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.
Pat Foley has been singing ever since she can remember. First, it was in church with the congregation, which led to her joining the choir. At school, she joined the 8th grade choir, and accompanied their graduation song, "Moon River." She was in choir for all four years of high school, and went to All State Chorus for three of those years. She then went on to major in music in college. She holds a B.S. in Music Education, and a Master's in Vocal Performance.
She has taught in the schools for 31 years, and directed church choirs in Missouri and Kentucky. Here, she is the substitute choir director at Chaparral Christian Church, and a substitute teacher for the Scottsdale schools. This is her third year with the CE singers, where she sings alto and is the Music Librarian. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, knitting, and eating the delicious meals cooked by her husband, Ken Jackson.
Susan Dover has sung alto with CES for three seasons, starting with their collaborative performance with the Scottsdale Philharmonic of Beethoven’s “9th Symphony.” Currently, she also serves on the CES Board as Treasurer.
Before joining CES, she sang with the Fountain Hills Community Chorus. The highlight with FHCC was a trip to Salzburg, Austria, to sing in a concert at the Mozarteum, celebrating the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music.” After graduating New York University with a Bachelors in Dance Education, Susan performed professionally in summer stock and dinner theaters in such musicals as "Carousel," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Brigadoon." Now, after many years, moves around the country, numerous careers, and ultimately earning her Series 7 Securities license, she is a Registered Sales Assistant at the Scottsdale branch of the investment company, Raymond James and Associates.
She thanks her company for their corporate sponsorship of CES this season. Susan’s mother resides and thrives in the Vi retirement community at Grayhawk, and they have also become supporters of CES over the last three years. She thanks them, as well as her husband, children, and friends for coming to all of our concerts!
Pam Griffin has been singing alto with the Carolyn Eynon Singersfor 3 years and enjoys the varied musical selections and venues. She began singing as a child, and in high school was selected to an elite ensemble called “Swing Sixteen,” which competed in state-level competition. In her early 20’s she sang with a small group at weddings and parties, and once sang at a funeral mass attended by Senator Ted Kennedy.
She has spent her professional career as a registered nurse, working in the field of clinical cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; and at one point, spent 5 weeks in Zhenzhou, China, helping to manage a clinical trial for bladder cancer. However, her busy career precluded doing any additional singing for many years until she moved to Arizona. She currently works part-time for Mayo Clinic, reporting on outcomes of bone marrow transplant.
Her other hobbies include horseback riding and traveling to remote ecolodges in locations such as Botswana and Costa Rica. She shares her home with her cousin, and currently cares for 2 cats, 1 dog, and 3 horses.
Originally from Louisiana, alto Sheridan Hailes began singing at a very young age, with her parents and her 8 siblings, all of whom sang and danced. She sang in grade schools, churches, All-State and Regional choirs, in musicals and plays, and was awarded a vocal scholarship at University of Louisiana. "There is never a time when I'm singing that I don't feel joy," states Sheridan of her passion for singing. Her favorite kind of music is basically "anything with harmony." She's now in her second season with CES, and having a wonderful time.
In her working life, she is a Program Coordinator for a women's Christian non-profit organization called "Beyond Fear to Freedom." She loves her job and her life. She has two sons. Her favorite foods are raw fruits and veggies, and her favorite hobby is laughing! She looks forward to more singing, laughing, hiking, and working out, (even though she has only one knee-cap, thanks to playing in Collegiate sports), mentoring, volunteering, reading, and working!
Sara Persson sings alto (or occasionally, second soprano, when a piece has two soprano parts) in CES. She was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, but has lived outside her native country during the past twenty-three years — thirteen years in Asia, four years in France, and almost six years in Arizona. She originally sang with CES during the choir’s second and third seasons and now, after five years in China, she is back again.
She has been singing for as long as she can remember, and has always, wherever she has lived, found a group to sing with — be it a choir, ensemble, or rock band. She enjoys singing Christmas carols, and AC/DC, and everything in between. Singing with CES is challenging and inspirational, and she feels lucky to be part of this group of talented singers led by the extraordinary Carolyn Eynon.