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Villeneuve, Marylyn (Yvonne

Villeneuve, Marylyn (Yvonne), singer. b. Riverside, CA, 29 March 1932. Her parents were Thelma Holbrook Peoples Laster (born, September 25, 1909 in Moscow, Idaho; died, August 28, 1978 in Ventura, California) and Harold Ernest Peoples (born, July 30, 1904 in Everett, Washington; died, August 11, 1989 in Lakeport, California). Her sister, Judith Peoples Hempel (born, October 4, 1935) is a singer, now with the group Sassy out of Phoenix, Arizona. Marylyn attended grammar school in many different institutions until the 4th grade when her parents moved to Indio, CA. Her father bought into a packing house business and he stayed with the business until the summer of 1949 when he and Marylyn's mother were divorced. Marylyn moved to Riverside, CA. with her mother and sister where she started Jr. College at Riverside Jr. College. She got married Jan. 7, 1950 and moved back to Indio, CA.

She had violin lessons from 6 years old until a senior in high school and had voice lessons in high school. She taught herself piano and started appreciating jazz at about 15 years old. She was chosen for the All California Youth Orchestra in 1948 and because of a high grade average was in the California High School Scholarship Society, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949. She graduated from Coachella Valley Union High School, Indio, CA, after 3 years, in June, 1949. Marylyn has been singing since she was three years old, learning harmony from her father, Harold Peoples, who sang in a wonderful baritone voice and played the banjo. Her mother's family was also musical. Her grandfather and grandmother, Jack and Josephine Holbrook, were a talented team playing fiddle and piano. During grammar and high school she and her younger sister sang duets for local organizations. She took voice lessons in high school and was active in the high school glee club. At age 6 she began studying violin and discovered she had absolute pitch. In high school in Indio, California she was concertmaster of the high school orchestra for 2 years, and was chosen, in 1948, to play with the All California High School Orchestra in Santa Barbara, California. After moving to Ventura in 1961, she sang in the Ventura County Master Chorale and while accompanying her husband on sabbatical leave in 1965-1966, she sang with the University of Colorado Master Chorale in Boulder, Colorado. She continued playing violin and joined the Ventura County Symphony for three years. She obtained her AA degree at Ventura Community College in June, 1968 and got a BA from University of Calif.at Santa Barbara in Mar. 1975. She studies voice with Mary Sue Gee, Los Osos, California from 1997 to the present.

In her former life, she was Marylyn Villeneuve, a social worker and a social work supervisor in the Ventura County Welfare Department. She and her husband Don, a science professor at Ventura College, married when she was 17 and he was 19. They reared four daughters, Debra LeVeaux, Honolulu, HI., Theresa Brewer, Silver Spring, MD., and twins, Kathryn Villeneuve-Freedman, Los Angeles, CA., and Karen Villeneuve, Berkeley, CA., and just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

After retiring and moving to Cambria in 1994, she started singing with 927-Jazz, a small ensemble compared to the Manhattan Transfer. As a member of that group for 5 years, she performed concerts and did solo work. 927-Jazz performed at Pewter Plough Playhouse (1997), Cuesta College Interact Theater (1998), Peweter Plough Playhouse (1998), Veteran's Hall, Cambia, CA (1998), Pewter Plough Playhouse (1999), Cuesta College Interact Theater (1999) and Chapman House, Avila Beach, CA. Mozart Festival (2000). Their last performance was at Pewter Plough, a Christmas performance in Dec. 2000.

Currently she is performing for private parties, local fundraisers, singing with the Cambria Community Chorale, CARES, and local churches, etc. She has performed in the annual Cambria "Follies" for 8 years and appeared in "Broad's Way", a local production, in 2001 and 2002, in Cambria, California.

Her husband is Donald Villeneuve (born, October 25, 1930 in Owatonna, Minn). Her children are Debra Lynn Villeneuve-LeVeaux (born, August 17, 1950 in Camp Pendleton Marine Base, San Diego County, California), Theresa Diane Villeneuve-Brewer (born, January 22, 1954 in Hollywood, California; did professional modern dance) and twins Kathryn Ann Villeneuve-Freedman and Karen Elaine Villeneuve (born, April 29, 1958 in Moscow, Idaho; did professional modern dance).

I'll Be Seeing You (2002) 
Television broadcasts:
Hot Jazz T.V. Taping and Musicians Jam at Pewter Plough, Cambria, May 23, 2002 (she was taped on T.V. singing 2 songs);
Three TV. appearances on the Rick Martel Show, San Luis Public T.V. station. April 14, 2002, taping was done featuring me on the Rick Martel Show, San Luis Obispo, CA

PLUS Magazine, San Luis Obispo, CA. October, 2002. Two page feature article with pictures.
The New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA. One page feature article about me and my CD with pictures by Glen Starkey. March 21, 2002

Contact information:
website: www.marvillmusic.com
e-mail: marylyn@marvillmusic.com

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