Our Leadership Team

 

Our Director

 

 

 

Connie Alward- Director and Bass Section Leader

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 was a soloist and 1st chair Tenor Saxophone player, along with learning to play several other 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 a participant in the Director Certification Program.  She has been in dozens of quartets over the years, winning a 2nd, three 4th and one 5th place medal(s.)  Her former quartet, Aspire!, also placed 3rd at the Ballad Town USA contest, in Forest Grove, OR, in both 2014 and 2015.   

 

Candis Conley, our Assistant Director

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Our Board:

Our chorus has a 6-person Board. These dedicated ladies help run the working of the chorus. Here are some recent picutes from a meeting where we celebrated the Installation of new Board members, as well as recognized those that had served over the past year. Pictured here is Beth Barrett our current president installing the new Board.

 

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Wendy Foster - Baritone Section Leader

Wendy is talented singer and very active member of GOC. She is a member of our board, current treasurer, and has held just about every position on the board. Here she is in action.

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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!

  • Sang lead and/or Tenor with several different quartets
  • Lead section leader for several years
  • Music librarian for several years
  • Served as treasurer for 2 years

 

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Pat Witt - Tenor Section Leader  & Webmistress

Pat has been singing barbershop music since her late 20’s, let’s just say for several years. She started out in a little chorus called “Kachina Chorus” in Phoenix, Az, directed by Linda Kelly and a few years later made the Scottsdale Chorus her home for 15 years. During her time in the Scottsdale Chorus they earned  International bronze, silver, and gold medals, under direction of first Bev Sellers and then Lori Lyford, both wonderful directors. Pat also sang tenor in mid-size Fiesta chorus, directed by Barbara Link and had the fun experience of singing in the Buckeye competition in Ohio.  Pat has sung tenor in too many quartets to name, most of them in Region 21.  Region 21, the choruses and the quartets in which she participated all gave Pat great access to coaching that was very valuable.

Before moving to Phoenix and getting into barbershop Pat earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education and taught elementary school for a few years. After getting a Masters in Accountancy she became an accountant, working for a local utility. A lifelong musician, Pat still plays her guitar and is active in local church and other musical activities.

 

 


If you have any questions about the website please contact Pat at pwitt285@gmail.com.

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Sandi Lazzaro - Choreographer

Sandi began dance lessons at 5 and continues to study many dance forms today. 

  • Taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, tumbling, Hawaiian dance for almost 50 years.

  • Resident Choreographer for Whidby Island Playhouse for 10 years

  • Owner, director and choreographer of "Dance Dynamics Studio"
  • Performed with "International Pirates Performing Troupe" for 10 years
  • Director, costumer, choreographer Na Hula 'O Wahine 'Ilikea
  • Choreographer, costumer, Grand Olympics Chorus

I've wanted to sing well and with confidence for a long time; when I read in the newspaper that my long time friend Mike Menefee was directing GOC I joined right away. Singing with GOC has been a highlight in my life and is giving me the vocal confidence I was looking for.

 

 

 

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Nancy Anderson - Assistant 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 Christmas group as well as the Grand Olympics Chorus.

Nancy has been singing with the Grand Olympics Chorus for 15 years.

  • Member of the choreography team for 10 years
  • Served two back to back terms as GOC board treasurer
  • Co-chair of the Marketing and Membership committee
  • iGive contact
  • Annual Show co-chair
  • Assistant stage director
  • Quartet and Octet member

I was recruited by a former chorus member who suggested I attend a Monday evening practice and I was hooked. Sweet Adelines has so many wonderful aspects. Barbershop is a complex, but very rewarding art form. The music is varied; the challenges sometimes great; and the performing extremely rewarding. Besides, the friends you make are for a lifetime.


 

 

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The Mission of the Grand Olympics Chorus is to provide the opportunity for women to learn and grow in the craft of barbershop singing in a fun and friendly atmosphere and to entertain our communities with quality barbershop harmony. Grand Olympics Chorus is a member of Sweet Adelines International