History

The Tahoe Choir was founded in 1971 by Linda Madden. Under Ms. Madden's seventeen year reign as conductor, the choir grew and gained a reputation for presenting well rounded performances. Paul Templon, Musical Director from 1988 to 1992 shared his own special talents with the choir and in 1991 was awarded the El Dorado County Art Award. Linda Mitchell was accorded the position of co-conductor in 1992. In 1991 Ms. Mitchell became the choir's third Musical Director.

Winter and Spring concerts have showcased the talents of the volunteer members with a repertoire ranging from Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven to Pop & Folk works and Hollywood & Broadway musicals. Past performances have included collaborations with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Francisco Shakespeare Company. The choir has also appeared at the Bear Valley Music Festival, the Foothill Arts Festival and has participated in locally presented fairs and festivals.

The Tahoe Choir has been invited four times, in 1994, 1999, 2006 and 2012 to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On April 28, 2004, the Choir joined with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs from UNR to perform Carl Orff's Carmina Burana at Caesars Tahoe.


Linda Mitchell

Musical Director, Emerita (now Interim co-Director)


Linda Mitchell conducted the Tahoe Choir for over 20 years until her recent retirement from the podium. However, she remains active as a singer in the choir. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Music from the University of California at Riverside. She studied voice with Erwin Windward and Paul Templon, opera with Jan Popper and conducting with William Reynolds. She has attended numerous vocal master classes. She has performed in musical comedy and opera. As one of the original members of the Tahoe Choir, she has been a soloist in Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, and Respighi's Hymn to the Virgin. She also taught music at South Tahoe High School and was an associate faculty member at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Maureen "Moe" Leonard

Accompanist and co-Director


Maureen Leonard ("Moe") has resided at Lake Tahoe since 1977 following a career in Music Therapy. She graduated from Montclair University New Jersey with a BA in Music, majoring in piano as her primary instrument and voice as her secondary instrument. At Montclair, she studied piano with Julliard graduate, Professor Murray Present and accompanied many soloists, instrumental groups and choral groups. She received her certification in Music Therapy after her undergraduate studies. Ms. Leonard has performed solo-duet piano and organ works with the Tahoe Choir, Toccata, Trio Brio, and the American Guild of Organists. She has accompanied the former Tahoe Orchestra and is now the accompanist for the Tahoe Choir. She has been a church organist at St. Theresa Catholic church since 1980 and has been the Music Director there since 1993. She presently works as a realtor for RE/MAX Realty today.

Linda Hughes

Founder


Linda Madden Hughes founded the Tahoe Choir in 1971. For 17 years she was music director, program planner, fund raiser, and stage director. She also put together performances with the Reno Philharmonic and Bear Valley Music Festival. Born and raised in Los Angeles she earned her B.A. at UCLA, studying and performing with Dick Brewer, Roger Wagner, Jan Popper, and Lotfi Mansouri. She founded the Musical Comedy Workshop, still a part of the curriculum. She considers her mentor to be Gregg Smith with whom she performed, toured the US and Europe and recorded. Moving in 1990, she sang with the Contra Costa Chorale and the Solano Chorale Society and then retired, moving back to her beloved Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Choir. She says she's "very happy to be back."

Salli Parker

Accompanist, Emerita


Salli Parker, was born and raised in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Music from Goucher College and attended three years of graduate school at Cornell University in music theory, musicology, and piano. Ms. Parker spent the next fifteen years working and touring as a musical conductor/keyboard player in professional musical theater in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Florida, St. Louis, Ohio, Texas, Las Vegas, Reno, Australia, and, finally, Lake Tahoe. She worked on and off Broadway, and in Regional Theater, Summer Stock, and in the worlds of review, night clubs, and dinner theater. She accompanied the Tahoe Choir and taught piano classes at the College from 1989 until her recent retirement.