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Meet the Heart-Lites


Annette Annette Founder and Director

I am Annette, the proud director of The Heart-Lites. We started singing together to make a difference in our community and we are doing just that and more. We have found growth, support, and friendships within our group.

When I was very young I started singing and dancing in LaMarque, Tx. I became an assistant teacher for my ballet teacher, Doris Hede, at an early age and earned a scholarship to the Houston Youth Allegro Ballet Company. I danced at many places in Houston and Galveston. At the same time I was dancing all over the Mainland area, I was also in the school choir and the church choir. Once it was time for college, music took over. I have a degree in music from the University of Texas. I found that teaching was my gift and I enjoyed teaching many years both privately and at Klein ISD, where I worked hard to integrate the arts into all areas of the curriculum - it made learning so much more fun! I have also been a church music director, a glee club director, a chess club director, OM coach, Theater Arts coach, math teacher, and a presenter at many teacher programs.

My favorite quote is "It takes a lifetime to learn how to live it." And we are living and learning right now.


EBecky Becky

Assistant Director
and Accompanist

I was very fortunate to have grown up in a small town in southern Illinois where family, faith and good friends were of the utmost importance. My father was an administrator at a Christian college and my mother stayed at home to raise six children. Both my parents were musically inclined and even though money was always tight, they managed to make sure that all of us received private musical instruction. So, I began taking piano lessons at an early age and went on to major in music at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.


My interest and motivation for joining the Heart-Lites came about as I watched how music continued to minister to both my parents as they grew older. Even though later in her life she developed Alzheimer’s, Mom was still able to sing and play the piano. Music always uplifted her and gave her much joy during a difficult season of life. Today it gives me much pleasure to serve as the accompanist for the Heart-Lites and to have a small part in bringing that same joy of music to others.


ESandy Sandy Soprano

I grew up in the Midwest and attended schools in five states while my dad was a finishing engineer for dam projects.  He switched to underground missile system construction in Manhattan, Kansas, where I graduated from high school.  Earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a double major in business and English, minor in music from KSU/KSTC, but only taught in campus lab school.  While working as one of two secretaries for the university president, I was recruited and hired by his friend to take a job in Houston, Texas in 1961.  Two years later I moved to American Broadcasting Companies Owned Radio Stations and retired as Human Resources/Office Manager 33 years later.

Can’t remember when I did not sing.  Both parents’ families were musical, and Mother’s siblings played many instruments and had a small band.  We all sang whenever we were together.  Mother played piano and through the years purchased sheet music for every hit song.  I began singing competitively in third grade and also played clarinet and saxophone in the band through the tenth grade, when I began to focus on singing.   I sang in solo and group competition and also in musicals, like OKLAHOMA and BRIGADOON during high school.  I continued singing through college, in church choirs and briefly in the Houston Symphony Chorus.   I joined The Woodlands Chorale seven years ago and The Melodies when Annette Hallock became the director, and continued in The Heart-Lites.   Every phase of my life, good or bad, can be remembered because of the music playing during those times.  With a song always in my heart, life is good.


Leora Leora Soprano

I am Leora Bean, born in Los Angeles, California. My husband, John and I were transferred to Texas in 1982. We became members of Kinsmen Lutheran Church where I sang in the Alleluia choir for 25 years. I met my husband during college working at Disneyland. Christian music and singing has always been a part of my life. I sang in several choirs all through Intermediate and the high school years. My mother was a soprano soloist, my dad, grandfather and brother both played the trumpet in The Salvation Army Band.

I worked for Klein ISD and since retirement, I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer giving back to our community through musical programs and serving others. My greatest love in life is my husband of over 40 years and our children. We enjoy traveling all over the United States in our RV. I have a married daughter who is a travel agent and a married son who is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Yes, I am a proud Aggie mom and a blessed grandmother of five awesome grandchildren.


Gna Gina Soprano

I was born and raised in Nebraska. My love for music came from my mother who taught me to sing as a little girl. My biggest joy and greatest challenge has been being the only female in a household of men. My husband, Mike, and I have raised three amazing sons! I worked in advertising, and I have always been an active community volunteer. I enjoy my church, family, friends, and traveling.


??? Paula Soprano

I am Paula Anderson, an active realtor in Spring and a former elementary teacher. I am an avid gardener and I enjoy spending time with my husband, Mark, working on garden related projects. I am proud of my son, Alex, who is a recent Iraqi Vet and currently a student at UC Santa Barbara. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my “boys” , a Shih Tzu and a Cavalier Spaniel, who make me happy.


Elaine

Lana

Soprano II

I am Elaine and I sing proudly with/for the Heart-Lites. Our group has evolved over the years, but our priority has always been to bring joy to each and every one in our audience through music. I have always loved music, and truly think that music strikes a memory for so many people. Through our different programs, we take the best music we can find through the 40s 50s and 60s. I am so happy to bring this music to people in our area.

I am the proud mother of a daughter and a son, with a newly added son-in-law. I have been married to my college sweetheart for 34 years.


BArb Barb Soprano II

After more than 25 years of exploring internationally for oil and gas with ExxonMobil, I am enjoying my 'golden years'  retired in my much-loved neighborhood of Grogan's Point. I am an avid tennis and golf player, and I also play duplicate bridge with the Houston Bridge Club and sing in the Woodlands Chorale.

 I am a displaced Floridian who came to Houston with Exxon in 1980 after college and grad school.  So lucky to have landed in Texas and been fortunate enough to call it home for 30 years.  My love of singing and dancing comes from my mother who introduced my sister and me to Broadway music as toddlers.   I am the proudest of moms to Madeline, a computer engineer with Raytheon Corporation in Denver, and Austin, a financial analyst with Capview Investments in Dallas.



E???? Diana Alto

I grew up on the east coast (Maryland) and have  been singing in organized groups since second grade.  As a  retired RN,  I enjoy tennis, playing bridge with friends, gardening, and volunteering. My husband, Paul, has been ‘supporting’ my activities for 43 years!  I’m the proud Mom of two sons who are very talented on the drums and guitar. I’m grateful for the opportunity to sing  with the Heart-Lites and touch the lives of many special people in our community.


E???? Karen Alto

We moved to Texas from Montana in 1980. I sang in the church choirs and played the piano until I found boys. Then, my mother couldn’t get me to take the time to practice so I quit playing. Through the years I’ve had so much fun singing with several groups and have taken up playing the bells. I so enjoy the Heart-Lites Group! It is so much fun singing with such a talented group of ladies and so great to have such wonderful friends.


Alice

Alice

Alto

I grew up on Long Island, New York and I married my college sweetheart in 1972. We spent our early years together in Singapore and Puerto Rico arriving in Louisiana in 1978 where we lived and raised our 3 sons for 22 years. We happily arrived in Texas 12 years ago, I met Annette, and as they say, the rest is history! I am a retired RN, an avid tennis player and I have recently taken up an artist's paintbrush to try my hand at becoming the next "Grandma. Moses"! If all this and singing with the Heartlites doesn't keep me busy enough I have 5 grandchildren who fill in any gaps.

I am blessed to have the opportunity to sing for you with this wonderful group of women.


Lana

Lana

Alto

Music has been my lifelong passion. From a very early age I began singing in a tiny church in western Pennsylvania. All through high school and college I sang and performed. While living in New Orleans, I established ”The Hazlett School of Music” and there taught music appreciation for 25 years. Since moving to TX , I have served on the board of “ The Woodlands Symphony”, “Class Act Productions”, and “The Woodlands Salon Series”. I have also been an independent clothing consultant for Carlisle/Per se for 25 years.

I am married to Dr. William Hazlett, have two children and four grandchildren. Dr. Holly Hazlett is a dermatologist here in The Woodlands and Dr. David Hazlett a Fertility Clinic Director in Chicago.


Anita

Lana

Alto

I cannot remember music not being a part of my life.  As early as the age of 4, my parents tell me I was always singing to records, to the television, and in the car on family vacations. I began piano lessons at the age of 9.  Through my school years, I sang alto in both school and church youth and adult choirs.  My love of music has led me to performing in the chorus of numerous community theatre musicals including South Pacific, White Christmas, and The Sound of Music and in character roles as Aunt March in Little Women and Arvida Abernathyin Guys and Dolls.  I enjoy singing karaoke and have sung at Dosey Doe's and Walden Yacht Club on Lake Conroe.

I am living proof that everything in Texas is not big as I stand 5' 0" in my bare feet.  I am  a proud fifth generation Texan and native Houstonian.


 

Judy

Alto