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Nancy Bergman

Nancy Bergman, Master Arranger, is the "Nancy B" of Nancy B Music. Her arrangements are acclaimed far and wide...known for their ease of execution and musical excellence. Although her main focus is designing music for the members of Sweet Adelines International and other women's barbershop harmony organizations throughout the world, the gentlemen of the barbershop world also appreciate her translations to their deeper voice resonance.

Nancy began arranging in 1951 under the guidance of Floyd Connett, mentor and quartet coach. After 50+ years of devoted service to Sweet Adelines as a quartet singer (Queen of Harmony), chorus director, judge, international faculty, international board of directors, managing director of the Sweet Adelines headquarters office (1957-1968)...she was honored with the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

You will find listed on this website the many arrangements written by Nancy during the last 50+ years. And she's not finished...she continues to turn out fine arrangements regularly.

Joni Bescos

Joni joined Sweet Adelines International (Sweet Adelines, Inc., at the time) in 1958. Since that time, she distinguished herself while making a major impact on virtually every aspect of this craft.

As director of the Verdugo Hills Chorus (Glendale, CA) from 1966 to 1986, Joni led the chorus to eight regional championships and five international medals. As a quartet performer, she won one bronze (1973) and two silver (1975 and 1976) medals as baritone of the Chansonniers. She sang tenor with 4 for the Show, winning the coveted International Championship in 1984. Joni also won one silver and three gold medals as a member of the acclaimed Rich-Tone Chorus, which she joined in 1989. In 2000, the Rich-Tones honored her with a lifetime membership in the chorus.

Joni excelled in the judging program, as well, attaining the rank of Certified Judge in three of the four categories-Music, Sound, and Expression. Although it has undergone minor revisions since first publication, she was the original author of the current Judging Category Description Booklet. Joni was appointed to the International Faculty upon its formation in 1963, and has attained the highest rank available, that of Certified International Faculty.

Dave Briner

Dave Briner has been writing barbershop arrangements for over 40 years, many of which have been published by the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has written extensively for both men's and women's voices, some 8-part charts for both together, and a few for female soloist with male or female chorus backup.

His charts for men have been sung by The Sidewinders, Far Westerners, 139th Street Quartet, Nightlife, Metropolis, Saturday Evening Post, Storm Front, Revival, and Platinum quartets, and by the Masters Of Harmony, Phoenicians, Spirit Of Phoenix, Southern Gateway, and Great America choruses.

Jim Clancy

Jim Clancy, in his tenure as musical director of The Vocal Majority Chorus has built an international reputation as composer, arranger, clinician, and vocalist. Clancy has conducted the Chorus in performances throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland, England, before two United States Presidents, at national athletic events, with major symphony orchestras, and before hundreds of national conventions. Eleven-time International Gold Medal winners of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the reputation of The Vocal Majority Chorus is a reflection of the man who has served as its primary director for more than 35 years. Jim Clancy is often called upon as a coach with national and international choral groups, having conducted multiple concerts for the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference.

Renee Craig

Renee Craig, whose musical career started almost as soon as she could walk on stage, brings an inexhaustible energy to everything she does. She has extensive experience in the jazz, pop and barbershop styles and is a composer, vocal arranger, conductor, soloist, group singer and pianist, specializing in both commercial and amateur projects.

In the barbershop world, Renee has done just about everything musical. Acknowledged to be one of the most prominent vocal groups in the history of barbershop style harmony, Renee's quartet, the Cracker Jills, became International Champions, traveled the barbershop "circuit" for twenty years with Renee as lead singer and arranger. The "Jills" played a significant role in the development of the style and sound of barbershop harmony as we know it today. The Cracker Jills recorded three albums during their career that remain an enduring example of accomplishments. A re-release of selections drawn from these albums has renewed their popularity.

Aaron Dale

Born and raised in Kentucky, Aaron spent several of his high school years in Germany due to his father's contracting work for the U.S. Government. After a semester at Western Kentucky University, he went to Birmingham, England, to serve a two-year mission for the Mormon Church. Returning to the United States, he enrolled in the University of Kentucky, where he met his wife-to-be, Samantha. They were married in June of 1999 and honeymooned at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention in Anaheim.

Aaron's arranging breakthrough came when Mark Hale started referring top quartets to him. OC Times came to him needing new material for the 2005 Salt Lake City International Contest and Aaron provided five songs for them. OC Times made hits of Aaron's arrangements of "Good Luck Charm," "Honey (Open That Door) / Hey Good Lookin' Medley," "Save The Last Dance For Me / Sway Medley," Elvis Presley's "Love Me" and Paul Anka's "Put Your Head On My Shoulder." The quartet added a sixth Aaron Dale arrangement, "Stormy Weather," the following summer in Indianapolis. This summer in Denver, OC Times will debut four more Aaron Dale charts on the International stage.

Tom Gentry

A former member of the Society's music department, Tom is one of the barbershop world's most sought-after arrangers. Many of his arrangements have been published by the Society.

He joined the Barberhop Harmony Society in 1969 and has taken part in numerous quartet and chorus contests. His quartet Friends of Old competed in the 1982 International Contest in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been a member of two choruses that were fourth-place medalists at the international level, the Houston Tidelanders (1970) and the San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus (1973).

Tom is a graduate of Kalamazoo (Michigan) College, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He is currently a member of chapters in Akron and Canton, Ohio.

He became a certified Arrangement judge in 1979 and served on the category's Board of Review in 1983-84 before joining the Kenosha staff. Tom is also a former Music Category Specialist. His main non-barbershop passions are swing dancing and volleyball refereeing.

Val Hicks

He was born to Inez Holdaway and Val Dunn Hicks in Provo, Utah, February 6, 1933. He had many years of paralysis beginning at age eight, so his life has not been easy.

Dr. Hicks was an active alum of South High School, graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree, then a master's degree from University of Southern California, and obtained a doctorate in music from the University of Utah. Val loved music, thanks to his musical mother, Armont Willardsen at South High School, and SPEBSQSA.

At age 18 he became a member of SPEBSQSA (barbershop quartet singing). Val sang, directed choruses, served as an international judge, and coached quartets. He was invited by the Smithsonian Institute to create a special music section on barbershop quartet singing. Val composed many songs and also arranged thousands. (His arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner has been performed at the Super Bowl and elsewhere).

Clay Hine

Clay Hine has been an avid barbershop musician and arranger since about 6 months before he was born. He is a native Chicagoan, but has lived in the Atlanta Metro area since graduating from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering.

His early arrangements were for the purpose of helping Atlanta-area and Dixie District quartets and choruses, but he soon had requests nationwide from internationally competing choruses and quartets. Clay has arranged music for: Keepsake, PLATINUM, FRED, Four Voices, Riptide, Backbeat, Marquis, Nightlife, BSQ, Max Q, Bank Street, State Line Grocery, Overture, Sound Standard, Svelte Brothers, and many other internationally renowned groups. Clay's arrangement of Cuddle Up a Little Closer, as sung by Platinum at the 2000 international competition, remains the highest scoring quartet performance in the history of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Rudy Partin

Rudy Partin was a long-time Barbershopper and lover of a cappella harmony. With a gift for music planted deep into his soul by God, Rudy used his talents as a singer, arranger and director to bring his music to thousands, including directing his own chorus on the international stage in Barbershop competitions in the late 1980s. Such was Rudy's gift that many who knew him would tell you that he could hear a song on the radio and write it out note-perfect as the song was playing! Growing up in North Carolina, Rudy was always attracted to 'Southern Gospel' music and the exciting harmonies created by the many touring families, quartets and trios that often played in the area. Why this attraction to southern gospel music? He wasn't sure. His focus had been primarily on secular music all his life, particularly in his specialty of male four-part harmony, until his alcoholism stripped him of everything--his family, his job, and his music.

David Wright

David Wright has become one of the most influential musicians in the history of the BHS. He has researched the origins of barbershop harmony and, since 1986, has been teaching a course on the history of the style at the BHS annual Harmony University. Also at that educational event, David's tag-singing class has become a "must" for barbershop enthusiasts.

As a composer, arranger and historian David has been featured in national radio and TV broadcasts at home and abroad, and has authored several articles on barbershop harmony and its role in the world of vocal harmony. His work often integrates the "close harmony" style with jazz, blues, gospel, country, doo-wop and contemporary a cappella. David has been on the leadership team of the St. Charles Missouri Ambassadors of Harmony since 1981, serving as Director from 1981 to 1990, and again from 1999 to 2001. He now serves as Associate Director.

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