We think you’re going to just love our VOICE of the week this week. Her name is Heather Thiessan and here’s what she had to say about herself. “I occasionally teach religious studies classes at Spalding University. The rest of the time, I seem to run errands for my 15 year old daughter. In my spare time, I pretend to be working on a book.”
Adorable, right? Heather is brand new to our group having just finished her first concert with us this past Spring. So how does she describe VOICES? “VOICES feels to me like a way to make my conviction that a better world is possibly tangible – or anyway, audible. My Old Kentucky Home was the most personally meaningful song I learned last semester. My late mother, Jo Thiessen, was a native Kentuckian, loved it, and taught her children to revere it. I have to believe that her spirit was in the audience when I had the chance to be part of singing it out loud in public.”
We asked a few other questions of Heather.
What prompted you to become a member of VOICES?
My partner, who was checking e-mail, saw the announcement about open enrollment. I suspect we ended up on the email list after we purchased tickets for the Winter concert online last December, even though we ended up missing the concert! She insisted that I needed to follow up on it … fortunately for me.
What is your hidden talent?
I have remarkable handwriting. My handwriting has been mistaken for typewriting. (One of my former colleagues used to say “Heather has fonts.”)
Tell us something nice about another member of VOICES you admire.
I really wanted to answer this one, but I found that it was impossible to narrow my admiration down to just one person. The “great candidates” kept changing as I thought of all the people I’d sat next to in rehearsals, listened to as they tried out for a solo, noticed as they pitched in and got things done with good cheer and dispatch. And whose act of mercy to a total newbie (“here, borrow my [copy of For Good; 1" black non-glossy binder; actual sense of pitch; confidence] …”) I remembered last.