May 23rd, 2017

From Chorister Fred: This is Pete Vanden Bosch’s new Email address. Pete often stood next to me in the Bass section and always was right on key and tempo.

Pete – it was a pleasure to have sung while standing next to you and to talk about what my and your churches were doing now. Thanks!

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:49 PM, Peter Vanden Bosch wrote:


You’re the only NOVA Chorus members I’ve gleaned email addresses for in the last 3 years of singing — bad on me. I would tell some other members, but I’ll tell at least you that this chorus has been a delight, and I’m sorry to not be here as you transition to a new director, with all the challenges that entails.

I think we all came, or all stuck around, in response to Mark’s extraordinary directing, musicianship, and teaching. No one has helped me improve more in any length of time, either in my singing or in my teaching approaches. He has been the heart and soul of this chorus. I can’t say that often enough or with enough passion.

But I’m writing to make a plea. Please remember what a remarkable group you are even without Mark’s leadership. The choir members as a whole haven’t been terribly tight-knit, but those of us who have been around longer or who have been in some of Mark’s smaller classes have formed friendships and have exerted some great leadership. I really, really hope that continues and that you strong folks help this the choir find its new path.

It’s been a privilege to make music with each of you. Here’s my contact info, and I hope you won’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re ever around Portland.

Pete Vanden Bosch
[See email for contact information]

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