The Mistletones® are all about Christmas.
The sites and sounds that make the season come alive.
How we got started…
The Mistletones® were founded by a funky redhead who adopted the name from a previous singing gig. Cathy Goodman and her sister Tori Richter—along with another set of sisters—were contracted to sing for a Christmas show in 2001. Minutes before going on stage, the leader of the gig asked what he should call the quartet of singing related-yet-not-all-related siblings. Cathy blurted out “MISTLETONES,” and it stuck.
Cathy turned the quartet’s title into a production company. The first project was developed in 2005: a Christmas CD called A Very Geri Christmas and a Cathy New Year! The CD features Cathy on vocals and her mother on piano. Geri Goodman also wrote the majority of the arrangements. The CD includes all immediate family members and friends and has been heralded as a welcome addition to any Christmas CD collection.
From there, Cathy wanted to turn the CD into a one-woman Christmas variety show until she realized that one woman wasn’t much variety, so she enlisted the talents of Christen Tebbe, Tori Richter, Jim Ott, and Mark Oppedahl to round out the sound. SNOWBIZ® was first staged in 2007 in Galena, Illinois with an incredible live orchestra, and they’ve just kept building from there.
The group has changed in personnel and numbers over the years—sometimes a group of five, six, and even four—with Cathy, Tori, and Mark still on board from the original group. With nine staged productions of SNOWBIZ®, along with appearances with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, countless private parties, and summer gigs at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with their OFF SEASON repertoire, that’s a whole lotta fa la las.