Mary Vaaler Reimann is a lifelong singer, having started in church choir at the ripe old age of 3. She grew up in a musical household where piano lessons began at age 7 and band at 9, where the piano was in the kitchen, and singing together, wherever possible, was just what one did. Mary was blessed to sing and learn under the direction of Weston Noble at Luther College and has served as a Church Music Director, working with singers of all ages, for more than 30 years. She is passionate about the power of community singing to bring healing to the heart and soul, and to our world. Mary and her husband Tim live in Cottage Grove. They are the proud parents of four wonderful young adult children, and enjoy time spent with their large extended family.
Serving through music has been an important part of Monica’s life. She began singing and playing the flute at her church in 7th grade and has always gravitated toward groups with both singers and instruments. Over the years this has included a chorus and orchestra, a pit orchestra for musicals, and a combo for the Aspire show choir groups. After working with Mary for almost 20 years as a volunteer and then as a co-worker, Monica is excited to be a part of Spirit Song. When not playing and singing, Monica enjoys reading, water sports, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two adult children
Margaret K Regruth
“Being a part of the Spirit Song Choir is a truly rewarding and enriching experience. This talented and wonderful group of people are dedicated to bringing the beauty of music and praise to others.”
After retiring from thirty-three years of teaching, Peg moved to Minnesota to be near her daughter and grandchildren. Upon relocation here, Peg was able to join a church choir and fulfill a lifelong dream. Making the transition from singing in a parish to becoming a member of this both inspirational and service oriented choir was both fulfilling and rewarding. Peg has a background in art and has done a lot of collaboration with music programs in many schools in the creation of highly successful student productions. Just recently she joined the set design team of the Open Door Community Theatre to help create the scenery used in the production of Shrek, the Musical.
“I am so very fortunate. To be able to get together regularly with this community of talented, lovely people is a blessing of the highest order.”
Music has always been a thread that’s been weaved through my life. From running in circles as a little child to the strains of “Yakety Sax” playing on our LP stereo to letting Raffi song lyrics take up an inordinate amount of my brain space when my kids were little, music has never failed to lift and carry me through all the exaltation and messiness of life. I have sung with a choir for nearly 20 years, first in Rochester, MN and then in Woodbury when my family relocated in 2016. I keep busy participating in choir, playing in community band, working as a math/science tutor and spending as much time as possible with my husband and 4 young adult daughters.