Keeping the Director of each merging chorus was a smart move. They
work extremely well together and each offers different areas of expertise. Together they have created a synergy that has spread throughout the chorus. Read on for details about their individual experiences and what each delivers to make Capital City Sound a wonderful chorus in which to sing.
Jerrie has been a member of Sweet Adelines for many years.
It is one of the main joys of her life. She was a Charter Member of the Snowbird Chorus in Bozeman, MT and served 6 years as Assistant Director (1982-1987) and 10 years as Director (1987-1997). She received the Novice Director award in 1992 at a Region 24 Contest. She and the Snowbird Chorus earned 2nd place in the small chorus division in 1992, 1995, and 1996.
From 1999-2001, Jerrie
directed the Idaho Falls Chorus during which time they earned 5th place in 1999 and 3rd place in the small chorus division in 2001. With Treasure Valley Showtime Chorus, from the time she began directing in 2002, the chorus earned two 5th place medals, one 4th place medal, 2nd place in the small chorus division, and 2nd place in the mid-size chorus division.
In addition to directing, Jerrie
was a dual chorus member with Bridger Mountain Harmony Chorus in Bozeman, MT and competed in Regional Competition. Later, she became a dual member with Five Valley Chorus in Missoula, MT and traveled from her home in Idaho to attend rehearsals. She won a coveted position on their Front Line, and she competed in 8 regional competitions and 4 International competitions with them. The International competitions took her to Detroit, Calgary, Nashville, and Houston.
To say that music has shaped her
life is an understatement. She began with 5 years of piano lessons, trained in dance for 14 years, and taught dance for another 4 years. She has created choreography for her choruses and still has all the right moves! She served on Region 24's Musical Team from 1992 until 2013 when Region 24 choruses were shifted to other regions. She was the Region's Director Certification Program Coordinator from 2003-2013 and has herself been a Certified Director since 1999.
Jerrie continues to learn and expand her horizons. She
attends multiple Sweet Adeline workshops every year. She attended Director's Schools in Tulsa and Puerto Vallarta, went to Northwest Harmony College and the AHA Symposium, and much, much more. She also attended three men's music schools, coached Bozeman's Chord Rustler men's chorus and men's quartets. We are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable, dedicated Director/Choreographer for our Chorus!
Andy's musical training is
rooted in classical opera, and in his earlier days he appeared on stage in various operatic roles. He took Master Classes with Dale Moore (former president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, professor emeritus Eastman School of Music), Shirley Emmons (author, vocal technique coach), and world-renowned Alma Thomas. He was thrilled to attend a week-long vocal workshop with Richard Miller at Oberlin Conservatory in 1999.
Although his first love was opera, he discovered barbershop
and his path changed dramatically! He has been singing barbershop for over thirty years, and has directed barbershop choruses for over 25 years. He currently sings with the Boise Chordsmen, District Champions in 2013. He has his own quartet, Signature Sound, in which he has sung both lead and baritone. Signature Sound won first place at the District Competition in 2013. He also performs solo, directs the Whitney United Methodist Chancel Choir, and gives private voice lessons.
Shortly after the turn of the millennium, Andy was asked to
direct Syringa Sound Chorus. At the time, the "chorus" was a loose collection of singers who aspired to become a Sweet Adeline chorus and compete in regional competition. That group of singers grew--both in number and musical ability. Syringa Sound chartered in August, 2010. Andy won the Novice Director's Award in 2011 at his first Sweet Adelines regional contest in Spokane. He has since directed the chorus at contests in 2012 and 2013. Since becoming involved with women's barbershop, he has coached the quartet Special Edition. He attended the Idaho Gold Nugget Regional School, the "Sing Your Part Smart" workshop, and in 2013 he received official certification with Sweet Adelines after successfully completing the Director Certification Program. He has learned the differences between women's and men's barbershop and continues to coach both genders.
Andy has a Bachelor's degree
in Vocal Performance from Boise State University with special emphasis and strong background experience in vocal pedagogy, and he has taken some classes towards his Master's degree. With the merger of his and Jerrie's choruses, he is now teaching our 40+ members vocal skills and techniques as if we were students in his private voice lesson classes. He's perfectly willing to let Jerrie handle the choreography while he creates learning tracks for many songs in the chorus repertoire.
Two Directors Create Amazing Harmony