Our Altos

Filling out the sound of the choir is our amazing alto section. Not often in the spotlight, altos are the unsung heroines of the choir, bringing color and excitement to any vocal arrangement.


Irene Barberio, Section LeaderIrene Barberi, Section LeaderI’m Irene Barberio. I am originally from Stratford, CT, but have lived in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida before settling in Arizona last year with my husband of 52 years. I have been singing since I auditioned for a part in the operetta “Chonita” in junior high school and have always found wonderful groups to sing with no matter where our careers have taken us. These have included the Monmouth Civic Choir, the New Jersey Philharmonic, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and the Stetson University Choral Union, among many others.

One of the highlights of my singing experiences was travelling to Rome with the Elizabeth Ann Seton Choir of Palm Coast, Fl, where we gave a concert at St.Ignatius Church in Rome, sang mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, and ended with mass at St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, where absolute silence is mandated, but waived for us for the occasion – a spiritually emotional and joyful trip.

This is my second season with the Carolyn Eynon Singers and I couldn’t be more pleased with this wonderful group of dedicated singers. After 30 years of teaching high school mathematics I’m very much enjoying devoting my time to music and tennis (my other passion).

Amelia PonderAmelia PonderBio coming!

Anne VarnerAnne VarnerAlthough a native of Minnesota, I have lived in Arizona (off and on) since 1961. I have been involved with choral music since early childhood. I would like to remember and thank my early mentors: my mother, Elizabeth Hesch, Edna Fenwick (Alta Vista School), Dale Sanderman (Cortez High School); and Paul Salamunovich (Mt. St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles). Their influence and the beautiful music they shared continue to inspire me to this day.

Since college, I have sung with many church choirs, the German-American Chorus of Frankfurt Germany, the Chesapeake Chorale near Annapolis Maryland, the Bruce Nehring Consort based in El Paso, and the American Arts Chorale in the 2000’s under the direction of Carolyn Eynon. Following resolution of some vocal health issues, I am delighted to return choral singing, once again with Carolyn Eynon and CES.

Professionally, I have a BS in Nursing from Mt. St. Mary’s University and MS in Nursing from UT Austin. I just retired last year following a full career as a Registered Nurse in both the military and civilian sectors. Music, travel, volunteer work, and my family keep me busy. My husband, Daniel Sr., and I live in Glendale, Arizona. We have two sons, Daniel II and James Steven.

Darbie HallDarbie HallBio coming soon...

Jill HigginsJill Higgins ~ Alto & ComposerBio coming soon…

Kelly ScottKelly ScottBio coming!

Suzanne BlockSuzanne BlockBio coming soon...

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