Adam (Scott)

 

Adam owns a private music studio in northern Utah. He holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from Utah State University. Previous to this he worked as music educator and editor of music publications for the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has collaborated with composers and arrangers including Dr. Kirby Shaw and Deke Sharon. Adam has sung every part in many different ensembles, and sings bass with Switch.

Adam has written and/or arranged over five hundred pieces of music, including over a hundred barbershop arrangements for quartets and choruses. His classical music is sung by many High Schools and colleges in North America. He is published by MusicSpoke, Music House Publications, and his own private studio.

Adam lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his wife Bethany and four (loud) boys.

Andrew (Rembecki)

 

Andrew is a singing judge candidate, director, voice teacher, singer, and middle school choral teacher. He began singing barbershop in 2004, inspired by his high school music teacher.

He continued to grow in his barbershop experience and joined Central Standard in 2008. He is currently the Assistant Director of Central Standard, who earned 2ndplace in the 2016 International Chorus Competition. Andrew graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, and again from Northwest in 2013 with a Master of Science in Education.

He has been a music educator since 2013 and currently teaches choral music at Antioch Middle School in the North Kansas City School District in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew currently coaches groups within the Central States District and has been the clinician for Youth In Harmony events in the Midwest.

Andrew resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Chacey, who also sings barbershop and teaches elementary music.

Charlotte (Murray)

 

A high school music educator for 19 years, Charlotte hails from Wellington, New Zealand, where she first discovered a love of barbershop after hearing visiting International Quartet Champions, Second Edition, in her final years of high school. When she returned to her old high school Tawa College as a teacher in 1998, she took over the barbershop programme.

Today she has 120 high school students involved in weekly barbershop chorus or quartet singing. Her past students include Musical Island Boys, the 2014 BHS International Quartet Champions. In her region Charlotte is heavily involved in organising and leading barbershop workshops and competitions for high school students.

Charlotte is a BHS Master Director and the co-founder and co-director of International 6th placed chorus, Vocal FX. Charlotte is a Performance Judge for the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges and is a Performance Category Candidate Judge for the BHS. She has also been involved in delivering director training for Barbershop Harmony New Zealand since 2008.

Doug (Harrington)

 

Doug began singing at the age of four with his three older brothers. The Harrington Brothers joined the Barbershop Harmony Society when Doug was ten and went on to place in the top five internationally twice. Doug is the youngest international quartet medalist (1984, age 15) and one of the youngest international quartet champions (The Second Edition, 1989, age 20).

Since 1989 Doug has become a top coach for solo recording artists and ensembles, specializing in facilitating musical flow and natural delivery of songs through interpretation and phrasing.

In 2007 Doug founded the choir Zero8 and served as their head musical director for 9 years. He led Zero8 to many Nordic, European and global awards and in 2014 earned the title of Master Director for his achievements with Zero8. The choir has toured in throughout Europe and has released five critically acclaimed albums.

He is now in the process of starting up the men's choir MaleVox in the UK together with his friend and vocal-music guru Duncan Whinyates.

Doug has served as faculty at Europa Cantat, BHS's Harmony University and BABS’ Harmony College and is thrilled to be a first-time faculty member here at the BinG! Harmony College!

Gary (Plaag)

 

Gary lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and is a 33-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He was a member of the Alexandria Harmonizers for 29 years, having earned four International chorus gold medals. Gary is a Mid-Atlantic District quartet champion and a five-time international quartet contest participant.

 

Gary has served a three-year term (2012-2014) as a Member-At-Large of the BHS Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Harmony Foundation International Board of Trustees and is the Contest and Judging Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic District. Gary has been a Certified BHS Performance/Presentation Judge since 1998. Gary is an active international chorus and quartet coach, working with youth and adult, male, female and mixed quartets and choruses in the US, Canada, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Gary has served on the faculty at the BHS Harmony University for 17 years, as well as at harmony college events at BinG!, Holland Harmony, Barbershop Harmony New Zealand and Barbershop Harmony Australia.

 

Professionally, Gary is a self-employed communication, presentation and public speaking skills coach, management consultant, and owner of Couragio Consulting (www.couragio.com), a business he started in 1998, following a twenty-year information technology management career.

Helen (Lappert)

 

Helen directs three choirs, teaches singing and performs. The daughter of a jazz singer, granddaughter of a famous violinist and niece of the founder of the Chopin Society, Helen’s DNA is pure music. At school, she was inspired by her singing teacher and choir leader, with whom she performed on TV, radio and at international Eisteddfods.
In 1998, she joined the LABBS chorus Amersham A Cappella as a lead, and after attending BABS Directors College in 2005 she became Amersham’s MD. Since then, she has learned from wonderful musicians including Dr Greg Lyne, Rhiannon Owens-Hall, Doug Harrington, Dr Liz Garnett, Paul Davies, Cindy Hansen, Becki Hine, David & Sandi Wright, Dr. Jim Henry and Dr Chris Peterson. Under Helen’s direction, Amersham A Cappella has won numerous medals including two Golds at LABBS and Silver at European in 2017.
She has sung in several medal winning quartets including LABBS 2008 Gold medalist quartet NoteOrious. Helen also founded Strictly A Cappella, directed Strictly Barbershop (winners of the UK’s inaugural mixed voice barbershop contest 2016), and now sings in two mixed quartets. She coaches across Europe, has many private pupils and has taught at BABS Harmony College and A Cappella Spring Fest.

Hélène (Moëlo)

 

Hélène is a freelance artist and music educator.
Originally from France, she has lived in Germany for many years.
Hélène discovered barbershop her adopted country, where she is already singing in her third quartet, #Hashtag, as tenor. With this quartet she even competed in the German quartet championships at BMF 2018!
She is also the tenor section leader and a member of the music team of No Borders Show Chorus.
As a clinician, a key part of her work is to prepare many choirs for festivals and competitions. She is instructs singing for choir and music festivals in Germany and Europe.
Since her childhood Hélène has made use of solmization daily, especially in her work with choirs, children, and musical educator training.

Jay (Dougherty)

 

Jay is the Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College in Ohio. His doctorate and masters degrees are in choral conducting, from the University of Colorado Boulder.

In the barbershop world Jay is a district champion quartet singer and the former assistant director of the Sound of the Rockies chorus. He also served as the frontline director of the Longs Peak Chorus and the 52eighty Youth Chorus. Under his direction 52eighty took first place in their plateau at the Midwinter convention in 2014. He also directs a Sweet Adelines Chorus in Canton, Ohio, and is a music judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society. Jay is a current faculty member at Harmony University, as well as many other harmony colleges around the United States, where he teaches about tuning and conducting.

He is active as a judge and clinician for both choral festivals and barbershop events. He lives in Marietta, Ohio with his wife and five daughters.

Lucas (Bitzer)

 

Music has been his constant companion since early childhood. In addition to piano lessons and a variety of vocal ensembles at school, at the tender age of ten he joined the children’s chorus of the Oper Frankfurt. Thus it came as no surprise when he co-founded his first barbershop quartet “Halftones” in 2004. From their very first participation in the German barbershop championships in 2008, the Halftones thrilled their audience in a variety of competitions. In 2013 they took the title of European Barbershop Quartet Champions; soon afterward they won two silver medals at the vokal.total International A Cappella festival in Graz.
In recent years Lucas was able to further develop his skills through various advanced training courses. His development was especially shaped by attending in Harmony University in Nashville – as a guest in 2016, as a participant of the Quartet College with “Maelstrom” in 2017, and in the Coaching Apprentice Program for the “Singing” category in 2018. For several years Lucas has intensified his activities in classical vocal music as well, where he is a member of several elite ensembles.
Since earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering Lucas has been a lecturer at MINT-Kolleg Baden-Württemberg.

Matthew (Gifford)

 

Matthew, of New Zealand Māori and Cook Islands Māori descent, resides in the Kāpiti Coast of New Zealand and is a vocal performance and musicianship coach. Matthew is the bass singer of the 2014 International BHS Champion quartet Musical Island Boys, recognised as one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and successful acapella music groups. Matthew is also a founding member and the Assistant Musical Director of Vocal FX, 2016 6thPlace BHS Chorus, and nine-time New Zealand champion chorus.

Matthew recently appeared on New Zealand national television as one of three judges on the country’s first televised acapella show The Naked Choir, and recently was an adjudicator at the Big Sing Festival, New Zealand’s national high school choral contest. Matthew is a regular host of the international webcast of the Barbershop Harmony Society international contest.

He is a certified singing judge in both the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges and the Barbershop Harmony Society, and is currently the Vice President of Barbershop Harmony NZ. Matthew Chairs the BHNZ Education Team and Co-Chairs the Contest & Judging Team.

Matthew works in his own policy and consultancy firm Gifford Reay Consultants, specialising in Māori language, Māori and Pacific education policy and cultural research and development.