Sep 112015

Tenor Bill Horst has sung with Cantabile for five years. He began singing in church choirs in grade school and went on to be part of a high school barbershop quartet called “The Clef Dwellers” that performed for many local events and appeared in a state-wide televised program, Illinois Sings. The quartet did a professional recording at Universal Recording Studios and was filmed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Bill continued to sing with the Illinois State University Men’s Glee Club, the Hewlett-Packard corporate choir, and the now-disbanded Boulder Jewish choir, Shir-Halev.

Born and raised in the Christian faith, Bill now considers himself “almost Jewish (all but formal conversion) having married a ‘Nice Jewish Girl’ and raising our kids in the Reformed Jewish tradition.”

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with an emphasis in computer science, and his professional career has been in computer software with the longest stretch being 21 years at Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley. Bill is a Clan Dunbar descendant, and in honor of the Clan he sometimes wears a Scottish tam to Cantabile rehearsals. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1966 and was later inducted into the “Order of the Arrow”.

Bill’s favorite choral piece is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which he sang in a community chorus, in German, about 40 years ago. “The fourth movement, with words from Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ (Freude! Freude!) is perhaps the most moving music I have ever heard or sung. To quote from the movie A Clockwork Orange:

Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied*, I knew such lovely pictures!

– Alex DeLarge, listening to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.”

Bill loves puns and his favorite comes from Groucho Marx: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

Given a week with no other commitments, Bill would “practice all my Cantabile music really, really well!”

*According to the Urban Dictionary, “slooshied” means “listened”.

Sep 042015

Alto Pamela Malzbender has sung with Cantabile for almost 20 years, serving on our Board for about 15 of those years. Her previous singing experience includes singing in middle school, high school, Princeton University Freshman Singers, Princeton University Glee Club, and “Church Choirs too numerous to count!”

Pam is passionate about helping women and girls succeed and she is closely involved with the Zonta Foothills Foundation and Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County. One of her proudest moments was Cantabile’s benefit concert of Haydn’s Creation. The event featured a full orchestra, as well as an exhibit of traveling quilts that told the stories of victims of child abuse. Over $8,000 was raised to benefit two Boulder non-profits, Voices for Children and Blue Sky Bridge. Pam also created Zonta EducateZ, a project to help at-risk girls stay in school and the Zonta EducateZ Scholarship, an endowed scholarship which helps women return to school.

Pam’s favorite choral piece is Mozart’s Requiem.

Pam enjoys keeping busy with choir, gardening, her family including two dogs, her work for Zonta Foothills as well as running her own business, RPM Frontline Solutions, which does corporate and non-profit training and marketing support.

Aug 282015

Cantabile alto and California native Karen Ashcraft is a Professor in the Department of Communication at CU Boulder and Director of COMM RAP (Communication & Society Residential Academic Program), a live-in learning community for first-year students. She received her PhD in Organizational Communication from CU Boulder. Karen created the concept of a “glass slipper” which she defines as “similar to the “glass ceiling,” except it captures systems of gender-race privilege and disadvantage when it comes to the professions.” She won an award for this creation in 2014 from the Academy of Management.

This will be Karen’s second season with Cantabile. Karen loves reading, eating and drinking well with friends, playing piano and traveling. “I love the liminal time on a plane, when you have a long flight and no one can reach you and you have no obligations.” She also enjoys getting outside and walking/hiking. Given a week with no commitments, she would “rest and shut out the world for a few days. Then play with the people I love.”