Although Marguerite Flick, a retired accountant who has doubled as the group’s treasurer, hasn’t been around as long as Gilbert, her 25 years in the choir showcases her unwavering love of singing. Once a valley resident, Flick has been commuting from Oxnard to attend rehearsals for the last 13 years, although she has missed a few concerts due to open-heart surgery and an accident that left her with a broken hip.
This unwavering dedication, however, doesn’t just extend to longtime members.
Nathaniel Livesey, an atmospheric scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory who lives in Montrose, has been with the chorale for four years. “It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed doing, and it’s nice to do something that’s not work,” he said.
The organic, grass-roots feel of the choir is what has powered it for so many years, former member Pat Gafford said. She spent a lot of time tie-dying 62 shirts in her backyard for a 1999 concert titled “Good Vibrations.”