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Fretless made its debut in June of 1999 at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Bedford, MA. In 2004, we competed at the Eastern Regional Harmony Sweepstakes at Tufts University's Cohen Auditorium, winning third place. In 2005, we produced our first CD entitled "All the Things We Are".

 
about the singers
 
Elizabeth Walsh

Elizabeth Walsh

Our soprano, Elizabeth Walsh, has made a career in Musical Theater. She has played many regional theaters and summer stocks, performed Off-Broadway and with National Tours. One of the highlights of her career was performing with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center in The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella) and Brigadoon (Fiona). Locally she has performed at the Hasty Pudding in Yiddle with a Fiddle, North Shore Music Theater and with the Reagle Players where she was the featured soprano in their Christmas Show for 12 years and their Irish Show for 7 years. Among her favorite shows are She Loves Me, Music Man, Guys and Dolls, 1776, Showboat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Annie, to name a few. More recently Elizabeth has been raising a family in Lexington, MA where she has 3 lovely children and a loving husband.

   
Becky Linton

Becky Linton

Becky Linton is our alto. She grew up in a musical family and some of her earliest memories are of singing rounds on family road trips. A chorister since childhood, she particularly enjoys singing sacred music. Over the years, Becky has sung with a variety of choral groups. In her home state, West Virginia, she sang with the Larry Parsons Chorale. After moving to Boston, she auditioned for Donald Palumbo and joined Chorus pro Musica. Becky’s choral adventures have afforded many wonderful opportunities, including tours throughout the USA, Europe, and the British Isles. She has been privileged to sing with such conducting luminaries as Sarah Caldwell, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Currently, Becky sings with Adam Grossman in the Master Singers of Lexington. She also lives in Lexington with her husband and teenage son. Becky has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught kindergarten for many years. She loves the developmental traits of five- and six-year-olds, and is thankful that in kindergarten there is enough curricular flexibility to incorporate lots of music. The rhythm, rhyme, and repetition embedded in children’s songs are valuable elements to help them build foundational literacy skills. Plus, singing is simply lots of fun!

     
David Getty

David Getty

David is our tenor. His musical background is extensive, beginning with rhythmic chants while rocking in his crib. David grew up in Tucson and toured nationally and internationally for five years with the Tucson Boys' Chorus; he can still twirl a rope with élan. He was a founding member, and director in his senior year, of the Mendicants, the first a cappella group at Stanford University. Locally, David has sung since 1976 with the Master Singers, a classical chamber chorus. He was a founding member of the Shawsheen River Rats, a male a cappella quintet that existed for 18 years starting in 1980. The Rats won the New England Regional Harmony Sweepstakes in 1993, and went on to place third in the National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Francisco. With the retirement of the Rats, David started Fretless in 1998. Throughout his professional career, he conducted medical imaging research, including development of a system for acquiring and displaying stereoscopic “3D” digital mammograms—a technology licensed by Fuji Medical Systems from BBN Technologies where David was a lead scientist. David continues to live in Bedford following the death of his wife, Sarah, from cancer in 2009, and he has three perfect grandchildren.

   
Grant Hicks
Grant Hicks

Grant is our bass/baritone. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Grant grew up in New Jersey and studied music composition at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan before a five-year stint at Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he pursued his three great loves: languages (earning a B.A. in French), music (B.Mus. in Theory and Composition), and Lucia (to whom he remains married to this day). At Oberlin Grant studied composition with Walter Aschaffenburg and Richard Hoffmann, writing music in all genres from solo song to chamber music to opera. After college he spent a year as a classical DJ at WILL-AM/FM, the NPR stations of the University of Illinois, before moving to the Boston area and embarking on a career in computer software. He currently writes database analytical software for the Oracle Corporation in Burlington. Grant has sung with The Newton Choral Society, The Spectrum Singers, the sadly short-lived Cantillare, and, since 2005, The Master Singers of Lexington. In 2015 the Master Singers commissioned and premiered Grant's Delight in Disorder, an a cappella setting of a poem by Robert Herrick. Grant lives in Acton with his wife, an avid practitioner of the fiber arts; two children; and three cats, the youngest of whom may well be the most neurotic animal on the planet.