Thursday Jan 17 2013
Life in Focus: Beth GilloglyBy: Kim Palaferri, Auburn Journal Photographer
At an early age Beth Gillogly found a love for music and singing. She started taking voice lessons at the age of 14, which led her to musical theater in her high school years – and then the world.
Singing professionally since she was 17, Gillogly has had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and tour Russia with her college choir from Santa Clara University.
“Being able to travel to Russia was an incredible experience, especially in Moscow because they appreciate music so much more than us,” Gillogly said.
She has brought that love and passion for singing and dancing into her own home where she shares her talents with her daughter, Fiona.
“Musical theater is a love of mine that I’d love to get back into,” Gillogly said.
Gillogly added that she and her 9-year-old daughter go to musicals as often as possible, and after they reenact them at home, even adding their own flair.
“Our dream is to do a show together,” Gillogly said of her and her daughter.
Today at age 41, Gillogly finds her home in Auburn where she actively sings with three bands, Anthropophonia, The Hip Huggers and the Crackerjack Jazz Band.
Currently, Gillogly is rehearsing with the Crackerjack Jazz Band for the upcoming 2nd Annual Gold Country Rotary Mardi Gras event held on Feb. 2 a t the Gold Country Fairgrounds where they will entertain people with a New Orleans jazz mix of music including songs such as “Iko Ito,” Jambalaya,” and “I wish I could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate.”
Gillogly has taken her passion for singing to the classroom where she teaches young students through the Auburn-based Sierra Foothills Music Together program held at Pamelot School of Dance, where she is director of the parent/child music program. It’s there where Gillogly lends her vocal talents, expanding her passion to program attendees both young and older.
At the studio, class participants get a hands-on approach to singing and playing musical instruments, such as the ukulele and shakers.
Parents bring children as young as 7 months to 3 years old.
Aside from her vocal talents, Gillogly is an avid hiker and runner, practices yoga on a regular basis and works out with a trainer. She is also a volunteer on the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team.
Working from home as a marketing consultant allows Gillogly the freedom to take part in many activities she participates in.
“There is a joy to juggling exercise and music, it keeps me in the now while stress and worry take me out of the movement,” she said.