Lead, 10 year member of the Toronto Accolades
I played clarinet in high school and belonged to the school orchestra. Although I enjoyed music, I was not formally involved in any other musical groups, however, until I joined the Toronto Accolades.
It was a friend who first introduced me to the Toronto Accolades, and I soon joined her as a member. I started as a lead, then sang tenor, and am now back as a lead, but willing to sing tenor or lead in quartet. In 2010, I took a break from the Accolades to pursue other things, before joining a Sweet Adeline’s chorus, Eastside Harmony, for a while, as well as a choir that sang classical music. I found that I missed the friendship and camaraderie of the Accolades, however, so, in 2013, I returned to the chorus that made me feel so comfortable.
During my time as a member of the Accolades, I produced the weekly email Bulletin and blew the pitch pipe in rehearsals. I also became active at the international level, serving as editor of The Key-Note, Harmony, Inc.’s official annual publication, for three years.
I am married with two children, one in university and the other, now out of university, working full time and living with his girlfriend. I am a graphic designer by profession, but have been working as a Cabinet Maker for the past 2 ½ years, creating everything from vanities, mirror frames, benches, dressers, etc. to full kitchens, while still finding things to change and renovate in my own house. My interests are many and varied, including knitting, photography, woodworking, jewellery making, and outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing, hiking and biking.