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Mary Dan Eades, Soprano I

Mary Dan joined the Choral Society in the Spring of 2005, because the chance to participate in the Society’s first International Tour to Eastern Europe (with performances of Mozart Requiem in Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Czesky Krumlov) just seemed too good a thing to pass up.  She has participated in all three International Tours (Eastern Europe, Italy and Bavaria, and Spain) with the group and served as tour chair on the 2007 and 2010 tours and on the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013.

She tells us she doesn’t recall when she first began singing, but does recall her first ‘paid gig,’ which was at age 4, singing “Waltzing Matilda” for the cashier at the grocery store and being compensated in bubble gum. One of the highlights of her musical life was getting to meet Sir George Martin, when he came to conduct the world premier of his Mission Chorales with Santa Barbara Choral Society in Love Love Love a Tribute to the Beatles at the Granada.

Apart from her love of music and especially of singing, she is the author (or co-author with her husband) of 15 books on health and nutrition and a physician by training, having practiced family and nutritional medicine in Arkansas and Colorado for 20+ years before retiring entirely from clinical practice in 2001.  In 2008, she and her family developed and began to market a kitchen appliance (a sous vide water oven for the home kitchen) that is now sold in 27 countries worldwide.

She and husband, Michael, have 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren, to whom she has sung since their births and in whom (she hopes) she has instilled a love  of and appreciation for music, and the vocal arts in particular.  When not on the road, she and Michael divide their time between homes in Santa Barbara and on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.