The Waterloo County Teachers’ Choir Celebrates 50 years of singing.
The choir began in 1969 as a wellness activity for teachers of the Waterloo Board of Education. The director of music, Garfield Bender was the director. Over the next 50 years the choir has been directed by Howard LeRoy (1972-1978), Des Tyrrell (1978-1982), Steve and Ruthanne Fryer (1983-1997), Nancy Buckland (1997-2003), Tammy McMath (2004-2009), and currently, Jane Schultz-Janzen. Originally, the choir was just for teachers of the school board, but over the years, the membership of the choir has expanded to include employees of both local school boards, as well as friends and family of choristers.
The choir believes strongly in giving back to our community. To that end, we perform free of charge at seniors’ homes and churches throughout the region and participate in fund raising events for various programs. Net proceeds from our Spring concerts are usually donated to a local organization – particularly those dealing with children. At our Celebration Concert this year we introduced a new initiative called Music in Schools. The goal is to support music programs in elementary and secondary schools in both local Boards of Education. At our Spring concerts a portion of our net proceeds is to support the program, along with generous donations from our audience.