Meet Our Members!

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Jan Taylor - Lead

     I have been a musician almost all my life, with seventeen years of training as a classical pianist followed by five years of vocal training, and lots of years of dance (ballet, jazz, and a little tap). Prior to joining Red RockAppella in 2011, my only public singing was recitals, my wedding, and around campfires. I am also on the board of directors of the Benefactors of Red Rock State Park and the Grand Canyon River Runners Association.

     My hobbies are hiking, kayaking, white water rafting, and knitting. Since joining RRA, I have served on the board as membership chair, recording secretary, show chair, and acting president.

 

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Sandy Wingate - Tenor

Sandy has been with Sweet Adelines for almost 30 years and was Red RockAppella's director for over ten years.  Along with every chorus member, she treasures the music, camaraderie, and fun that the chapter provides. She is one of the original founding mothers of Red RockAppella which began in 2006. She has sung lead, bari and is now singing tenor with us! Yay!

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Carolyn Blecha - Bari

     Carolyn has been a bari with RedRockAppella since the beginning in 2006. An avid traveler she has visited over 25 countries! She sang lead with the quartet Calliope and bari with Sedona Swings. She splits her time between Sedona and Colorado and we are always ecstatic when she returns!


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Florence Thompson - Lead

     I have lived in Sedona since the year 2000, moving from Southern Arizona, growing up in Scottsdale. I participated in school choral and theatrical groups, developing a love for music at an early age. After graduating from Coronado High School I attended Mesa Community College, majoring in English and Psychology and taking classes at Phoenix College and ASU.  I traveled in Europe for a year in 1969 and 1970 experiencing other cultures and singing folk songs and some rock and roll with friends I met along the way.
     I joined Red Rockapella in 2012 and have enjoyed the musical experience of singing with a wonderful group of ladies who share a love of music.

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Sue Buffum - Bari


I grew up in Rhode Island, graduating from Brown University with a BA in mathematics and economics, followed by an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut. I relocated from New Jersey to the beautiful red rocks of Sedona in June 2017, after a 40+ year career as an investment professional.        

My musical experience includes singing in my church choir in New Jersey. Prior to that I sang in the choirs of the First Baptist Church of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Calvary Baptist Church in Providence, Rhode Island. I sang in the mixed chorus in junior high but opted to play in the band instead once I got to high school.

            I love traveling, golfing, biking, and hiking, and when I’m not doing those things—or singing—I volunteer at the library and am still in the process of renovating my house.

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Sharon Madison - Lead


My music background consists of singing in my church and school choirs while growing up in upstate New York and singing in a women’s a cappella group in college. Over the years I have sung in various school and community musicals as well as performing “on the road” with my a cappella group in Bermuda.

Once I left college, I did not sing with a group until I moved to Sedona, where I became a charter member of Red RockAppella in 2006. I have held various positions in the chorus from music committee, to section leader, to team leader. I have also written most of the show scripts for our annual performances. I am willing to serve on the team although I am frequently (and literally) “on the trail.”


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Jeanie Carroll - Director

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Deb Stein - Bari

 

     My husband and I moved to Sedona two years ago. We had vacationed here several times before to escape the Wisconsin winters and loved the beauty and hiking trails! Our daughter moved here a couple of years before we did. We say we were meant to be here in Sedona because we sold our house and land up north and ice cream business witin two weeks of  listing them!

     I worked as a registered nurse for 35 years, specializing in asthma and allergies for 25 of those. I enjoyed volunteering on PTO boards, church councils and the local food pantry. As a child I heard my mom and two uncles sing in harmony together at family functions. One of my uncles was a high school band director and plays several instruments and still plays in swing bands at 82!

   I started singing in school and church choirs in 6th grade and was a part of a high school a cappella girls group that sang songs in Old English. I was a vocalist in a folk group that lead music at church for 25 years. I joined the Red Rockappella Chorus at the end of the summer of 2017 and I am happy to be singing with a group of friendly, warm, and welcoming women!

 

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Deb Sanders - Lead


     A long-time Sedona resident, Deb has been exposed to Barbershop music her whole life thanks to her dad who was an avid Barbershopper! She has lent her sensational lead voice to Red RockAppella since its inception and to several quartets and has an unparalleled mastery of the Barbershop tone. Deb has been an educator for many years, leading the gifted program for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District forming the leaders of tomorrow.    

     Red Rockappella is grateful for all the education received through her wonderful warm-up exercises where she shares her expansive knowledge about great vocal production!


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Dianne Evans - Bari


     Dianne is enjoying her third year with Red RockAppella and Sweet Adelines.  Her baritone voice has also been heard in two RRA quartets:  Calliope and Plan B. 

     Dianne was born in Michigan and ran a hospital blood bank in her home town.  Wanderlust later took her to a 300-year old house in Boston where she sold hospital information systems.  Her next leap was to Northern Virginia to manage training for an information systems firm from her Civil War Era farmhouse. 

     Ten years ago she finally discovered her true home in the Verde Valley.  When she isn't singing, she runs a home remodeling business, teaches water aerobics, and attempts abstract painting.


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Karen Harrison - Bass


     I am a Navy Brat, born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. I moved to Arizona  in 1970, and have been here in Cottonwood for about 38 years.

     Music has been part of my life since I was a child.. In the 3rd grade, I played “Little Red Riding Hood” in a puppet show, singing the title song. I have been in every Glee Club, Chorus and specialty choir, from grade school through High School. And for a time sang at open Mic. night, in the Clubhouse, in the community where I live.

     I joined Red RockAppella Chorus in 2014 since I was seriously bit by that old “Barbershop Bug”!

     My Second love(s) are, cake decorating, & sewing, I do a lot of wedding things, from garters, flower girl, and bridesmaid dresses, etc. I also make Raggety Ann & Andy Style dolls, and Christening gowns.

     I especially love designing and making our chorus costumes.

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 Sue Williams - Lead

Sue has been around barbershop music nearly her whole life. Her mother was a Sweet Adeline bass and her step-father, a Barbershop tenor.  Having fallen in love with that delightful, ringing a cappella harmony, she joined a chorus in Whittier, California in 1972, where she sang lead for 6 years. 

Sue was a high school English and science teacher in the Los Angeles area before retiring and moving to Sedona in 2001.  She sang with Red RockAppella for three years during its Christmas holiday performances before joining the chorus full-time in 2011. 

Her spare time is filled with various volunteer activities, traveling, and, of course, Red RockAppella.


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Katherine Whitacre - Tenor

 

Katherine Whitacre hails from Louisiana and was taught to harmonize at a young age by her opera-singing mother. As a young girl, Katherine sang in school choirs, both in mixed and girls’ groups. After a long hiatus that included traveling the country and getting a Master’s Degree in Soil Science, she returned to singing and joined Red RockAppella in 2012 for several years.  

Katherine took a short leave and returned to the chorus in January 2018. She is married to Jeffrey Whitacre and lives in Flagstaff, where she works as a Research Specialist at NAU. When you’re in Flagstaff, listen carefully and you will sometimes hear her lovely voice around town…singing alone or with her jazz trio, Orpheus.


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Joy Watson - Lead


     I am an energetic music educator, who enjoys music from all genres and encourages my students to learn about and appreciate a variety of music. I play many instruments and have taught band, choir and general music from K-8th grade.

      I am married to an outdoorsman and Reddit enthusiast and have two grown children who I am very proud of and one darling granddaughter. I have lived in Arizona most of my adult life with a few years in Asia and Africa which truly added to my life experiences and appreciation of all cultures.

      I enjoy most sports; my favorites being baseball, football and dance. I hope everyone will be lifelong learners and be strong, kind, and courageous in all their endeavors and to always give their best effort!


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Andrea Guerrette - Bass

 

     Hi! Andrea here. I am a texas-born Arizonan raised in Mississippi. I met my husband in Texas and we relocated to Flagstaff for Northern Arizona University.

     I had five children, taught at Carden of the Peaks School for 25 years then when the school closed, went to work at San Francisco de Asis Catholic School as a pre-school aide.

     I sang in  a chorus in high school, joined the Flagstaff Sweet Adelines group, Flagstaff Gateway Chapter, as an adult and loved it from the first rehearsal. That chapter closed, but I remained chapter-at-large until becming a charter member of Red Rockappella in 2006. I still love singing with the group and look forward to singing for many more years to come!



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