Dec. 7, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 48



Holiday Happenings


MedTones tune up Health Science Center spirits

Photo of Cigarroa with Medtones Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa (left), Health Science Center president, welcomes Ramiro Fuentes, new MedTones director, as members of the choir practice their vocals during a rehearsal.

The Health Science Center choir, the MedTones, is giving holiday tune-ups. Those who need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle or a boost to their Christmas spirits will certainly benefit from hearing the joyous tunes of the MedTones.

"Members of the MedTones love to sing and to put smiles on people's faces, especially during the holiday season," said Gerry Schmoker, medicine/cardiology, president of the MedTones. Choir members are gearing up for their upcoming performance at the Health Science Center Holiday Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Their performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the auditorium foyer.

The MedTones choir has been in existence for 18 years. The group consists of faculty, staff and students who perform at various on- and off-campus events, including the UTHSC's annual Holiday Reception, the Brooke Army Medical Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Natural Bridge Caverns' Caroling in the Caverns event. They perform seasonal, patriotic, ethnic, religious, secular and classical music.

Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president, recently welcomed the MedTones' new director, Ramiro Fuentes.

"I congratulate you and the MedTones on the excellent job you are doing to share beautiful and inspiring music with the Health Science Center family," Dr. Cigarroa said.

Fuentes, a programmer analyst in the psychiatry department, has been with the Health Science Center since 1998. With funds from a music scholarship, he came to the United States from El Salvador in 1979. Fuentes has a master's degree in music and has performed professionally throughout Texas. He became a member of the MedTones in September of this year and was named as director.

"It's very rewarding to be a part of a group of talented employees who represent the Health Science Center in such a positive way," Fuentes said. "They express the artistic side of the university and touch the community with their voices."

Fuentes said anyone is welcome to join the MedTones. The group practices from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in room 4.670U. For more information, call Schmoker at ext. 7-9704.

Don't miss the MedTones' upcoming performances

Health Science Center annual Holiday Reception
3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18
Auditorium foyer

"Caroling in the Caverns"
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22
Natural Bridge Caverns
26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.

Patriot Heights Retirement Center Concert
6:30 p.m. March 19, 2002
Patriot Heights Retirement Center
5000 Fawn Meadow