Musicians / Vocalists

George Rittenhouse Sr – Passion-Driven Senior Entertainer

George Rittenhouse Sr – Facebook Page George is a solo entertainer with 40 years of experience singing pop, classic country & oldies but goodies. He is very versatile and an all-around good-guy who loves seniors and is mission-driven to help them. He sings songs from all genres (Pop – Sinatra to Buble), Classic Country (Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks), Oldies Rock (50’s to the 80s), patriotic tunes and holiday themes. Check out George’s Facebook page and his collection of videos for more information.  

Liz Wojtal and Next of Kin – Veteran Entertainer, Songwriter in NYC Area

Liz Wojtal and Next of Kin – You Tube Liz (pronounced voy-tall) got her start leading her hometown church folk group in Verona, N.J., then started writing her own music. “I was inspired by singers like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Eagles, Neil Young, CSN and Carole King”, to name a few. The youngest of 12 children, she grew up ‘surrounded’ by an eclectic array of music. While her day job has included Dean of Students at Staten Island Academy to her current position with the New York City Department of Education, her passion has been performing live music. Reminiscent of pioneering female folk singers such as Joan Baez ,Judy Collins and of course, Joni Mitchell ,her music is earnest, fresh and simple, and often reflects the importance of family and friends. In 1999 she released her first album ‘ Missing Peace’ and followed it up with Better Days in 2002. A consummate performer and ‘crowd-pleaser’, she has played many venues in the NYC area including numerous times at famous Stone Pony, one performance of which she and her band ‘Next of Kin’ opened for the legendary 60’s group Vanilla Fudge. In June, 2008 Liz and Next of Kin won the “Excellence in Performance” award from COASHI (Staten Island Council on the Arts and Humanities). Liz is currently working on her third album, and performs regularly in the NY tri-state area.   Like us on Facebook: Liz Wojtal and Next of Kin.  For more booking information, contact Liz Wojtal at (347) 733-8626 emwojtal@aol.com.

Elizabeth Wisler – Eclectic Accordionist – Styles from 1850 to Current

Elizabeth Wisler – Eclectic Accordionist – All Styles and Genres, 1850 to Current and Music Around the World https://www.youtube.com/user/tonaveri/videos Elizabeth Wisler, accordionist, is native to Portland but has performed in Hawaii where she formerly lived. She has played the accordion since the age of seven and had been under the tutelage of Luigi Rangan for many years. Some of her credits include many local banquets, weddings and restaurants. Island hotel performances include MaunI Lani, Mauna Kea Beach, Kona Surf, Hyatt, and Hilo Lagoon. Elizabeth has made special appearances at several Italian and French restaurants in the Portland area as well as at the 1996 Italian Fiesta and Mt. Angel’s Oktoberfest since 2008. Elizabeth also worked as a musician in the orchestra pit for “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Pentacle Theater in Salem, Oregon from November 12, 2010 to December 4, 2010. Elizabeth has performed for over 30 Senior Care and Living Facilities in the Portland Metropolitan Area in Oregon. Currently, Elizabeth Wisler is part of the Port of Portland Musical Entertainment group and has been performing since 2009 at the Portland International Airport her “Music Around The World” repertoire to travelers from all parts of the globe. Her repertoire includes music from Italy, France, Spain, Latin America, Germany, Greece, and other countries. She plays classic jazz, vintage and popular music from the 1850s to the 1980s — including 50s and 60s Rock and Roll and 60s and 70s classic rock.  She performs light classical music and music to commemorate the holidays!  She has been a volunteer musician for the […]

Anthony Cirillo, Musician – Vocalist, From Sinatra to Sheeran

Anthony Cirillo, Guitarist - Vocalist - (www.virtualacticvitydirector.com) Anthony Cirillo fell into a mission for elders when he started performing in senior communities. And he still sings for seniors. He also does performances for all ages. With a repertoire of some 1,000 songs, Anthony can do a Mitch Miller sign-along, a Woodstock party, or move right into today with Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Kenny Chesney and any number of artists. It all started when he was 10 and his father decided that he should take guitar lessons. He had the idea they would go out and perform together. Well he hated the lessons of course and put the guitar aside. A year later his dad died and that guitar was beckoning. The passion has not subsided. He went from the bass player in the band to a full-fledged entertainer; at his peak performing nearly 200 shows a year for upwards of 20,000 people. He has been entertaining audiences since 1971. He has entertained in casinos and resorts, has one several Billboard songwriting awards, recorded in Nashville and has been featured in BMI writer showcases. He regularly entertains in local venues, clubs and cafes and is available for private functions as well. He can also MC your events. As a frequent contributor to Charlotte Today he will be a familiar face to many. You can find him on Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes. Anthony has 13 pre-recorded programs ready for you with more coming and you can schedule live stream events as well.

John Van Beek – A Heart for Seniors with Songs We Can’t Forget

John Van Beek – A Heart for Seniors and Songs We Can’t Forget During his 20-year stint in a retirement home maintenance department, John Van Beek came to the realization that he enjoyed performing music for the residents far better than snaking Depends out of the plumbing! Having been likened to a cross between Frank Sinatra and Fred Rogers, he aims to put listeners at ease with familiar music they may have grown up hearing around the house. A vocalist and guitarist, his classic pop tunes from the 1920s through early 1960s are performed 60 times a month (pre-pandemic) to rave reviews. John is busy in the Portland, Oregon metro area. Now you can catch some of his fun via ZOOM performances. “Whether we live in, work at, or manage a senior living community of any size, we all desire an atmosphere of joy, a fulfilling and stimulating activities lineup, and shared moments of connectedness,” says John. Music We Remember is the preferred provider for many adult care homes, memory care communities, assisted, and independent senior living situations across the Portland/Vancouver area.  

Gloria Hoffner – Creator of Science for Seniors and Guitar with Gloria

Gloria Hoffner – Creator of Science for Seniors and Guitar with Gloria (http://guitarwithgloria.com) Gloria Hoffner is the creator and owner of Science for Seniors, a nationally trademarked company presented in over 25 states and Canada since 2007. She is also the author of the books, Science for Seniors and Going Places in Northern Europe Armchair Adventures and Activities, both published by Idyll Arbor Inc. and workbooks More Science for Seniors and Brain Boosting Games. She earned a BA from Temple University and undergraduate credits in astrophysics from West Chester University, both located in Pennsylvania. She has Activity Director Certification by the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals; Activity Consultant Board Certified by the National Association of Activity Professionals and a Dementia Practitioner by the National Certification Council of Dementia Practitioners. Science for Seniors was the 2010 winner of the NCCAP first place Best Practice Award and the book Science for Seniors is the 2013 winner of the Mature Media Award of Merit. Gloria has pre-recorded science programs ready to go for you and can live stream as well.

Jessa Liversidge – Scottish Singer, Teacher, Creator “fieldsing”

Jessa Liversidge – Scottish Singer, Teacher, Creator “fieldsing” https://jessaliversidge.com Jessa is a Scottish singer and singing leader based in North Yorkshire, UK. A versatile singer with a wide range of repertoire from classic pop (particular favourites include Carole King, The Carpenters and The Beatles) to musical theatre and traditional folk tunes, Jessa has taken her singing outside since March 2020, singing her weekly “fieldsing” with the real songbirds in all weathers. Whatever the venue or style of song, Jessa’s pure, heartfelt vocals and characterful storytelling are always popular with audiences. Jessa leads a selection of choirs and singing groups, all with an emphasis on singing for health, well-being, and fun! Using a loop pedal and pre-recorded tracks, Jessa is able to create a live online choir experience suitable for all abilities. Jessa’s love of singing is infectious and she can lead you through simple warm-ups, catchy rounds and partner songs and a selection of classic hits to help lift your spirits. Brought to you by Music for Dementia UK.

Grace Joy Reid – Stellar Pianist and Teacher, Composer, Arranger

Grace Joy Reid – https://soundcloud.com/user-11434179 Grace Joy Reid earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Kansas State University, majoring in piano and minoring in violin, and studied piano with Dr. Robert Edwards, and studied piano performance with Lazlo Lak at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She is a composer and arranger and has maintained a private piano studio for over twenty years. A member of the National League of American Pen Women, National Federation of Music Clubs, Woodbridge Music Club, and ASCAP. She is a regular pianist at local churches in Northern VA. She has completed her “Advanced Professional General Music Studies Certificate” from Berklee School of Music in the June of 2020. She has played her original compositions in Nursing Homes for over thirty years.

Benedict Heaney – Multi-instrumentalist, Vocalist, Teacher from Oxfordshire

Benedict Heaney https://youtu.be/446z5BxDNUI & https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwc-fWp8VNoa3cV0qnzZatjCStphq1YHm A professional multi-instrumentalist & vocalist from Oxfordshire delivering enthusiastically and overwhelmingly positively received performances for the broadest age range, across the spectrum of ability, needs and experience. Ben is constantly amazed that what started as a simple interest and enthusiasm for violin, prompted by the local violin teacher saying in school assembly, “hands up who wants to learn violin,” has been a constant in his career. He has been involved with music making for as long as he can remember, starting with violin lessons about aged 6 and within a couple of years piano and trumpet lessons too. He quickly became fully immersed in the local, county and then national youth music scene and continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating in 1993 with a special interest in electric violin he immersed himself in the music scene in Manchester and worked with the broadest range of musicians from a diverse cross-section of musical society. After successfully completing a PGCE course at the Manchester Metropolitan University he gained Qualified Teacher Status in 1998 and the following year moved to Abingdon working for Maestros (formerly the Berkshire Young Musician’s Trust). In 2001, he was offered a full-time teaching post at Cokethorpe School where he went on to become their Music Leader and Performing Arts Co-ordinator. Since 2014 he has launched his own company to publish educational resources and original music and work primarily as a self-employed musician serving the community across a very […]

Kate Schutt – Award-winning Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist; Tedx Speaker

Kate Schutt – www.kateschutt.com Kate Schutt is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start. Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Her new album, Bright Nowhere, was just released in November. Kate continues to provide virtual concerts, songwriting lessons, life coaching and more. CONTACT: www.kateschutt.com assistant.kateschutt@gmail.com greatbigwow@gmail.com