About Us

Ron Bond - Director

Ron BondWhether he was performing in his high school show choir, church choirs, or teaching music to children and adults alike, Ron Bond has been sharing his love of music for most of his life.

The Columbia Falls Community Choir was founded by Ron Bond with the loving support of his wife, Mary, around 1970. He has directed the choir, or sung in it, since then.

Ron Bond DirectingThe approximately 100 voice choir draws all types of people from across the valley, from Kalispell, Whitefish, Olney and West Glacier and many points in between. They practice for a couple of hours every Sunday from January into April, with additional practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Mr. Bond starts as early as a year in advance, sifting through libraries of music trying to choose a variety of songs for an unknown grouping of voices.

All the other details, such as organizing sheet music, putting together an annual family chili feed, contacting sponsors, putting together a reception, and arranging for the choir to perform post-concert at local retirement facilities, are tackled by the choir's administrative committee.

In exchange for all the hard work, the choir peforms its music to a community invited audience at the Little Theatre in Columbia Falls. In addition, they perform at several nursing homes in the days that follow their concert. They also participate in the Columbia Falls Lions Club summer concert series held at Marantette Park, usually in August.


Dawn Hashley - Accompanist

Dawn HashleyDawn Hashley has accompanied choirs since seventh grade, auditioning for the Linderman School choir director with a rendition of “I Write the Songs.” She watched Ron Bond direct the Columbia Falls School Choirs at several festivals annually, and remembers him as a legend.

Dawn graduated from Flathead High School, and Northern Montana College majoring in Elementary Education. She completed her Master’s degree of Integrated Technology in Education from Lesley University.

Dawn currently teaches K-4 Music at Muldown Elementary in Whitefish, and is the Music and Multi-Media Director at Whitefish United Methodist Church. When she is not teaching, Dawn’s greatest passion is fishing.

 

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