The Song Goes On

Today’s social media reunited members of a Bloomsburg State College vocal group who performed together more than three decades ago. The result was a reunion concert at the Ocean City (N.J.) Tabernacle in July 2012, led by the Madrigal Singers’ former director Richard “Dick” Stanislaw.

After Jamie Heckman Rickenbach ’80 created a Facebook page for the Madrigal Singers in July 2011, 25 former members shared memories of the group’s Christmas banquets and July 1980 European tour. The holiday banquets began in 1973, two years after Richard “Dick” Stanislaw became the group’s director, and followed an Elizabethan theme, complete with a visit from Queen Elizabeth and her court. The group’s final banquet with Stanislaw was in December 1981.

The December 1980 banquet, however, followed a different theme, “An International Christmas,” built on members’ experiences during that summer’s European tour. The Madrigal Singers performed in England, Wales, Netherlands, Belgium and France, and placed eighth in the international music festival at the Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

Original members of the Madrigal Singers who performed in the Ocean City Tabernacle in July 2012 are, from left, front row: Lenore Firsching Cardoza ’80, Wendy Nyborg McDonnell ’80, Jamie Heckman Rickenbach ’80, Marta Herr Griest ’81, Cathie Readdy Wiencek ’80 and Julie Stamets Huss ’80;
back row: Lee Mueller ’81, James Robison ’83, director Richard “Dick” Stanislaw, Stephen Kanouse ’83 and Jon Shaffer ’82. The group toured Europe in July 1980 and placed eighth at the Eisteddford International Competition in Llanglaglin, Wales.

Where are they now?

Information about Madrigal Singers who performed under Stanislaw’s direction, many reunited by Facebook, is featured below, beginning with participants in the European tour:

Joel Aurand ’80, O’Fallon, Mo., tenor, is a seventh-grade technology education teacher for Ft. Zumwalt School District and ordained pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who preaches at Hopke Christian Church. He and his wife, Gail, have three daughters and two grandsons.

Rod Bickert ’72, Mechanicsburg, tenor, is a controller for The Homestead Group Inc.

Lenore Firsching Cardoza ’80, East Tauton, Mass., soprano, is a teacher at Brockton Public Schools Adult Learning Center. She and her husband, John, have two children.

Greg Giannuzzi ’82, Tampa, Fla., is a partner at Rissman, Barrett, Hurt, Donahue & McClain.

Marta Herr Griest ’81, Elizabethtown, alto, is an independent sales director for Mary Kay. She and her husband, Denny, are the parents of two children. Griest has directed her church choir for 19 years and sings at her church.

Lois Thomson Harris ’82, Hatfield, soprano, works as program director at the Center for Loss and Bereavement, Skippack. She and her husband, Scott, are the parents of three children.

J. Eric Harriz ’82, Kinnelon, N.J., bass, is an adjunct faculty member at Drew University and owns EHdesign. He and his wife, Gina, are the parents of 10-year-old triplets.

Julie G. Stamets Huss ’80, Chester, N.H., alto, is a reporter at Derry News who sings with three musical groups — Manchester Choral Society, New Hampshire Master Chorale and her church choir. She and her husband, Michael, have two children.

Stephen Kanouse ’83, Bloomsburg, bass, has been business manager for Kanouse Medical Group for 24 years. He has directed Brighter Light, a 16-member choral ensemble, for 25 years.

Penni Bieber Kinn ’84, alto, has taught language arts at Berwick Middle School since 1985. She and her husband, Brian, are the parents of two children.

Kimberley Smith Knowles ’83, Coatesville, soprano, is administrative assistant to the principal at Coatesville School District. She and her husband, John, are the parents of two children.

Wendy Nyborg McDonnell ’80, Wallingford, Ill., soprano, participates in choir, ensembles and bell choirs at her church. She and her husband, Jim, have two children.

Lee Mueller ’81, Huntington Valley, bass, is president of Mueller Universal Enterprises. He is married to Cyndi Rice Mueller ’84, who participated in the Madrigal Singers under the direction of Wendy Miller, Stanislaw’s successor. They are the parents of two children.

Michele Rader ’82, Coplay, pianist, is a workforce automation administrator and serves as director of music at St. John’s Church, Easton.

Jamie Heckman Rickenbach ’80, Richfield, soprano, is a school psychologist for the Greenwood School District. She and her husband, Gary, are the parents of two daughters.

James D. Robison Jr. ’83, Allentown, baritone, has been pastor of Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, Slatedale, since 1998.

Jon Shaffer ’82, bass, is a flight attendant in Houston, Texas, where he lives with his partner, Ron Punneo.

Patrick Walsh, ’80, tenor, lives with his wife, Peggy, in Doylestown, where he is a marketing consultant for The Walsh Group.

Cathleen M. Readdy Wiencek ’80, Fleetwood, alto, is a soloist for weddings and funerals and cantor for Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church, Reading. She and her husband, Anthony, are the parents of four children.

Rebecca Thorp Witte ‘79, soprano, who lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, William.

Below is information on other members of the Madrigal Singers:

Diane Long Badolato ’79, accompanist, is an operating room nurse at Grand Dunes Surgery Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she and her husband, Dan, have lived since January 2011. They have two sons.

Mary Miller Barbuto ’77, Phoenixville, soprano, is the coordinator of music at St. Teresa of Avila Church and a nursery school music teacher. She and her husband, Don, have two children and one grandson.

Bob Breidinger ’79, tenor, Endicott, N.Y., retired after 32 years with Lockheed Martin and is now director of global supply chain and operations with Emerson Corp., Binghamton, N.Y. He is married to another member of the Madrigal Singers, Robin Messina Breidinger ’79, soprano. Robin Breidinger returned to her high school alma mater where she has taught special education for 32 years. The couple has two children.

Carol Lapham Dobrzynski  ’83, Montgomery Village, Md., alto, is a special education teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. She and her husband, Joe, have one daughter.

Sharon Straus Dreese ’73, Mount Laurel, N.J., soprano, is head of school at Haddonfield (N.J.) Friends School. The mother of one son, Dreese enjoys singing in selected concerts at Ocean City Tabernacle.

Dave Espe ’77, Eden Prairie, Minn., baritone, is an independent consultant and has led vocal performance, guitar accompanying and song writing for contemporary worship for more than 30 years. He and his wife, Laurie, have five children.

Michele Randolph Garie ’76, Langhorne, alto and pianist, is a self-employed piano and voice teacher. She and her husband, Hank, have four children and two granddaughters.

Randy Gathman ’76, Matthews, N.C., tenor, is a systems analyst for Wells Fargo Bank. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two grown children.

Gary Havens ’78, Catonsville, Md., baritone, is a credentialing manager at Johns Hopkins Healthcare, who has been singing tenor since 1981. He and his wife, Marjorie, are the parents of three children.

Jan Hoida, bass, who graduated from West Chester State College in 1978, owns JDC Vacuum Cleaner Repair and JDCleaners Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. He is director of music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick, and has sung for more than 25 years as a founding member of Brighter Light. He lives in Berwick with his wife, Mary.

Franklyn Jacoby ’83, Dublin, Ireland, bass, is involved with the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Janet Keech Moran Klik, Wallingford, alto, attended BSC from 1976 to 1978 before transferring to Millersville. She is human resources executive assistant at Universal Health Services, King of Prussia. She and her husband, Greg, have one daughter.

Richard Kuczawa ’85, Lewisburg, bass, is a vice president of M&T Bank and sings in his church choir. He and his wife, Donna, have two children.

Steven Livermore ’80, York, tenor, has served as pastor of Pleasureville United Methodist Church, York, since July 1989. He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters.

Jeff Mitchell 81, Middleburg, tenor, is controller for Durabuilt Homes, Selinsgrove, and a tax preparer for HR Block. He and his wife, Deborah, are the parents of two children.

Valerie Gray O’Connor ’78, Hope, R.I., alto, has worked for 22 years as an assistance counselor for RIEAS. She and her husband, Jay, have three children.

Amy Klinedinst Oliver ’83, Greencastle, soprano, is director of administrative services/CFO at Horizon Goodwill Industries. She has a son and two stepsons.

Cheryl Beishline Pasukinis ’83, soprano, is a Title I reading specialist for Berwick Elementary School. She lives in Benton with her husband, William, and is the mother of two and stepmother of two.

Vicki Bloss Seifred ’80, Wilmington, Del., soprano, teaches eighth-grade social studies and is a lead mentor at H.B. DuPont Middle School, part of the Red Clay Consolidated School District. Seifred participates in church choir, sings at weddings and is active in the Delaware State Education Association. She and her husband, Steve, have three children.

Steve Shumway, tenor, attended Bloomsburg for his freshman year, 1976-77. He lives with his wife, Fran, in McLean, N.Y., where he is administrative manager for the International Students and Scholars at Cornell University.

Ruthie Barton Toole ’78, Newark, Del, alto, is a staff assistant at Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. She rings hand bells in her church bell choir, sings in the community/college choir at University of Delaware, is lead singer for her church’s praise band and sings for weddings and funerals. She and her husband, Tim, have four children and three grandchildren.

Two members of the Madrigal Singers have passed away. Tenor Robert Gregory Notestine ’83, who was part of the European tour, died in an auto accident in 2004, and Michael Patrick Shanoski, a tenor who attended Bloomsburg before transferring to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, died in 2001 following a brief illness.

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