The all-male vocal group the Grunyons celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.

The all-male vocal group the Grunyons celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.

Photo provided by the Grunyons


Concert in perfect harmony with holidays

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 22, 2019

  The all-female vocal group Noteworthy will be performing during an a cappella holiday concert Dec. 3 at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

The all-female vocal group Noteworthy will be performing during an a cappella holiday concert Dec. 3 at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Photo provided by Noteworthy

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Two of the region’s longest-standing a cappella groups will get audiences into the holiday spirit with an upcoming concert.

At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, the Grunyons and Noteworthy will perform at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. The all-female Noteworthy is in its 41st year, while the all-male Grunyons are celebrating their 70th anniversary.

“We’re doing a mix of a cappella arrangements of popular music, as well as holiday favorites that people enjoy,” said Pam Montgomery, of Grosse Pointe Farms, a member of Noteworthy. “And, of course, we do some old standards as well.”

This is the sixth year for the holiday concert, and the second year that the groups have performed at this venue.

“We love performing at Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church,” Montgomery said. “They have great acoustics and sound.”

She said the location and parking also make it convenient. Most of the members of Noteworthy, and roughly half of the Grunyons, are from the Grosse Pointes.

Noteworthy member Danielle Dumont, of Grosse Pointe Woods, said last year that the two groups don’t sing together, but this concert is a rare opportunity for the public to see both of them on the same stage; the groups have also teamed up to sing at private parties.

“The (holiday) concert started off as an opportunity for the two groups to bring a cappella to the community,” Dumont said. “It was really the first formal setting where these groups came together to kick off the holiday season.”

Pam Montgomery has been with Noteworthy about two years now, but her husband, Bob Montgomery, has been a member of the Grunyons for roughly 11 years.

“It’s really the love of the music” that has kept the group going so long, he said. “It’s a common bond. … We all love to sing, but when you sing with the group, there’s something special that happens because you’re a team; it’s a richer experience. I always look forward to (rehearsals on) Tuesdays, because that’s Grunyon night.”

Pam Montgomery said that both groups are members of the American A Cappella Alliance.

Other Noteworthy members are Deborah O’Brien, Carrie Fines, Jill Maks, Tracy Blatt, Mimi Crawford, Francene Sciortino, Barb Widener, Callie Lewicki, Liz LaRiviere, Cheryl VanTol, Tracy Allen, Susan Durant, Debi Ihrie and Carol Rhoades.

Other members of the Grunyons are David Fischer, Nick Hinz, Sandy McMillan, John Prost, Dan Tobes, John Birchler, Bill Flom, Rob Fredrick, Phil MacKethan, Tim Malefyt, Tony Alcantara, Steve Redding, Rick Spina, Jeff Beggs, Jason Hinz, Milo Madole and Bob Shrosbree. With 56 years on board, Bob Montgomery said Prost is the longest-serving Grunyon, but he said the members are from “different generations and different walks of life.”

Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church is located at 211 Moross Road. Advance tickets cost $15; they will cost $20 at the door. Student tickets cost $10. A new secure website, christmasonlakeshore.com, has been created this year for anyone wanting to purchase tickets online. Advance tickets can also be purchased from any member of Noteworthy or the Grunyons.

“We do recommend that they buy them in advance,” Montgomery said. “We did not have to turn anyone away last year, but it was close.”