A SHORT HISTORY
Bion translates from Japanese as “beautiful sound”, added to Cantorum to form Bion Cantorum which translates to Singers of Beautiful Sound. The concept of developing a choral group dedicated to providing beautiful, exciting music to area residents and to provide the opportunity of these residents to participate in a mixed community chorus was a seed planted and encouraged by Maestro T. Francis Wada. former Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. .
Due to health concerns over the coronovirs covid-19 pandemic, Bion followed sound medical advice and cancelled all concerts beginning with its spring, 2020 event. Bion has scheduled a fall, 2021 performance provided conditions improve enough to assure that we, and our audience, are safe to perform and listen to beautiful choral sounds.
Roy W. Engler
Roy Engler had his formal education at the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. In addition to choral expertise, his distinguished background includes teaching in brass instruments and voice, performances in trumpet, voice and viola de gamba, and a 30-year career in church music. He previously directed the Suncoast Chorale, the Princeton-Hightstown Chorale and the Marco Island Ecumenical Choir, and served as Music Director of the Marco Island Theater. Roy is currently Director of Music at the Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, and plays viola da gamba. A prolific composer and arranger, Roy lives in North Fort Myers with his wife, Be.
John L. Renfroe
John Renfroe is Director of Music and organist at Messiah Lutheran Church in Cape Coral, where he also directs the Chancel Choir and a variety of vocal ensembles and supervises Christian education programs, youth ministries, and visitations, John graduated from Stetson University with a degree in organ performance and a minor in music theory and composition. In 2000, he was invited to be a guest organist in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris for the Saturday Compline Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost. He has given organ concerts and lectures throughout Florida and has received thirteen piano awards, including second place in the Chopin competition for two years. John is currently Dean of the Southwest Florida chapter of the American Guild of Organists. John and his wife, Darlene, live in Cape Coral.
Bion Cantorum, April, 2019
Outside our concert venue, First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda in April, 2019.