Prime Time/Third Street Senior Singers widen popular reach
Sixteen years ago, Marie Luoma formed a senior chorus with four members and became the group's first director.
Now, the Third Street Senior Singers have a membership of 30 and women singing four-part harmony. The chorus includes singers from 60 to one who celebrated his 90th birthday last month. The chorus is now under the direction of Cynthia White, who volunteers her time to the group.
The chorus is seeking a volunteer piano player to share practices and performances. Practice is from 1-2 p.m. Mondays at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center, 216 Third St. N.W. Any piano player interested in volunteering or seeking more information can call 444-2959 after 6 p.m. Community singers are welcome to join the group.
The chorus members share their talent and love of music in assisted living and nursing home monthly. They sing during the Christmas season at the Paul Bunyan Mall and at community events, such as the Beltrami County Fair and church dinners.
Favorites of the group are "Minnesota Morning," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Bless this House," "Amazing Grace," "This Old Man" and "America the Beautiful." A popular part of the programs is often the sing-alongs. Audiences join in singing their favorite songs from the '20s through the'40s.
One of the highlights of the chorus was being invited to sing in the first Bemidji High School Music Boosters Program. The chorus chose "No Man Is An Island" and "Memory." The group's founder, Marie Luoma, received the first Music Boosters Award.
The Third Street Senior Singer will perform at 2:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Havenwood; at 2 p.m. the third Wednesday at GoldPine; at 2 p.m. the third Friday at Baker Park; and at 3 p.m. the last Tuesday at Neilson Place.