TC AZ is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) Charity - AZ QCO Code 22218
Don Dotts graduated from Arizona State University and then joined the staff as Alumni Editor. Later he became Executive Director of the ASU Alumni Association, a position he held for 26 years. He spent 42 years on the ASU’s administrative staff. Retired, Don is president of Tremble Clefs Arizona and chairman of the Original Tremble Clefs. He is also on the Board of the Parkinson's Network of Arizona and serves on 5 other non-profit boards in Arizona.
Don’s late wife, Annis, had Parkinson’s disease. They joined Tremble Clefs 20 years ago. Annis had been a music teacher and she really enjoyed Tremble Clefs. Mr. Dotts was amazed at the wonderful effect TC's music therapy had on people with Parkinson’s. When she passed away 9 years ago, he decided that he had to remain involved to help keep this wonderful program thriving.
Born and raised in southern Colorado, he ventured along several pathways before settling on a career with Arizona State Government; the last 21 years as the Ombudsman/Problem Resolution Officer for the Arizona Department of Revenue. He retired six months after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (12 years ago). He joined the Westside Tremble Clef’s four years later and currently serves as Vice President of this group and of Tremble Clef’s Arizona, our 501 C3 umbrella organization currently overseeing four active choirs in the greater Phoenix area. John is convinced that singing enables those with Parkinson’s to have a voice for a much longer time than those with PD who don’t exercise their voices and, as such, enjoy a better quality of life. I invite all individuals with PD to find a choir to join and help us to make a joyful noise together.
Donna Williams Rosenheck earned an undergraduate degree from UCLA and, later in 1997, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She and her husband Al lived 17 years in Europe - in London, Milan and Brussels and stateside in CA, FL and AZ. Donna has worked as a mother, volunteer, administrative assistant, teacher and librarian. Before moving to Arizona, she was employed as a Reference Librarian and Literacy Coordinator by the Lee County Public Library System, FL. Her last teaching assignment was as an elementary teacher at the International School of Brussels, Belgium (1984-1991).
When Al was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004, they immediately shared with family and friends and learned as much as they could about the disease. After their move to Arizona, they were directed by staff at the Ali Center to the Scottsdale Tremble Clefs. That was in 2009. From the beginning they developed friendships and were active in the group. Having experienced the positive difference Tremble Clefs made to their lives, Donna, a widow, continues her support of Tremble Clefs Arizona. She serves as Secretary to the Board, edites the newsletter and is our webmaster.
Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Ray came from a humble upbringing sharing the household with five siblings.
At the age of 18 he joined the Navy and became a submariner. Following the discipline awarded him in the Military, he then became a police oﬃcer for the Bloomington, Minnesota Police Dept. After serving some 27 years in various law enforcement facilities in the state of Minnesota, he and his wife, Judi retired to Strawberry, Arizona.
However, retirement didn’t last long for Ray as he found himself soon taking on the role of Community of Development Director for the town of Payson.
Ray has for a very long time proven that hard work and integrity are crucial to success. He has now retired full time devoting some of his time to West Side Tremble Clefs as their new Treasurer and more recently as a newly elected board member for Tremble Clefs, AZ. as his wife became involved with WSTC following a PD diagnosis. Ray works diligently to ensure the best possible outcome for WSTC and will do the same for Tremble Clefs, AZ.
Ray enjoys woodworking having recently learned how to turn wood on a lathe.
Jim Histand served as the first President of Tremble Clefs Arizona (2018-2019) after shepherding the merger of the West Side Tremble Clefs and the Original Tremble Clefs to form Tremble Clefs Arizona and lead the organization’s successful application for official 501(c)(3) status. Jim also serves as President of West Side Tremble Clefs (2016-current), having served since 2015 as a Steering Committee member. Jim volunteers as Corporate Treasurer and CFO of Crossroad Baptist Church of Arizona, Litchfield Park, and served five years as Treasurer of Westpointe Baptist Church, Goodyear, and five years as a Director and Treasurer of the Sierra Montana Homeowner’s Association, Surprise, Arizona.
He is a former U.S. Air Force Captain having been stationed at Luke AFB, AZ; Bolling AFB, DC, and with the Air Staff at the Pentagon. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Bob Jones University and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. He moved to Arizona when he retired after 35 years as Minister of Finance, Fairfax Baptist Temple, Fairfax, Virginia, where he was ordained as a minister. Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2009. He has found great vocal benefits from participating in the West Side Tremble Clefs. Retired, he enjoys traveling, reading, ministering to the needs of others, singing, spending time with his family and ‘yarding.’
I am married to Jerry D'Adamo and our permanent residence is in Casper, Wyoming. We have been winter visitors in Mesa, AZ for the past 17 years. We have one son who lives with his wife and two daughters in Eagle, ID.
Soon after Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson's, we were introduced to Tremble Clefs. That was in December of 2019, when Sun Joo brought the Scottsdale choir to entertain at a Health Seminar. It was a Godsend to us.
I myself graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1968 and taught school for 5 years. Then I changed careers and became a life insurance agent, a career I loved and worked in for 25 years. Jerry was an electrical estimator for an electric utility company for 29 years. We retired at age 55 and spent the next 5 years traveling in our motor home and spending winter months in Morro Bay, California.
In April, 2005, friends called us from Arizona where they had discovered "55+ Retirement Communities" and thought we would be interested. We were curious, so we prayed about whether we should look into these. Two weeks later, we drove to Mesa and four days later we went home, having bought a home in Venture Out.
During my working years, I served as a volunteer with our local United Way for 11 years; on the board of Interfaith, a housing agency, for 9 years, and on the Board of Finance of our church for 2-3 years. Since we have been living in Venture Out, I served on the Worship Committee for 5 years, and am now the Secretary of our Mesa Tremble Clefs Board.
Sun Joo Lee was born in Seoul Korea and has an undergraduate degree in Voice Performance from SungShin Women’s University in Seoul. She moved to Arizona in 2003 and received her Maser’s degrees in Music Therapy and Voice Performance from Arizona State University in 2008. Upon graduation Ms. Lee was approached by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix to establish a singing group for people with Parkinson’s disease in the Sun City area. She is director of the group which is now the West Side Tremble Clefs. Later that same year, she accepted the position as Music Director of the Original Tremble Clefs, a choral group for people with Parkinson’s founded in Scottsdale in 1994.
Sun Joo Lee works as a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) and is certified as a Neurologic Music Therapist Fellow. As owner and clinical director of Sunshine Music Therapy, LLC, Ms. Lee’s work focuses on neurological diseases, such as strokes, dementia, PD and Alzheimer’s. She has been a pre-clinical supervisor at Arizona State University and enjoys teaching others to become music therapists.
In the Fall of 2021, Ms. Lee accepted the challenge of obtaining a PhD in Music Education, specializing in Music Therapy. She is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Sun Joo continues to direct Zoom sessions and administer the music therapy program for Tremble Clefs Arizona. She is an integral part of our program. As the Music Director Ms. Lee is an ex-officio member of the Board of Tremble Clefs Arizona.
Kiersten, a classically trained soprano, began her college career as a Vocal Performance major, having placed in many local and state vocal competitions. However, after witnessing the positive effects Music Therapy had on her grandfather who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, she decided to instead pursue Music Therapy for her career.
She completed her Music Therapy internship with Sunshine Music Therapy, LLC in the spring of 2020 and intends to become a board-certified Music Therapist by the end of 2021.
Kiersten has been a staff singer at Saint Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley since 2018, and in her free time plays her guitar to her four cats and enjoys being serenaded by her equally musical husband, Josh.
Carolyn began her musical studies on piano at 6 years of age and violin at age 8. She studied piano with Dr. Rudolph Hainke and violin with Olea Keinke, both of SLC Utah. She was concert mistress in the Utah Youth Symphony and sang in the Salt Lake Oratorio Society.
Moving to Seattle , she studied voice with Frances George Jones at the U. of Washington. While working full time, she founded the Handbell Choir, Junior Choir and Youth Choirs at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Renton WA, also directing the Adult Choir from 2001 to 2012. She organized numerous choir festivals for the performing groups of the church. She also produced a major Christmas Cantata each December utilizing the choirs, handbells, dancers and art to raise funds for ARISE, Men’s Homeless Shelter and for youth missions each year. She organized a Summer Fine Arts Academy for the community in 2010 and 2011 that drew one hundred children from the community.
After moving to Chandler Arizona in 2012, Ms. Perkins organized Art Explorers for Special Needs Children at Desert Cross Lutheran Church in Gilbert. She earned a Three-Year Worship and Music Certificate from the Louisville Presbyterian Church in 2011, having the opportunity to study World Music with Dr. Michael Hawn and choral music with Dr Madeline Bridges. In 2012, she completed first level Kodaly and Orff at ASU.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from ASU in Music Therapy in 2019, also studied voice with Ann Elgar Kopta, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Carolyn’s internship in 2019 and 2020 gave her the opportunity to work with Alzheimer’s Patients, clients with Traumatic Brain injury and children on the Autism spectrum. She currently directs the Adult and Junior Choirs at Desert Cross Lutheran Church in Gilbert AZ and teaches privately.
I grew up loving music and singing. I studied musical theatre in Junior College and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In New York City I attended the Shakespeare Conservatory, a two-year program where I honed my acting, singing and dance skills. I toured the east coast for a year with a theater company performing Oedipus Rex and Twelfth Night. I sang in clubs and worked in theaters from New York to Los Angeles.
In 2018, I joined the Original Tremble Clefs to sing with my sister Patti, who has Parkinson’s disease. It reminded us of our childhood, singing together again. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive. It is a wonderful group and now it is my honor to help as interim music conductor. I am married and have three great kids.
Planning for a continuation of providing music therapy to people with Parkinson's disease and support for them and their families, Tremble Clefs Arizona's Music Director, Sun Joo Lee, hired transitional directors as she herself embarked on her doctoral studies in Iowa. One of those directors, Ms. Weisai Sun has now completed her studies and received a Masters in Music Therapy from ASU. All of us in Tremble Clefs Arizona appreciate the excellent work she has done. She carries with her our best wishes as she returns to her home in China.
WEISAI BEGINS HER STORY:
I was born in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong, which has four distinct seasons. I've loved singing and dancing since I was a child. I began learning to sing, dance, and play the keyboard when I was very young. When I was 15 years old I began learning the accordion and was accepted to Shandong Normal University in China with the accordion as my primary instrument.
When I got accepted to university, I learned about music therapy for the first time. I was fascinated by the concept and wanted to learn more about how music and therapy could be combined. Fortunately, I believe that being able to play the piano and guitar is a necessity for the application, and I am proficient in both. As a result, I was committed to being accepted as a graduate student in music therapy, and I have been practicing for more than a year. Finally, I was accepted as a master student in ASU's Music Therapy program. So I moved to Tempe in 2019 and started working as an intern with Sun Joo last December, where I met Tremble Clefs.
I was raised by my grandparents since I was a child, so I have a strong affinity for the elderly, which is why geriatric population is my first choice. During the six months I've been with the big family of Tremble Clefs, I'm grateful to everyone for accepting the imperfect me and for all of their tolerance and encouragement. I'm hoping that in the days ahead, I'll be able to bring Tremble Clefs even more joy. I will work hard to make everyone's environment as comfortable, safe, and happy as possible. Simultaneously, I will incorporate effective practice to give everyone the understanding that music can be both physically and mentally pleasurable and healing.
Mutsumi Mori holds bachelor's degrees in Choral Music Education and Piano Performance from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. She received her master's degree in Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching from the University of Minnesota where she studied with the renowned vocal coach and collaborative pianist, Margo Garrett. Besides being the accompanist with the Original Tremble Clefs, Scottsdale, she is the pianist for Sonoran Desert Chorale and other choirs and instrumentalists. Ms. Mori is also organist/pianist for St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Chandler.
Jan Schaafsma has been an accompanist for many years. Since third grade, she has accompanied many school choirs, church choirs, and musicians. In Jr. High she began to play the pipe organ for church services, weddings, and more - continuing for over 45 years. During this time, she also performed solos on both piano and organ. She was an accompanist for performances of the Messiah, choral groups, and two ladies’ chorus groups in the state of Indiana. Teaching piano in her home, she had many students over the years.
Jan and her husband Wayne moved to Arizona 8 years ago from NW Indiana. They have 3 married children and 7 wonderful grandchildren. She attended Calvin University in Michigan. Jan has been in real estate for over 39 years.
When Jan began accompanying the Sonoran Sounds over four years ago, she met Sun Joo Lee who at that time was director of the chorus. That’s where Jan first heard about Tremble Clefs. Recently Sun Joo learned from Mina DeWitt that she was leaving her position as accompanist for Tremble Clefs in the west valley. With Mina was stepping down, Sun Joo asked Jan if she would like to accompany Tremble Clefs next season. Jan immediately said “yes!"
Linus Jung is from Daegu, South Korea. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea. During these years, he presented solo performances and played with Keimyung University Orchestra and Nagasaki Youth Orchestra. In 2006, Mr. Jung received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Arizona State University with an emphasis in classical music. He studied under Professor Robert Hamilton.
Most recently Mr. Jung taught piano at Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, and was the piano accompanist for the three student choirs. He has worked as the piano choir accompanist at various churches and has given individual piano performances. Since the early 1990s he has individually instructed piano to both adults and children.