Dorothy has been singing in or conducting choirs since she
was in kindergarten. She sang in her church choirs from the age of five,
started piano lessons when she was eight years old, and organ lessons
when she was fourteen. She has served as a church organist, played
percussion in junior and high school bands, and was pianist for her high
school jazz band. She also accompanied school choirs throughout middle
and high schools. In high school she had a brief encounter as a string
bass player and started voice lessons, which continued throughout
college and beyond. She coached a country band, directed a college glee
choir, two church choirs and a hand bell choir prior to directing
Issaquah Singers in 1987. Dorothy holds a Bachelors degree with a double
major in Music and Education and a focus in choral conducting from Whitworth University.
She has studied under Dr. Frank Green at Washington State University
and Dr. Thomas Tavener and Dr. Milton Johnson at Whitworth University.
In 1997 she earned a Masters of Education from Seattle University.
She inherited a large amount of vintage music from her mother and has
added to the collection over the years. She uses this original music to
create arrangements for Issaquah Singers.
first instrument was the accordion. A traveling preacher/music teacher
visited her parents' farm, tested her siblings and Susan, who was four at the
time, and decided she was "musical". (Susan says it was a good thing he
wasn't testing singing ability!) After about two years of accordion lessons,
the choice was presented to continue on the accordion or switch to piano.
Since she was already trying to play the accordion music on the piano, the
choice was clear. Through many lessons and teachers, (her mom was the
first), the piano stayed Susan's friend and confidant through two years of
college. Then came marriage, children, and many years of frequent moves. It
was not always possible to have her piano with her so for many years, playing was
intermittent. Then Susan took on a job as a church accompanist. The
practicing began again in earnest. In the late summer of either 1994, a
neighbor heard Susan playing and invited her to play for Issaquah Singers.
(Thank you, Ann McCarty!) Susan has since raised her family, gone back to
college, become a grandmother, and now works as an Occupational Therapy
Assistant. The Issaquah Singers have been there through good times and tough
times. Being part of the group changed her life and continues to fill it with
the music that she loves and many cherished friendships.
Loretta started on the Accordion at age 8 while living
in New Westminister, British Columbia. After her family moved to the United States in 1949 Loretta studied accordion with Tony Facciuto and voice with Jim
Vanderwekin. Loretta played professionally and taught accordion from age 16.
After graduation from Everett High School in 1956, Loretta became a Music
Major at Everett Junior College and took music classes at the University of Washington while teaching accordion at three music studios. Loretta was also
very involved in singing. In addition to singing in her church choir, she was
for many years a member of a double quartet and was in demand as a soloist. By
1967 Loretta and her husband had three children (soon to be 4) and a rapidly
growing family business, so she discontinued teaching accordion. Loretta
continued to entertain at many functions either as a soloist, an accordionist,
or with the double quartet. Since moving to Providence Point in 2002 Loretta
has performed as an accordionist at many functions in the area. In 2003 she
joined Issaquah Singers and greatly enjoys the music and the fellowship. She
brings her endearing love of music to every performance.
Alan has been playing music
for most of his life. His formal music training began by playing trumpet
in grade school and continued through college playing in concert bands,
orchestras, and stage bands like many students. Alan's love for music really started when the British invasion
hit America in 1963. He fell in love with the guitar as did many other boys his age
who wanted to learn to play the music
of the Beatles and other rock and roll bands they heard on the radio.
His dad wasn't that impressed, but Alan persevered and eventually talked
his dad into buying him a guitar which launched into a life time of
singing and playing the guitar and bass.
However, Alan's musical interest didn't end with
wanting to learn to play the guitar and rock and roll. Playing guitar
opened up a whole new world. It provided not only a great freedom of
expression but it was applicable to all kinds of music. The rest is
Alan's musical journey has provided many
opportunities to play and direct a variety of musical groups, from
church choirs, youth groups, jazz trios, vocal ensembles and of course,
rock and roll bands. From
secular to music ministry, he has performed for many different types of
audiences from churches to night clubs, to Ski resorts and everything in
between. His most favorite audiences are found at retirement centers and
Washington State prisons.
Alan has a vast interest in all styles of music and
venues including choral, gospel, Christian, Soul, R&B, Popular, Country
rock, Jazz Standards, Gypsy Jazz and folk music. His greatest influences
for playing guitar and bass include great guitarists such as Glen
Campbell, Django Rinehart, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Nathan East and
He was very fortunate to have teachers such as Bill
Klein, Harley Brumbaugh, Glenn Lutzenhizer, Del Hartman and many others
who helped develop his musical talents and encourage him to always
strive to be a good musician, but most of all, to enjoy and share it
Alan has been a member of the Issaquah Singers for
over two years. He can be found singing tenor when he is not
accompanying the choir with his guitar or bass. Alan lives with his
wife, daughter, three cats and a dog. He has spent most of his career in
computing support and currently works as a computer facilities manager
for a major computer group in Bellevue.
Rick Fogel is a distinguished
hammer dulcimer performer, luthier and teacher at festivals and venues across
the country. He displays virtuosity in his performance of classical,
traditional, Celtic, and original compositions, captivating audiences with
his mastery of the hammer dulcimer and his passionate enjoyment of music.
Rick plays three hammer dulcimers, with a span of over seven octaves. His musical
tastes are diverse, covering a wide range of styles and traditions and
changing easily from old-timey to classical. Whether powerful or tender,
Rick's music moves the spirit.
1975, Rick first learned to build and play the dulcimer in Charlottesville, Virginia, after receiving a
Master's degree in nuclear physics. He has since founded the Whamdiddle Dulcimer Company, built hundreds of
dulcimers, performed and taught workshops on building and playing dulcimers.
collaborated with the Seattle Symphony on a movie score and recording and was
featured in a TV documentary for PBS and NHK Japan on the "Craftsmen of the World" series. Details about his
dulcimers, recordings, lessons and classes can be found at www.whamdiddle.com.