Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 4 as you won't want to miss the Gymanfa Ganu! Light supper 4-6pm. The singing starts at 7pm.
Conductor will be Margaret Morris-Lopez who was born and raised on a farm just south of Venedocia. She attended York and Lincolnview Schools and sang in the Venedocia Youth Choir.
She attended Ohio Northern University in Ada and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education.
Shortly after she moved to New York City where she studied voice, and performed with a small, amateur opera company and also with classical concerts.
In 1973 she moved to Albuquerque, N.M where she taught music and performed with the New Mexico Symphony Chorus, the Albuquerque Opera Theatre and earned a Masters Degree in Voice Performance from the University of New Mexico. During this time she was also a member of the New Mexico Welsh Society and conducted their first Gymanfa Ganu.
Twenty years ago she and her family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where she has taught music as performed with local dinner theatres, the High Desert Opera Company, and the Western Colorado Chorale. Her husband, L. Louis Lopez is a professor of English at Colorado Mesa University. Her daughter, Reina, has recently earned a Masters Degree from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico in Eastern Studies.
Her Welsh roots include her paternal grandparents from Jackson County in southern Ohio who were early settlers in the Venedocia area. Her maternal grandmother’s family emigrated to the United States from Llanbrynmair, North Wales.
Soloist for the evening will be Jake Wilder from Van Wert who recently graduated from Bowling Green University where he studied voice performance.
Organist will be Connie O'Neill and pianist will be Sue Fickle.