RiversEdge Chorus Leadership

RiversEdge Chorus thrives in part because of the commitment of the people in leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our ensemble tick:

 

TONI CHITTESTER - Our  Director

Toniphoto2016 for websiteToni is a recently retired choral music educator having taught general music and choir for 24 years with the public schools in 3 states.  She has also worked in several church music settings.  Born and raised in sourthern California, Toni studied choral music in Arizona and Colorado.  Her life-long love of travel and choral music was firmly established when she traveled in Europe with her college choir. 

 

Some 8 years later, she married her husbnd, Ric, who was a long time friend and also a music student with her in Arizona.  When Ric later decided on a career in the Air Force, they spent time in Arizona, Germany, California, Colorado, New York and finally, Washington state. 

 

When she started her teaching career, Toni also directed a Sweet Adeline Chorus in Prescott, Arizona and sang in a quartet, so she has a good background in barbershop.  We have included a few photos of her chorus and quartet from her time with them in the '70s.

 

Toni has a busy and active life.  Besides enjoying her husband, daughter and son-in-law, Toni spends a lot of time outdoors, downhill skiing, golfing, fly-fishing and throwing the frisbee for her black lab.

 

 

 

Jane Weber - Assistant Director

Jane4Jane claims to be just a country girl from Montana.  She attended Business School in Spokane, married Martin, her husband of 50 years, and now has four children and five grandchildren.  Jane visited Lilac City Chorus in the fall of 1980, and says it is "one of the best things I have ever done!  What other organization can you join where you make life-long friends, travel the world, and get to play 'dress-up.'"

 

Over the years, Jane has done a little of everythng with Sweet Adelines International.  She has sung with choruses as large as 73 members and as small as 14 members, and has competed four times, or is it five, at the International level.

 

Jane is more than just a country girl.....she stepped in as our director until we found Toni, and now works with Toni to create a directorial team that is hard to beat!  She says she is "just going to get 'on harmonizing' til the day she is laid to rest!"

 

 

Music Team

Our Music Team is the creative body that decides on the music we sing and all the musical and artistic elements that go into a performance or a show.  Presided over by our director, the team consists of the director, assistant director, the four section leaders, and any other members the director deems necessary. 
 
Currently, the Music Team Members are:
 

Toni Chittester, director                                      Jane Weber, assistant director

Beth Garske, bass section leader                     Mayree Beckett, bari section leader

Hope Fulwiler, lead section leader                     MaryAnn Milette, tenor section leader

Judy O'Brien, advisor

 

 

Management Team

Our Management Team is the administrative body that keeps the chorus running smoothly.  These ladies take care of all the everyday workings of the chorus and make the final decisions as to how the chorus funds will be spent.  Each member of the team has specific duties, and they attend monthly meetings to report on their progress.   

 

The current members of this team are:

 

Team Coordinator - Beth Garske                        Cummunications Coordinator - Sherry Moore

Events Coordinatir - Kandy  Brandt                    Finance Coordinator - Gina Rice

Membership Coordinator - Nancy Moore            Public Relations Coordinator - MaryAnn Milette

Visual Team Coordinator - Janice Lindgren         

Music Team Coordinators - Toni Chittester & Jane Weber

 
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