The Stand in the Light Memory Choir is led by a specifically trained music director and accompanist. It is a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible learning environment that helps provide a goal and a sense of accomplishment for each member. We provide music notebooks, sheet music, and a practice CD for each member. The choir has Dementia-aware volunteers to assist with the needs of the singers and care partners.
Cathy Reitz, Artistic and Musical Director
For over 40 years Cathy has taught choral and vocal music in the Midwest. She holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Norbert College, a Master of Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and is a National Board Certified Teacher and Master Educator. Stand in the Light Memory Choir is one of the community choirs that Cathy directs in the Chippewa Valley. She believes in the power of music and of singing together.
Nancy Wendt, Assistant Music Director/Accompanist
Nancy was born and raised in a musical family. She started playing piano over 50 years ago and plays the flute, piccolo and organ as well. Nancy has accompanied numerous middle school choirs, school performances, contestants at solo/ ensemble contests, and played for church services, funerals, and weddings. She has also shared her piano playing and love of music at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Eau Claire area.
Board of Directors and Administrative Staff
Sheila Wall - President
Sue Frederick-Polden - Vice President
Barb Kleist - Treasurer
Jill Hix - Secretary
Reverend Dave Huber - Tech and Media Advisor
Lisa Wells (ADRC - Dementia Care Specialist)
Kobi Shaw - Administrative Assistant
Gayle Holte - Advertising/Marketing
Singing Care Partners
Do you love to sing and help others? Some choir members may not have a care partner and could use a little help. A singing care partner is paired with a person living with memory loss and assists the member during rehearsals and performances. Training is provided before the start of each semester for singing care partners.
Supporting The Choir
Stand in the Light Memory Choir is a 501 (c)(3) supported by generous donations from the community and many volunteers. Donations are tax deductible. Stand in the Light Memory Choir is a part of the Giving Voice Initiative (GVI) in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. GVI inspires and equips organizations around the world to build choruses for people with dementia and their care partners. For more information visit: