Resident Elaine McNamara directs the dynamic group of women.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).