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The People behind the Voices.

"WFS offers our community joy and serene peace through music. WFS is a way for many different ages to come together to experience unity through song."
As we endeavour to attract new choir members for September, these words from Naomi are very pertinent.
Naomi Masters is one of our newest choir members but she is by no means new to challenging choral music! She is pictured here with her Mother, Marianne, who 'spoke' to us in our last choir member feature.
Naomi writes:
"I have been singing ever since I can remember. My entire family is musical and music has been ingrained in us ever since I was very small. I can clearly remember many times growing up where I sat down with any number of my immediate family members and created music together. My mother has, by far, had the biggest musical impact on my life. I took piano lessons for about 10 years (many of those years being with Janet Robb, our wonderful accompanist), I joined Linda VanWinden's Cantabile Singers at the age of 7, for about 5 years, I took 7 years of private voice lessons, and I tried to be a part of as much music at school as I possibly could be (choir, musical theatre, and band).
I joined WFS this past September. I just returned home in May 2016, after completing a Bachelor of Music Education at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While I was at school I had the opportunity to be a part of an incredible choir, so joining WFS was an obvious next step.
I am more or less from Woodstock. My family moved from Denmark to Sarnia, Ontario when I was only three years old. A couple of years later we moved to Oxford Centre where we lived for most of my childhood. Growing up I was able to attend East Oxford Public School, where Valerie Easton was my music teacher, and then London District Christian Secondary School and WCI, each for 2 years.
My lifelong dream has been to become an elementary music teacher. Two months after graduating I got married and moved into a house in Woodstock. I am currently in the process of acquiring my Ontario Teachers Certification, as I am only certified in Michigan right now. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for 5 years. Currently my youngest student is 7 and my oldest student is 70 (a true testament that music is for all ages!). This coming September I will be working as an Education Assistant at Providence Christian School in Hamilton with a grade one student. Outside of my work life, I spend a lot of time volunteering at my church, Faithway Baptist. I lead worship, teach kindergarten Sunday school, and I am a leader of the junior high youth group."

Naomi feels that WFS gives her a safe place to grow in her musical abilities.
And her favourite song this past term?
'In the Heart of the World' by Bob Chilcott.
"One of the things that I love most about music is that it is a universal language. I believe that music can unite people in a way that nothing else can. I think that is exactly what Chilcott is trying to do. He wants to unite people through song. This beautiful and powerful song reminds us that no matter what happens in life, no matter what comes our way, we should never stop singing because it unites us together as one."
We thank Naomi for uniting with US in song this year, and we look forward to many more seasons of learning and growing together!

Choristers, click for WFS Chorister Information.2015-16





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