The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation will honor Lana Shagrin Oyer for her 25-year volunteer role as music director during its annual music service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10.
The service will be held at the Sun Lakes All Faiths Chapel, which is open to all members of the community.
The choir’s tribute will include some of Oyer’s favorite songs. Oyer joined the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Choir when she arrived in Arizona in 1991, at which time the group only had seven members. Two months later, the choir director relocated and Oyer took over. The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Choir now boasts 36 members.
Oyer is a lifelong music lover, who spent six years singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Two years ago, Oyer took charge of the Interfaith Choral Festival, which was founded 20 years before by Grace Goldstein Roth. Bob Confare led the festival for many years.
Oyer said she believes that music is therapeutic and creates a sense of wonder. She is dedicated to the choir and added that she always feels uplifted after a good choir rehearsal.
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The event will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served