Wesley’s resident chorus delights Tree of Lights guests with classic Christmas carols and holiday songs.
Every year, Wesley communities host the Tree of Lights holiday celebrations dedicated to honoring loved ones.
This is the second year the Wesley Encores resident chorus has performed at the Des Moines Tree of Lights since the group’s inception in September 2016. Lead by Wesley Music Coordinator Leslie Lehnhoff, this mixed choral ensemble is made up of 45 residents.
“Being in the Wesley Encores has been both fun and challenging,” said resident Paul Beeman.
Paul is a retired minister and has been a resident of Wesley Homes Des Moines since 1999. In 2000, he and a few others organized The Padres, a quartet comprised of retired pastors. At one point, the group grew to include a total of 21 male singers who performed at Wesley Homes Des Moines until the group’s last performance in December 2015.
The evening also featured an unique hand bell performance lead by Martin Culbert, director of Program and Music Ministries at the Des Moines United Methodist Church. Many of those performing had never played the hand bells before but played with impeccable quality after only a few rehearsals.
“We’re all proud of what Leslie and the residents here have accomplished,” said Wesley Homes Des Moines Executive Director Alex Candalla.
“The chorus has provided an opportunity for residents here to show their passion and become involved in something really special.”