am so glad that I found the NOTEable Singers during the pandemic. Outside of NOTEables, I work as a software developer and sing with the General Mills corporate choir.
Carolyn - Mezzo: Carolyn is enjoying getting back to singing in a choir with the energetic and supportive ladies of the NOTEables! She has sung in several choirs throughout high school and college, and in various church groups. She taught middle school science for many years at a classical charter school in Minnetonka. Currently she is living her best life as the school's librarian! She enjoys cooking/baking, creative projects, spending time with friends and family, and has recently picked up ukulele. Her husband and three children are her greatest joy!
Jen - Mezzo: Jennifer joined NOTEable Singers in 2013 and was so happy to find a group where she could sing and dance every week. When she is not singing and dancing, Jennifer is spending time with her family or caring for animals as a shelter veterinarian. She also enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and spending time at coffee shops.
Mary - Mezzo: I've been around music all my life -- my grandparents and great-aunt and uncle sang barbershop quartet, so family holidays were full of piano, banjo and ukulele renditions of old songs. I started playing ukulele in kindergarten; was in school choirs as soon as I was old enough; got my first guitar at age 10; played and sang in various church and school groups all through high school and college. When another show choir mom invited me to join NOTEables, I jumped in and have had a great time for 12 seasons.
Meg L – Mezzo: Meg is working on finishing two bachelor degrees this coming spring and hopes to change careers once those are complete. Meg enjoys reading (almost any genre, preferably with a physical book but digital books will do the trick too), singing, and catching up with family and friends. Meg loves her NOTEable ladies and enjoys the chance to make friends with so many different amazing women. But really, Meg is mostly the snack person for two tiny humans who don't take no for an answer.
Vicki – Mezzo: I am very excited to be joining the NOTEables for my second season. I have been singing in choirs since elementary school when I started in Angelica Cantanti. I continued singing throughout my school years which included the JB Singers at Kennedy High School. I work as an Accountant in the private sector after spending much of my career in the non-profit sector. Besides singing I love animals, camping, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
Annette - Alto: I was in Choir in Junior High and until I joined NOTEable singers, I wasn't in any other choir. I played the violin in Orchestra through High School and some in College. My niece is a member of NOTEable singers and she invited me to join and so I did in 2014-15 season. I love it. I never imagined being in a show choir and I enjoy it thoroughly.
Emily - Alto: Emily is new to the NOTEable Singers and is excited to be a part of this fabulous group of women! She is an alto and enjoys singing but also loves dancing. She also plays the piano and the flute. Besides music, she enjoys biking, rock climbing, and spending time with friends and family.
Jani – Alto: 1. I make my bed EVERY morning. 2. I like getting up on the roof to clean my gutters and get a birds-eye view of the neighborhood. 3. I have a terrible memory. 4. I love thunderstorms, cats, sewing and crafts, tap dancing, singing, whistling, and my adorable grandchildren. 5. I usually stay up too late at night. 6. I love watching viral videos (I usually do numbers 5 and 6 together). 7. I have my Permit to Carry. 8. I am a member of Blue Man Group (who can prove I’m NOT?!?) 9. I am a compulsive list maker (so this is fun for me). 10. I often play my harmonica while waiting at stoplights. 11. I have a terrible memory.
Karen - Alto: I am excited to be singing with this talented and lovely group of ladies. I sang in high school choirs and more recently in small group church choirs. I love to sing the harmony along with the radio, sometimes inventing my own. I enjoy listening to all types of music, watching theater, visiting museums and parks, appreciating nature and reading. When not working I usually have multiple gardening, crafting or home decorating projects to spend time on.
Kenzie - Alto: Howdy! I’m a 27-year-old Android software engineer at Target HQ living in Bloomington with my boyfriend and 3 kitties! Born and raised in Montevideo, MN, growing up I was always passionate about music, art, and science! I partook in many choral, music, and theater events throughout my education as well as academic clubs such as math league, speech, and knowledge bowl, carrying those passions with me to college! I went to the College of Saint Benedict where I started off as a physics major, then switched to Computer Science near the end of my second year. Between classes and my jobs of being a music librarian and a teacher’s assistant for Computer Science, I participated in a women’s choir all 4 years of college and it was a great source of support and happiness for me throughout the twists and turns of schooling! I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and started working for Target HQ a few months later, which is where I have been since college! Between college and starting my career, I was a farmhand at a veggie farm, which if there was a job I could do for the rest of my days without worrying about money and looming debts, it would be that (tied with being an elementary school teacher!) During my free time, I am often found playing with my hair and makeup, playing retro video games, surveying the night sky for meteor showers and auroras, identifying birds and bugs, trying new beers at various craft breweries, hanging with friends, and cuddling with my cats!
Sarah - Alto: I spend my days evaluating state-run government programs and the rest of my time hanging out with my wonderful husband and our two adorable kiddos. I am--perhaps literally--the most organized person you will ever meet. I love Zumba, yoga, soccer, reading, the outdoors and--of course--music. Singing and dancing with the lovely ladies of the NOTEable Singers always brightens my day.
Lori – Alto: I was born and raised in beautiful Bloomington and am thrilled to be singing with my NOTEable Singers “Sisters” and cherish the friendships we share! I have been with this fabulous choir for 12 years and thrilled to watch it grow under new energetic leadership! For the past few seasons I have been instrumental in setting the stage and writing the script for each of our performances. I am also an actress involved community theatre productions, most recently with Eagan Theatre Company in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. In my spare time I like to read (anything from James Patterson or Jodi Picoult), take long walks and hang out with family and friends!
Members on Leave
Cati - Alto: I joined the choir during the pandemic. I needed a creative outlet. I need a reason to move my body. I needed time away from my 3 young kids, even just a few hours once a week, singing in the basement. I have always loved singing with people, but this year it became a necessity. Now that I'm here, I love it, and I don't know why I never thought about joining a choir before! The camaraderie among the NOTEable singers is amazing, even on a google meet, and I'm hooked. When I'm not singing, I enjoy gardening, hiking, playing board games, lots of different crafts, and reading.
Daralee - Mezzo: Daralee has lived all over the United States, but she was raised in Southern California and is still a California girl at heart. As a child, she used to get in trouble for talking in school; so, it is fitting that she is a speech language pathologist as an adult. She enjoys her work, spending time with her husband, adult children, grandchildren, two big dogs and her old, grumpy Siamese cat. Daralee loves to sing songs with harmonies, so singing with Noteable Singers is a perfect fit for her.
Shimin - Soprano: 2020-2021 sees my 4th season with the NOTEable Singers. Although we were distantly-operated since March of 2020, it did not discount at all the experience thanks to the talented and creative music directors and the singers! Every week’s practice is such an amazing treat, which is truly a testimony of the power of music. I am also thrilled that my friend Bibi joined NOTEable this season! In my NOTEable experience, I love singing to the audiences in local senior homes. Although we can’t do this in person this season, I am extremely excited that our music can be digitally delivered to local senior homes as well as to families and friends and anyone who enjoys music from anywhere this can reach. I hope you enjoy our music and the power it brings!
Jenny - Mezzo: Jenny is a native of northern Minnesota but has lived in the Twin Cities area for over 45 years. She had spent most of her career working in the financial area of the education industry and is now retired. She enjoys singing very much and has participated in various choirs over the years. Jenny currently resides in Eagan, MN, with her orange tabby cat named Waldo. She enjoys singing, bowling on a bowling league once a week and spending time with her friends. She is looking forward to the spring season of choir after being on leave and being a part of the show.
Judy - Alto: This is my fourth year with the NOTEables. It is a delight to sing with such a talented, enthusiastic and joyful group of women! Music has always been a huge part of my life. I've been singing in church and school choirs since pre-school and currently sing with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota as well as the contemporary and traditional choirs at Redemption Lutheran Church here in Bloomington. I enjoy reading, baking, walking and attending as many concerts, plays and musicals here in the Twin Cities, as possible! Our precious granddaughter, Mila Rose, will soon be four! Everything you have ever heard about having grandchildren is true…plus, there are sprinkles!!! We enjoy every single minute with her!!!