Do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti-DA—Neil Frock!
When did you start volunteering at CAMP Rehoboth Chorus and why?
I joined in Fall 2014. For a while my husband, Bob, and the music director, Doug Yetter, kept suggesting that I become a chorus member. But I hesitated to jump into anything immediately after retirement. When I did join, I was asked to be the assistant director and now I’m running sectionals and filling in for Doug when he can’t make a rehearsal or ensemble performance.
Do you have a go-to karaoke song?
No, but I have been coerced to sing “Big Spender” with a trio of friends from the chorus. We sang that song at our concert three years ago, but occasionally John Flynn (of keyboard fame) will play it and urge us to sing in spite of the groans from onlookers.
Do you have an LGBTQ hero?
Actually, three courageous pioneers who risked everything in the inhospitable era of the 1950s: Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin, and Frank Kameny. They bravely laid the groundwork for later leaders of our movement.
Everything will be OK as long as…
We stick together like family and draw on each other’s strengths. CAMP Rehoboth has always modeled this and has made us a better and more vibrant community.
Every summer, what’s the one thing you MUST do/eat/visit in Rehoboth?
Bike the Gordon’s Pond trail early in the morning, away from all the crowds.
Given the current political climate, what concerns you most about the future of the LGBTQ community?
Don’t get me started! We’re in such a toxic environment and I’m worried that this administration will keep chiseling away at our hard-earned rights bit by bit. Our nation’s deep divide is only going to grow larger until there is a change in Washington. We can’t be complacent. I hope we all cast our votes in 2020 as if our lives depend on it!
Did you sing in a choral group before the CAMP Chorus, or is this your first experience?
As a music teacher I was always conducting and haven’t sung in any choruses since college. But I really enjoy singing again with the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus—it’s been fun, and I’ve met many new friends.
What’s your best CAMP Rehoboth Chorus memory?
January 7 of this year. I ran our rehearsal that evening and was amazed at how well the chorus sounded. At the end I felt goosebumps all over because I knew this was going to be our best concert yet. It’s wonderful to work with genuinely good people who sing well and are dedicated to making our programs better each year.
Do you sing in the shower? In the car? To your pets?
Oh please, don’t most people sing in the car? I’m just waiting for James Corden to call me for a carpool karaoke ride. ▼