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MUSIC DEMOS:

Originial Music Composite

"What You Went Though for Me"

"The Watchmaker"

"The Sky Is NOT the Limit!"

VOICEOVER DEMOS:

Composite Voiceover Demo

Narration Demo

MUSIC WITH
VOICE IMPRESSIONS:

Daniel in the Lions' Den

 

 

 

 

 


 


Thank you for taking time to learn a bit more ABOUT US.

First, for more concise information on:

The VOICEOVER side of Pat Quance's work, including demos, click here.

The MUSICAL side of Pat Quance's work, including demos, click here.

A more concise formal Bio on Patrick D. Quance's career, click here.

Pat's Christian testimony, and the motivation behind the work, click here.

And Contact info, for further information in general, click here.


Meanwhile, for the curious, here is some history on how this all came about:

PAT'S VOICEOVERS, the VO and audiobook narration work of Patrick D. Quance, began with informal childhood experiments, imitating the voices of various cartoon characters, and eventually admiring the work of various professional impressionists, such as Rich Little and Frank Gorshin.

Opportunities in high school theater, music theater, and speech added momentum, as Pat eventually played numerous roles, including Tevye, in "Fiddler on the Roof" and Professor Henry Higgins, in "My Fair Lady".



PAT QUANCE, AS TEVYE, THE DAIRYMAN, IN A 1972 HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF"

But aside from an increasing number instances of people asking him, off the cuff, if he worked in radio, noting that he appeared to "have a good voice for it", it was actually his strong church background that was the catalyst in Pat's radio and voiceover career. That catalyst came in the form of at least two career breaks:



First, when a huge downsizing ended a nearly decade-long experiment with a career change into computer electronics technology, Pat was rescued from the unemployment line by longtime Christian musician friends, Pastor and Mrs. (Joyce) Dennis Davenport. Within the following 18 months, he had toured half the contiguous U.S. in concert with them, as THE DENNIS DAVENPORT TRIO. in addition to enabling him to put his vocal, composition, and orchestration skills to work, the trio afforded Pat some great opportunities to play a sort of comedic Mark Lowry, to Manager Dennis' striaght man Bill Gaither, and eventually incorporated numerous voice impressions into the song introductions. This, in turn, caught the attention of Gospel Broadcasting Mission founder Bill McClure, who hired Pat for some one-liner introductions to his radio commentary, and to portray the voice a character for a statewide church convention presentation, as well as some local radio commercial character voices.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIO WORK:

 

"WE WALK BY FAITH", based on II Corinthians 5:7, was one of many songs Pat wrote or updated, while traveling with THE DENNIS DAVENPORT TRIO, and one of several featured on the group's album, "YOU'RE NOT HOME YET"

Among numerous experiences during the trio concert tours, the marathon first tour of 1991 particularly stood out, including a visit to the President Dwight Eisenhower museum and burial site, a drive on Lousiana's Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge, the world's longest bridge over a body of water, and:

A day at the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. Pictured above is Pat, a tiny speck, compared to the roughly two-block long rocket, lying on its side behind him, which, to Pat's best recollection, is from the Apollo moon projects. The massive ornament adorns the front yard of the space center grounds. Yes, those five "exhaust pipes", do, indeed, measure about 12 feet in diameter.

Two particularly significant events conicided with the trio's visit, that day: First, it was January, 1991, and the Operation Desert Storm invasion of Iraq was underway, so security was especially tight, limiting visitors to the museum and coffee shop areas. The control room, normally open for tours, was off limits, at the time. Secondly:

Sadly, the visit occurred on January 28th, 1991... five years, to the day, after the tragic "Challenger disaster", in which the crew, pictured above, all perished:



Among the causes attributed to this horrible tragedy was the failure to report to superiors some engineering concerns surrounding an "o-ring" component, and the choice of a launch date when the weather was uncharacteristically cold, amid a hurried schedule, after numerous previous postponements of the launch date. Upon first learning of the disaster, Pat recalled the words of Hosea 4:6: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Perhaps a bit out of the original context, the quote still seemed appropriate. Human life is SUCH a fragile thing, and irreplaceable. May we all remember this, at every moment.

Although Pat came off the road after 18 months, to focus on spending more time with his young family at home, this combination of experiences finally prompted the once aspiring full-time touring contemporary Christian musician, frustrated public school music teacher, and Bible College choir director wannabe, a bundle of contradictions, with considerable God-given talent and a tendency to "show off" at home, yet a rather poor actual self-image, to finally take the initiative to deliver a resume to KTIG, a Christian radio station to which he often listened. For Pat, that was the next turning point. It was a career break and encouragement from (then) General Manager Mike Heuberger, plus on-the job broadcast training from Program Director (The now deceased) Tom Bonar, that finally got Pat to fully emerge from his shell, professionally.

In fact, it was while "subbing" for Tom, as emcee at a fundraiser dinner for one of the station's partner ministries, that the door opened to opportunities that have continued to this day. In his introduction to the audience, Pat explained that he felt a bit inadequate, not having the speaking skills of, for example, Dr. Billy Graham... whose voice Pat proceeded to imitate, as an example of the contrast. Pat further explained that he might come across sounding more like one of a couple other radio preachers, with unique, but somewhat odd voice timbres - both of which he proceeded to briefly imitate, as well. Satisfied with an ice-breaking polite chuckle from the audience, Pat went on to turn the microphone over to others who were scheduled to address the crowd, and presumed his day in the spotlight was over. But without realizing it at the time, he had just set off the next - and far bigger - career paradigm shift - a brainstorm from Christian audio engineer friend Scott Campbell, co-founder of the Crystal City Quartet, who was serving as P.A. system engineer that evening. Scott suggested that Pat contact Marty Yde ("WIDE"), founder and owner of Stonehedge Studio and Productions, in Brainerd, MN. And thus, with huge thanks to Scott and Marty, began Pat's ongoing formal voiceover career.

Although Pat left his KTIG evening announcer position after 4 years, to better accommodate family schedules, the numerous projects for Stonehedge, including some receiving national awards, had gotten the ball rolling. And although later working in commercial radio, he eventually found supplemental projects that did not present a conflict of interest with his stations' sponsors. Many of them, including an award-winning audiobook narration (DAWN OF DESTINY, Lee Stephen, www.epicuniverse.com), came via online voiceover employment agency voice123.com.

 



And so, the voiceover work continues. But no introduction to this phase of Pat's career, despite having essentially phased out his earlier work in Christian music, would be complete, without a more in-depth tribute to the people and experiences that have laid this work's foundation:


QUANCE MUSIC MINISTRIES began in the home of Glenn and Edith Quance ("KWAHNSS").



Around the late 1930s, Edith (Mrs. Glenn) Quance , a young woman with a great love for music, was encouraged by her cousin Lois (Hall) Schroeder, to join the choir at Lois' church. This event would change the lives of at least two generations, and perhaps many to come, as Edith and her family came to know Jesus Christ in a personal way, as Lord and Savior, through their association with this congregation.

 

As time went on, Edith became a popular soloist for weddings and funerals, as well as for Sunday morning services. Kay, the older of her two daughters, sometimes joined her in duet.

In 1963, Glenn and Edith's third child and second son, Mike, passed away, after a battle with cancer. It has often been noted that the loss of a child can drive a wedge between husband and wife. Whatever the case may be, the two separated and divorced, about a decade later, and Glenn died in 1976. To his credit, although immersed in an all-encompassing job as a railroad conductor, and finding little to no time for family and church matters, Glenn was always an excellent provider, worked hard at maintaining their home and growing a very productive garden to help feed the family - a garden which the children also helped tend, teaching them strong work habits. He also found some time to spend with his children, playing catch or reading to them, during a few rare free moments. And son Pat, who followed his dad's footsteps in learning to play his parents' Holton tenor saxophone, later becoming a soloist with his high school jazz band, was pleasantly surprised when his dad took him along to try out and purchase a new tenor, a Selmer Paris Mark VI, the Cadillac of saxopones!

Meanwhile, oldest son Garry had married and begun raising his own family, several miles away. But immersed in a musical atmosphere, where just about anything reminded somebody of a song, the younger 3 of her six children, Patrick ("Pat"), Pam, and Joel, fell quite naturally into singing along at every opportunity. Before long, they, too joined Mom and Kay on the church platform Sunday morning.

 



THE QUANCE FAMILY SINGERS
Summer, 1978

L. TO R: Edith, Pam, Pat, Joel, Kay

On one such occasion, a visiting couple from a sister congregation, about an hour's drive distant, enjoyed hearing them, and asked if they'd ever consider coming to the other church, to present a whole concert. The rest, as they say, is history...

After tying for second place in a 1969 community variety show / talent contest, the 1970s and early 80s saw the Quances touring eight states, including some statewide church conventions in Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as events at church camps and Bible colleges.

In early 1978, they produced a 45 rpm record, followed by a cassette tape album in the mid-1980s.



 

 

THE QUANCES AT ESTES PARK, AUGUST, 1980

A literal "mountaintop" experience was the 1980 "Christian Artists' Seminar", a week-long inspirational music camp session in Estes Park, Colorado, featuring a host of the current "who's who" of professional Christian musicians. In addition to attending daily seminars on a variety of topics, taught by outstanding names in the business, and nightly marathon concerts by all the top full-time inspirational soloists and groups of the time, the Quances themselves had an opportunity to perform in solo and group evaluation seminars, for panels of outstanding judges.

ON BEHALF OF THE QUANCE FAMILY, PAMELA QUANCE HARRIS ACCEPTS THE CHORAL DIVISION THIRD PLACE TROPHY, PRESENTED BY CONTINENTAL SINGERS FOUNDER CAM FLORIA AND CHRISTIAN RECORDING ARTIST SHARA LEE LUCAS, AT THE 1980 CHRISTIAN ARTISTS' CORPORATION SEMINAR IN THE ROCKIES, YMCA CAMP OF THE ROCKIES, ESTES PARK, COLORADO. ANNOUNCING THE RECIPIENTS, AT THE MICROPHONE ON LEFT, IS EMCEE, OKLAHOMA SOUTHRERN BAPTIST CHURCHES STATE MUSIC CHAIR AUBIE McSWAIN. EARLIER IN THE WEEK, MR. McSWAIN, MOVED TO TEARS, TOOK TIME TO THANK EDITH QUANCE IN THE FOYER, AFTER HEARING ONE OF HER SOLO PERFORMANCES IN A SESSION FOR WHICH HE SERVED AS JUDGE.


Their efforts were rewarded, not only by a third place trophy in their group division, but by rave reviews of Edith's own powerful message, in the senior adult solo competition. Ironically, while she originally planned this experience as something "for the kids", thinking she would be merely along for the ride, it was the youger generation who came to be known, among the campers and staff, mainly as "Edith's kids". Not bad, Mom!

 

 

Here are some free samples of the Quance Family's music. The first two were engineered by Michael "Mick" McTee, on a 45 RPM vinyl record album, in 1978; the remainder by Steve Gamble, EDIFY Ministries, on cassette tape, in 1985. To hear an audio sample, just click on its title:


HAPPY AM I

SHELTERED IN THE ARMS OF GOD

PRAISE MEDLEY

MAY THIS BE THE PLACE

NOAH FOUND GRACE

CIRCUIT RIDIN' PREACHER MEDLEY

ONE DAY AT A TIME - PERFORMED BY EDITH M. QUANCE

TURN ME ON, LIGHT ME UP

SHOWERS OF BLESSING MEDLEY

IF YOU BELIEVE

COME TO THE WATER MEDLEY

"WALKIN' SHOES" / KEEP ON SINGING

 

The later 1980s and 90s brought many new responsibilities, as Edith's children married and became parents themselves, Consequently, concerts were fewer and farther between, but still ever-increasing in quality. But meanwhile, a whole new chapter...

The MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) revolution in electronic music notation, arranging, and recording added a whole new dimension for Pat Quance, middle son in the family, who had become improvisational piano accompanist of the group, and had begun writing songs around 1973. Pursuing a dream of building the (then) fledgling contemporary Christian music movement, Pat sought and attained a college music education degree, followed by formal training and several years' experience in electronics and computers - all the while developing new inspirational song ideas in his "mind's ear".

Eventually, amid raising a young family, he was able to invest in a MIDI-compatible electronic piano and related equipment, which could create a whole orchestra of various instrumental sounds. With added help from the family's P.A. system (donated by brother Joel) and a cassette recorder, orchestration ideas that Pat could only imagine for several years were now becoming reality. The internet and recordable CDs, of course, have added even more.

 

In an apocryphal World War II story about a Churchill / Hitler / Mussolini summit, Sir Winston supposedly outwitted his Axis foes, when they proposed a bet that the first to to capture a goldfish in a pool would likely win the war. When the Italian dictator failed to do so with his bare hands, since the fish was too slippery, Der Fuhrer attempted to shoot it with his Luger pistol. But alas! Light rays bend in water, so the fish was never truly where it appeared to be. When Hitler was finally out of ammo, he and Mussolini must have thought Churchill had taken leave of his senses, when he quietly sat down on the pool's edge, removed a spoon from his cup of English tea, and began methodically bailing out a teaspoonful of water at a time. His explanation? "Gentlemen, it may not happen today, nor tomorrow, but eventually, England WILL win the war."

After numerous stebacks, Pat, assisted by church friends, father and son team Chad and Brian, completed the multi-year overhaul of his home studio, early in 2016. After such a tediously slow task, the only appropriate name: CHURCHILL'S TEASPOON STUDIO!


The death of Edith Quance, at age 79, in early 2001, after a battle with cancer, brought an end to most of the Quance Family's concert work - at least in this world. But the musical heritage continues. Pat, Pam, and Joel revamped some of the repertoire for some 2006-07 trio appearances, including sharing the platform with Christian pastor, motivational speaker, and voice impressionist-comedian Dr. Dennis Swanberg, at a spring, 2007 Christian convention. Also, Pam, both in solo and with her husband, Daniel Harris, and their children, has been active in various church and community musical projects, and Joel has actively worked on operation, operator training, and continuous upgrade of his home church's P.A. system, as well as doing occasional solo work.

Pat, meanwhile, continues to present solo concerts of his original compositions, now numbering over 40, in a wide variety of musical styles - including a tribute to their loving mother, entitled "We Will Carry On" (click on title to hear a sample).

Here are some free samples of Pat's work.

Click here for specific Bio, Credential, and family Information on Pat Quance.

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www.patsvo.com/About Us.htm; April 30, 2016