Rod Fivelstad, board member

Music, a spice of life

Rod FivelstadMusic has always been an important ingredient in Rod Fivelstad’s life. He has always been a singer and enjoys a wide-range of musical styles, from classical to classic rock. After retirement, he joined the Sierra Master Chorale and started to learn piano. Both experiences have provided him with much satisfaction and enjoyment. He has a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organization Development and retired from a 37 year career in Public Education. Many of those years were spent as an elementary school principal in the Bay Area. Rod and his wife, Susan, moved to Grass Valley in 2001 when he became the Superintendent of the Union Hill School District. He retired from Union Hill in 2008.

In Grass Valley, Rod has been heavily involved with the Rotary Club of Grass Valley and Habitat for Humanity. He has served as a board member and president of both organizations and has also been active on the Nevada County Economic Resource Council Board of Directors. He truly enjoys working with others to create significant and dynamic organizations that enhance the community. In addition to serving on the InConcert Board of Directors, Rod is the treasurer for the Penn Valley Community Foundation and liaison to the PVCF from InConcert Sierra. The PVCF is working to build a new Performing Arts Venue to serve all of Western Nevada County.

Rod’s primary instrument is his bass/baritone voice which he uses in Sierra Master Chorale and the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir. He says, “I have been singing all my life and have many recollections of singing along to old 78’s, like Vaughn Monroe’s “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” as a pre-schooler.” He got involved with choirs starting in high school and sang in male voice choirs in college. He plays folk guitar and has just started to take piano lessons. Rod has very eclectic tastes in music; he enjoys classical, opera, jazz, classic rock, pop standards, folk, bluegrass, and world music.

Concerning Sierra Master Chorale and InConcert Sierra, Rod says, “I enjoy variety, which is why I love Sierra Master Chorale so much. It seems that every program we do has an intensely interesting mix of musical styles. I have really been enjoying the intimate chamber music of InConcert Sierra’s Third Sunday Series and feel great joy at becoming an active participant at the board level. I hope I can contribute to the ongoing success of this community treasure.”