Jamie Erler is a Danvers native and mom of soon-to-be four kids. She works full time as an administrator in services for people with disabilities and her favorite place to be is the beach. She has participated in making music since childhood and is happy to be involved with the group since early 2015.
Jennifer Revill has been a North Shore resident since 1988. Singing is what she's often doing when she's not building buildings. Her first singing gig was as a member of the chorus in a production of Fiddler on the Roof at age 9. Old music is a passion of her heart. She started learning the shape-note style of singing more than 20 years ago and hasn't quite figured it out yet, still learning by attending local singings from The Sacred Harp, Northern Harmony, Christian Harmony and other tune books. In addition to membership in The Essex Harmony, she is a member and soloist in the singing group at the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers, Mass. Jennifer's latest musical venture is with the Danvers based Soul Song, a comfort choir that ministers to elder groups and to individuals at the end of life.
Ariadne Nevin has always sung, whether at home, school, summer camp, out walking with friends, or anywhere else in the world. Casual and pedagogical vocal experiences were eventually expanded upon through formal training in choral ensembles and musical theatre. Other recent singing contexts include two local elementary schools, Cantemus Chamber Chorus, Concord Women's Chorus, and some less formal community groups. A tendency toward rounds, close harmony, and unusual chord progressions add spice. Toss in some music theory, a motley collection of instruments, and a healthy dose of joy, and you get delicious nourishment for life!
TJ (Jacobs) is a retired IT Manager who sings with several choral groups, and teaches swimming to children at the Marblehead YMCA where he is known as "Mr. Walrus". Although not a singer in his youth, he has now been singing for over 25 years, with a particular focus on sacred music.
George Pomfret is currently retired after a career in engineering project management.
Took guitar lessons in the 6th grade and had a small band in high school, but music took a back seat to raising a family and working until I started shape note singing 15 years ago and have been singing ever since. Besides The Essex Harmony, I sing with Norumbega Harmony in Newton and The Greater Boston Inter-Generational Chorus in Watertown.
Maria is one of the founding members of The Essex Harmony. Growing up, she was part of her high school chorus in Oviedo, FL and has taken some voice classes in college as well. She played the part of Marian in the musical "The Music Man" and has also been part of "Godspell" with the group Acts of Faith in FL. When she was a cast member at WaltDisneyWorld, she participated in The Candlelight Choir at Epcot which takes place at Christmas time. She really enjoys being part of the Essex Harmony, learning challenging music and making music with such an amazing group of people!
Krytyna Hincman - I am pleased to say that I have been a member of The Essex Harmony since the summer of 2012 - and was welcomed in with open arms. Music and singing are my "happy places" and it is a joy to be surrounded by others that feel the same way. By day I am an Associate Scientist for the local company Cell Signaling Technology, Inc. I also enjoy singing while I digging in my flower garden, playing with my puppy, and traveling with my husband, John. Singing and music is a gift - but the members of The Essex Harmony are the greatest gift - I have made lifelong friends by joining this wonderful group.
April Nelson has enjoyed singing with The Essex Harmony since May of 2013. Because of her love of rich harmony, she has always loved singing with the altos. April has been singing, in one way or another, since childhood. At Salem State College April studied Music, Theater, Art and Business. Her interest in musical theater led her to play Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors in several small theaters. As a mom, April loves sharing music with her children and passing on that love of music and singing to them. She is grateful to her husband, Mike, for his role in making it possible for her to sing with this wonderful group, and for being happy to be surrounded by three ladies who sing with reckless abandon at any opportunity.
Mackenzie is a wife and mother of 2 and resides in Haverhill. Growing up in North Andover during her school years, she was active in musicals and choruses. She has always loved singing with a group, and the occasional karaoke as she got older. She has been a part of The Essex Harmony since early 2015.
Pat is a founding member of The Essex Harmony as a tenor, and has been the rehearsal keyboardist throughout this time. After finding The Essex Harmony via Glenn Mairo, Pat soon discovered Sacred Harp singing - the music of the singing school movement of the revolutionary war period. Pat's been an enthusiastic Sacred Harp (or shapenote) singer since then and has traveled to many places around the US and Europe to meet new folks and to sing with great gusto. Recently, Pat joined a hospice comfort choir called SoulSong. SoulSong sings for individuals who are near death or who need comforting during an illness. Pat gets to exercise all types of vocal muscles with these varied types of singing: quiet with a gentle blend for SoulSong; boisterous and loud with shapenote singing; and a wonderful mix of quiet blends, complex harmonies and enthusiastic pieces with The Essex Harmony.
The Essex Harmony has been a part of our lives throughout it's many chapters during the past 10 years. As individuals, we have endured tough times and joyous times - and the singers of The Essex Harmony have been a stellar anchor throughout. Huzzah!
Ann lives and works in Ipswich. She grew up in rural Western New York and enjoys walking on the various trails the North Shore has to offer. She’s been an active member of a local church choir for many years and joined The Essex Harmony in 2015.
Beth - I recently realized that I began singing in a church choir when I was around 8 years old. I had forgotten that! Next, in my school days, I pursued the study of music in concert and marching bands—a BIG midwestern tradition! Then came those days of the musical revolution—the 60s! I continued to sing, for personal pleasure, with friends. However, after being rejected for a college choir, I lost my confidence and sang mostly for myself. Eventually, I discovered the joys of singing with others, again, during my last class in my teaching education. My instructor was Jack Langstaff, of Christmas Revels fame, and he enthusiastically shared his belief that "everyone can sing, just do it!” Since that time, I began to hang out with singers and actors, and spent a number of years with our church's singing group. That led to meeting The Essex Harmony, and Glen Mairo. Again, I was hooked—not just by the music, but also by the history lessons of the musical times and composers. I now combine my enjoyment of singing with historical research, and the writing of narration scripts for our concerts. I appreciate the ways that my interests are now intersecting!
Julia is a graduate of Julliard and is our muti talented concert accompanist and sings Tenor and Alto as needed.
I joined Essex Harmony in the summer of 2016, after some prompting from a couple of the members. I sing for the joy of singing with strong support and encouragement from the amazing members and leadership of this group. I have no musical training but have always loved music.