egion 5 Chorus Directors

 

Acappella Omaha Chorus - Omaha, NE

Director Annette Wallace

 (Bio coming soon!)

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Cedar Harmony Chorus - Cedar Falls, IA

Director Carol Anhalt

Carol Anhalt Cedar Harmony

 My mother sang in several women's choruses, and my two brothers sang in a barbershop quartet. So, when in 1973, I was asked to sing tenor in Sweet Adelines, I thought this would be a good hobby one night a week!  The song is true, I started quarteting soon after, and through three kids and job changes, I have remained in the same chorus of Sweet Adelines for 40 years and quarteted for most of those years  An Assistant Director for years, I became Interim Director in 2011, and then hired as Director in 2012.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Sounds Chorus - Cedar Rapids, IA

Director Marilyn Fairchild

Marilyn Fairchild Cedar Sounds

I am still amazed at what Sweet Adelines brings out in a person. Being a front line director was never even a twinkle in my eye and certainly the last thing I ever imagined myself doing. I was too shy and too nervous to even sing in a quartet, much less stand in front of an entire chorus! However, after a long history of directors of the small chorus I sang with, I had my arm twisted to try being the director. I had only two years of music in college and 30 years of singing in Sweet Adelines for experience. Today, I’d like to think that I am a success story. After becoming director of Cedar Sounds in 2008, I will be the first to say that I still have so much to learn and am a very willing student


I started singing with the Champaign-Urbana Chorus in 1977 and from there moved to Peoria where I sang with the Belles of Harmony. When Mike and I married in 1983, we found ourselves in Grand Forks, ND (Region 6) where I sang with the Twin Forks Chorus. A few years later, I found myself singing with Cedar Rhapsody (former Region 20) and now direct Cedar Sounds. I am also a dual member, singing with Metro Mix Chorus, so I have been “at home” in Region 5 for the last few years.

 

 

City of Fountains Chorus - Kansas City, MO

Director Lhea Wilson

Lhea Wilson City of Fountains

After months of a co-worker "bugging" me to come visit her chorus, I agreed to attend one rehearsal if she'd agree to stop. Well, here I am, having joined in 1987 as a proud SAI member! I fell in love with barbershop the very first visit - I wanted to join that night! 


I have been blessed to sing with 10 choruses and eight quartets!  I've also experienced the exhilaration of the International stage with the Kansas City Chorus and Metro Mix Chorus. 

I currently have the honor and joy of directing the City of Fountains Chorus in Kansas City as an SAI Certified Director. All because someone "bugged" me!!! I encourage everyone to "bug" someone!!!


City Voices Chorus - St. Louis, MO

Master Director Jerilee Inghram

Jerilee Inghram City Voices


I am Jerilee or ”Jeri” Inghram, depending on how long you have known me. My husband Jim has been in barbershop for about as long as I have and sings with the Ambassadors of Harmony. We live in Lake St. Louis and have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. I joined Sweet Adelines in 1970 and started directing the Iowa City Chorus (now Metro Mix) in 1974, when Iowa City was part of former Region 7 at the time. My first contest as a director was in St. Joseph, MO.  Oh the memories!

 
We moved to the St. Louis area in 1993, and I sang with River Blenders before directing City Voices since its beginning in 2001. I was a showmanship judge for 17 years and served on regional and international music faculty. I still keep busy coaching quartets and choruses. I sang with “Starshine” for 18 years and have earned some International medals. We were known as "that funny quartet that could sing well." 

 

 

Flint Hills Harmony Chorus - Topeka, KS

Director Josh Yoho

Bio coming soon!

 

Gateway Spotlight Chorus - St. Charles, MO

Director Brenda McCall

Brenda McCall_-_Gateway_SpotlightI have been involved in barbershop organizations since 1984. My first awareness of women's barbershop came by responding to an ad in my local paper "Do you like to sing?" I quickly answered "Yes" and  joined the Heart of Illinois chapter.  In 1986, my family moved back to St Louis.  I joined the Vallee de Fleurs chapter and competed in regional chorus competitions, as well as a regional quartet competition.  After family obligations were completed, I joined the newly formed Gateway Spotlight Chorus in 2014. From a chorus member, to tenor section leader, to Assistant Director in 2015, and front line Director in 2016, these last couple of years have flown by remarkably fast.  Oh what amazing results from a small newspaper advertisement! Be encouraged to ask someone, "Do you like to sing?"

 

 

 

 

 

Harmony Central Chorus - Des Moines, IA

Director Nathan Green


Nathan Green_-_Harmony_CentralNathan comes to Harmony Central with a lifelong love of barbershop music and a great wealth of experience and talent.


He started singing barbershop at the age of 8, with one of his earliest memories being singing the "Cry" tag.


Nathan is also the musical director of the men's Pride of Iowa barbershop chorus. His experience with barbershop started on the risers with his dad and brother in the Wapello Chiefs barbershop chorus in Ottumwa, Iowa.


He has a choral conducting education from Central College in Pella, IA, and currently serves as the Director of Music at St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Johnston, IA.


 


 

Heart of Iowa Chorus - Marshalltown, IA

Searching for new director!

If interested, please contact their chorus president

 


 

Heart of Missouri Chorus - Columbia, MO

Director Twilla Duvall

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Twilla was introduced to barbershop when Marj Friedmeyer invited her to a chorus show.  Like so many of us, Twilla found the harmonies irresistible!  She dove headfirst into Sweet Adelines serving on just about every musical and administrative role known to the Hearts, on Spirit of the Midwest Region 5’s Management Team for many years, singing in various quartets, and even driving to St. Louis weekly to be a dual-member of another SAI chapter.

 

Over the past 30+ years, Twilla’s passion for this organization continues to grow.  The planning, the work, the drilling is worth it when members are so moved by the music that they get goosebumps or cry.  That’s why we do this week after week.

 

Outside of SAI, Twilla serves as an organist for her church and accompanies the Adult Choir.  Professionally, she is Vice President of Internet Services for Central Bancompany.  Twilla and her husband, Sonny, enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, and teaching them to hunt and respect wildlife. Gardening and canning produce is another passion, but camping is their ideal escape.

 

Kansas City Chorus - Overland Park, KS

Director Michelle Hunget

MichelleHungetMichelle Hunget, a long-time member of the Kansas City Chorus, 2010 International Champion Tenor of Zing!, and tenor of the retired International Finalist quartet, Heat, has accepted the call of the chorus membership to become the new Artistic Direct of the Kansas City Chorus. Michelle’s dedication to the uniquely American musical art form of four-part acapella singing in the Barbershop style, along with her knowledge and expertise lasting for over 30 years within the Sweet Adelines International Organization, brings to the Kansas City Chorus a singular perspective and enthusiasm for the membership that will foster continued growth and success.

 

Michelle started her barbershop career at the age of 14, singing Lead in her High School quartet, “A Pinch of Spice”, put together by her Clay Center High School music director Ken Lang, who happened to be the Manhattan, KS Men’s Barbershop Chorus director, too!  She joined the Kansas City Chorus in 1986 after being “discovered” by another KC Chorus Sweet Adeline who happened to attend and cantor at the same Catholic Church.  Michelle as served on the Board of Directors (now the Leadership Team), has been a member of the Music and Choreography teams, Tenor Section Leader, KC Chorus Front Row member and the YWIH Chorus Director. 

 

At the Regional level, Michelle as sung in four Championship Quartets (Plaza Lights – 1992, 93, 94; Fanfare – 2001; Zing! – 2002, 03, 04, 05, and Heat – 2013) winning Regional competition a total of 9 times. She served as the Region 5 YWIH Co-Coordinator with her daughter, Mary Duncan.  At the International level, Michelle is a Queen of Harmony, winning with Zing!, in 2009 in Nashville, TN.  She has been servicing on the International Coronet Club Board of Directors since 2013, and is currently a Judge Applicant in the Showmanship Category. 

 

Barbershop is more than a hobby, it is a family affair.  Michelle’s husband, Grant, sings with the CSD Championship Chorus, Central Standard, and is a two-time CSD District Championship Quartet Baritone.  Her daughter, Mary has sung with the Region 5 Championship Quartet Legacy, and is the Baritone of the 2014 International Rising Start Championship Quartet, and current International Finalist Quartet, ClassRing!.

 

In her “other career”, Michell was a “Marching Jayhawk” at the University of Kansas, playing French Horn, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. After spending over 20+ years in Department Director/Leadership roles, she currently enjoys being back at the bedside working at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She loves taking care of the babies who occasionally hear a lullaby or two. 


 

Lincolnaire Chorus - Lincoln, NE

Director Karen Randall

Lincolnaire Karen Randall
Karen has been a member of the Lincolnaire Chorus since June 1991.  She was asked to come off of the risers in 2007 as Interim Co-Director, and in 2012 became the front line director.


Karen believes in musical excellence and strives to make each rehearsal fun at the same time. Quartetting is a big part of her Sweet Adeline life, and she is currently the baritone of Fever! quartet.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metro Mix Chorus - Iowa City, IA

Master Director Bev Hamilton

Bev Hamilton Metro MixIf you start to look for official credentials for Bev’s criteria to qualify for any success she may have experienced in the Sweet Adeline world, you only have to look to where all the music schools, seminars, faculty training and education symposiums have been held over the last 47 years. She is a product and purveyor of the knowledge of all the spokeswomen who have gone before her, and in fact, many are still the voices of what makes the craft of barbershop what it has evolved into today. She still loves the “ARCHIE” vowels, but admonishes the gimmicky approach it offered 42 years ago.


“I have no college background for pedagogy, theory, arranging, vocal production, staging, choreography or conducting.” A nurse by trade, the offerings from the International organization have allowed her to recognize the importance of promoting the sustainability of the barbershop style into the millennium; coaching quartets and choruses and offering her involvement in festivals that showcase the genre for the young singers of today.


Bev honed her singing and leadership skills in choruses in Pennsylvania and Ohio before finding a home in Cedar Rapids in 1972, assistant directing under the excellent tutelage of Sally Eggleston and Jeri Inghram. The Harmony Central Chorus in Des Moines gave her her first front line directors contract, and she has directed Metro Mix Chorus with energy and love since 1993. Her passion for the genre and often ‘out of the box’ ideas have continued to find her chorus striving for that perfect overtone in the journey for musical excellence. She is the former bass of internationally known quartets Starshine and Blaze.



River Blenders Chorus - Ellisville, MO

Master Director Diane Huber

 


20170718 1 Diane was introduced to SAI in Iowa City Iowa in 1972.  Since that wonderful beginning, Diane has served on the regional faculty, Regional Board of Directors and the International Board of Directors.  As a member of the International Board, she served as Secretary, President Elect and President.  Diane has also served as chair of the Education Direction Committee.

 

Throughout her 45+years as a Sweet Adeline she has traveled and coached choruses and quartets throughout the world.  She began directing the River Blenders in 1989. Diane is also the bass in the 1986 Queens of Harmony, Ambiance.   


 

 

RiverSong Chorus - St. Joseph, MO

Director Jerry Garrard

Jerry GJerry Garrard is a native of the Kansas City metro area.  His barbershopping career beginning as a Jr. High School student when he sang in a quartet at a Youth In Harmony event (now called 'Harmony Explosion') sponsored by the Heart of America Chorus.  That quartet, 'The Overtones' won first place solidifying his love and passion for four-part barbershop harmony.  His lifelong love for music brought him through collage as a Music Education major and has allowed him to sing with the Kansas City Chorale and Kansas City Symphony Chorus for several years.  Interest in Barbershop takes many different shapes and sizes with Jerry.  He's given back to the hobby by serving as Section Leader, as a Chapter Officer, as director of the Cody Choraliers of Leavenworth, KS, the director of the Heart of America Chorus of Kansas City, MO, and most recently the director of our very own RiverSong Chorus of Saint Joseph, MO.  Top that off with an impressive list of BHS Central States District competing quartets including his current foursome, Priorities.

 

Throughout his musical career, Jerry has performed with various ensembles and as a  soloist on the world's leading performing arts center stages, such as that in Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall, and during his most recent visit to Carnegie Hall directing the Heart of America Chorus and the Barbershop Festival Chorus.

 

Believe it or not, Jerry still has time outside barbershop for a rewarding IT profession as a Cloud Architect. Purely personal pursuits include his continued ambition of proficiency as a private pilot and enjoying his grandchildren.

 

Don't forget to grab some other singers and learn a tag from him.  He seems to always have a tag humming from his heart.

 

Show Me Sound Chorus - Sedalia, MO

Searching for new director!

 

 

   

 

Sound Celebration Chorus - Springfield, IL

Director Terry Ludwig

 

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Originally taking the reigns of the Sound Celebration Chorus as an interim director, Terry soon found out that he wanted to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies on a permanent basis.  Now as the official director, he looks forward to seeing just what a group of motivated ladies can accomplish!


Terry is no stranger to barbershop.  He has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for 27 years and has been directing for 25 of them.  He currently directs the Sound of Illinois Chorus (Bloomington, IL) where he has taken the chorus to International for the last 8 years and placed 14th in 2014.


As a quartet singer, he won the Illinois District in 2011 singing tenor with Waldorf Hair Company.  His other notable quartet was Wound 4 Sound that placed third in the District two times.

He studied Music at Quincy University and had been a part of a number of performing groups over the years.  He and his wife Christina have a son, David.



St. Louis Harmony Chorus - Kirkwood, MO

Christine Schuler  (bio coming soon!)

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Topeka Acapella Unlimited Chorus - Topeka, KS

Director Susan Ives

Susan Ives Acappella Unlimited

Susan has been a Sweet Adeline since 1982, a director of a chorus for over 20 years, and in a quartet continuously for 30+ years.


She began singing lead in Sunflower Harmony Chorus and enjoyed many experiences in SHC until marrying, moving to Dallas and joining the RichTones Chorus. Less than two years later she moved back "home" to Topeka where she again joined SHC and became director. The chorus name was changed to Topeka Acappella Unlimited in 2012.

Susan's quartet life has seen a string of six quartets. Four have competed at the International level, and two are International Champion Quartets - Classic Edition (1998), and Zing! (2010).  Her current quartet, HEAT, competed inInernational Competitions from 2013-2016.


Vocal Standard Chorus

Director Rob Mance

Rob Rob Mance is the director of Vocal Standard for Region 5, as well as the Director of the International Medalist BHS Chorus, Central Standard.

Robert has recently completed the class work for his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas, where he has been conductor of the Oread Consort. He is also the Director of Music at the Shawnee Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas where he also maintains a private voice studio.

Before starting his studies at KU, Robert most recently served as interim Director of Choral Activities and interim Voice Area Director at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Robert has also sung professionally with such groups as the Kansas City Chorale under Charles Bruffy and the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Wesminster Choir under Joe Miller.

He is an active clinician for high school vocal ensembles, maintains a recording studio, and serves as an active barbershop coach both in the US and abroad, and as a society judge, having qualified as both a Music, and Singing Judge. 

Rob completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC in voice performance, and completed his graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in choral conducting and voice pedagogy.

Rob resides in Kansas City with his wife Kristin, an English teacher.

 

 

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