Tom Jaekels

Born:                September 15, 1962
Died:                December 25, 2009

Turtle Years:   1991 – 2009
Section:            Tenor I

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Thomas R. Jaekels, Costume Designer – After singing with the Chorale for the past three seasons, Tom is pleased to be designing the costumes for “The Wizard of Oz”. This venture has taken Tom over the rainbow. You may have seen Tom’s designs locally at the Dallas Theater Center, The Undermain Theater, The Gryphon Players, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Theatre Gemini. Tom has worked extensively in regional theater across the country including The American Players Theater, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and The Melody Top Theater. Last year, Tom received the Dallas Critics Forum Award for Outstanding Costume Design for The Gryphon Players production of “The Misanthrope”. Tom would like to say a special thanks to all the volunteers for without them, half of the people in the show would be naked.

A Turtle’s History

FIRST PERFORMANCE:
La Di Da! – When We No Longer Touch, October 1991

LAST PERFORMANCE:
“ON THE AIR,” June 2008

LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:
Terrapin, inaugural group (Aug. 2007)

COMMITTEES:
23rd season – Membership Committee 24th & 25th Seasons – Awards Banquet Committee 24th & 25th Seasons – Retreat Committee 27th Season – Tim’s 20th Anniversary Event Committee 37th Season – Retreat Committee

ENSEMBLES:
24th thru 27th seasons – member of small group “Chamber Chorus”

FEATURED PERFORMANCES:
A NEW DAWN – October 1999 – sang “Jeepers Creepers” as a solo in the 1930’s segment of ‘A 20th Century Celebration’

PORGY AND BESS – February 2004 – Accompanied The Schollmaier Artist Certificate Scholars and Friends in Concert as a member of the Chamber Chorus

CLASSICAL SERENADE – March 2004 – sang “Standchen (Serenade)” as a member of Chamber Chorus

JOURNEY CD – June 2004 – sang “The Circles of Our Lives”, “The Vagabond” and “A Choral Fanfare” as a member of Chamber Chorus

FESTIVE FLASHBACKS – December 2004 – Sang “Hodie Christus Natus Est” and “Children’s Medley” with Turtle Soup

STILL DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS – December 2005 – sang “The Sleigh” as a member of Chamber Chorus

SONGS OF OUR NATION – April 2006 – Sang backup to David Moldenhauer’s solo of “Mockingbird Sings” as a member of Chamber Chorus

SERENADE CD – May 2007 – Sang with other TCC members in the recording session for the Serenade CD at the Meyerson in January 2007

OTHER NOTES:
Received the Artistic Director’s Award in June 2005

SPECIAL NOTES:
FROM “THE WIZARD OF OZ” PROGRAM – October 1993

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