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Peggy Barber, a 40+ year member of the club, has been happily singing and playing the flute for all those years. She holds a degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Music Education, with a major in voice and minor in flute. She has recently retired from Chicago Choral Artists, a professional ensemble of 28-32 voices. She also sings with the Oak Park Heritage Choral and is a paid singer in several churches in the Chicago area.  For WSMC Peggy has served as President, Program Committee co-chair, and is presently Chairman of the Membership Committee. Besides singing, Peggy loves gardening, dog training, playing tennis and RV traveling.

 

Peggy Barber

Celeste Martino

Celeste Martino, soprano soloist has sung in numerous professional performances throughout the United States and Europe. Recently, Celeste sang Sandrina in a German Mozart opera for Sinfonietta Bel Canto, appearing annually. Among other opera roles she enjoyed singing Rosalinda and Violetta with the Elgin Opera. Her concert for the Hinsdale Lyric Opera Chapter and IPPL, is on Youtube. She debuted Brahms Requiem with the Downers Grove Choral Society, Coronation Mass and Messiah with Hinsdale Chorale, and appears annually for the Western Springs and Hinsdale Music Clubs. Celeste sings in 9 languages, sacred music, teaches, is a health coach, and has a young family. She holds a B.M. cum laude from University of Houston with a minor in Italian, and M.M. studies at DePaul University School of Music in vocal performance.

Karen Smith

Karen Smith - For many years, Karen was a professional singer in San Luis Potosi Mexico, singing the classics, opera, German Lied, Jazz, pop, medieval and others. She had an active career, being hired and admired by the residents and musicians of that community. In 2009 Karen moved back to the Chicago suburbs to help her mother.  She hopes to return to Mexico to pick up where she left off.  Karen has been an outstanding secretary of WSMC for the past 4 years. She sings with the Tower Chorale and is presently enrolled in private Jazz vocal improvisation classes with jazz educator, Janice Borla.
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