Meet The Members

Joyce Bowlby

President

  • Member since 2012

  • ​Second Soprano

  • Lifetime choir singer

  • Publicist for Music, Karaoke and Idaho Clubs

  • Avid golfer, traveler, and photographer

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Sylvia Collins
General Member

  • Soprano 2/Alto1

  • Member since 2021

  • Graduate of The University of Wisconsin school of music, in music education with a comprehensive (instrumental and vocal)

  • Bachelor of Music Degree. 

  • Taught vocal and choral music in Wisconsin until retirement in 1998. 

  • Before retirement, directed multiple adult church choirs in Wisconsin and Texas.

  • Current director of the Westernaires Chorus of Sun City West.

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Judy Couvillion

Vice President

  • Soprano 2, Alto1

  • Member since 2016

  • Lifetime singer in many choral groups

  • Plays piano, clarinet, baritone ukulele

  • Enjoys knitting, bicycling, mahjongg, cards, reading and baking

Lynn Dentel

General Member

  • Registered Nurse

  • Alto 2

  • Member since  2015

  • Hails from Iowa

  • Lifetime Church choir singer

  • Plays piano and organ

  • Weekly volunteer for music program at Rock Creek Memory Care

Maura Faille

Webmaster & Music Librarian

  • Soprano 1/2, Member since 2018

  • MBA, B.S. Mensa

  • Major in Biology/Chemistry with

  • minors in art/music (voice)

  • Retired IBM Exec Consultant

  • Lifetime choir singer, high school/college choruses, and a capellla groups

  • Bowler, quilter, crossword puzzle enthusiast

Bobbi Friend

Director At-Large

  • First Soprano, Member since 2007

  • Daughter and family live in Israel

  • Singing since 14 yrs old

  • Milwaukee A Capella Choir

  • Performed at the Worlds Fair 1964

  • Former X-ray Technician

  • Admitting department administrator

Pam Hikinski

General Member

  • Second Alto, Member since 2016

  • Loves singing, travelling,  dancing

  • Married 55 years

  • Has lived all over the world

Janet Hitt

General Member

  • Soprano 1

  • Member since 2021

  • Janet and her husband Mike moved here to the desert from Washington State’s rain after retiring from teaching music in the public schools of Everett Washington in 2016. 

  • She has been involved in Choral Music throughout the stages of her life, as a child, as a student, as a profession and as a community member.  What a Gift! 

  • Today, Janet is focused as a senior citizen on personal growth finding Joy in each new day being Grateful for it’s Blessings. 

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Barbara Johnson

General Member

  • Soprano 2/Alto 1

  • Member since 2021

Terry Johnson

General Member

  • Soprano 2, Alto 1

  • Masters in Elementary Education/Leadership

  • Member since 2017

  • Plays piano

  • Sings with Westernaires of Sun City West

Shirlee Lansing

Director At-Large

  • MSW, LICSW Treasurer

  • Second Alto. Member since 2016

  • Retired Clinical Social Worker

  • Accomplished clarinetist

  • Plays in multiple bands 

  • Lifetime choir singer

  • Enjoys making cards

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Sharlene MacPhee

General Member

  • Soprano 2, Alto 1

  • Member since 2017

  • Hails from Prince Edward Island, Canada

  • Retired social worker

  • Lifetime choir, glee club singer

  • Sang in operettas and Sweet Adelines

  • Volunteers with Rotary Club

  • Provides pet therapy

  • Hobbies include Sun City Players, travel playing cards, gardening and all aspects of photography

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Gail Madison

General Member

  • Alto 2

  • Member since xxxx

Grace Nyland

General Member

  • Soprano 1/2

  • Member since 2008

  • Hails from Chicago, Ill.

  • Grew up in a large  musical family and passed this love of music to her own children

  • Plays piano and organ and a variety of brass instruments

Susan Pederson

Rehearsal Transcriptionist

  • Soprano 2/Alto 1

  • Member since 2018

  • Hails from Racine, WI

  • Violinist

  • Lifetime choir singer

  • Avid ballroom dancer, traveler

  • Fitness, hiking, walking 

  • 42 years Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  • 2 children/6 granddaughters

Diane Plein

Publicity Coordinator

  • Diane Plein, Soprano 2, Alto 1 Member since 2012

  • Human Resources Analyst (ret'd)

  • Church choir singer for 30 yrs

  • Plays 5-string bluegrass banjo

  • Practices and teaches tai chi