“After years of being a mother and jumping wholeheartedly into all of my children’s activities, it is wonderful to do something just for me,” says Jules Campbell, a second soprano who joined WomenSing in 1998.
Jules began voice lessons at age seven and has been singing for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Wales, the “Land of Song,” where music permeated her life, and still thinks back to childhood Christmases when family gatherings at her home always included singing and playing instruments.
Since then, Jules has had the opportunity to sing with a number of choral groups, and she above all appreciates her current experience. “I love singing in WomenSing, especially as we have grown so much artistically. I enjoy Martin’s attention to detail and excellence.” She has served as the second soprano musical section leader for several years now, and lends her dramatic abilities and training to the group as well. She states, “Martin and I work hard on the staging and professionalism for every concert so that we look as good as we sound.”
Belonging to WomenSing also has deep personal meaning for Jules. “When I went through a divorce, WomenSing was a lifeline,” she says. “I honestly don’t know how I would have gotten through that devastating time without all the support from my fellow singers. They were wonderful and helped me get through with just the right combination of jokes and compassion. However horrible I felt, I’d go to rehearsal and singing would soothe my soul and take me away from all my worries and tears.”
Versatile Jules has studied painting, printmaking, screen printing, sculpture and figure drawing. Look for her pieces around town in restaurants, salons and bridge clubs. She is also the official piano accompanist for Santa Maria Church in Orinda.