Featured Member in the Spotlight!
This page is dedicated to featuring beloved members of Perfect Harmony.
Dee Fitzgerald, Lead
Dee was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Park Ridge a NW suburb of Chicago. She has a passion for singing and helping others, that’s why Perfect Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus is a “perfect” fit for her. This is what she has to say.
“After getting my Masters degree in Social Work, my career began establishing School Social Work Programs in three Catholic Elementary Schools in Chicago. Then I moved on to work with people who had chemical addictions. Later I was Director of Counseling in an all boys Catholic High School, and then Asst. Principal and Director of Counseling in an all girls Catholic High School. I worked for 40 years as a Social Worker. I also worked in Community Mental Health in Bentonville, Arkansas.
After retiring I began working at Helping Hands in Bentonville, managing the Book Department. Helping Hands is a re-sale store that was started by 21 churches in NW Ark. The money that comes in from purchases is given out to people in need that live in Benton County.”
St. Benedict’s calling is to prayer and work, Dee obviously has answered this calling for over 40 years. She has retired from Social Work but continues to help others. She organizes the Perfect Harmony charity drive for Restoration Village at least twice a year, staying in contact with the Staff for current needs, concerns and immediate help.
“I began singing in choruses when I was in high school. After I had entered the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago in 1965 I sang in the community’s Schola. We sang Gregorian Chant and other music. After I moved to Bella Vista I sang in St. Bernard’s choir for a brief time.” Dee found Perfect Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus after “going to a concert, I enjoyed watching Karen direct. I knew she would make singing fun!” Dee joined the Chorus as a Lead soon after. “I enjoy singing with the great women of Perfect Harmony”.
“I used to come to Bella Vista to visit my sister and brother in law who lived here. I fell in love with the beauty and peace of the area. After I had left my religious community, I knew that I could financially afford to live in this area and that my need for beauty and quiet would be met as well. I have not regretted that decision for one minute.
Getting my Masters of Social Work degree and then my Licenses was my Best Personal Accomplishment. Entering “The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago” a monastic community, has been the most rewarding event in my lifetime. I lived in the Community for 32 years.”
Reading, camping and creating crafts of various types are her interests or hobbies. In her spare time, (which is not much) she reads, reads, reads! And walks her dog. On her wish list is a visit to Ireland someday. That may be why her favorite color is green.
Perfect Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus appreciates her dedication to the chorus. Her genuine smile and the joy she shares at our rehearsals, our Sing Outs, and throughout our communities is a testament to her life’s story of helping others.
Joyce Reid, Baritone
Joyce became a Perfect Harmony member in 2009 after being encouraged to join by Sue Barrett. She rarely misses a rehearsal or Sing Out. Joyce has many talents in addition to music. Joyce has been a Professional and Hobby Craft Person for years. It would be a privilege to have one of her quilt creations or pottery pieces in your home. Enjoy reading how she evolved into a talented Craftsman over the years while raising her family.
“Joyce Reid was born and raised in central Kansas, wheat farming area, my Dad was a farmer. I graduated from Great Bend High School in 1956 where I sang Soprano in the chorus and choir. I also sang in the church choir. My parents paid for music lessons for me, two sisters and a brother. I joined the church choir in Bella Vista about 2003, as a soprano. I later switched to alto. My voice has gotten lower pitched, like many, so I now sing Baritone in Perfect Harmony.
I have had three occupations. I went to college and became qualified to teach home economics, general science, biology, chemistry and all elementary grades. I taught for six years; second, fourth and sixth grade. Then I switched to substitute teaching for Science mostly at the 7-9th grade levels. This was my first occupation. When I took a potter class to keep my teaching certificate up, I got hooked on clay. My first potter’s wheel was made by my husband using a wagon wheel that my father supplied. Because I was making so many items, I started exhibiting at arts and crafts shows, my second occupation. I eventually purchased two kilns and two other electric potter’s wheels. I traveled to arts and crafts shows from Nebraska, St. Louis, Missouri to Middleland, Texas. At the time I was living in Norman, Oklahoma. For over twenty years I did about twelve shows a year. In 2000 my husband, Henry and I moved to Bella Vista. All the clay items were moved but because it took months to get electricity to the lower level of our home, I started making quilts. Now, I make quilts for family members, the Quilt Guild (Calico Up-Cuts), and my church’s bazaar. Last year I made 33 small quilts, 16 cloth books and a number of other items, my third occupation.
Henry and I raised six children and have encouraged 13 grandchildren. Since the adults are all gainfully employed and five grandchildren have graduated from college so far, for me these are major accomplishments. Plus, Henry and I have been married forty-nine years come June, second time around. Traveling is a favorite thing to do. I would go anywhere if someone else was paying the bill. Just give me time to pack. Henry and I have been to about fifteen foreign countries and I think all the states. Of course, there are many places we have not seen, even in the USA. I would like to cruise around South America, it is about a 50-60 day trip. Henry hasn’t agreed to that yet.
While the children were growing up I was a Girl Scout Leader and Boy Scout Trainer. Later, I was a volunteer for Legal Aid and I heard some very sad stories. I have been Treasurer for my local art guild in Norman, Ok, Perfect Harmony for five years and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. The orchestra traveled to China during those two years I was Treasurer and I learned to wire money to the travel company in NYC, there were 105 people on that trip. Now, I volunteer each week at the Bella Vista Library. Four hours every Monday morning for 18 years. I always say that is the last volunteer job that I will give up. To me, education is the most important thing we can give our children. Enjoy reading, Joyce”A favorite memory for Joyce was singing with her children in the car when they went on camping trips. Joyce and Henry both like the color blue which makes it easy to decorate their home. During the winter they enjoy watching the college level basketball games on TV. She is a very dedicated member of Perfect Harmony in attendance and support. She has booked several Sing Outs for us at some of the organizations she is involved with, as well as serving on the PH Board, Committees, as Hostess and a time as the card lady. Joyce knows that you can’t go wrong, “If you start off each day with a Song".
Sharon Krumrei, Bass Singer
Sharon joined Perfect Harmony in 2009. When we need a fill in for a section of the chorus, delivering the Shepherd’s Pantry items or serving on the board Sharon is our girl. She is quick with a smile for you and enjoys a good laugh. Here is her life story.
“I was born in California and when I was five years old my parents moved back to their home town in the north woods of Wisconsin. Around that time, my Father became my primary care giver. The main industries in town were logging, farming, or working in the big lumber mill in the neighboring town. My Father was a logger. He also was the seventh of twelve children, most of them still living in the area. So, I had many surrogate "Mothers". Since in those days, loggers bought sections(640 acres) of land to work, camp was made there and for many years I was under the care of a Native American woman in the summer. I learned so much from her, and it's sad that their culture was lost. My Father decided that I needed "culture"!! A woman came to town during the school year to give piano lessons and he signed me up. From the time I was eight until about twelve. Practice was a good excuse to get out of evening chores and then I began to actually like playing and began appreciating Bach, Mozart, Chopin, etc.
High school brought a retired music teacher in my life who decided that I could sing. She was a precursor of our Karen, she expected great and pushed and prodded until you produced!! The first place starred medals that I received at the state festivals really taught me that if you wanted something bad enough you could achieve it.
In my senior year of high school, I met this guy who was dating a friend of mine. His name was Chuck Krumrei and from the first day I met him, I just knew we were meant to be together. Unfortunately, Uncle Sam had other ideas. I went off to college and sang in their choral group, but when Chuck got out of the Army, we got married. His parents owned this small general store and decided to turn it over to us. For the next twenty-five years, we worked on building that business up to a destination store, and had four wonderful children. The years now are kind of a blur of being a 4H Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Rescue Squad member, church organist, school piano accompanist, and for nine years an elected member of the school board. In the years before massive ATV and Gator and snowmobiles, our business was quiet enough from Dec-April that we could slow down and enjoy life. In the late 1980s that changed and we were burnt out, so we sold. That lasted for almost five years, until my darling husband got the bright idea to take over this failing hardware store. We were in a good sized recreational area with a lot of building going on, so we had to figure out how to get these "shackers" to buy locally instead of hauling up from the big box stores. We did it! Then our love of golf and the times we had spent in Bella Vista made us decide to retire and move here. I got bored and applied at Wal-Mart and spent the next six years in their ISD division, retiring at sixty-five. I joined the Women’s Chorus and one day, the director wasn't there and this wonderful woman got up to direct. The first thing she said was "get your nose out of your music and look at me!" I asked someone who that was and was told it was Karen Frankenfeld and she directed a barbershop group. My next thought was "I want to sing in that group." Never having any experience with barbershop singing, there was definitely a learning curve. This group is the best thing that happened to Bella Vista! My husband and I both love living here, our children visit often and one son has moved here. We have one daughter and three sons of whom we are so proud! They gave us eight grandchildren who are equally awesome.” - Sharon
In addition to her talent in music she likes to have a vegetable garden each summer and in the winter she looks forward to reading a good book. “I was a golfer, but back troubles ended that sport!” Her favorite color is Navy Blue. The most rewarding event in her lifetime was “marrying the love of my life, Chuck, fifty-seven years ago.” Best personal accomplishments were “raising her four children, who are also wonderful parents.” On her bucket list is a “visit to the coast of Maine and have lobster fresh off the boat!” She must also be a fantastic cook because her chocolate chip cookies are "to die for"!
Delores Haley, Bass
“Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends not years.” This was the theme at Delores’s 90th birthday Party (which Perfect Harmony sang for last year). She lives up to this with her instant smiles and the abundance of the friends she has. Delores is a quiet woman, and modest about being on the web spotlight. Enjoy what she has written about her life.
On July 18, 1928, it was one of those hot, humid days in Illinois, with an electrical storm brewing outside. Inside this farm house was the wail of a new baby girl. Delores Rose Reutter was the fourth and last daughter of Minnie and Fred Reutter.
Three quarters of a mile from our home was a small school house where I attended all eight years of my grade school education. It was what they called a "One Room School House", and they were on a corner of a farm every 2 miles.
The only spanking I remember Mom giving to me was when I refused to go to school because it was too cold, so I’d just stay home. After the “warm up” administered from my Mom, I walked to school and never sassed her again!
During my Freshman year in high school, we moved from the small community of Cissna Park to an even smaller community of East Lynn. I graduated from East Lynn High School and there I also met my future husband, Bill Haley. Then it was off to nurses training at Lake View in Danville, Illinois 30 miles from home. Bill would hitch hike to see me on weekends. Two years later we decided to marry and I dropped out of nursing. I remember my Mom telling me that my duty was at home. We were just two love sick “kids” who grew up with their 3 older children, Carin, Dennis and Dana. Years later Teresa came along and later still we added Leonard to the family.
We were pretty much home bodies, but we made a memorable trip to England. We took a train from London in search of some of Bill’s ancestors on his mother’s side. We found them! But no one could say for sure how we were related. It was much more interesting than a castle tour. On a lark, we came to Arkansas on one of those free Cooper Holidays. Bill told me not to act interested in anything the Cooper salesman tries to tell us. I didn’t, but he did! So here we moved.
Bill was asked to be the first electrical inspector of Bella Vista. I was his partner and at first I had my doubts how that would be since we would be together 24 hours every day. We made it work and Bill always said “it was the best three years of our married life!” After 45 years of marriage, Bill passed away after a bad fall. We were in the process of building a new house. Leonard had to step in and help me finish it. It wasn’t an easy time for either of us.
Barb, my minister’s wife, was wanting me to join her in checking out a new group starting up a Barbershop Women’s Chorus called “Amazing Grace”. It was 1993 when we started traveling to Rogers every Tuesday to their practice. We both like it and as a new widow it was good therapy for me. This was the best thing I could have done after suddenly loosing Bill. It’s impossible to cry the blues and learn music at the same time. When Amazing Grace disbanded, some one encouraged me to check out Perfect Harmony, I’m glad I did. I think it was 2009 when I joined. I’m very thankful for the joy of Barbershop singing and I’m very thankful for Karen and her patience with us. Delores
reading a good book and playing Hand Chimes at Concordia. For some time now,
Delores has been Perfect Harmony’s consoling card lady, as well as being
hostess for our Holiday parties or a committee member on special projects. Her favorite color is pink, that she wears
very well. She now lives at Concordia, enjoys her new home and her many new friends.
“I like my nap time!” is something she admitted in her profile for our spotlight, and after all she has done and seen, she deserves it.
Sherrie (Shari) Crawford Brooks, Lead
Sherrie Crawford was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, she calls herself a “Mayo Clinic baby”.
Her life moved on from Minnesota and gave her several homes in locations all over the mid-south and southern cities. She has given us a short version of her life so far and has more stories to tell. Here is what she has given us today.
“I left Rochester in 1965, why you ask? I was a run-away bride! I ran to Kansas City, found work, an apartment and roommates! I worked two jobs, one for an Insurance Company and one for a Home Decorator, she even used some of my smaller paintings, never dreamed I could make any money with my paintings.
I met Jon Allen Brooks, my husband of 48 years, what a blessing he was to me. He kept calling me for a date and I said No Thanks, until February 14th, when he called to take me to lunch I said OK. (I was broke and hungry!) He gave me a rose, nice! When I got to my apartment that night I found 12 more roses waiting, two years later, we were married. Jon’s work sent us to live in a lot of great places. Atlanta, New Orleans, Detroit, Birmingham, Mobile, Houston, St. Louis and back to Kansas City. His work also sent us on lots of trips. Key West, San Francisco, Washington DC, Denver, Chicago, Mexico, Omaha, Nashville, St. Paul and I’m sure I have forgotten a few. No matter what place we lived, I was busy with PTA, Garden Club, card clubs and church. We got “Garden of the Month” in every city and one place gave us three awards and also the “Award of the Year”.
When our daughter went away to school, I found a job with Clinique. Clinique was great to work for. When we moved, my job went with me. Clinique was a very fun job. I love problem solving and showing people how to look great with just a bit of color. I received lots of awards and gifts and they sent me to classes in great place like Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis and Little Rock. My story of working for Clinique for 35 years and being Master Sales for 10 years in a row, was featured in the Clinique paper.
As the oldest girl of five, by the time I was 12 my mother (Irish) worked 2 jobs. I took over the job of running the family. They tell me I was tough on them with my Work You Must Do List. But they still love me, Thank You, God! One of my sisters was a Girl Scout and sold cookies. When my dates showed up she would ask me to give her a bit of time to sell them cookies, and they always ordered.
When I was 3 years old I was singing in the back seat of the car. My father (Scot-Irish), said to Mama, tell her to sit down and stop singing. So I did, but I cried very loud! Dad said "Tell her to sing, it’s better than the crying!" I really started my singing in school and at church at 12 years old. When we lived in New Orleans and Detroit I joined a Sweet Adeline group. I joined Perfect Harmony in 2004.
Dancing started in High School when a friend offered me free classes. Painting also started in High School and advanced to classes in Kansas City. Sewing was revived when I was 8 months pregnant in Atlanta. When I picked Jon up at the airport I was wearing a dress I made with my new machine, he didn’t know I could sew. My daughter, years later, said “we” could make some black out curtains for the Fayetteville High School football locker room by the next week, her “we” was actually me, and I did it!
Our daughter and family (my 3 grand kids) moved to Fayetteville in the late 90’s. I talked Jon into retiring by telling him he could golf every day for the rest of his life. His blue eyes started to shine, Bella Vista! Let’s Go. “Good” I said, “because I have a Real Estate agent coming in 30 minutes.”
I have more stories to tell, but that would be more like a book. Thanks to all of you for your friendship and I will say THE END.” Shari
Pink is her favorite color. She would like to visit Ireland, In her spare time she likes to read. Some of Shari’s hobbies are painting, dancing and sewing. You can appreciate Shari’s artistic touch when you are at her house where she has a few of her paintings displayed and her decorating experience shows inside and outside her home. Shari is dedicated to Perfect Harmony because she loves the chorus and singing. She also promised Jon she would not quit the chorus. Shari has been an inspiration to our chorus with her fun loving and energetic personality. Next time you sit next to her ask her to tell you more about her interesting life in our Southern cities. Shari says “Bella Vista is a good place to live”. She may be through moving.
Zanetta Bedwell, Tenor
You can depend on Zanetta being at the Monday afternoon
rehearsals, and all the Sing Outs she can, given her busy schedule. Her clear, high Tenor voice is what we all
need to hear to balance our four parts out. She has a spontaneous sense of
humor that often surprises Karen and the rest of the chorus, and results in
Here is her story.
“I have been with Perfect Harmony for 16 years. I began singing in the choir at church as a teenager. My father was the choir director and to keep my mouth shut, he put me in the choir where he could control my talking. I sang in a women's choir in college and have been singing in church choirs ever since.
I went to college in Conway and Joplin, earning a business degree in Conway and an Elementary degree in Joplin. I taught business one year and the rest was spent in the Jr. High Level and the Library in four schools.
After teaching business one year we moved to Columbia, Missouri, where my husband was working on his masters degree. I was secretary to the Assistant Surgeon at the Ellis Fischell Cancer Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. While living in Little Rock I worked at Baptist Hospital as secretary to the head of interns.
I retired after 32 years of teaching, 11 years ago. It was time. The first three years I did a lot of substitute teaching.
The next year I was asked to go to Africa to help set up a library in Tanzania. Missionaries that had been here in Gravette for several years were my contact people. I was gone for 3 weeks. While there I spent 2 days seeing all the animals and sites, enjoyed the Safari very much. What an experience!
After I retired, I began working at Care and Share in Gravette. just part time at first since I was still busy at school. I am in charge of the books, magazines, DVDs, etc. This work I really enjoy. There is no one there to talk back to me or talk too much and I do not have to discipline or do lesson plans. Oh, and I go home when I get tired.
I had two daughters. Sarah passed away 16 years ago from a seizure. Melanie lives in Springdale. She’s a busy woman getting ready for her daughter's wedding.
On Wednesday nights I cook at the church for the 50 children they bus in from Sulphur Springs. Well the adults get to eat also.
Some of my hobbies I enjoy are reading and cooking.
Everywhere I have worked or sang I had a good time Laughs are important in our everyday life.” Zanetta
Zanetta’s favorite color is blue. She would like to visit Ireland. In her spare time she plays solitaire. On her Member Spotlight form she mentioned she is a painter, we should find out more about that talent!. Zanetta’s key to happiness is Laughter, the chorus is glad she shares that with us.
Kathy Hohl, Lead
Kathy has had a very unique life. And she has many stories she can tell. Here is what she has shared with us:
“I was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While my Mom & Dad were divorcing my grandmother sent me to a Catholic boarding High School during my Freshman year. Roller skating was my hobby and after High School I followed the love of my life and husband for 66 years, Marvin, to California. He had joined the Marine Corp in San Diego, and I was living with my Great Grandma in San Francisco. It was there I achieved many skating medals for Dance, Freestyle, Figure Skating & Judging. I also worked for 9 years as a Comp-to-meter (a forerunner of today’s computers) for a company that made the “Jaws of Life” used for Emergency Rescue by Fire Departments. Before Marvin went overseas, we married and when he got back from Korea we started our family in Milwaukee. Within a 13 year period I had 9 children, 6 are living (4 boys & 2 Girls) and I was a Foster Mother for 1 child who grew up in our family until she was 5 ½ years old. Our children still invest in our lives today. When my oldest child got a job, cashiering for a Roller Rink, it enabled all of her family to enjoy skating for FREE! After a few years our boys, and one daughter joined the speed team and I started to Judge again. After I got to be known I was gradually asked to Judge at different local meets. (Of course, I couldn’t judge when my own children were competing.) Later I went to the Olympic Grounds in Colorado Springs to review twice a year, every year. One week I reviewed for speed, and 1 week for Art, which included dance, figure skating & freestyle skating. Sometimes I would get Airline tickets and hotel accommodations when I judged a meet. I was chosen to be a National Judge for the National Speed Meets. I did that for eight years. I judged for a few Art Meets but was uncomfortable when I was told by other judges WHO was to win. At the Olympic Training Center I asked if I would be eligible to be an International Judge and was told “I would never become one because I was a woman”. This was in 1985! I walked away and never looked back. My daughter did earn the right to be chosen for the US National team in 1977, which is a great honor. She competed Internationally as well. My son made a career of skating, owns a Roller Rink, and competes in Senior Competition Meets today.
In 1997 when Marvin retired from Pfizer after 47 years in Senior Management for the Hospital Supply facility, and our children were all gone, we moved to Bella Vista. Since living in Bella Vista I have volunteered at the BV Library as a reader to children and worked with them in small crafts. I supplied the craft pieces for them, it was wonderful to be with children again and I enjoyed working with them for 14 years. One of my hobbies is repairing, painting and dressing Porcelain Dolls back to their original beauty. I have a bedroom dedicated to all my dolls. I also do restorations for clients. While at the Catholic boarding High School, I had my first encounter with a wonderful teacher who coached me and taught me music. After one year I had a four octave range and could sing high soprano down to bass, but I enjoyed singing Soprano because it was the easiest. One day during my water aerobics class in Bella Vista I was singing with the music when Helen Smiley heard me and asked me to join the Perfect Harmony group. After a few weeks I came to a practice and I was HOOKED! The group is so welcoming and loving, I am grateful to Helen, Karen and all the girls who participate. Now, when Perfect Harmony calls, I’M READY!” Kathy
The most rewarding event in Kathy’s lifetime is “acknowledging to the Lord that I am 86 years old and still alive, when all my relatives and friends have already passed”. Kathy would like to visit Disney World and revisit the Badlands and the Black Hills. She has several fond memories of traveling from Wisconsin to California with their 9 children (and a babysitter) and stopping in the Dakotas. Some trips they hauled a camper and packed a tent so they could explore the area on the way. Her favorite colors are blue, particularly aqua. When Kathy first wheeled into the church parking lot for rehearsal in her little red convertible, you knew she was a woman you would want to know! She has shared many interesting stories that have made us laugh. Her dedication and support for the chorus is obvious when she walks into rehearsal with a smile. Undoubtedly, there will be more chapters that will be added to her life story, her experiences with Perfect Harmony will be one!
Katie Scherz, Bass (occasionally Baritone)
Katie is one member that has had an exciting career with Barbershop groups, here is her story.
In 1951 in Peoria, Illinois at 14 years old I was asked to sing Baritone in a quartet called "The Mellowaires". My sister sang bass. The quartet felt that even though I was young I could handle the Baritone part. I surprised them and did better than they expected! Then in 1958 I joined a struggling Sweet Adeline chorus in Fairbury, Illinois and chartered with them singing Bass. I drove 15 miles to rehearsal each week. In 1963 I moved to East Moline, Illinois and immediately found a Sweet Adeline Chapter and a Harmony, Inc. chorus to sing with. I was in seventh heaven singing with both groups for several years. One quartet I sang Baritone with called “Chord Teasers" decided to get serious and compete in the Harmony Inc. International competition. I decided why not? We competed 4 times and placed 5th in Ottawa, Canada in 1967, 4th in Hamilton, Ontario in 1968 and 2nd in Burlington, Vermont in 1969. We FINALLY, won the International Title of "HARMONY QUEENS" in 1970 in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a wonderful time during our year of reign doing Barbershop shows all over the United States. Flying to and from at their expense and being featured on their annual shows. We even made an LP record during that time. After The Chord Teasers broke up, I started a new quartet called "Moline Tradition". I was singing Baritone. We had top notch coaching and it paid off. We won the competition in Harmony Inc International competition the 1st time on stage in Montreal, Quebec in 1973. We spent a year of traveling to and from shows. Another wonderful year. “Being part of the winning quartet two times in Harmony Inc. competition is a special Personal Accomplishment for me.”
I married Chuck Scherz in 1968. Chuck also sang Barbershop harmony and loved the hobby as much as I did. I was singing Baritone in 1976 with a Sweet Adeline quartet called "IV Part AlaCarte". We competed in a Regional Contest in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and WON the Regional award. That win allowed us to compete in the Sweet Adeline International contest in Cincinnati, Ohio. What a RIDE for six years. I was the luckiest girl alive. In l977 Chuck & I purchased a fishing resort in Minnesota. The nearest Sweet Adeline chorus was 65 miles away in Fargo, North Dakota. I drove it once a week for 18 years to sing Bass. The Fargo chorus did place 1st in AA Division in San Antonio, TX in 1993 at International Competition. In the winter Chuck & I would become Snowbirds and found groups to sing in such as Sweet Adeline and Harmony, Inc choruses in Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Iowa, across Illinois and Texas. My 'favorite' time was singing with the Houston Horizon chorus for 3 winters. They were top notch and worked hard. I was 1 of about 70 members.
I sang with a group in Joplin, Missouri for 6 years driving 50 miles to rehearsals. In Arkansas, I helped charter the Sweet Adeline group and also started the quartets "Special Design", "On-the-Go" and most recent "Persnickety". My most memorable time was when the Harmonaires (a group I sang with from Illinois) called me in Bella Vista to ask if I could learn 12 songs in 2 weeks singing Baritone for a couple of important performances in Illinois and a biggie in Florida and I DID IT. They sent me a tape to listen to and it was in my ear for 2 solid weeks. That was the only way I could learn the songs since I don't read music. Those two jobs didn’t pay well, but I had a great time! Barbershop singing is a wonderful hobby that I've enjoyed for 66 years now. I’ve counted over 14 groups I have sang with, which include mixed quartets of men & women. I just gotta hear those Barbershop Chords, I love Barbershop! Katie
Although Katie no longer sings competitively, she continues to use her harmonizing skills in our Perfect Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus. During the time Katie was so active in competition singing she also had a career of a Caregiver for 40 years. With all she has accomplished she considers her most rewarding events to be her “two beautiful daughters and four wonderful step children.”
Yellow and blue are her favorite colors (no surprise here! they reflect her blue skies & sunny disposition).
Hats Off! To Katie for her years of Barbershop experience and her love of MUSIC.
Karen Frankenfeld, Director
We feel fortunate to have a Director with the experience and dedication of Karen Frankenfeld. Perfect Harmony was started in 1999 by Karen when she was asked to start a women’s barbershop chorus in Bella Vista after the Sweet Adeline chorus lost its director. She will celebrate 20 years of directing our chorus this fall, 2019. Barbershop singing has been a part of Karen’s life for many years giving her a resource of tunes that account for the variety of songs we have in our portfolio. These songs may include classics from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, modern pop, seasonal songs, patriotic, gospel and novelty numbers. Some songs give her an opportunity to add a special touch to the arrangement and to let the women have a little fun with it for audience appeal. Arrangements in Barbershop style are four part harmony. Karen researches a wide variety of music before selecting a song for the chorus to sing. Her vision of our Perfect Harmony Barbershop Women’s Chorus was to have a group of women that would have fun singing and entertaining others. And she has done just that, as well as encouraging a sisterhood relationship within the chorus.
Before coming to Bella Vista Karen retired from 38 years of teaching in Missouri and Iowa where she taught high school Vocal and Band music. She received her Master’s Degree in 1968 and was recognized as Outstanding Alumni at Park University in 1983. Her directing experience also includes Sweet Adeline choruses and church choirs. However, her most rewarding events in her lifetime were “marrying my husband Bob, now deceased, having two wonderful children and hosting 8 exchange students from all over the world”. Another rewarding event for Karen is “having four grandchildren all in their 20’s who are busy with their lives but make time to visit grandma 2 to 3 times a year.” She credits their parents for having done a great job with them. (No doubt those parents learned their parenting skills from Karen and Bob.)
In her spare time she enjoys reading magazines, watching sports and game shows. For 16 years she has found time to volunteer at NW Medical Hospital and currently sings in the BV Women’s Chorus.
A train trip across the NW United States and returning by way of LA and KC, is on her bucket list. If you visit Karen in her home you will see that she has an interest in antiques and amazing South West décor.
Purple is our Director’s favorite color, she looks good in our purple outfit!
Thank you Karen for your dedication to Perfect Harmony and the love of Barbershop music that you share with us.