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Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and raised in San Diego, Ms. Paonessa briefly attended San Diego State College before leaving to tour nationally with an all-girl orchestra as a trumpet player and a professional singer. Her musical background would return one day in her outreach efforts.

President of the Burbank Civic Light Opera

Community: Van Bloem Singers are recruiting

April 08, 2014|By Joyce Rudolph

Whenever I hear a Broadway song, I think of my favorite volunteer, Elaine Paonessa. She is musical director of the Van Bloem Singers, a group that does more than 30 shows a year at service clubs, volunteer organizations, church groups, senior residences and healthcare facilities.

I saw them entertain at a local rehabilitation facility and I can assure you they left the patients smiling.The group is seeking new members. If you love to sing Broadway and popular tunes, and are available to perform between noon and 3 p.m. weekdays and occasional weekends, give Paonessa a call at (818) 845-6851.

Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. each Monday in the chapel of the Burbank Salvation Army, 300 E. Angeleno Ave.

The Van Bloem Singers, which is named in honor of the former Burbank Civic Light Opera musical director Paul Van Bloom, The group was originally formed as the Burbank Civic Light Opera, but membership dwindled and it disbanded until it was resurrected as the Van Bloem Singers.

The Van Bloem Singers are recruiting

Paul’s background before he was with BCLO: Paul toured with his musical parents and siblings as a child throughout the U.S., Paul also toured with Tyrone Power, Dame Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey in "John Brown's Body" as a member of the Walter Schumann Chorale. Also Voice Coach for the "Young Americans" and Private Voice Teacher - 40 years.