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Reflecting on a musical tradition

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By theleader

REFLECTIONS GROUPIn 1974, shortly after Beth Lefgren moved to Tremonton from Ogden, a neighbor, Marcia LaBarge, approached her about starting a women chorus.

Beth had been a vocal major at Weber State University and student director of choirs. She also sang with a semi-professional vocal group, “The Mystiques,” that performed for many organizations and highly-placed civic and religious members of the community.

From a small beginning of six singers, an accompanist, with Beth as director, came the group called “Reflections of Bear River Valley”, celebrating 40 years of bringing music to the community, and 40 years of sisterhood for the dozens of women who are and have been a part of this chorus.

The group grew and survived the problems of growth and personality differences associated with a diverse group of women.

Beth retired “for the second time” in 2012, when she and her husband Dave were called to serve an LDS mission in Jackson, Mississippi.   Toward the end of that mission, Beth began to have strong impressions about Reflections. But she had no plans to return to the group, not as a singer, and certainly not as its director.

More on Lefgren in this week’s Leader.

Reflections will be holding auditions for the 2014-2015 season in August. Reflections president, Cheryl Larson, encourages ladies of all ages and experience to help celebrate 40 years of bringing music to Bear River Valley and contact her at 435-257-7821. Those interested may also contact a current member of Reflections for information.

In addition to the Christmas and Spring community concerts, Reflections sings for civic organizations, at Welsh Days in Malad and assisted-living facilities and rest homes in Logan, Brigham City and Tremonton, as well as for other groups as requested. A highlight is performing during the Christmas season at Temple Square.

No experience is required – the group is mostly comprised of women without a professional music background. All that is needed is a desire to sing and belong to this amazing group of women.

 

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