For those who are part of the VOICES family, this lady needs no introduction. Patti Hall is the President Elect of VOICES and juggles many responsibilities. When not sending out endearingly frequent emails to our membership, Patti works as a nurse and is the Director of a Private Clinical Research Institute. She’s been with the chorus since 1998 and think of VOICES as her “chosen” family.
Never one to do anything half way, Patti has answered all of our interview questions with style and grace. So we reprint her answers here and thank her deeply for her dedication and service to VOICES.
We all know you love to sing but what is your hidden talent?
I am very good with my hands! (No not just THAT way…I can fix just about anything)!
Tell us about a favorite moment from a VOICES concert or event.
My very first GALA performance in San Jose in 2000. I was a Silent VOICE and accompanied the chorus there assisting with back stage issues. I was in the audience when VOICES performed in a auditorium that held about 2000 folks. The chorus sang “My Old Kentucky Home” and everyone around me got so very quiet then went crazy when the song finished. It was wonderful and emotional and inspiring.
What’s the best song you’ve performed with VOICES and why?
That’s difficult as I have 2 favorites. I think the best song is the first time we performed “No Mirrors in My Nana’s House” , a very powerful piece about acceptance and love. We invited our children/grandchildren to join us on stage. Singing with my daughters…standing with me…well…it’s a moment I won’t ever forget.
What do you hope to see for VOICES in the future?
I hope that VOICES continues to be an even greater presence in our community and on a national level. I hope that we are still performing relevant, educational and entertaining music and that the chorus is still a great place for folks to meet, sing and share their life’s experiences.
What would you tell young people who are looking for ways to get involved in their community?
I would encourage them to patronize local businesses and organizations. Go to performances of local arts groups and network with community leaders.
What prompted you to become a member of VOICES?
I met several members at a party one weekend. I thought they were a fantastic group of folks so I went to hear their smaller ensemble “Inner Voices” perform and I was hooked!!
Who would play you in the Broadway production of your life and why?
Annette Benning (those that know me know that she is my celebrity crush) but that’s not why. She is intelligent, funny, articulate, creative, kind, thoughtful, passionate about those things in which she believes and supports and would be fun to hang with.
What’s the best piece of singing advice you’ve ever received?
Be confident in your ability.
Tell us something nice about another member of VOICES you admire.
Dan Martin is the most interesting and amazing person. He started with us as a singer and we kind of “happened” into finding out that he played piano. Now he is a real leader in our chorus and we all respect and love him so much. Plus…he’s got a killer sense of humor!!