SunBird Singers announces new directors and rehearsal schedule

As the SunBird Singers start preparations for their annual Christmas concert, they would like to again thank Owen and Joyce Bae for their 13 years of service as directors of the chorus. Their experience and talents, Owen as a high school music director and Joyce as a voice and piano teacher, among their other accomplishments, have left the Singers at a new level of excellence. Owen and Joyce retired after the last spring concert.

The new directors of the SunBird Singers are Pat Miller and Kim and Mike Hanson. These leaders also bring a wealth of music experience to their respective positions. Pat retired as a music educator after 30 years. She also served many years as a church choir director, as a voice and piano teacher and as a soloist. She is currently the SunBird Community Church choir director. Kim also served 12 years as a music educator followed by 23 years as a school principal. She also directed and accompanied several church choirs. Last but not least, Mike also has a music education degree and taught elementary vocal music for 15 years and was an elementary counselor for 20 years. He is an accomplished guitar and bass player, having studied classical guitar in college. Needless to say, the SunBird Singers will continue to be in very capable hands as they move forward.

The new directors have announced the following schedule for the annual Christmas concert which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, December 6 and 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse ballroom. The first rehearsal for the chorus will be Monday, October 16, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the ballroom. Singers should arrive about 15 minutes early to this rehearsal to pick up their music. Rehearsals will continue at the same time and place each Monday until the date of the concert.

The SunBird Singers’ Christmas concert also features a bell choir. The bell choir rehearsals will start on Monday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m., also in the ballroom, and will continue each Monday until the concert.

The SunBird Singers look forward to welcoming back those who have participated in the past, and especially welcoming any newcomers who would like to participate (singing, bells or both) in providing great music to the SunBird Community.

Questions about the SunBird Singers or the coming concert may be directed to Pat at 480-707-3984, Kim at 253-229-0453 and Mike at 253-906-1743. Questions regarding the bell choir should be directed to Kim.