Carole Earnshaw, Alto
Carole began singing in elementary school and was a member of her high school Chorale in Clarence, New York. Carole performed in various spring musicals in junior high and high school and played the clarinet in various groups up through her sophomore year in college. Carole performed with the Frisco Chorale from 2007-2009, took a 3 year hiatus and is now back with the group. She sings with her church choir at First United Methodist Church of Frisco and is a member of the church’s hand bell choir. Carole is married and has 2 grown children. She and her family have been residents of Frisco since 1992.
Jeff Evans, Bass
Jeff has loved music, especially singing, his whole life and has not let his 20/400 peripheral vision in his only sighted eye stop him. He and his wife, Karen, both hailing from New Jersey, moved to Frisco in July, 2011. They love Texas, and “we got here as quick as we could!” Jeff sang in Regional and All-State Choruses during high school and graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Music Education in 1974. While at LVC, he sang with the College’s Concert Choir which toured Eastern Europe in 1973, culminating in a four-encore performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Jeff retired from the Social Security Administration in 2000 after 25 years of service, then served as Pianist/Worship Leader and Director of Music Ministries, respectively, in two churches in New Jersey from 2000-2011. He has also been the bass soloist for Handel’s Messiah. His passion is serving God and ministering to others through music, with a particular “calling” to funeral music ministry to the bereaved. So grateful for the Chorale, Jeff is also blessed to sing with the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Choir and Vocal Team.
Kris Hennington, Soprano
Kris has spent her entire life performing in one capacity or another as an actor, singer, pianist, and teacher, and has lived from coast to coast. Now a resident of North Texas, she works for CFBISD as a middle school Theatre teacher and is relishing her current role as wife to David, and mother to Mia and Ashleigh. Having taken a hiatus from singing in public for eight years, Kris is especially grateful to Mr. Carter and the Frisco Chorale for this wonderful opportunity to get back into it. Many blessings to you and yours!
Jerry Holdridge, Bass
Gerald “Jerry” Holdridge is a native Texan, born and raised in a musical family in the small town of De Leon in Comanche County. As members of the Methodist Church, his mother was the pianist and organist, and his father was the congregational song leader. After graduating from high school, Jerry attended Tarleton, and then transferred to then North Texas State University (UNT) and continued his involvement in the R.O.T.C Air Force Unit. He graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Arts as well as a USAF commission and spent two years in the Air Force stationed in California. Upon returning to Dallas, Jerry visited Munger Place United Methodist where he met his future wife, Gloria, who invited him to sing in the church choir. In addition to singing in church choirs together since 1956, Jerry and Gloria have performed as “Nelson and Jeanette” and “Kenny and Dotty”, and Jerry sang in an auxiliary “slave” chorus with the Dallas Opera’s production of Aida. Jerry taught in Dallas ISD for 27 years, during which time he earned a M.Ed. from UNT, and is now enjoying his retirement years traveling with Gloria in their RV and spending time at their lake place in Comanche County. He has sung with the Frisco Chorale for twelve years and cannot imagine life without beautiful music and singing.
Elena Khalegi, Alto
Elena was born and raised in Spain. She moved to Frisco in 2004. She is married to her wonderful husband Mehdi and they have two kids, Adriana and Alex who keep her busy. Her love for music started at a very young age but it was not until her college years that she had the opportunity to perform traditional and folk Spanish music in festivals and accompanying groups of traditional dancers in Spain, France, Brussels, UK and The Netherlands. In 2006 she had the great honor of becoming part of the Frisco Chorale and she has enjoyed making beautiful music with the members of this great choir since then. She worked as an attorney back in Spain but now she enjoys the privilege of being a stay at home mom. She loves travelling, reading about History and Politics, cooking and........SINGING!!!!
Ken Looney, Tenor
Ken’s journey in music officially began when he was introduced to the piano at the age of seven. His studies continued until his high school years and included the works of the great German masters – but his greatest influence was Chuck Berry. He mastered his Rock and Roll craft, singing, playing guitar, bass, and drums in great performance halls such as “The Pink Elephant Club” and “The Candy Cane.” After three years of service in the Army, Ken wed his high school sweetheart who put him through college and reminds him of it each day! He has sung in church choirs in Anchorage, Alaska; Midland, Texas; and here in Frisco. While in Midland, Ken was a member of the Midland Odessa Symphony Chorus for ten years. Returning to Frisco, Ken has not only sung in his church choir, but has been a member of the Frisco Chorale since 1996. But, he confesses, all this fancy shmancy music just does not compare to the great tonal quality and harmonics of… Rock and Roll! And it is to the Baby Boomers that Ken dedicates tonight’s concert.
Ruth Moffitt, Alto
Ruth has lived in Frisco for thirteen years, and this is her sixth year as a member of the Frisco Chorale. She is so grateful to be a part of this incredible group of vocalists and have the privilege to continue fostering her love of music. Ruth would like to thank her wonderful husband, Rodney, for his constant support and encouragement, and her amazing children, Emmi, Jaxon and Jaiden, for being her inspiration!
Jerry Reece, Tenor
Jerry has loved singing his whole life. He was a member of the L V Berkner High School Choir in Richardson, where he also sang in the All Region choir. Jerry is a former Marine and graduated from the University of North Texas in 1979 with a BA in Accounting. Since graduating, he has been a member of several church choirs in the metroplex, currently a tenor in the sanctuary choir at Grace Presbyterian Church in Plano. Jerry and his wife Lisa have been married for 23 years and have two grown children. This is his first year singing in the Frisco Chorale.
Nicki Fromm Rimmer, Soprano
Nicki began her love for the arts at an early age. She participated in performing choirs/dance/theater from elementary school through college. Nicki taught school 32 years, where she often accompanied school musicals and talent shows. Her own theater performances include The Mikado, Of Thee I Sing, and Guys and Dolls. Nicki sang with the Independence, MO Auditorium Messiah Choir whose 75th anniversary production was telecast worldwide. She has fond memories of her five years singing at Disneyworld’s Candlelight Services during the Christmas season. Nicki thanks her family for encouraging her to move to Texas. She is thrilled to be a member of the Frisco Chorale.
Gail West, Soprano
Singing has always been a hobby for Gail. Her mom taught voice and piano and she inherited her love for all kinds of music. She has performed in musicals, choirs, ensembles, and madrigal groups in high school and college. After college she continued to sing for weddings, funerals, church choirs, and with the Carapetyan Singers in Dallas. Gail has four grown children: Christal, James, April, and Quincy; and one grandson, Trey. She has been in education for more than 35 years and as a result of her job and children had gotten away from singing. She has been with the Frisco Chorale since 2009 and is so grateful for the opportunity to return to her real passion – music!
Shari Barber, Alto
For the last 20-plus years, Shari has joyously sung along in various church choirs and learned whatever she could about reading music from her church choir directors. Shari has never studied music or a musical instrument in her life but she did “play” the flag in her high school marching band. In 2008, through the coaxing of her sister-in-law, Michelle, she joined the Frisco Chorale. Shari has been singing with the Chorale ever since. She loves making beautiful choral music with talented and dedicated people and performing for an audience.
Tony Brazeal, Bass
Tony is a fifth generation Friscoite and a Charter Member of the Frisco Chorale. He has lived and worked in this area for most of his life. Tony is married to Tina Barnes Brazeal (also a native of Frisco) and they have two daughters: Jessica, of Dallas; and Whitney, of Nashville, Tennessee.
Jessica Carter, Soprano
Jessica – a native Texan – has been a life-long participant in music, singing in choirs and playing the piano & handbells. She received her
undergraduate degree in Music from Hardin-Simmons University and has been singing with the Frisco Chorale since 2005. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a bilingual speech-language pathologist in the Plano ISD. She is also a lecturer at UT Dallas, where she serves as a clinical supervisor during the summer. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Kendall, and their two cats. Kendall and Jessica welcomed their daughter, Julia in February.
Anne Davis, Alto
Anne is a German native and relocated to Frisco in 1985. She is married to Charles, is the mother of Michael and Garrett, and grandmother to Emma and Lauren. Anne is the kosher bakery manager for Tom Thumb and is an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis.
Tanya Deiter, Alto
Tanya has a Bachelor & Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Wichita State University. She sang with the Seattle Opera chorus & Houston Grand opera chorus for 8 years. She also sang with the Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Robert Simpson. She had the wonderful opportunity to sing the soprano solos for Handel’s Messiah with the International festival Chorus of Beijing at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in 2005, & she sang the alto solos for the Mozart Requiem with the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on November 2, 2011. She is the youngest of ten children and they are all musical, with all seven girls having degrees in music. She also plays the violin. She would like to thank her wonderful husband, Greg, for his support of her music all these years. Thanks to daughter, Heather & son, Derek for their love & support.
Greg Fair, Tenor
Greg has been married to his wonderful wife Pam for 26 years, and they have three great children: Nathan, 25; Brianne, 22; and Ashton, 20; and daughter-in-law, Jacque. Greg has been a resident of Frisco and a member of St. Francis Catholic Church for 23 years. He is the longest active choir member in the parish and has been singing in church choir since he was in second grade. Greg is an Area Supervisor for McDonald's, which occupies most of his time, and he enjoys his work with people; he has been in the restaurant industry for 32 years. Greg has been singing with Frisco Chorale for five years. He considers it a great joy to work on and present such wonderful music and feels truly blessed to be able to sing with such outstanding vocalists from the area. He is thankful for each of them and their talent.
Julie Harris, Soprano
Julie Harris has been a member of the Frisco Chorale for two years now. She and her husband David have been married for almost 21 years and have 4 beautiful children, ages 12-19. They have lived in North Texas since 2001. Julie keeps the books in order for their hardwood flooring company in Carrollton. She has participated in multiple choirs including Jazz ensembles, the Brigham Young University Women's Chorus and the Lakeside Community Chorus in Little Elm. Julie also enjoys singing with her church choir. Her hobbies include playing the piano, exercising, girls night outs, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is very appreciative of Kendall for allowing her this venue to express her love of music and looks forward to another memorable season next year.
Melissa Hough, Alto
Melissa Hough began her singing career early in life singing along with the radio to The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, and Journey. Her joy of singing continued as she joined the choir in elementary school and on into high school at McCullough and Frisco High Schools with a small hiatus in junior high. She received ones in Solo and ensemble her senior year. After graduating from Frisco High School, Melissa took another break from singing. However, she continued to sing with a vocal coach for a couple of years after graduation and continued to sing along with the radio, as well as finding the joys of karaoke. Melissa has been a member of the Frisco Chorale since 2012 and is looking forward to working with the Frisco Chorale for a long time.
Vince Justus, Bass
Vince grew up in Frisco and graduated from Frisco High School where he played football. He still loves to watch FHS football and goes to as many games as he can. He grew up singing and learning to love music in church. He has been a member of the Frisco Chorale for 16 years.
Homer Laird, Bass
Homer is originally from Channelview, Texas, and after having moved around the country several times has settled in Frisco. He played saxophone from elementary through high school and attended the University of Houston on a drum major scholarship. He is relatively new to choral singing, having recently accepted invitations to join the First United Methodist Church of Frisco choir in 2011 and the Frisco Chorale in 2012. (He hopes it’s only a coincidence that he’s on the back row because he sings bass, and not because of a lack of talent!)
Cindy Leeper, Alto
Cindy sang her first solo in church at the age of seven and has been singing ever since. She has been involved with elementary, middle, and high school choirs and ensembles; a college handbell choir and chorale; church choirs, small groups, and worship teams; solos; and even Sweet Adelines. She has been singing with the Frisco Chorale since the fall of 2008 and is currently a member of the Stonebriar Community Church Choir. Cindy and her family (including her husband Rick and daughters Jennifer and Jessica) moved to Frisco in 2000. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, and shop.
Emilie McCally, Alto
Emilie McCally is delighted to be working with this amazing group of singers. She began performing as a high school student with the choir and various groups around central Texas. In 1987, she joined The Texas Show Team as a singer and dancer. At the University of North Texas, she appeared in Grease, Oklahoma and West Side Story. She is a certified Musikgarten teacher and Director of The Heights Child Development Center in Richardson. In her spare time she loves being with her family and is very proud of her daughters who are band students in the Clark Middle School Cougar band and they took first in State!
Libby McIver, Alto
Libby is happily celebrating her fifth season with the Frisco Chorale. She first enjoyed choral singing at Kimball High School in Dallas. Years later, while living in Japan, she sang with both the Chiba International Singers and Tokyo International Singers. Returning to the U.S. in 2002, she sang briefly with choirs in Fort Worth and Denton, but found a home with the wonderful Frisco Chorale! Libby works from her home in Providence Village as a concierge. In her free time she makes patchwork quilts and putters in her rose garden.
Robin Milligan, Alto
Robin Milligan has lived and worked in the North Dallas area for over 30 years. She has been singing in various choirs since high school. Her most notable experience was a combined choir consisting of select members of the Ames Choral Society and the Iowa State Concert Choir. The concert was conducted by Zubin Mehta and accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. As either an Alto or Mezzo Soprano, Robin has enjoyed participating in all choral productions from singing at a Christmas tree-lighting to performing a solo in Messiah by Handel. In her spare time she enjoys photography and travel – oh, and singing!
Linda Montgomery, Alto
A graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in music education, Linda has enjoyed a career in public education, teaching middle school choral music. Her choirs were recognized by the Texas Music Educators Association, and her students consistently earned positions in All-Region choirs, forming the core of outstanding high school choir programs in which they earned All-Region and All-State Choir honors and performed in high school show choirs. Linda is a well-known performer in church and community events and has served as Interim Music Director in several churches. Linda has been a licensed realtor in the state of Texas since 1984 and is a real estate industry expert, educator, and coach. Currently she is the co-owner/manager of the Virtual Division of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Solutions.
Sharon O'Toole, Soprano
Sharon grew up in Oklahoma where she always sang in school and church choirs. She is an Oklahoma University alum and rabid fan of all sports, especially those involving her children and grandchildren. Her two sons went to SMU to play soccer so she followed them to Dallas in 1991. After a busy career which required a lot of travel throughout the states, she is now happily retired and once again has time to sing and play. She feels really privileged to be able to sing with the Chorale. Besides singing, she loves playing with her four beautiful grandchildren, Aidan, McKenna, Keegan and Liam, who keep her very entertained. She also loves to travel, read, walk and do yoga.
Leah Shields, Soprano
Leah Shields moved to The Colony this past June and joined the Frisco Chorale in January of 2013. Her vocal experiences have included singing with various church choirs in Southeast Texas, Fredericksburg, the Fredericksburg Chorale, and currently as a member of the FUMC Frisco Chancel Choir. Additionally, she was handbell director at Fredericksburg UMC and St. Barnabas Episcopal. Music has been a part of her life since childhood, and she will continue making a joyful noise forever.
Carl Soderstrom, Tenor
Carl Soderstrom is a Texas native, grew up in Dallas and fell in love with vocal and instrumental music at First United Methodist Church of Dallas, where his mother was organist for 45 years, and at Lake Highlands High School. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in music with a concentration in Church Music. Carl directed church choirs for over 30 years in Frisco, DeSoto, McKinney and again in Frisco. Along the way, Carl sang with the Dallas Civic Chorus, The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Carl currently participates in the music program of First United Methodist Church of Frisco and the Frisco Chorale.
Diane Tubbs, Soprano
Diane has been a preschool teacher for twelve years and is currently teaching music at Friends in Christ Preschool and Private Kindergarten. She has been married for 35 years and has one daughter. She has been singing with the Frisco Chorale since 2002. In her spare time, Diane enjoys traveling, reading, and singing.
Jeanie Webb, Soprano
Jeanie is originally from Florida, where she grew up singing in her church choir. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Music and Psychology. She has performed as a soloist with the Clearwater Bach Festival. This is her fifth year in the Frisco Chorale and she is also an active member of the choir and praise dance team at First United Methodist Church of Frisco. Jeanie currently works at Intuit as an operations manager. In her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing, yoga, Pilates, and hanging out with her two Labrador retrievers.
Mari Wilkinson, Alto
Originally from Minnesota, Mari's singing career began while Christmas caroling in sub zero temperatures with her family. This is her first year as a member of the Frisco Chorale and she is thrilled to be surrounded by such beautiful voices. Aside from singing, Mari loves teaching Zumba & she also plays the violin.