So many people to thank.
There are more teachers and mentors who were part of my development in music, and also other supporters.
Thanks to the late Peter Braun, my music teacher and school and church choir director, for teaching me so much about music and performance and for providing me with early opportunities.
Thanks to the late Helen Litz, director and conductor of the Mennonite Children’s Choir.
Thanks to my friend in the Mennonite Children’s Choir, Anita Fannenschmidt, for standing by me literally and figuratively and for nudging me in the ribs when I went off pitch.
Thanks to my voice teachers, Ruth Ens and John Martens.
Thanks to my college choir conductor, William Baerg.
Dale Warkentin, without your encouragement and support in Flin Flon for those couple of years, I may well have faltered.
The late Ted Goosen provided me with an opportunity to use my musical training and abilities at Simonhouse Bible Camp. Apparently they still sing some of my old songs up there.
Thanks to my piano teacher, the very accomplished Judith-Lynn Kehler Siebert, who taught me what it means to practice (though I took a rather long while to catch on).
My mentors, John Ens and Henry Wedel in particular, very much helped me to learn about singing bass, being a choir member, and to take leadership responsibly.
Arlie Langager led a choir at the University of Calgary while she did some graduate work there, and being part of that choir was certainly a highlight for me at that time.
Lisa Rosenberg gave me an opportunity to work on a song supporting the development of clean water infrastructure in Eastern Africa. That was an excellent experience for me in developing a project, and I hope to someday do more of that kind of work.
Thanks to Katherine “Em” for her support and encouragement, especially through social media.
Thanks to Jenn Byrnes and Lori Motherwell for their encouragement too.
Thanks to those in my extended family and on my social media network who encourage me. It does not go unnoticed.
There are so many more of you to thank, for so much. For now, this will have to do. Please be assured, I appreciate you all, though my expression of that can never be adequate.