Region 5 Directors

 

Acappella Omaha Chorus - Omaha, NE

Harmony 500 Director Annette Wallace

Annnette Wallace_2016

Annette has been a member of Sweet Adelines since 1990. She has sung in four choruses throughout Nebraska and Oklahoma and has been in many award winning quartets. Her current Quartet, Fever! is the 2019 Region 5 - 3rd place medalist.

 

Annette is a Sweet Adelines Certified Expression Judge and also serves as Region 5's Education Coordinator. She loves to coach both choruses and quartets. Sharing her love for a cappella music through singing, performing, and coaching is her passion!

 

 

 

 

Cedar Harmony Chorus - Cedar Falls, IA

Certified Director Jo Capoccioni

Jo Capoccioni

Jo Ruth was born and raised in Reinbeck, IA. She graduated from UNI in 1973 with a B.A. degree and in 1986 with an M.A. degree in music education. Jo taught music in public school system for 34 years, 31 years at Peet JHS in Cedar Falls, IA, she retired in 2008. She previously directed Cedar Harmony for 25 years and returned to directing the chorus in the summer of 2018. Her other accomplishments include directing a mixed chorus at Allen College (5 years), organist at Trinity Episcopal Parish, Waterloo (20+ years), Music Director, Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Parish (10+ years); and is the chairperson for Young Artist Concerto Competition (wcf symphony). She has been a board member of Cedar Valley Chamber Music since its inception.

 

Jo's husband David passed away in 1999. She has one son, Hunter, who is a double bassist, (DMA in double bass performance), he is a Chamber Music Librarian, etc. at Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Her hobbies include knitting and attending concerts, especially chamber music concerts.

 

Cedar Sounds Chorus - Cedar Rapids, IA

Certified 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 Voices Chorus - St. Louis, MO

Director Barb Hyder

Barb Hyder

Barb Hyder brings her years of extensive barbershop experience, including performance and administration, to City Voices Chorus. Her first Sweet Adeline chorus was the Madison Chapter in Wisconsin, where she sang lead and was an assistant director for 2 years. When she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin she sang with Harmoni-Q and Crosstown Harmony Choruses and met and married her barbershop husband, Kirk. She also helped to start Milwaukee Skyline (Showcase) Chorus in Wauwatosa and Harmony of the Hills in Slinger.

 

After moving to Naples, Florida in 2005, Barb sang with Spirit of the Gulf Chorus in Fort Myers, under the direction of Karen Breidert. Family commitments then drew Barb and Kirk to the St. Louis area in 2013, where she sang with Gateway Spotlight and River Blenders Choruses.

 

Barb has performed at the International level with Crosstown Harmony and Spirit of the Gulf Choruses. Loving to perform, she has been in several quartets over the years. Her first quartet, with her sister and best friends, was appropriately named Second Generation, since her father was a barbershopper. She was a Regional quartet champion with All That Jazz quartet and competed on the International stage 3 times, twice with All That Jazz and once with Surefire.

 

In addition to performing, Barb has served in numerous musical and administrative roles in her choruses and on the Regional level. In Region 22, she was Team Leader and Education Coordinator. She also organized 22 Karat Gold, Region 22’s society of champion quartets.

 

The Hyders now live in St Charles, MO. Kirk sings bass with Ambassadors of Harmony in Happy Medium Quartet. Barb and Kirk also sing in a mixed quartet, called Heart to Heart, with their good friends Nancy and Bard from Milwaukee. Barb also enjoys singing with the St. Louis County Community Chorus, directed by Andy Waggoner, and with St. Louis Caroling during the holiday season.

 

 

Flint Hills Harmony Chorus - Topeka, KS

Director Chris Day

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Christine Day, Flint Hills Harmony Interim Director, began directing FHH in August, 2019. She has been a member of FHH since shortly after she retired from teaching two years ago. Chris has a multi-faceted history in several genres of music, including barbershop. FHH is fortunate and excited to have her as our director!

 

Chris retired two years ago from a 42-year career in elementary music education. She received her music degree from Iowa State University and proceeded to immerse herself in “all things music.”

 

Not only was Chris a member many years ago of the Flint Hills Harmony Chorus, then known as the Wamego Dutch Mill Chorus, she has been in numerous independent quartets and music groups, including Prairie Larkspur, Jonathan Griffith Singers, Prairie Rose Quartet, and Prairie Wind Trio.

 

During her elementary school teaching career, Chris taught music for her first five years in Iowa and then spent the majority of her career in Wamego and Junction City, KS. Augmenting her advocacy of children and music, in the 1990s, Chris launched the Kansas Music Educators Association North Central Elementary Honor Choir.

 

Children and singing groups have not been Chris’s only musical outlet. For 38 years, she has also directed the Chancel Choir at the United Methodist Church in Wamego, has directed the church’s Bell Choir for 12 years, and has directed the Flint Hills Messiah Chorus, a regional production open to area singers, for 27 years. On top of all that, Chris teaches private music lessons.

 

Chris has advocated for children along other pathways also. She is a charter member of the Santa Fe Trail Association, for which she is the current board’s vice president. Since 1985, she has co-directed bi-annual Santa Fe Trail youth trips. On those journeys, Chris and a friend, also a teacher who recently retired, accompany busloads of children on a summertime multi-day trip along the Santa Fe Trail, teaching trail history as they travel. Another trail adventure is planned for 2021.

 

Throughout her career, Chris has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her dedication. She is a two-time winner of the “Outstanding Elementary Music Teacher’ for the North Central District of the Kansas Music Educators Association, received the Educational Teacher Award and the Paul Bentrup Ambassador Award from the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Huck Boyd “Leader of the Year” award to recognize her work with the Santa Fe Trail education trips with students, the Geary County “Shining Star” award, and the Fort Larned Old Guard David K. Clapsaddle Memorial Education Award. Just recently she received an Award of Merit from the Santa Fe Trail Association for her recognition in helping to co-author four Junior Wagon Master Booklets, which are activities relating to the 1200 mile trek of the Santa Fe Trail for pre-school students through adults.

 

Chris’s family includes her husband, Tom, two children, Meghann and Josh, both in California, and her beloved grandchild, Bella, also in California.


 

Gateway Spotlight Chorus - St. Charles, MO

Certified 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

Harmony 500 Director Nathan Green

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Nathan 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

Director Charyl Barr

Charyl Barr, Heart of Iowa

I have been around barbershop most of my life. My mom has been a long time member of the Harmony Central Chorus and my dad sings with the barbershop chorus in Des Moines. It was only natural for me to join and follow in their footsteps. At the age of 19 I joined the Des Moines Chorus aka Harmony Central Chorus. Over the past 26 years I've held many positions with the Harmony Central Chorus. I have been President, Team Leader, Tenor Section Specialist, Show Chair, YWIH Co-Director, Assistant/Associate Director and a member of many committees. The past few years I've been the Chorus Director Liaison for Region 5. I have sung in 4 quartets with my most recent quartet being Midnight Madness.

I'm very excited to be directing the Heart of Iowa Chorus. They are a great group of ladies and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this chorus.

In my non Sweet Adeline life, my husband David and I have one fur baby, Frankie. I am a Quality Review Specialist for Principal Bank.

 

 

Heart of Missouri Chorus - Columbia, MO

Certified Director Twilla Duvall

Twilla Duvall, Heart of Missouri

Twilla was introduced to barbershop when she was invited 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

Michelle Hunget Kansas City Chorus

Michelle 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 is the artistic director 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, bring 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 member who happened to attend and cantor at the same Catholic Church. Michelle has served on the leadership team, has been a member of the music and choreography teams, tenor section leader, front row member and the YWIH chorus director.>

 

At the Regional level, Michelle has 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 nine 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 serving 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 champion 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 2019 Queens of Harmony Quartet ClassRing!.

 

In her “other career," Michelle was a “Marching Jayhawk” at the University of Kansas, playing French horn and graduated with a B.S. 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

Karen Randall Lincolnaire Chorus

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

Interim Director Barb Read information to follow

 

 

River Blenders Chorus - Ellisville, MO

Master 600 Director Diane Huber

Diane Huber River Blenders Chorus

Diane was introduced to SAI in Iowa City, IA, 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 Garrard RiverSong Chorus

Jerry 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

Director Rosemary Olas

Rosemary Olas Show Me Sound Chours

I was introduced to Sweet Adelines when I responded to an email from a colleague at work. One visit and I was hooked, not just on the music but also the incredible friendships. I’ve been an active member of Show Me Sound chorus since 2002 and a dual member with the Kansas City Chorus since 2013. Singing tenor with Show Me Sound, I moved to bass when I joined the Kansas City Chorus and am now once again singing tenor in Kansas City and in a quartet.

 

Over the years I’ve served as Team Leader for Show Me Sound, Finance Coordinator and later Events Coordinator in Region 7, Coordinator for Regional Competition in Region 5, tenor section leader and performance chair for Kansas City Chorus. In January 2018, I found myself learning a whole new role as chorus director as a result of a conversation with another chorus member. What a blessing this has been and continues to be. I believe in striving for musical excellence and am so proud of our small chorus and the hard work they deliver toward that goal.

 

 

 

Sound Celebration Chorus - Springfield, IL

Harmony 500 Director Terry Ludwig

Terry Ludwig Sound Celebration Chorus

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

Director Christina Busby

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Christina joined St. Louis Harmony in 2010 and has sung every part in the chorus. While in a quartet called, Executive Suites, they received the Region 5 Novice Quartet Award.

 

Chris graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She led the chorus on the International stage in Las Vegas in the Harmony Classic competition and can't wait to see what the future has in store!

 

 

 

 

Topeka Acapella Unlimited Chorus - Topeka, KS

Harmony 500 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, Pizzazz, is the 2018 12th Place International Quartet

 

 

Vocal Standard Chorus

Master 600 Director Rob Mance

Rob Mance Vocal Standard Chorus

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

 

Rob 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, KS, where he also maintains a private voice studio.

 

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

 

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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