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 has always been involved with music. Starting in 8th grade, she was the church organist for daily masses, weddings and funerals. She taught piano and sang backup on radio and TV commercials in Ohio. She earned her BA in Music from both St.Mary of the Woods College and the University of Notre Dame and was an elementary school band director after college. Her proudest moments have been accompanying Leagueaires since 2006.
Making music with others has been one of Carla Waterman’s joys since she began piano lessons as a very young child. During her teen years Carla was a soloist and accompanist with the Schubert Club, MMTA, Thursday Musical and the Minnesota Youth Symphony and,later, she was an accompanist at Bethel College. Now back in the Twin Cities after many years away, during which time she served as a college and seminary professor in the field of spiritual formation, Carla is reclaiming her collaborative musical life in the place where it first began. She accompanied for Bunce Backyard’s production of Peter Pan this past summer, and is delighted to begin her first year as accompanist for League Aires.
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.