Our bass section provides the foundation for the entire ensemble. It’s truly special to hear a powerful bass section, and we are pretty sure this year’s section will not disappoint!
Andy Abbott has felt it to be a privilege, since his first rehearsal with the Carolyn Eynon Singers in October of 2008, to sing with this talented group of people. As a singer, he finds the music enjoyable, inspiring and, yes, often challenging, and finds it rewarding to help create something of beauty with each concert presented to CES audiences.
As a native of Phoenix, he grew up and attended schools here. Music has been part of his life for many years, having played the trumpet in his high school marching band and singing since he was in a teen church choir. He has enjoyed singing with other groups at Pacific Christian College, Glendale Community College, Scottsdale Community College, and Arizona State University, and he also currently sings in the choir at Chaparral Christian Church and the community-based Pitch Pipes Quartet.
The pride and joy of his life are his three grown children — Adam, Andrew, and Angela — all living here in the valley.
As for employment, he is the Assistant Controller for a wholesale distributor in the air conditioning industry, where he has been for 23 years.
Bass Kevin Bridgman was raised in a family of musicians, learning genres ranging from Southern Baptist hymns, to country western, to rock and roll. He began singing around the age of 10 and sang in high school, college, and various choirs over the years, including barbershop. He also sang in several classic musicals including "Fiddler on the Roof," "Hello, Dolly" and "My Fair Lady." He really enjoyed singing in musicals.
He is now is his second season with CES, and he was originally invited by his next-door neighbor to audition. His favorite song to sing is a pirate song his father sang at a local fundraiser called "Three for Jack." When he is not singing, he takes pleasure in landscaping, reading, and in enjoying the arts with his lovely wife, Aggie, with whom he relocated here from Illinois three years ago. He also loves to cook and experiment with new recipes, and to hike the various trails and peaks in Arizona and California.
Rex Salthun didn’t fancy himself much of a singer — at least, not until he was chosen from his high school’s 80-voice a cappella choir to attend “All-State.” The honor included a road trip and a couple days of fun, but also serious rehearsing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Grammy-winning director, Richard P. Condie; and then, a most memorable recorded performance at the KRNT Theater in downtown Des Moines. Since those high school days, church and community choir singing kept vocal music close to his heart.
The toughest choral piece he ever tackled? Rex says, “That’s become a tie, between ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ (William Walton) and ‘Carmina Burana’ (Carl Orff).” Along the way, he’s sung Requiems by Brahms, Mozart, and Vivaldi; and Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” And for many years, he participated in singing Handel’s “Messiah” (his favorite oratorio) with a mixed college/community choir at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.
When not singing, Rex and Kathy are active in their church, and with their adult children. An additional blessing, and admittedly “tough duty” is following three grandchildren (ages 14, 11, & 5) around the Valley, attending their many and varied activities.
Bass John Wanat is now in his third season with the Carolyn Eynon Singers. He answered a call for singers for a performance of Beethoven's “Ninth Symphony” with the Scottsdale Philharmonic, whose chorale was being directed by Carolyn Eynon. After the audition, she invited him to join her group, which he happily did.
Though he sang in college and high school glee clubs, John had only sporadically sung in church choirs in his middle years. He was very pleased to return to singing more now, and especially with the fine singers of CES. Now retired from a career as an academic, the Illinois native moved to Arizona nine years ago to be closer to family.