Niki Snow Roosa loves music with a passion. Even as a child, she would often climb her favorite tree as high as she could go, and sing while the wind rocked her back and forth.
She studied piano up to the age of 13, when she convinced her mother that she’d had enough (a decision she regrets to this day). In college during the mid-60s when the heyday of folk music was still going strong, she picked up a cheap guitar, switched the string order (did I tell you that she’s a lefty?) and played in hootenannies with a group led by her roommate, a girl from Bogota, Columbia. Singing in phonetic Spanish was fun, but she was mainly influenced by Peter, Paul & Mary, The Brothers Four, John Denver and others of the time.
Niki’s middle years of life interrupted her singing, as marriage and parenthood took precedence over music. While the guitar gathered dust in a corner, singing became relegated to little more than church choir and the shower.
In about 2010, Niki heard about a folk group singing group named “The Golden Link” that met at a church in Pittsford on Tuesday evenings. One sing-around changed everything and she has been vigorously pursuing her passion ever since.
Now a regular weekly participant, she has a repertoire of more than 1,000 songs in her iPad app called “OnSong.” She clarifies that those are not all memorized songs, but she knows them all and enjoys every minute she can make music with her guitar & voice!