The Chorale Honors
James and Sara Sevey

Sara recalls her early years, and how her interest in music began. As a small child, she listened to the radio, and, according to her mother, when she heard a song played, she would immediately go to their piano and try to emulate what she had just heard. As a result of this talent, her mom arranged for her to sing and play two songs in their church Christmas pageant. At the time, Sara had not yet turned three. She remembers, her favorite song was “Cruising Down the River,” and according to her, she sang both numbers, holding her breath. But she finished her performance ‘without incident’. She also mentioned that she saw her babysitter in the audience, and had to show her the beautiful ruffled underpants which Santa had given her. She reflects, “That was the last time I signed up for the pageant.”

Sara sang in church and school choirs, and played clarinet in the high school band. In college, she sang in the choir and choral groups. After college, she sang with the Schola Cantorum in the Bay Area, as well as two seasons with the California Desert Chorale. At the time, an effort was in the works to create a scholarship to honor a former Chorale member, Gordon Wolfe. “Since James and I were moving out of the area, and I could not contribute as a performer, we felt we could do so in other ways. We decided to endow the Gordon Wolfe Memorial Scholarship for the first ten years.”

Before they met, James’ exposure to music was limited, but since then his appreciation for various genres of music has grown. His favorite is the American Songbook.

The members of the Chorale are grateful for the Sevey’s generosity.