The Note-Ables Ladies’ Chorus Continues to Improve

The Note-Ables Ladies’ Chorus Continues to Improve

Resident Elaine McNamara directs the dynamic group of women.

IMG_4446b66x9John Knox Village resident Elaine McNamara admits that she is a “workaholic,” which keeps her active and makes her happy.

In addition to enjoying the lifestyle at John Knox Village, this retired Music Teacher/Professor, Choral Director and Executive Director of the Florida Vocal Association continues to thrive and contribute her time and talents toward music.

She also is an official employee with the U.S. Census Bureau and has served as the Choir Director and still sings at the 1st Presbyterian Church (The Pink Church) in Pompano Beach.

Elaine’s latest addition to a lengthy list of volunteer work is as the new Director of The Note-Ables Ladies’ Chorus at John Knox Village.  In 2007, The Note-Ables began practicing and performing under the direction of the chorus founder, fellow resident Harriet “The Diva” Mertz.

The group was formed shortly after The Villagers Men’s Chorus. “We found a core of ladies who also loved to sing,” Harriet once said. “We have fun together. And the whole point is the joy of song and bringing happiness to others.”

Elaine strongly agrees with the same philosophy. “Music enriches one’s life. It is good for the soul, and the ladies have developed a wonderful bond of friendship and love for each other over the years,” she said. “They are an inspiration – always willing to learn new choral techniques and discovering ways to better themselves.”

Currently, The Note-Ables have 25 ladies who attend regular practices on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the Village Centre (either in the Hibiscus or Craft Rooms). Elaine is hoping that number grows to 30 or more.

“You don’t have to know how to read music or need to audition in order to join our group,” said Elaine, who also is the group’s accompanist. “I always urge people who don’t think they can sing to join a group, such as a chorus. It is easy to follow others. The group can pick you up and carry your voice on the wave of music.”

Elaine said the ladies know between 350-400 songs for just about every era dating back to the late 1800s. “We always like to close with a sentimental heartfelt song, such as ‘Climb Every Mountain’ or ‘Let There be Peace on Earth,’” she said.

Lately, the focus has been learning the songs from the famous musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” These include “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Sabbath Prayer,” “Do You Love Me” (with Elaine’s husband Jack and fellow resident Marba Mallet as a duet), “Tradition” and “To Life.”

The Note-Ables perform every other month in Gardens West (assisted living) and the Health Center. They also traditionally open the Annual Spring Scene shows held in March.

Finally, the chorus sings for groups at John Knox Village and throughout South Florida. They have some dates booked, including a performance at St. Henry’s Catholic Church on January 4, 2016 and for the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) at John Knox Village in February.

Elaine is seeking new places for the ladies to perform. They hope to be singing at the Festival Flea Market (Sample Road in Pompano Beach), the Northeast Focal Point Senior Center (Deerfield Beach) and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fort Lauderdale).

If you belong to an organization that wishes to have The Note-Ables perform at an upcoming function, please contact John Knox Village’s Public Relations Department at (954) 783-4040 or e-mail (

Upcoming Note-Ables Rehearsal/Performance Dates

Upcoming Note-Ables Rehearsal/Performance Dates

The Note-Ables Rehearsal Schedule:

All rehearsals will be in either the Hibiscus Room or Craft Room in the Village Centre from 9:30-11 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 28, 2015           
  • Friday, September 4, 2015
  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • Friday, September 18, 2015
  • Friday, September 25, 2015
  • Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Friday, October 16, 2015
  • Friday, November 6, 2015
  • Friday, November 13, 2015
  • Friday, November 20, 2015
  • Friday, November 27 – No rehearsal – Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Friday, December 4, 2015
  • Friday, December 11, 2015
  • Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day – No rehearsal
  • Friday, January 8, 2016
  • Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Friday, January 29, 2016

Key Performance Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – John Knox Village Rotary Club at Lakeside Dining Room at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23, 2015 – Health Center, bus at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, October 30, 2015 –  Gardens West, bus at 10 a.m.
  • January 4, 2016 – Performance at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, bus leaves at 12:30 p.m.
  • February 23, 2016 – Performance for PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) in Village Towers Party Room at 1 p.m.
  • March Dates TBD – Annual Spring Scene at John Knox Village
Come Join The Note-Ables Ladies Chorus

Come Join The Note-Ables Ladies Chorus

The Note-Ables Ladies Chorus rehearsals begin again in September. Practices are on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the Craft Room. No auditions are necessary. Just come and have fun. The Note-Ables perform every month at the Health Center and Gardens West and during season off campus for community groups. Come and participate with this special group.

The group is under the direction of resident Elaine McNamara. For more information, contact her (number listed in your directory).

JKV’s Got Talent!

_MG_0226b6x9The annual John Knox Village Spring Scene is right around the corner, and residents are gearing up for this year’s theme “JKV’s Got Talent”. This year we will have writers (various JKV authors), musicians (Villagers Men’s Chorus, the Note-Ables, and Chapel Choir), artists (Annual Art Gallery) and many other talented performers.

You can catch all of these wonderful acts March 12-13 at 7 p.m. in our Auditorium. However, now is the time to register if you are interested in participating. Open registration will be held February 4 from 2-4 p.m. and February 6 from 9 a.m.- noon. Just simply visit the Activities Department in The Village Centre and fill out a registration form.

This year’s Spring Scene theme is dedicated to popular talent search shows from American television. Influences like Star Search, The Gong Show, and Showtime at the Apollo have played a role in helping us decide this year’s theme.

Even if showing off your talents in front of an audience isn’t your forte, make sure you come on out and support those who will be performing both nights. It’s guaranteed to be an event to remember.