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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 band. Liz holds a BA in music business and vocal performance, and an MAE in Vocal Music Education.
Kathy - Accompanist: 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.
Lisa - soprano: I come from a family of enthusiastic car-ioke singers (our volume sometimes exceeds our talent). My kids are in college now, so they no longer have to die of embarrassment as I sing to the music playing in Home Depot. (I may have enjoyed chasing them around the store a little too much, as they pretended not to know me.) Singing makes me feel happy--I leave every practice and performance with a big smile on my face!
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.
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 11 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.
Shimin - Soprano: This is my third season in The NOTEable Singers. I enjoy very much singing with this wonderful group of ladies and I hope to make life long friends with the ladies. I am a software engineer working for Travelers. Because of the positive NOTEable experience, I also joined in work Travelers’ Holiday Choir that performs Christmas concert to Travelers employees. In my NOTEable experience, I love singing to our audiences in the Senior homes. Looking forward to more seasons!
Anne - Soprano: Ever since I can remember, I loved to sing. My formal training started with piano lessons in 4th grade and choir in 5th, both of which I continued through 12th grade. After highschool, music took a lengthy backseat to my studies, so when I joined NOTEables, I was thrilled to sing again! I share a home - that is run by 2 cats - with my husband and our 3 children. I’m a veterinarian, a puzzle enthusiast and a self-proclaimed bird nerd. The thing I enjoy most about NOTEables is getting to spend a few hours a week creating beautiful music with an incredible group of women.
Becky - Soprano: This is my first 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 belong to a group of Misfits that go to the MN and other Ren Fests each year. I have a spoiled and loving cat Kalea and my favorite people to be with are my family and those I consider to be family!
Sara - Soprano: I am so excited to be joining the NOTEable Singers! I have not sung in a choir since 8th grade, but danced ballet through high school with the Minnesota Ballet and am excited to once again incorporate some music back into my life. I am the mother of two smart and beautiful daughters and the wife of a kind and handsome husband. I am a financial business systems analyst during the day and in my spare time I love doing dorky stuff with family like spending way too much on Halloween decorations or playing with our pet turtle, Hubert.
Theresa - Soprano: I’ve been with NOTEable singers for 5 1/2 years. 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”
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!
Katie – Mezzo: I have always loved singing, but have never been part of a choir before. I am excited to be a part of NOTEable singers this year! I am a physician assistant during the day, and at home I have a wonderful - and busy - life filled by a great husband, two kids, two dogs, and two cats. I love to cook, read, do crafts with my kids, and be outdoors whenever the weather is right :)
Jennifer (Jake) - Mezzo: This is my 1st year with NOTEable Singers and I am excited to be back in a show choir. I grew up in Bloomington and graduated from Kennedy High School. Monday thru Friday I work as a Human Resources Director. During my spare time i enjoy spending with my 2 grandchildren and I am a volunteer/Board Member of an organization the trains service dogs.
Mary - Mezzo Soprano: 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 10 seasons.
Jenny - Mezzo: Jenny is a native of northern Minnesota but has lived in the Twin Cities area for over 40 years. She has worked in the education industry as a financial person for most of her career and currently is employed at the Dept. of Education. Jenny enjoys singing very much and has participated in local choirs throughout her life. She currently resides in Eagan, MN with her orange tabby cat, Waldo. Jenny’s other hobbies are bowling on a local bowling league one night a week and spending time outdoors with friends. She is looking forward to being a part of the NOTEable Singers.
Sonia - Mezzo: As someone who loves to sing & dance (& embarrass my 3 kids in the process), this group gives me an outlet to do that, and with an awesome fun talented group of beautiful ladies at that! Growing up, music was part of my life one way or another. I have sung in church choirs in the past, so this is something different & certainly fun, so back for my 3rd season now. Other things that take up my time & which I enjoy doing, include gardening, karate (competing against my daughter), zumba & my various bible study groups (& my family would be quick to add – FB)
Autumn - Mezzo: This is my third season with NOTEable singers. I love singing and am very excited to sing with these ladies this season. I love going on adventures and playing outside. Kayaking and hiking with my pup are some of my favorites. I love playing in waterfalls, reading books, doing yoga and spending time with my family.
Sarah - alto: After a long break from organized singing, I am so excited to join NOTEable Singers this year! 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 love Zumba, yoga, soccer, reading, and the outdoors. I crave laughter and a little bit of peace and quiet. I am--perhaps literally--the most organized person you will ever meet.
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.
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.
Judy - alto: It is a delight to sing with such a talented, enthusiastic and joyful group of women! Music is a huge part of my life. I’ve been singing in church and schools choirs since pre-school and currently sing in the contemporary and traditional choirs at Redemption Lutheran Church here in Bloomington as well as with the Bloomington Chorale. I also enjoy reading, baking, walking at the Arboretum and attending as many concerts and musicals here in the Twin Cities, as possible. The absolute highlight of our family’s year has been the birth of our precious granddaughter, Mila Rose! Everything you hear about having grandchildren is true!! She is a blessing beyond description!!
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 11 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!
Kathy - Alto: I grew up in Edina and played Clarinet in the Edina Concert Band and also at Colorado State University. I also play piano, do Zumba, bike, and babysit 6 of the cutest grandchildren that you will ever see!!!!! I am a realtor and love to drive my husband crazy building/remodeling houses! My favorite place is Leech Lake. We have a cabin there which of course my husband and I remodeled. I love to go boating and looking out at the lake! I was also a Synchronized Swimming Coach for Edina West High School.
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.