Walter Tambor joined LeagueAires as Music Director in 2016. In addition to leading this 60-voice women’s ensemble, he is the Director of Contemporary and World Music at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, MN. He directs Mundus, contemporary and world music ensemble; Juventus, the instrumental and choral ensemble for youth grades 8-12; and assembles various liturgical music ensembles from world cultures with the goal of authentically sharing a part of the world church with the local Basilica community. He is also Accompanist/Assistant Director of the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, the Children’s Choir of the Minnesota Chorale. Before coming to Minneapolis in 2004, Walter was Assistant Organist and Chapel Choir director at Saint Clement Church in Chicago, IL; on staff at the Chicago Children’s Choir Academy, an interracial and multicultural choral music education organization promoting musical excellence for children grades 4-8; and DePaul University Community Music Division, where he provided private piano instruction to mostly African-American and Hispanic foster children ages 8-12, mentoring children and promoting increased confidence and self-worth through weekly lessons and periodic performance opportunities. Mr. Tambor is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and DePaul University.
The people who lead us in song, dance, and spirit.
Ruth Noack received a B.A. in Music Education from St. Mary of the Woods College and an M.A. in visual communications from University of Notre Dame. In high school, she participated in an exchange program to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She is a former vocal music and piano teacher and band director. Ruth is also a pilot, having soloed a cross-country trip in a Cessna 172 airplane. She has accompanied LeagueAires for eight years.
Jan Hale received a B.S. in Education from Iowa State University and a Business Management Certificate from Simpson College, plus a Master’s Degree in Business from Drake University. She has 12 years’ experience in tap, ballet, and jazz at Foster Powell Dance Studio in West Des Moines, Iowa. She has choreographed drill team routines and baton routines for marching bands. Her most recent work was doing business analysis as an independent contractor. Jan has sung with LeagueAires since 1994 and served as LeagueAires’ choreographer since 2011.
Cindy Kalland has lived her whole life in Minneapolis and the western suburbs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an M.Ed in English Education, she taught English, speech, and theater in Golden Valley and Hopkins Schools for 37 years, as well as choreographing high school musicals. People are often impressed to hear she was a Vikings cheerleader, until she tells them how cold the old Met Stadium was, and that they were high school girls wearing wool sweaters, skirts, and go-go boots! She has two daughters, a great son-in-law, and a three-year-old granddaughter, whom she loves. She has been singing with LeagueAires for seven years.