Ready? Set. Sing!
For men of all ages in the greater Denver, Colorado metro area ~ four weeks of free voice lessons with expert instruction from world class Sound of the Rockies vocal instructors. This free vocal instruction is being offered each Thursday evening, October 16th through November 6th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University Blvd, Centennial, CO. Dress is casual and no prior singing experience is required. There will be something for everyone, from the beginner singer to the experienced vocal performer, with plenty of fun singing in a group setting!
At a Glance
Jay Dougherty is a professor of choral music at Metropolitan State University Denver. He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting, taught high school choir for seven years in Las Vegas, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in choral conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder. In addition to serving as the baritone section leader in the Sound of the Rockies, Jay holds many other roles within the Barbershop Harmony Society. He is the director of the Longs Peak Chorus and has served as director of the 52eighty Chorus for the past three years. He also serves on the Music and Performance Committee for the society and teaches in the director’s college at Harmony University. As a Music Candidate judge, and baritone of the quartet Surround Sound, he travels around the country performing, organizing youth in harmony camps, and judging singing contests–both barbershop and choral. He lives in Westminster with his wife and four daughters.
Darin Drown is in his 12th year as musical director of Sound of the Rockies and has been instrumental in leading the chorus to international recognition as one of the top performers in the Barbershop Harmony Society. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a music educator for the past 19 years, he is currently the Director of Vocal Music at Grandview High School in Aurora, CO. Darin’s love of barbershop started early, seeing his father, Gary, sing in the Chordial Celebration quartet and the Sugar Valley Singers chorus in Scottsbluff, NE. While a trumpet major at the University of Nebraska, Darin founded a college quartet, The Four Hoarsemen, who would go on to compete in the first-ever International Collegiate Quartet contest held in New Orleans in 1992, and place second. Darin was a member of Freefall, the 1995 Central States District Champion; Crazy Rhythm, the 1999 Rocky Mountain District Champion; and sings baritone for his current quartet, Storm Front, which won the 2002 Rocky Mountain District title, was crowned International Quartet Gold Medal Champion of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2010 and will forever be remembered as one of the funniest and most entertaining quartets of all time. A much sought after coach, Darin spends what free time he has with his wonderful family – wife, Jenny; son, Colin; and daughter, Mary.
Chris Richards is a 26-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society where he has sung and been an active participant in three of the society’s districts: Dixie in the southeast, Cardinal in the midwest, and Rocky Mountain in the west. He is a multi-time international top 5 chorus medalist, and has been a top 10 finisher as a quartet singer. Chris is a BHS certified Singing judge and has maintained his certification for the past 8 years. He maintains an active travel schedule serving as a judge in society competitions which are held across the country. Chris owns and manages a business in his “spare” time. He is married and stays busy keeping up with his wife Rebecca and three boys.
Mary Ann Kehler is a Denver-based voice teacher, audition coach, director and writer. Her students include voice teachers, singers recovering from vocal fold surgery and other trauma, music educators, musical theatre professionals, pop recording artists, lead singers for rock and R&B bands, classical choral soloists, worship leaders, and singer/songwriters. She is co-author of a book on auditioning for college programs, is a musical theatre director with 65 shows to her credit and is Executive Producer of Broadway Training Intensive. Mary Ann was recently named Director of Education for International Voice Teachers of Mix and leads a team that develops training programs for voice teachers. She is presenting in two international voice conferences this year and is delighted to return to Ready, Set, Sing! for the Sound of the Rockies!
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