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.
"This choir is directed by Cathy Reitz, a singer herself who has the incredible ability to insist on quality while ensuring that people have a good time." - Caregiver Choir Member
Anne Kubiatowicz, Accompanist
Anne Kubiatowicz has a piano performance degree from UW-Eau Claire. She is a former home educator who now spends most of her time teaching a private studio of thirty piano students. Anne enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and UWEC music students for their recitals. She is the pianist for the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus and area middle and high school choirs, and plays color keyboard with the band for the Valley Gospel Choir. Anne has been blessed to be a part of her church music ministry over the years and is excited to join the Stand in the Light Memory Choir. She and her husband Mike have 5 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Sheila Wall is a Board Certified Music Therapist with over 30 years experience working with people who live with memory impairing conditions. She has been serving on the board since 2018. She currently has her own private practice for Music Therapy serving western Wisconsin.
Sue joined the board after attending her first Stand In the Light Memory Choir concert. The joy on the faces of the choir and audience was irresistible. Retired after working for 40 years as a social worker, Sue volunteered for the first dementia team in the Chippewa Valley. She also volunteers for the Beacon House and Sojourner House.
Lou is the Business Intelligence and Analytics Manager at Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire. She has been blessed to be the Music Director for Zion Lutheran Church of Cleghorn for many years. Lou has several family members affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia and believes in the power of music to engage memory.
A retired attorney for State Public Defender’s Office, Sue became interested in the Memory Choir as she has two family members who had Alzheimer’s and personally knows the power of music. Sue looks forward to assisting this organization in growing and best serving its members and the community.
David is the pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Eau Claire and has been with the choir since its beginning. He was immediately attracted to the idea of the choir because of the healing power of music, the importance of safe spaces and singing together, and social time for choir members and caregivers.
Reverend David Huber
Lynn is a retired first grade teacher who now enjoys volunteering at her church and in our community. She loves to read, travel, do yoga and her daily walks. Having members on both sides of her family affected by Alzheimer’s, she is impressed with the joy and power of music with the Stand in the Light Choir. She is excited to serve on the Board of Directors.
Lynn is an Occupational Therapist at HSHS Sacred Heart/St Joseph's Hospital for the past 30 years. Lynn has attended Stand In the Light Memory Choir concerts for the past 3 years and witnessed the power of music. She looks forward to serving the organization, its members and the community. Lynn plays handbells and flute at Hope Lutheran Church.
Carolyn is a retired nurse who has always had music in her life whether it be singing in church, folk groups in college, singing in community groups or local musical theater. She has been married to her husband Don for 49 years they and have three beautiful, talented daughters and three exceptionally brilliant grandchildren. In Carolyn’s spare time (when she’s not involved in music) she loves to craft, sew, read, travel and volunteer. Carolyn is excited to be serving on the Stand In The Light Memory Choir Board.
CeCelia Zorn is a registered nurse, accomplished author, and an award-winning University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Professor Emerita. Since her retirement, she has written two novels, co-authored several journal articles, and volunteered as a technical writer at the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic. CeCelia is learning to play the flute and plays in two community bands. Her husband, Wayne, has primary progressive aphasia diagnosed in 2014; he is a member of the Stand in the Light Memory Choir. They live in Eau Claire with their dog, Oreo.
Admininstrative and Support Staff
Lisa has been with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, WI for 17 years and has been in the aging/dementia field for more than 32 years. Ms. Wells provides support for individuals with dementia and their caregivers, offers memory screenings, evidenced based-programs, assistance with care planning and connections to support and resources. She assists in developing dementia friendly communities, civic awareness of dementia related issues, and trainings.
Lisa Wells, MA,CDP
Dementia Care Specialist Liaison
Gayle’s love of music and passion for her profession (speech-language pathology) led her to get involved with this amazing group. She lives near Elk Mound with her husband Jim and spends as much time with her five grandchildren as possible.
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Kobi has been a professional performer the bulk of her life, with music being at the core for many years. She has also been a writer, a storyteller and a teaching artist among many other things. Kobi has had multiple family members affected by Alzheimer’s and truly believes in the healing power of music.
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: www.givingvoicechorus.org