Music Angels

Music Angels


Adrienne Chavez

Adrienne is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, where she was a member of ASU's only all-female a cappella group, "The Pitchforks". She admires strong female voices such as Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks and Loretta Lynn and has a real knack for turning any song into a country ballad.


Alesa

Professional singer, song writer and guitarist who shares her smile and positive attitude with the residents that we serve. Alesa enjoys performing folk, country, light rock music and more.


Barbara and Jack Harrigan

The Harrigans are a talented married couple with backgrounds in journalism and music.  They have been with the Prime Time Players of Mesa for 18 years.  They like to do "retro shows" featuring songs of Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney and others.  Their shows come complete with costumes and props.  Jack has appeared with the C.C. Jones Band.  Barb has won awards for her humorous monologues in public speaking contests.  Together this couple delights our residents and brings back memories of their favorites.  


Ben Cleaveland

Ben is a singer and composer and plays a variety of instruments, including guitar, ukulele, and glockenspiel. He recently graduated from Arizona State University, and loves music of all styles, but has a special place in his heart for soul and jazz tunes of the 40's, 50's, and 60's.


Bob and Nan Gacey

We are a married couple and call ourselves "Homespun".....Music Woven with Love. Our passion is making a postive difference in the lives of others, including bringing joy to elders through music and social interaction. We play easy listening guitar instrumentals with bass accompaniment from a large variety of musical genres. All of our songs are well known melodies that our listeners can identify with. We receive great pleasure by interaction with our audience and sharing the history of each tune, to include the artist, year and interesting facts about the song. Every instrumental we arrange, play and present is truly "woven with love"!


Bob Young

I began playing the guitar and many other musical instruments when I was 14 years old and have played in bands along with doing solo performances in a variety of venues since that time. I play the guitar and sing timeless classics, country, gospel and light rock music. Recently I retired and am now enjoying performing and sharing my music with others.


Chip Berkman

His music interests tend to be from the 1920's through the early 1960's. Chip plays the guitar and baritone ukulele. Many of the songs from the 20's were written on a ukulele or for a ukulele. He likes big band, pop, easy rock and country, and Gospel music.


Chris Gray

I've been playing and singing since I was 14.  I have played in a lot of states from California to North Carolina, including Hawaii and Mexico.  I love and play a lot of older country music.  My favorite artists are George Jones, Merle, Waylon, Kris, Hank, and Willie.


Clyde Jorgensen


Dave Bellama

Dave Bellama has played the 5-string banjo for over 50 years. Likes to play and sing the old time folk song favorites and get folks singing along.


Diana Jean Wind

Diana Jean Wind – loves to sing the old hymns and brings back memories to our residents. Her melodic voice is pleasant and comforting to our residents. She also brings a variety of the old songs our residents love.


Doug and Barbara Barnett

Doug Barnett is an acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter.  He sings originals, western, country, pop, folk, bluegrass, and American music.  Doug plays in the greater Phoenix and Seattle areas and also performs along Route 66 with his wife, Barbara, who plays the flute and guitar and sings.  Doug is a BMI songwriter and member of the Arizona Songwriters Association.  He has released ten indie albums.  Doug and Barbara live in Glendale, AZ. 


Ed Chabot

Right out of college Ed was a fulltime, self-employed musician for ten years.  He then became schooled in computer porgrammig, which led him to a thrity-five year career working in the K through 12 "Educational" software industry before recently retiring.  Through it all, Ed has always remained active in live music as well as writing and recording music.  Along with his trusty 6-string acoustic guitar and 5-string banjo, Ed wants to sing popular songs (any type or style), reaching the many 'young at heart' music lovers in the Phoenix Area.


Eric Laubach

Eric has been performing music for over 40 years on guitar and piano with the occasional blues harmonica to support his vocals.  His playlist is a mixture of blues, covers, traditional classics, holiday tunes and originals.  Eric is also an accomplished songwriter with over 60 songs to his credit.


Gail Ward


George Wootten

George directs a banjo band.  He plays banjo and guitar and leads sing-a-longs.  He is also an active member of an Irish band.


Glenn Torrico

Glenn is a singer, entertainer, guitar player.  Glenn moved to Arizona from Maine and enjoys playing music from the 20's through 70's.  Glenn's focus is on facilitating social connections and improving focus, attention and concentration through fun musical interaction.


Grant and Karen Freeland

Grant and Karen specialize in performing songs the residents will remember and get the residents involved in the sing-a-longs as Grant plays the guitar.


Igor Glenn

Igor entertains with the jazz he played with Benny Goodman and the vocals he sang world-wide with the New Christy Minstrels.  His band, Igor's Jazz Cowboys, performs acoustic Western Swing and Dixieland music.  They have taken their music all over the USA and to Holland, Germany, Israel and Australia.  Igor and the Jazz Cowboys recently recorded their eleventh album.


In His Time

In His Time is a duo that features Randy Kemper on banjo, 12 string guitar, and harmonies.  Sherman Craig on guitar and lead vocals playing Christian, Gospel, Classic Country and Classic Rock and Roll music.


Jack Wells

Jack is a pharmacist and an accomplished pianist.  Along with playing in the care homes, Jack plays piano at Mayo Clinic.  He loves to play ragtime and the songs of the 40's.  He is a member of the Arizona Ragtime Society.


Janet Hundertmark

Janet plays old pop standards on her Yamaha electric keyboard.  Janet has taught piano and organ lessons and over the years she has played the pipe organ in her church and has also played for roller skating rinks.


Jim Weissgerber

I am now retired and doing what I've waited a lifetime to have time for.  I am a guitarist and my first love are ballads.  I do play some keyboards as well, but not ready to go the solo scene with that.  I feel vocals are my strength, but love harmonizing as well.  (Anyone in need of harmonies?).  My genres include old gospel, contemporary Christian, 50-60-70's rock, older and newer country (80/90's).


Joe Felzer


John Urzi

John Urzi – known as "Johnny Knight" to many radio listeners for 30 years at various radio stations from the St. Louis area to Phoenix. In addition to his professional career as a morning radio personality, John also performed on stage with many of the entertainers from Branson, Missouri, the Grand Ole Opry, Disneyland and many state fairs. Now retired, "Johnny Knight" enjoys entertaining and playing music for special events and dances, interacting with the audiences. Our residents love to dance to the music he provides.


Ken Doerfler


Kris Schmidt

Kris plays the guitar and performs light rock/pop, gospel, hymns, and country from the 1920's through the 1980's.  She is one half of the "Sunshine Duo", but available to do some solo entertaining in case her mom, Sunshine Patsy, is not available.  Kris has led worship for bible studies and youth camps over the years.  She is a board member for the Arizona Pickers and Grinners Society.  


Lance Ware

Lance, a native of New Jersey and a software engineer by profession, has been playing piano and organ publicly for over 40 years.  He has a background performing in church, musical theater, and various pop/rock/country/gospel/R&B ensembles. He enjoys and plays many genres of music.  


Leigh Dechaine


Lonnie James

Lonnie is from Nebraska and plays acoustic guitar, the harmonica, and sings.  Lonnie's favorites are folk, country, old gospel and sing-a-longs.  He very much enjoys playing in the senior care centers, and has recently played in centers in Nebraska and Iowa. 


Lynne Plis

Lynne plays guitar and sings old and new country, folk, popular music, sing-a-longs, and original gospel from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's.


Marietta Raymond

Marietta is originally from Chicago and moved to Arizona 37 years ago.  She was raised in an entertaining family, and her father was a stand-up comedian.  In 1967 she made her debut with a Community Theater in Chicago performing Music Man.  She was hooked after that!  From Phoenix and Chicago Marietta performed in 16 Broadway shows. For the past seven years she has enjoyed entertaining with Short and Sweet, performing all over Arizona doing variety shows.  Last year Short and Sweet performed over 200 shows.  Singing is her specialty, however she also enjoys dancing.  "It brings me pleasure to bring joy and laughter to other people's lives".


Mark Kahnke

Mark has performed music since he was a child in Minnesota.  As a teenager, Mark and his brother Tom appeared on the Ted Mack show.  Mark worked his way through college as a singer guitar player, and then went to work as an engineer.  Upon retirement, Mark picked up his guitar again and began to volunteer guitar playing and singing for the not-for-profit organizations; and has entertained many house parties and fundraisers.  Mark performs a wide variety of country, folk, oldies, and your faborite seasonal songs.


Marlene and Virgil Cole - "The Honey Dews"

Known as "The Honey Dews", Marlene and Virgil play guitar and harmonica duets. Their repertoire includes big band, folk, country, gospel, cowboy, sing-a-longs, Irish and Hawaiian.  Their programs are a mix of vocals and harmonica duets.  Venues where they have performed include folk festivals in Phoenix, Prescott and Flagstaff.  They also play at coffeehouses, libraries, square dances and private functions, mainly in the Phoenix area.  Virgil has won contests judged by harmonica experts for his chromatic harmonica playing.


Mary Loth

During her high school years, Mary played piano and sang in the choir.  She had a musical interest, which was interrupted by raising a family. Upon retirement in 2004, Mary renewed her interest in music, picking up a guitar and starting to take lessons.   Mary has been a volunteer for Hospice of the Valley, Hospice of Arizona and RTA Hospice at Lakeside.. She discovered that God wanted her to play and sing for Audrey's Angels.  Mary loves all kinds of music, especially pop and country music.


Mike Krug

"Mr. Mike" old time banjo and ballad singer.  YouTube (Mr. Mike 2 finger banjo) 


Mike Parker

Mike retired from over twenty years teaching inner-city high school, here, in Arizona about five years ago.  He picked up his guitars shortly thereafter and is currently singing and playing valley-wide.  His music spans from old-time country to contemporary country male vocals, to 50's Rock-a-Billy and crooners, through the more rock sounds of the 60's and 70's. He also has tailored his repertoire to reflect requests from our homes.


Mike Reardon

Mike sings songs from the back in the day up to today. Folk, gospel, rock, jazz and blues music are in his repertoire.  Mike plays and performs instrumentals on his guitar using a looper where he can create an entire orchestra or band.  Mike carries a bag of percussion instruments with him and enjoys having people keep a beat and sing along. 


Milan Chorkovich


O'Gara Family

The O'Gara Family is filled with enthusiasm and great youth-filled energy.  The siblings will surely bring many smiles and happy faces when they perform.  They are thankful each day for the opportunity to perform and share their musical talents.  Mary Jane and Brady play the accordion, guitar, piano and sing.  Sean plays the accordion, piano and sings as well.  Their musical selections involve a variety of all types of songs; bringing back childhood memories and making you want to sing along.  They lived in the Midwest for several years and since moving to the Phoenix area have performed at senior care homes, care centers, hospice homes, resorts, and clubs all over the valley.


Patti West

Patti was a band leader, bass player and vocalist for the Denim and Lace Band in the Phoenix area for 17 years during the 1980's and 1990's.  Patti performed for 3 years for the Marty Robbins Tribute in Glendale, Arizona and received an award from the Arizona Country Music Association for "Outstanding work in Country Music".  She recently started doing a solo act for seniors which includes a variety of music; country, gospel, oldies, 50's and light rock.  Patti feels entertaining seniors and the disabled is very rewarding and heart warming.   


Patti West

Patti West - Band leader, bass player and vocalist for the Denim and Lace Band in the Phoenix area for 17 years during the 1980's and 1990's.  Performed for 3 years for the Marty Robbins Tribute in Glendale, AZ and received an award from the Arizona Country Music Association for "Outstanding Work in Country Music".  Recently started doing a solo act for seniors which includes a variety of music; country, gospel, oldies, 50's and light rock.  Entertaining seniors and the disabled is very rewarding and heart warming.


Peter Zale

Peter is a pianist who plays music from the 1920's through the 1970's.  He engages the audience by asking for requests and reminiscing about the eras that the songs were written in.  Peter connects with the people based on the types of music that were popular in the regions of the country where they came from.  He even mixes in some ethnic or Religious music as well, hoping that everyone will hear something that resonates with them during his performance.


Ralph Grimes

Ralph plays guitar and performs old country, traditional, bluegrass and pop music.


Randy Marquardt

Randy is a retired vocal music teacher transplanted from Michigan.  He has been singing for various audiences since an early age.  Randy has performed contemporary and folk music in duos and trios along with some solo performances since high school, and played bass in a rock/party band for 27 years as well as doing children's concerts. His senior citizen performances include special music for each month/season of the year.  Randy loves to sing!


Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing Band, a trio whose members are based out of Sedona and Glendale, is fast becoming an Arizona favorite.  While Gary Tinstman is on bass, Rochelle Tinstman on mandolin and Terri Sue Rossi on guitar, don't be surprise to catch them playing other instruments including ukuleles, banjos, extra mandolins and all kinds of percussion.  But the most powerful instruments this group has to offer are its vocals.  You will not want to miss the off-the-hook, soaring harmonies Gary, Rochelle and Terri Sue are so blessed to share with others.  Playing originals as well as covers, Red Rock Crossing Band plays everything from bluegrass to country and pop to folk sprinkled with gospel.  There's something for everyone, and with its unusual arrangements, Red Rock Crossing is bound to please any audience.


Richard Sherman

Richard, aka "Southpaw Picker" is a retired nationally syndicated columnist, humorist, author and speaker.  Richard has played guitar for 50 years--if you don't count the 40 years between ages 20 and 60 when he didn't play at all.  A frequent participant in jams throughout the Valley, he plays all-American, feel-good, sing-a-long, hyphen-laden songs that will put a smile on your face and get your toes a-tappin'.  If you're looking for tortuous, angst-filled, message-driven songs about oppression, depression or the injustices of life, you defintley don'tw want Richard.  If you want to enjoy a musical infusion of "feelin' good" energy and sing along or simply enjoy listening to upbeat songs you know and love that include old standards, pop, folk, country, light rock, happy blues (an oxymoron if ever there was one), as well as an occasional original composition, this southpaw picker is just what the doctor ordered!


Rita and Dusty Beracy

Rita plays accordion and Dusty, her son, plays guitar and sings.  This popular duo is only available on weekends.  Dusty is also a composer and sings often at Fidler's Dream.


Salvatore Genco

Salvatore plays accordion and is a favorite with the residents in many of the homes we serve.


Steve Christiansen

Twenty years in the spotlight definitely helps hone an artist's charisma, presence, and delivery.  Steve is no exception with an outgoing, client-engaging, passionate presence and soulful delivery that is sure to capture your audience.  Combined with an extensive song list, a drum machine, and a vocal harmonizer Steve can deliver a truly unique and full sound, similar to that of a 3-piece band!


Steve Colley


Steve Decker

Steve began playing the guitar when he was eight years old.  He currently plays and sings all over the valley.  He organized a singer/songwriter consortium that meets monthly.  He plays all the old favorites, and a few of his original songs.


The Sunshine Duo

The Sunshine Duo consists of a mother (Eileen Bevington - aka Sunshine Patsy) and her daughter (Kris Schmidt).  Sunshine has been singing gospel, bluegrass, and country for many years. She even yodels!  Kris plays the rhythm guitar and sings as well.  Both have played in a band called "The Gospel Lights" and have led many worship sevices in nursing homes and performed at churches over the years.  They will play a wide variety of music styles including gospel, hymns, country, patriocit, seasonal, and light rock/pop from the 1920's to the 1980's.   


Thomas Piasecki

Thomas plays all styles of music on the piano and keyboard.


Tim Cumiford

Tim grew up on a ranch in New Mexico.  Growing up he played in the Baptist Church. Two of his favorite songs are "In the Garden" and "How Great Thou Art".  Tim is married to his beautiful wife Laurie and they love to sing!  Tim believes music should be interactive.


Tina Bailey


Toni Dimond

Toni is the accompanist for the "Tempe Looney Tooner's Kitchen Band".  This group performs for schools and nursing homes.  She plays the paino and leads the residents in sing-a-longs.  Toni also plays the accordion.


Vincent Coppola

Vincent has been with Audrey's Angels for over 10 years and has made a career mostly in music.  He sings and plays guitar for a living and serves GOD playing music at his church.  He loves bringing music to seniors with memory loss and has a music program where seniors are participating and not just listening to the music. 


Wendy Stapley, Mt-BC

Wendy received a bachelor's degree in music therapy from ASU in December 2008 at the age of 45 and is a certified music therapist.  She has worked with children with disabilities, preschool and older adults.  She currently contracts with several assisted living facilities in the valley.  She loves being a grandmother to 13 grandchildren and loves to dance, travel and sew. 

Wagner stated, "Music does not express the passions, love or longings of this or that individual in this or that situation, it is  passion, love and longing."

It is an honor for me to play and sing for the elderly residents of the homes I go to.  As I do feel that I am helping them and myself connect with the human part of us that is passion, love and longing.  




 

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Founders

Audrey's Angels was founded in 2001 by Audrey Bortner Alderson and her husband Dr. Robert Alderson. We began by serving nine homes with the help of five Music and Craft Angels and have grown to serving over 100 homes and adult day care centers with the help of 75 Music and Craft Angels. Our mission for the program is to enrich the lives of the elderly by bringing affordable interactive entertainment into small residential adult care homes and adult day care centers.

With the help of community support, our program can evoke a wide range of positive physical and emotional responses from this ever growing elderly population.