Twin County Chorus of Long Island, New York, with about 50 members, welcomes women to sing with us.
Get to know . . . Joann Romano. She has been singing with Twin County Chorus since November, 2014.
1.How did you discover Twin County Chorus?
I wanted to take up a hobby that I had loved when I was young, and singing came to mind first. I searched online for a chorus, choir or singing group and found Twin County Chorus. It seemed to be a great fit for what I was looking for; a casual, a cappella singing group where I could possibly make some new friends.
2. Please describe the top 5 things you like most about Twin County.
There are so many things I like about Twin County! First and foremost, the women of our chorus are the most inviting, generous, caring, friendly, funny, talented, dedicated people! I have never felt so welcome into a new group as I did my first day visiting a TCC rehearsal.
I really enjoy singing!! It brings such light and joy to my life. I didn't realize I was missing it until I found it again with TCC.
Another thing I like is the education and training in singing. I've learned so much from our directors Connie (former) and Christine (current). They have a wealth of knowledge and great musical talent that they convey to the chorus in a way that encourages and supports, while still expecting precision and dedication from us. They have a wonderful way of bringing out the best in our chorus!
I like the opportunities to perform in public. I thought I would be very nervous or scared but I find that being surrounded by the chorus gives you some security. It is such a pleasure when the audience responds to our performance.
I like that our rehearsals are one night a week. Dedicating one evening per week is doable on most people's schedule. When I first started, I thought 2½ - 3 hours a night was long time (7:15 - 9:45 pm), but the time flies by. Every minute is used so efficiently and meaningfully.
3. What compelled you to go to Albany before you were even a member?
Describe how you felt when you were there and what you took away from it.
I joined at just the right time to be given a choice to participate in the competition on stage. I thought about it and decided that it was too soon for me to perform but I was really excited to see what the competition was about. Bobbi (Membership Coordinator) encouraged me to go and experience the competition so I took her advice. It was a great decision.
I saw all the performances of both the quartets and choruses. I was blown away by the talent these "casual" singers displayed on stage. The energy and impact of the voices in the larger choruses was particularly memorable.
Watching Twin County Chorus practice and get ready on the morning of competition gave me really good insight into what I could expect the next year. When I participated in competition this year I didn't have the typical fear of the unknown. Of course, I still had a small case of butterflies before we hit the stage, but it was more from excitement than fear. My first time at competition was really fun and I felt a sense of accomplishment after rehearsing and learning throughout the previous year.
4. What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?
My favorite hobby, besides singing, is photography! I have always loved taking pictures. Just last year I took a formal class to understand DSLR cameras and I absolutely loved it. Now that I know how to use the camera I cannot stop taking pictures. I regularly go into the city and go on photo-walks. I choose an area in the city and meander around taking pictures of everyday life. One of my favorite series I have taken is of couples. You can see it here: http://wowee.org/2016/01/21/companioned/ . I love any kind of art including drawing, ceramics and printmaking. I also love to cook and try new cuisines.
5. What are your "super powers"? C'mon we all have them!
After taking a ceramics class I learned that I am a ceramics whisperer! Doing things with my hands comes naturally to me. This is directly linked to the things I love to do as a hobby (see above).
6. Do you belong to any other organizations?
No, I don't belong to any other organizations but I am investigating the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. This organization assists the homeless on Long Island by providing access to services from the State, and building relationships so that the homeless know people care about them. The Street Outreach program sends out groups of 3-4 people who locate the homeless, connect with them, offer material assistance (blankets, food, water, etc.), assess their situation, and offer assistance from the State. You can find more information about this organization at http://www.addressthehomeless.org
7. What do you do for a living?
I am an officer manager and I also do project management for web site development. I make it easier for clients and our technical team to communicate and I keep the project moving on schedule.
8. Tell us a little about your family life.
I am married to my husband, John. We have been married for 11 years this October. My mother lives in Queens and I visit her often but she's busy loving retired life, visiting with friends, and ballroom dancing. My sister and my niece live in Korea so I don't get to see them very often. But with FaceTime it's almost like being in the same room.
9. If you went to college, what did you study?
I graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Economics and minored in English Literature. I've lost my interest in economics but I absolutely love to read. My favorite authors are Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, Isabel Allende and many others.
10. Name 3 pet peeves.
Touching a computer screen with your fingers. Unexpected noise bothers me. For instance, when someone's nose whistles when they breath. Drives me batty! Squeezing an inflated balloon near me sends me running in the opposite direction, usually squealing in fear.
11. Any causes or charitable organizations near and dear to you?
Research in finding a cure and/or improved treatment for Multiple Sclerosis is dear to me because my husband has been diagnosed with it for over 20 years. MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system, resulting is a wide and varied list of symptoms including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. The cause of this disease is not known, and there is no cure, so funding for research is important. To find out more information you can go to the National MS Society's website: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/MS-FAQ-s