I love to sing. I have been singing in choirs for forty years. I started as a tenor, at Baltimore City College (High School.) That lasted about two weeks. They moved me to baritone, and shortly thereafter to bass, where I stayed. Two years at Pikesville Senior High, under the direction of Dr. Dick Disharoon, developed vocal music into a passion that has stayed with me ever since. Thanks, Dick!
I sang with the choir at Chizuk Amuno Congregation for a number of years. Sacred music is an inspiration, whether singing or listening. I have to thank Saul Lillienstein for his fine, exacting direction.
Back in the early 90's, Pikesville choir graduates had a reunion, and from that, the Pikesville Alumni Choir was born. It was a lot of fun, working with people from a great span of years. Larry, John, Danny, and I thought it would be cool to try singing barbershop, and we formed the Alumnotes with the help of our friend and pianist, Claire. They made me sing baritone, but I loved it anyway! We sang at parties and meetings, but the high spot was singing The Star Spangled Banner at Camden Yards, the Orioles' home field. They must have liked us, because they invited us back three times. We even got to sing Oh, Canada before a game against the Blue Jays.
After I moved to Arizona, one of the first orders of business was to find a group to sing with. For the spiritual, I joined the choir at Beth El Congregation. I was there for a couple of years, and then was invited to join the group at Temple Chai, where I sang until I left Phoenix. For the secular, I joined the Paradise Valley Cactus Chordsmen. I can't imagine going through a week without a couple of rehearsals!
With the Chordsmen, I got the chance to sing at the Bank One Ballpark, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here we are, singing the national anthem with the Three Rivers Chorus, from Pittsburgh.
Now that I'm in Seattle, I sing with the Seattle Seachordsmen, pictured below.
I'm also a member of the choir at Temple Beth Am. That's Wendy Marcus, our director, with the fiddle.
"How many guys sing in your barbershop quartet?" Well, in this case, there are six of us! That's why What's Cookin'? is known as a VLQ - a very large quartet.
Oh, yeah-I play the guitar and baritone uke a bit. But not enough to say I'm a real musician! Here's a pic of me, with Bob, another Bob, and Carl, appearing as "Peter, Paul, and Murray..."