Jennifer Revill has been a North Shore resident since 1988. Singing is what she's often doing when she's not building buildings. Her first singing gig was as a member of the chorus in a production of Fiddler on the Roof at age 9. Old music is a passion of her heart. She started learning the shape-note style of singing more than 20 years ago and hasn't quite figured it out yet, still learning by attending local singings from The Sacred Harp, Northern Harmony, Christian Harmony and other tune books. In addition to membership in The Essex Harmony, she is a member and soloist in the singing group at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers, Mass. Jennifer's latest musical venture is with the Danvers based Soul Song, a comfort choir that ministers to elder groups and to individuals at the end of life.
TJ (Jacobs) is a retired IT Manager who sings with several choral groups, and teaches swimming to children at the Marblehead YMCA where he is known as "Mr. Walrus". Although not a singer in his youth, he has now been singing for over 25 years, with a particular focus on sacred music.
George Pomfret is currently retired after a career in engineering project management.
Took guitar lessons in the 6th grade and had a small band in high school, but music took a back seat to raising a family and working until I started shape note singing 15 years ago and have been singing ever since. Besides The Essex Harmony, I sing with Norumbega Harmony in Newton and The Greater Boston Inter-Generational Chorus in Watertown.
Maria Scerri-Godzik is one of the founding members of The Essex Harmony. Growing up, she was part of her high school chorus in Oviedo, FL and has taken some voice classes in college as well. She played the part of Marian in the musical "The Music Man" and has also been part of "Godspell" with the group Acts of Faith in FL. When she was a cast member at Walt Disney World, she participated in The Candlelight Choir at Epcot which takes place at Christmas time. She really enjoys being part of the Essex Harmony, learning challenging music and making music with such an amazing group of people!
Pat Callahan is a founding member of The Essex Harmony as a tenor, and has been the rehearsal keyboardist throughout this time. After finding The Essex Harmony via Glenn Mairo, Pat soon discovered Sacred Harp singing - the music of the singing school movement of the revolutionary war period. Pat's been an enthusiastic Sacred Harp (or shapenote) singer since then and has traveled to many places around the US and Europe to meet new folks and to sing with great gusto. Recently, Pat joined a hospice comfort choir called SoulSong. SoulSong sings for individuals who are near death or who need comforting during an illness. Pat gets to exercise all types of vocal muscles with these varied types of singing: quiet with a gentle blend for SoulSong; boisterous and loud with shapenote singing; and a wonderful mix of quiet blends, complex harmonies and enthusiastic pieces with The Essex Harmony.
The Essex Harmony has been a part of our lives throughout it's many chapters during the past 10 years. As individuals, we have endured tough times and joyous times - and the singers of The Essex Harmony have been a stellar anchor throughout. Huzzah!
Beth Reiter Blanchard - I recently realized that I began singing in a church choir when I was around 8 years old. I had forgotten that! Next, in my school days, I pursued the study of music in concert and marching bands—a BIG midwestern tradition! Then came those days of the musical revolution—the 60s! I continued to sing, for personal pleasure, with friends. However, after being rejected for a college choir, I lost my confidence and sang mostly for myself. Eventually, I discovered the joys of singing with others, again, during my last class in my teaching education. My instructor was Jack Langstaff, of Christmas Revels fame, and he enthusiastically shared his belief that "everyone can sing, just do it!” Since that time, I began to hang out with singers and actors, and spent a number of years with our church's singing group. That led to meeting The Essex Harmony, and Glen Mairo. Again, I was hooked—not just by the music, but also by the history lessons of the musical times and composers. I now combine my enjoyment of singing with historical research, and the writing of narration scripts for our concerts. I appreciate the ways that my interests are now intersecting!
Connie MacLeod - I joined Essex Harmony in the summer of 2016, after some prompting from a couple of the members. I sing for the joy of singing with strong support and encouragement from the amazing members and leadership of this group. I have no musical training but have always loved music.
Karen Sorensen - Karen Sorenson became a member of Essex Harmony in the spring of 2017. Karen grew up in Topsfield with her with her large Irish Catholic family of 9. Today, life is very full and busy with her own 4 amazing kids; Madeline, Jack, Anna, Henry and husband Jon. They all live together in Boxford.
Her love for music and the performing arts started in her elementary school years. Karen has always enjoyed being in choirs and working with other singers on blending and creating a rich and smooth sound. She has been in multiple musicals since her childhood years. Her favorite roles to date have been; as a child - Brigitta in the Sound of Music, as an adult - Madame Thernardiar in Les Misarable and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance - performed in the Northshore with the Neverland Theatre.
Karen truly enjoys her Wednesday evening rehearsals and getting the opportunity to work those vocal chords with the Essex Harmony members! She thanks them all for being so welcoming and friendly to her as a new member.
Dana Dooley joined the Essex Harmony as a Soprano in the spring of 2012. She is currently singing with the Tenor section, and recently started singing with The Threshold Singers, which is a volunteer hospice singing group on the North Shore. Originally from New Jersey, she currently lives in Salem and works full time as a Clinical Trial Data Manager. When she is not singing, she also enjoys gardening and attending many soccer games for her two sons.
Cindy Salloway joined The Essex Harmony as an alto in the fall of 2018. Her love of music began at an early age, singing with the children’s choir at her church, and continuing onto the adult choir to this day. She was taught to play piano and organ by her grandmother (who was a church organist). As a young teen, her love of The Beatles taught her much about harmonizing and countless afternoons were spent with friends singing those beautiful harmonies. Guitar lessons and glee club added to her musical background. As an adult, Cindy sang with Northshore Concert Singers and Reading Community Singers. She continues to sing in her church choir and with a comfort choir, SoulSong. In her words, “I love the community of choral singing. It’s brought me great joy throughout my life.”
Holly Waite was one of the original members of the Essex Harmony, rehearsing at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead’s meetinghouse replica in 2006. She has been a soloist and chorus member throughout her life, singing in high school, college, church, and community. Acapella singing brings unique joy as the group, under Tom’s direction, tunes to each other in harmony and balance.
Once Kate Van Demark retired from a health care career, she had time to explore visual and musical arts. Through voice lessons and choral experiences she was encouraged to leave her childhood memory of singing as an alto, and is overjoyed to sing in a group where all parts are expected to sing harmony as well as melody. She was introduced to Essex Harmony via Soul Song, a comfort choir, and is eager to learn more about shaped note and other early vocal music.
Sara Herman joined The Essex Harmony in the fall of 2019 as an Alto. Sara didn't start singing until her mid 20s when she was introduced to the ukulele; but it has been non stop strumming and singing since then. Sara lives in Beverly with her husband and twin boys. In addition to taking care of her boys dog, cats and bunnies, she is working towards a degree in occupational therapy, planning to graduate in spring of 2020.
I began my private vocal training with several instructors at the age of 16. After marriage and having my children I decided to pursue a music degree in performance at North Shore Community College. After completing my Associates Degree,I transferred to the University of Lowell. During that time, I had finished all my vocal credits and learned to perform in French, Italian and German. Because of my strong commitment to my family I decided to end my college time and interviewed for a position as a Music Director at St. Paul’s Church in Hamilton which I enjoyed staying for 15 yrs. My second position was with The Immaculate Conception Church in Salem, Ma. which ended after 19Yrs. During my years as Music Director I also sang for Weddings, Funerals, and Directed several Christmas Cantatas which were shown during the season on the Salem TV channel for viewing. I am now retired but lead in song at Masses at St. John The Baptist in Peabody, MA., joined a Threshold Group that sings for hospice and also joined a Soul Song group that sings for rehab patients. I have just joined the Essex Harmony group and I am enjoying it immensely!
Rich Nevius discovered he liked to sing when his High School started a boy's chorus with a focus on Barbershop harmonies. School and church choirs followed. Then career and family intervened for many years. Motivated by a remarkable musician leading the choir in Chelmsford, Rich returned to singing tenor in the church and with a group at the Senior Center. Having moved to Danvers two years ago he is very happy to have joined the Essex Harmony and looks forward to many years as a contributor.
Seamus McLaughlin is a vocalist, percussionist, and harmonica player. He spent 15 years as a bassist working in various bands, orchestras, and recording situations. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Acoustics and Sound Recording and worked for 20 years as a designer of high power audio amplifiers for home and theater applications and also for live performance. Current musical activities include a small group playing various American traditional styles and some vintage jazz and swing.
Ned Martin was born in 1933. I began to sing with the church choir in 1936, but my mother carried me out of the sanctuary. By Junior High they let me into the choir, but mostly to keep the tenor next to me on pitch with his lovely voice. By high school I sang with the school choir and a boy's octet, and sang the Major General in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance”. I also played trumpet and baritone horn in orchestra and band at Lockland High School, Ohio. Later at the College of Wooster I continued in the Glee Club and took some voice lessons though I didn't practice enough. The rest of my life I have enjoyed choirs and concert groups in communities and churches in Ohio and Massachusetts.