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The Rewards of Teamwork...

The Lake of Woods Madrigal Singers                            University of Michigan Madrigal Quartet
I believe that one of the best learning experiences one can have is to be put into a group situation and then be left to defend themselves. I have had the opportunity to work in many groups in many different situations in my life and I can tell you that the rewards are plentiful. The skills that one acquires are endless... the ability to listen, to collaborate and to let your ego take a rest are just a few.

In high school, a group of friends in my senior year formed a quartet. We were called "The Madrigal Singers."  We performed all over the Northwestern Ontario and to this day we remain long -distant friends. Two of the singers have made music a career (Lenard Whiting and Melody Jacobson Krever).  Below is a picture of that group when we were about 18 years of age.

The Madrigal Singers at McLeod Park in the City of Kenora. From left to right: Leonard Whiting, Beverly Wager, Heather LaBelle (accompanist), Melody Jacobson Krever and Mark Winkler

The other group that was formed when I was in University (again, in my senior year) ... and once again it was a quartet ... and yet once again two of these members stayed in music (Thomas A. Gregg and Carol Sahakian McAndrew).  Thomas is a professor of voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Carol is a choral director in Michigan.  A recording has recently surfaced of us singing a concert in Ann Arbor Michigan.  Below is the recording of that recital.