Accepting the position of Director for the Westernaires is Sylvia Collins. Her objective in leading the Chorus is to continue the legacy of comradery, fun and dedication in the Choral program in Sun City West.
Sylvia has been a High School and Jr. High Choir director and music teacher in the Green Bay & Milwaukee, WI areas from 1965-1996. During the same period of time, she was an Adult Church Choir Director in various churches in the same areas. For those from Wisconsin, those city/towns include: Suamico, Oshkosh, Brookfield, Green Bay, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Suring, Oak Creek and Milwaukee.
Sylvia also was a private voice, piano and early education music instructor at Oshkosh Vocational College, WI. She was an Adjudicator of Wisconsin Schools Music Assoc. yearly Solo and Ensemble Contest. Sylvia received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, WI.
For the first time in the Westernaires history, four accomplished pianists from within the Westernaires are accompanying the Chorus. The Westernaires is fortunate to have such talent. In addition to sharing those responsibilities, they are active members of the Chorus as pictured from left to right: Beth Hamstra, soprano; Judy Moreland, alto; Sandy DeRosso, alto; and Tim DeRosso, tenor.
Additional information of each accompanist will be forthcoming.