Thirty eight years ago Judy McAlpine was looking for a way to indulge her music interests and maximize her vocal talent. A friend invited her to a Lions Gate Chorus rehearsal and she knew right away she had found what she was looking for. She joined the Chorus and during the following 10 years was active on the management team holding offices of president, corresponding secretary and membership chair.
Musically, she shone as baritone section leader. Then in 1981, her husband’s career called for a transfer and the family moved to Penticton. Judy picked up where she left off and joined the Penticton Chorus (Peach Blossom) and again served on the management team. But here she became more involved with music and in addition to baritone section leader, she co-directed the chorus with Lois Fedorak from 1982 to 1985. And, she sang lead in the quartet “A Touch of Gold “competing 1983, 1984 and 1985.
Next came the move to Chilliwack and Green Heart Chorus in 1985. She began as co-director with Mona Fanstone and Rita Jones until 1995, and then directed solely until 2001. Subsequently she served as treasurer, show chair, music librarian, baritone section leader, music and management team member. She willingly contributes her teaching and coaching skills whenever called upon and currently is involved in teaching and placing prospective members.
She sang baritone with the registered quartet, Emerald Coast. Regionally, Judy served as CC in 1997 and 1999 and CRC in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008. And, she was part of the Region 26 Dream Team. Her commitment to the Region is exemplary and she has always had an excellent rapport with the diverse members of the Convention Steering Committees. Through her expertise, the conventions and competitions in the Greater Vancouver area have been well run and well received by judges, competitors and attendees. Judy is now Finance Coordinator on the Regional Management Team. She has attended 14 International Competitions, director’s workshops in Tulsa and IES in San Antonio.
Judy is musically active in the community as well. She has worked with 5 YWIH quartets and a young men’s quartet as well as coaching the Chilliwack Men’s Chorus. Currently she is involved with a volunteer group which leads singing with elementary school children. Judy has had several careers, first as a teacher for 13 years and then with CIBC for 23 years until retiring in 2003. She has been married to Wayne for 43 years, has 2 sons and loves to spend time with her 2 small grandchildren. She curls, golfs, and belongs to a bridge club. Whew!
Judy McAlpine personifies Sweet Adelines. She has tirelessly demonstrated her dedication at the chapter and regional levels and effectively brings barbershop to the community. Green Heart Chorus proudly nominates Judy McAlpine as the Spirit of 26.