St. Victoria’s Got Talent - 2012

Love, Sue

Gina Light, left, and Denise Simoneau were Masters of Ceremony on Sunday evening, August 19th, and they opened the show singing, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Then they introduced the following talents.

Tom Stump, who sang and played “Ghose Riders in the Sky,” has been a member of St. Victoria for 19 years, and has been a member of the St. Victoria Adult Choir for just  as long.  His “claim to fame,” as he puts it, is that he helped interview and hire Jamie Moore.

Tom loves his dogs, music, golf, hunting, reading, writing for the Victoria Gazette, gardening, working, cooking, and he loves washing dishes.

Lisa Payne joined Cowboy Tom in singing “The Sound of Silence.”  Lisa and her family have been members of the St. Victoria Parish Family for over six years where she has been a choir member, lector, faith formation leader, and support group leader.

Lisa’s other interests include continuing study with the Archdiocese’s Catechetical Institute, public speaking, writing, playing cards, spending time with friends and family, and sitting around a bonfire.

Sherry Ekstrom, who sang “Anyway” by Martina McBride, and her husband Darryl have two teenage daughters who have been members of St. Victoria since 2005.  Within two months of being a member, Sherry joined the St. Victoria Choir and later became a charter member of the Praise Band.

Sherry has been singing and playing guitar since the 2nd grade and started song leading in church in the 7th grade.  She has sung or played instruments weddings, music groups, choirs, and has led music liturgy in several parishes.

Erin Wohlers played “Storm Chasers.”  She has been at St. Victoria for three years and enjoys playing soccer for Chaska Chanhassen United and dancing for Rising Star Dance Academy.

Erin entered the 8th grade at Chaska Middle School East this fall.  She loves to play the piano.

Connor Dammann sang and played “Everylasting God” by Chris Tomlin.  Connor has been a member of St. Victoria since he was born, which puts him at 15 years in the parish. 

Connor loves to play in musical groups with a wide variety of instruments throughout his school and also the parish.  He is going into 10th grade and will be in this year’s Confirmation Class.

Elsa Swanson sang and played “I Won’t Give Up/When I Look at You.”  She is a junior at Chanhassen High School this fall and has been a member of St. Victoria her whole life.

Elsa is very involved in music, takes piano lessons, plays French horn, and was recently blessed with the opportunity to sing in the 2012-2013 All-State Women’s Choir. 

Rich Bellert presented cowboy poetry entitled “Highway 109” and “Travis the Cow Dog.”  Over the years Rich has produced country music shows and has emceed and participated as a cowboy poet in many shows and competitions across the United States.

Last year Rich was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Association.  This spring he was nominated as the “most popular emcee and storyteller” in Texas in the winter time, for the second year in a row, by the readers of the Winter Texan Times.

Kali Jarrard sang “Glorious Day” by Casting Crowns, and her dad Michael was nearby for moral support.  This is the first time Kali sang solo in public.  She is in 4th grade this fall at Victoria Elementary School and her favorite subject is science.

Kali chose “Glorious Day” to sing because she love the melody and the words in the chorus make her feel calm and they tell her that Jesus will always be there for her.

Mark Haussman of Duluth accompanied Jane on guitar.

Jane Pinney sang “To Sir With Love.”  She escaped from Duluth as it was ravaged by floodwaters this spring and moved to Victoria.  She loves music and sees herself more as a musician than a singer.

Jane has images of her French Catholic great grandmother sitting in a chair near her window, overlooking the farm, and reading her Bible every day. 

Mike Doshan sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  Mike is a retired personal injury attorney who, along with his wife Mary, has been a parishioner of St. Victoria for the past 12 years.

Mike enjoys boating and occasional waterskiing, as he was born and raised on a lake in northern Minnesota.  They have known Father Bob since 1975.

Chuck Freiberg sang  “Say There Now, Does Anybody Love You,” accompanied by Phil Grant.  Chuck and his wife Pam joined St. Victoria over eight years ago and has been a member of the St. Victoria during that time.  He is an active member of the 4th Airborne Men’s Focus Group and is a planner and cook for the St. Victoria Men’s Building Bridges Father-Son Breakfast.

Chuck is a Bereavement Minister at St. Victoria and a member of the Victoria Lions.  He is also a father, grandfather, friend, and writes for the Victoria Gazette as the Up North Cabin Guy.

Caroline Crowley sang “Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift.  Caroline is 14 years old and a freshman at Chanhassen High School this fall.  Her family has been at St. Victoria about five years. 

Caroline sings in the St. Victoria Praise Bank, dances on the teen line at Rising Star Dance Academy, and joined her high school’s cross country team.  She enjoys reading, writing, and drawing.

Jamie Moore, Choir Director at St. Victoria, sang “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde.  Jamie has been at St. Victoria for over 15 years now, leading music ministry and liturgical ministries.

Jamie loves spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, and he also owns a small karaoke company.