Sue and John Adney, part-time Florida residents since 2005, have long been involved in choral and instrumental music.In their “northern” home of Reston, Virginia, both Sue and John sang in the Reston Chorale for over 30 years, Sue played oboe and English horn in the Reston Community Orchestra since the group’s founding in the 1980s, and together they have commissioned some 14 choral and orchestral works.
Sue Adney joined the Naples Concert Band in 2009, serving as the NCB’s only oboe and English horn player. Her musical training dates back to her childhood in Virginia and California, when she learned the basics of singing from her mother (an opera singer) and began lessons on double-reed instruments. More recently, Sue studied voice under Sharon Chrisman (of Catholic University, Washington, DC) and Dorothy Kingston and has been a vocal soloist at various venues in northern Virginia. She has been a member of the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs since 2007 and has been principal oboist in the Naples Orchestra and Chorus since 2010. Sue is a graduate of Indiana University and an alumna of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Training.
John Adney, a partner in a tax law firm in Washington, DC, began singing as a teenager in his church choir and his high school’s musical theater. He learned choral singing as a student at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and as a member of the Reston Chorale. After graduating from Yale Law School, John moved to the Washington area, where he began practicing law and (more importantly) met and married Sue. He is also a member of the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir.
Sue and John have been married for 36 years, have raised two sons (one in the Army, one in medical school), and look forward being full-time Florida residents in 2014.