In a smaller chorus the members tend to wear “many hats”. In fact this is part of the fun of being in Sweet Adelines. We get to form new friendships and develop not just our singing skills, but develop as team members and leaders. We have members that are on multiple committees and in various leadership positions, and truth be told, we could list the entire chorus here if we listed everyone that contributed to the chorus in a “non-singing” way.
Our chorus has a 6-person Board. These dedicated ladies help run the inner workings of the chorus. We also have various committees that work as teams to plan various events and perform other functions. It takes teamwork to get the work done.
(At right: Sandy Greenlief, Amy Greenlief (President), Marcia Homer (Vice President), Lisa Roberts (Corresponding Secretary), DeLora Walker, & Leslie Mundy (Recording Secretary).)
Connie Alward– Director
Connie started singing with Grand Olympics chorus at the age of 14 and is the only original charter member (1981) still active with the chorus. She excelled in Port Angeles school bands, where she played both woodwind and brass instruments. She’s held many positions in the chorus, including President, Assistant Director, Lead and Bass Section Leaders, Recording Secretary and is now a Sweet Adelines International Certified Director! She has two grown sons, (no grandkids yet) a husband of 29 years, works full time and in her spare time, sings bass with Wink quartet, 2019 Region 13 Quartet Champions!
Tricia Kastrop – Assistant Director. Tricia started her Barbershop career in 1982 in Bellingham and has been in several choruses over the years, including Lakeside Chorus, Pacific Sound Chorus and Harmony Northwest Chorus. Her first experience with directing came under Sharon Babb, then director of Mountain Melodies Chorus in Boulder, CO. Since then, she has been an associate director in Lakeside, as well as section leader, treasurer and choreography assistant; Certified Director at Harmony Northwest for five years, and was a member of the Regional Management Team, serving as Director’s Coordinator. Tricia loves to sing and has been in several quartets, including her most recent quartet, Mood Swings. She is happy to be singing in a chorus again after a few years away from Sweet Adelines, and is excited to be part of this dynamic group of women who are so dedicated to excellence in music.
Wendy Foster – Baritone Section Leader and Treasurer. Wendy is a talented singer and very active member of GOC. She is current treasurer, and has held just about every position on the board. Wendy was also a dual member of Pacific Sound for 4 years. She recently celebrated her 10 Year Anniversary as a member of Sweet Adeleines International.
Marcia Homer – Lead Section Leader. Marcia has enjoyed singing with choirs since the 8th grade and took piano lessons to learn to read music. As a grade school teacher Marcia directed first and second graders in musical recitals for their communities. Marcia primarily learned about music through Sweet Adelines; she read a newspaper ad inviting women to sing Christmas music with GOC in the fall of 1990, and joined in the winter of 1991. The friendships and the unique sound of the harmony hooked her on Barbershop! Marcia sang lead and tenor with several different quartets, and has been both lead section leader and music librarian for several years.
Pat Witt – Tenor section Leader and Web Administrator. Pat has been singing barbershop music for over 30 years, both in choruses and quartets.
Before moving to the Phoenix area and getting into barbershop Pat earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education and taught elementary school for a few years. A lifelong musician, Pat still plays her guitar and is active in music ministry, a local group called “the Flashbacks”, and is tenor in a Sweet Adeline quartet called “Resound”.
Beth Barrett – Bass Section Leader
Beth has been an active member of GOC and Sweet Adelines for more than 20 years. She has also sung bass in several quartets, including Resound. Beth has also been active in the chorus administration and leadership and is past-President of the chorus.
Nancy Anderson – Choreographer. Nancy began singing and playing piano at age 10. Through the years she has sung with many choirs and with a mixed group of men and women called “Sugar and Spice”. She currently sings in a contemporary church choir and a group called “The Flashbacks”. Nancy has been singing with the Grand Olympics Chorus for over 15 years.