Voice Part: Baritone/Tenor
Day Job: Principal, DG Communications
David spent much of his youth on stage — playing the piano, singing in a select a cappella choir, and acting in both dramas and musicals. Thirty-five years later, memories of the simple pleasure of the unaccompanied voice sparked his search for kindred spirits. A year later, we seven were Working for Scale. In the intervening years, David owned a homemade ice cream shop, helped start a progressive bookstore, gave piano lessons, managed a restaurant, played piano for ballet classes, and managed a fast-paced, urban typeshop. He has worked as a designer and typesetter in London, as a graphic arts trainer in West Africa, and as Oxfam America’s in-house designer. For most of his professional career, he has owned and operated DG Communications, a graphic design and communications consulting business which serves the nonprofit and education communities. David is the proud father of a daughter who lives to dance and a son who lives to act, and is the loving husband of a woman who works tirelessly to make our environment safer.
Voice Part: Tenor
Day Job: Technical Support Supervisor
Jim’s first experience as a soloist was at the tender age of 14, knees knocking, singing a Jewish traditional at his high school Christmas Concert. From that crucible of dichotomy, more than three decades later, he continues his ever shambling march towards some semblance of true artistry. In the intervening years he has enjoyed portraying a variety of roles, mainly in musicals and a few non-musical plays as well, performing on stages in Massachusetts, NYC and Michigan. Although mainly a musical theater singer, he has received classical vocal instruction from such vocal luminaries as Paul Cox, PhD, John Humphries, William Metcalf, Robert Honeysucker, and is currently under the tutelage of Robert Gartside, who is striving diligently to bring Jim to the “Opera side.” …However, it was during rehearsals for “Musical Chairs” in Acton that Jim was approached by cast mate and WFS member Michelle about joining the group to fill the recently vacated tenor slot. After a grueling audition which included atonal sight singing, jazz, tap, and ballet combinations, and performing minor surgery on a neighbor, he was finally, grudgingly accepted into the group. He looks forward to enjoying many years of singing with this fabulous group of artists!
Voice Part: Baritone/Tenor
Day Job: Senior Counsel, Faber Daeufer Itrato & Cabot PC
Although he was born in Taiwan, Jon is a native of Durham, New Hampshire. Working For Scale is Jon’s first experience singing in an a cappella group, and he loves singing and laughing with the group and, especially, Wendy. A performer almost since birth (just ask his parents), Jon was involved in theater, both with and without music, throughout high school and college, where his experiences included being in a professional production of Hair. Jon now works out his theater jones in productions at various community theater groups around the Boston area, sometimes with Wendy and one or more of their sons. Jon also writes for fun, and is the proud playwright of the annual Purim shpiel presented at Congregation Beth Elohim, the synagogue that he, Wendy and their sons attend.
Voice Part: Alto/Second Soprano
Day Job: Associate Web Manager, Clark University
Wendy can’t remember when she didn’t love to perform. She did every play and musical she could throughout school in Boston and Kansas City, where she grew up. But it wasn’t until college that she discovered a cappella singing. She sang for all four years with the Brown University female a cappella group, the Chattertocks. After graduating, she sang with various choruses and performed in community theater productions, but always missed singing a cappella music. In 2002 she joined BroadBand, a female a cappella group outside Boston, and sang with them for several years — including performing the national anthem at a Boston Red Sox game. When David approached her with the idea of singing in a new mixed a cappella group in 2006, she couldn’t resist — especially since it meant singing a cappella music for the first time with her husband, Jon. And the commute to rehearsal was irresistible too: Working For Scale rehearses, laughs and eats in Wendy and Jon’s living room.
Voice Part: Soprano
Day Job: Physical Therapist
Music and theater have always been a part of Michelle’s life. Her dad was a musician in NYC, and she spent lots of time with him at the theaters and in the pit bands when he was playing. She and her sisters all grew up playing the piano and several other instruments with varying degrees of success (who knew a saxaphone could sound so much like a duck!.) It wasn’t until college that Michelle found her love for singing and musical theater, and it was here that she founded a large, co-ed a cappella group. In addition to singing Michelle loves all things dance, and has more recently been enthralled with kitchen gadgets and vegetarianizing recipes, old and new.
Voice Part: Soprano/Alto
Day Job: Director of Choral Program, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Boston native Jennifer Moss is a local choral conductor, soprano, and music educator and she is the Director of Choral Activities at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. Jen received her BM in Music Education and Voice from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a MM in Choral Conducting from Temple University. She has studied voice with Jon Humphrey, Paulina Stark, and Robert Gartside, and conducting with Wayne Abercrombie, Alan Harler, Simon Carringtion, and Luis Biava. In addition to teaching at ABRHS, Jen also serves on the conducting and voice faculty at New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine. Jen has been a conducting fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, as well as the Sarteano Choral Workshop in Tuscany, Italy. In the summer of 2007, Jen sang in both the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy under the direction of Donald Nally. When not singing with WFS, Jen enjoys making soup, running, talking too much, and snuggling with her baby boy, Emmett.
Voice Part: Bass
Day Job: Photographer
Tony can’t think of anything better than singing — especially with a group of great people. As a kid, Tony often played music and sang with his family. He is a versatile independent photographer whose clients range from nonprofit organizations (schools, hospitals) to corporations. Tony is lucky to have kids who can tolerate his interest because they love to sing and perform as well.