Linda Rutledge, President
Linda Rutledge has been an active part of the Conchords Chorale for over ten years. Yes, she loves to sing but she also likes to take roles in leadership. This is her second time to take on the role as President. Most recently she was the board as Treasurer for over seven years.
Besides leading the direction of the Conchords, Linda has sought opportunities to connect the Conchords to different fundraising opportunities that allows the Conchords to continue as a non-profit choir.
What does Linda do besides sing with the Conchords? She’s a financial advisor during the work week and is very involved with golfing, bowling, Chicks Connect, networking, and loves to be with her family which includes a husband of 35 years, two sons, a daughter-in-law, a soon to be daughter-in-law, and four grandkids. Whew! Is there time to sleep?
Susan Keesee, Vice President
Susan is in her fourth year with the Conchords Chorale. She has sung with her family her whole life, and been part of choirs for the last ten years. She is also part of “Trouble with Trebles”, a women’s double trio that is an off-shoot ensemble of the Conchords. This is her first year to serve on the board. As the Vice President, one of her key roles is handling the booking of our concert venues.
Susan has been retired for almost three years, after spend ten years as a registered nurse, and 27 years in medical sales and marketing. She keeps herself very busy with singing, golfing, boating, camping, water skiing, and traveling. She also is very involved with her family: her partner, sisters, eleven nieces and nephews, and fifteen great nieces and nephews.
Don Anderson, Artistic Director
Don Anderson has a degree in music education and a varied and extensive background as a tenor soloist, including performances with the Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, and Portland Symphonic Choir. His directorial experiences include the US Army Corp Command Chorus, German Preparatory Chorus, Liedertafel Harmonie, Portland Chorale, Cloud 9 young men’s vocal ensemble, and Stratosphere, a young women’s ensemble. He has been a voice coach in the Portland area for 30 years, and also is a commissioned composer and arranger.
Maggie De Runtz, Secretary
Maggie DeRuntz has been a singer with the Conchords for five years. Initially, she happily sang with the altos but now is a tenor and proud to be “one of the guys.” Her husband, John, is also a member and sings with the baritones. At times, he entertains our audiences with his talents at the keyboard.
This session, Maggie became the secretary to the board and enjoys making contributions to this great group of singers. Previously, she was a section leader and was in charge of ticket sales for our public performances.
As a retired educator, Maggie has time to devote to other volunteer activities at the Tigard library and Signature Hospice. She plays bridge, gardens, and loves the many cultural opportunities in this area. Working around traveling is a challenge at times, but singing with the Conchords is a high priority for her!
Mary Wardell, Treasurer
Nancy Walter, Board Member-at-large
Nancy Walter joined the Conchords the Fall of 2010 eager to get back to singing after a five year break. Nancy has been involved with choirs her entire life, she is enjoying her experience with the Conchords and loves the smiling faces of the people in the Assisted Living Facilities when they perform for them. Nancy serves on the board as Member-at-large. What is her greatest joy singing with the choir? Hearing all the beautiful voices join together to bring joy to others.