Meet Our Altos

Linda BarberLinda Barber

How long have you sung with PCC? Since September, 2013
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since June, 2013
Immediate family: Kelsey Friday, daughter (lives in Pittsburgh); Ryan Barber, son (lives in New Providence, NJ); 5 active, dirty, wonderful, crazy, chaotic, joyful grandsons
Occupation/Employment: Freelance patient education writer
Interests/Hobbies: Creative writing, the cultural scene in Pittsburgh, singing (of course!), travel, exploring, learning new things
Favorite type of music: Most everything except rap, heavy metal, and everyone-doing-their-own-thing jazz
Favorite vacation spot: Northern Italy, Jackson Hole, Sundance, Hilton Head

Kimberly GannonKimberly Gannon

How long have you sung with PCC? Can't remember! Think it's been since 2005?
Voice Part: Alto II
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Born/Raised in Pittsburgh, South Hills - lived various other places after college, DC, Alabama, Louisville, New Haven, Tel Aviv - Been back home since 2000.
Immediate family: Single
Occupation/Employment: Software Development SCRUM Master
Interests/Hobbies: Singing, Playing and Coaching 4/5/6th grade girls Volleyball, Cooking/Eating!
Favorite type of music: Anything I can sing to!
Favorite vacation spot: LOVE New Orleans and recently enjoyed a wonderful trip to Sonoma wine country outside of San Francisco during the Barrel Select festival.

Alexandra GregoryAlexandra Gregory

How long have you sung with PCC? Since January 2011
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since August 2004
Immediate family:  Daisy and Jack
Occupation/Employment:  Higher education administration
Interests/Hobbies:  Reading, walking the dogs
Favorite type of music: Classical
Favorite vacation spot:  Napa Valley or my own backyard deck

Lynn HaganLynn Hagan

How long have you sung with PCC? Since September, 2013
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since Fall 2011
Immediate family:  Husband Chris Hagan
Occupation/Employment:  Professional Landman Oil and Gas Industry
Interests/Hobbies:  Play piano, running, biking, kayaking, hiking
Favorite type of music: Various, I like many types of music. I love Mozart, Vivaldi, and Sting, Pink Floyd, and bluegrass and jazz so you see I like an eclectic mix.
Favorite vacation spot:  Canada
Other comments: I missed the Pirates game (National Anthem, September, 2013)and was sad about that. I am excited to be a part of this group and look forward to many years of fun together.

Carol HarveyCarol Harvey

How long have you sung with PCC?  Since 2009
Voice Part:  Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh?  All my life
Immediate family:  Husband Reed, son Matt (Kathleen) living in King of Prussia, two grandchildren
Occupation/Employment:  Retired high school/community college teacher and freelance court reporter
Interests/Hobbies:  Crocheting, jewelry making, reading, singing, cooking
Favorite type of music:  Southern Gospel
Favorite vacation spot:  Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Canyonlands of the Southwest USA
Other comments:  Music has always been a big part of my life, from grade school on.  Reed and I first became friends through singing in the high school where we taught together.  I love to harmonize and also to follow a director.  I'm thrilled to be in the PCC with other like-minded people.

Shirley HoopsShirley Hoops

How long have you sung with PCC? Since 2010
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since 1968
Immediate family: Husband Steve
Occupation/Employment: Retired Senior Coordinator, IRS
Interests/Hobbies: Music:  Anything but rap
Favorite vacation spot: Venice, Italy or Banff
Other comments: I've been singing in one group or another since I was 4 years old...and hope to continue for another decade or so.

Helen HouggyHelen Houggy

How long have you sung with PCC? Since 2006
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since 1969
Immediate family: Husband Dave (bass II), David Jr., Kathy Ross, Eric Ross, gr.kids, Rachel and Ben
Occupation/Employment: Retired  H.S. teacher
Interests/Hobbies: Reading, gardening (flowers only), Community Bible Study
Favorite type of music: Classics, chorale, organ, Bluegrass Junction
Favorite vacation spot: Cruiseship
Other comments: so glad to be part of the PCC family!

Debbie KopytaDebbie Kopyta

How long have you sung with PCC? Since January, 2013
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since 1996 – originally from western Maryland
Immediate family: Husband: Larry, Son: Joe, Daughter: Valerie
Occupation/Employment: Training Manager with Thermo Fisher Scientific
Interests/Hobbies: Travel, reading (mostly thrillers), music, being outdoors
Favorite type of music: Almost anything I can sing along to
Favorite vacation spot: Maui, Hawaii so far – though I love to visit new places

Jackie KulfanJackie Kulfan

How long have you sung with PCC? On and off, since 2006.
Voice Part: Alto I.
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? All my life.
Immediate family: My entire family lives in the local area too. 
Occupation/Employment: I'm a proposal manager.
Interests/Hobbies: Singing, of course, and I'm a big hockey fan. Go Pens!
Favorite type of music: I love singing the pops music. Blues, jazz, all of those great harmonies and rhythms. When it comes to listening, I like just about anything played by a really good musician.
Favorite vacation spot: Aruba, San Diego.
Other comments: It's great to be back in the choir singing again!

Geneva MartinGeneva Martin

How long have you sung with PCC? Since 2012
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since 2010
Immediate family: Spouse Ron (bass I), 3 adult children and their spouses, 2 grandchildren
Occupation/Employment: Part-time public health researcher, child care for granddaughter
Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Ultimate Frisbee, making music, biking/hiking
Favorite type of music: Classical, jazz
Favorite vacation spot: Boulder CO, Connecticut (have children living both places)

Ruth Ann McChesneyRuth Ann McChesney

How long have you sung with PCC? Since 1994
Voice Part: Avid Alto II
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Been in the Cranberry/Mars area since 1989, but am a Pitt nursing grad so I go a long way back!!
Immediate family: Husband,Charles; 2 sons and wives (and 2 grandchildren) plus 3 step-sons (2 married) and 4 more grandchildren!
Occupation/Employment: Retired nurse administrator and piano teacher
Interests/Hobbies: Christian mission trips, entertaining, and anything music!
Favorite type of music: Classical and sacred
Favorite vacation spot: Chautauqua Lake area with Chautauqua Institution and Maine!
Other comments: The PCC has been such a blessing to me, ever since my late husband cut out the audition notice from the newspaper in 1994 and Clark (Bedford) said "OK"!! Highlights with the chorale have been the trip to England and Wales in 1999, visits to Chautauqua in 2003 and 2011, and having 50 members sing at Charlie and my wedding, 2-20-2000! Of course, the friendships I have made are the biggest blessings. Thank you, God, for the gift of music!

Susan MorrisSusan Morris

How long have you sung with PCC? Since Fall 2014
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Originally from Westmoreland County, have lived in Pittsburgh since 1986
Immediate family:  Husband Bill Maruca, children Julia and Jack Maruca, and various furry family members.
Interests/Hobbies:  Travel, reading, history, genealogy, photography, doll collecting, supporting the arts. Volunteer at Heinz History Center. Maintain blog and FB page called The Historical Dilettante.
Favorite type of music: I'm willing to give anything a listen, but am admittedly least taken with grunge, hip-hop, rap, country, and seeing opera performed.
Favorite vacation spot:  Any place whose history is showcased through its culture, art, architecture, and efforts to preserve natural beauty.

Karen MorrisonKaren Morrison

How long have you sung with PCC? Since Sept 2011
Voice Part: Alto II
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Since birth (do I have to say WHEN that was?!)
Immediate family:  Husband and daughter
Occupation/Employment:  Stay-at-home mom (for now)
Interests/Hobbies: Singing of course with PCC and at church, Volunteer at daughter's school and at Animal Friends, Zumba and other work-out classes at YMCA Cranberry, gardening, Coordinator of VBS at church, crafting and adventuring with my girl, camping, and "Daily Household Management".
Favorite type of music: Rock. Old and new, classic rock, folk-rock, rock-opera, progressive rock.
Favorite vacation spot:  Tough one!  Either Yellowstone or Uncle Don's beach house in Destin Fla.

Jody MoskalJody Moskal

How long have you sung with PCC? Since 2011
Voice Part: Alto I
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? All my life except for 1980-1986 - Florida
Immediate family: Husband: John, Daughter: Julianne and Tim Giegel (son-in-law), Son: Kevin
Occupation/Employment:  Homemaker, leadership, Community Bible Study
Interests/Hobbies: Thrift Store and Antiques Shopping
Favorite type of music: I like a variety
Favorite vacation spot: So far Wyoming

Katie NiessleinKatie Niesslein

How long have you sung with PCC? Since 2008
Voice Part: Alto II
How long have you lived in Pittsburgh? Lifetime in Pittsburgh except for a 20 yr. stint in South Carolina
Occupation/Employment: Retired Medical Imaging Supervisor, Vascular Procedure Technologist
Interests/Hobbies:  Knitting, Cards, Baking
Favorite type of music: All types including Barbershop style
Favorite vacation spot: Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, Kiawah Island
Other comments: I enjoy singing with the talented and wonderful people of PCC....Susan Medley makes it interesting and fun to participate with the Chorale.

Yvonne ThickeyYvonne Thickey

How long have you sung with PCC?Since 2012
Voice Part:Alto I
Immediate family:  Husband John (Bass I), married daughter teaching music in Florida
Occupation/Employment:  Retired Teacher
Interests/Hobbies:  Quilting, reading
Favorite vacation spot:  Singing on the PYCO European Tour in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague