Mary Livingstone: Local 1842, St. Paul

Mary Livingstone conducts a rehearsal of the Golden Melody Makers.

Livingstone directs the Golden Melody Makers senior chorus. She was accompanist when the group launched in 1981, then moved up when the previous director retired. “My training is in music education, so it’s fun to be able to use that in my regular job. It’s a bonus all the way around.”

Livingstone leads roughly two dozen singers who meet weekly. The oldest is 92. “The music for me – and I think for most people – has a revitalizing characteristic to it,” she says. “Singing is a healthy activity. You use your lungs, use your brain. It’s a challenge sometimes, but that’s good for people.”