The Golden Tones is a 60-voice chorus of retired people who love to sing! There is no audition to join the Golden Tones. We subscribe to the African proverb which says, "If you can walk, you can dance; if you can talk, you can sing."
We welcome new members at any time! Come to a rehearsal and join the fun, every Tuesday from September through June, from 10:00am to noon, at the Wayland Senior Center, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland Center (near intersection of Routes 27 and 20).
The chorus began in 1988 as a sing-along activity offered at the Wayland Senior Center. Over time, it evolved into a vibrant performing chorus of men and women from all over the MetroWest Boston area. The group travels to many towns in eastern Massachusetts each season, performing 50 concerts each year for nursing homes, senior centers, faith communities, public events, and intergenerational events with local schools.
At the same time, the members create a community together, supporting one another as they keep learning, and encouraging each other to stay active, healthy and creative.
For our most recent Annual Report, click here.
Deborah Marion, Director
Deborah Marion joined the Golden Tones as part-time Assistant Director in 2005 and became full-time Acting Director in 2008, Director in 2009. Music has always been essential to her life, but she came to it as a vocation by a circuitous route. Her connection to singing senior citizens began with her two grandmothers, who enjoyed family sing-alongs and belonged to active performing groups well into their 80s (both lived to age 99). She started toward a career in arts management with an undergraduate degree in Communications, and after completing an MBA, took a detour into business information systems work. After hours, she sang with a prestigious Boston-area chorus, including a memorable performance at Carnegie Hall. Leaving full-time employment to raise her family, she created a small professional vocal ensemble in order to keep singing closer to home. This led to other professional musical endeavors, including preschool music time, senior center sing-alongs, and coaching a vocal class at a Boston public high school. With a life-long devotion to promoting singing for all ages, Deborah finds managing and conducting the Golden Tones to be a joyful and meaningful experience where she can exercise all her abilities to keep the Golden Tones singing.
Maddie Sifantus, Founder and Director Emerita
Maddie Sifantus founded the Golden Tones in 1988 and retired from her position as Director in August 2008. She is a professional singer who has performed many styles of music during her career. She performs widely as a singer for churches, weddings, funerals and in oratorio work. In addition, she is a founding member of TVS (The Vocal Section) which performs in nightclubs and in recording studios. Her work can be heard on the soundtracks of "Dick Tracy" and "The Secret of Roan Inish", as well as on multiple recordings, most recently on the latest CD of the Love Dogs. She has also conducted a number of choirs and is a former music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading (MA). Maddie received both BS and MA degrees from Lesley University, with a specialization in Elder Studies. She also has a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister in affiliation with the First Parish in Wayland.Rev. Sifantus has written many articles, lectures and sermons about her work and experiences with the Golden Tones.