Barbershop Harmony Australia would like to introduce you to our first ever Education Faculty. This is an education program for choruses designed to come right to your own back yard, which will give each club a more personal and tailored educational experience.
What is the Education Faculty? This is a group of some of Australia’s finest Barbershop Specialists with loads of experience and successes in their own right. They will be working with BHA to help build stronger clubs through vocal, musical and management skills that they will teach you. The Education Faculty will also be an ear for BHA to bring your feedback to help us devise more successful conventions, workshops and Harmony Universities in the future.
The best part for you… This will be a funded visit by BHA which means no coaching, or travel expenses come out of your clubs budget and you will receive one of these visits every year from the Education Faculty. An Education Faculty member will be assigned to each club shortly and will make contact to organise a time to come and visit you.
Education Faculty of 2017
Alex Morris: Alex completed a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the University of Western Australia in 2009 and since then been active with orchestras and other arts companies and festivals. He recently completed a contract as Concert and Workshop Coordinator with Orchestra Victoria. Alex is Music Director of Vocal Evolution, leading them to three Barbershop Harmony Australia (BHA) gold medals. An active quartet singer, he has represented BHA at an international level with The Mellow Diners from Melbourne and is currently singing with BHA gold medalists, Lockout. Since moving to Melbourne, Alex has taken on the role of Music Director with Geelong Harmony Chorus (Sweet Adelines Australia) as well as Music Director and Co-Producer of Shania Choir. Alex currently holds the positions of Chairman of the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges, BHA VP Contest & Judging and is a member of the Sweet Adelines Australia Regional Education Faculty. In 2013, Alex became the first non-North American certified Barbershop Harmony Society Music Judge. A sought after arranger, Alex is regularly commissioned to write new arrangements and sells his work to ensembles around the world. He has a passion for education and loves nothing more than to share the joy of singing and his love of this art form wherever he has the pleasure of visiting.
Ash Schofield: Ash has 14 years experience performing barbershop music and is Currently an Assistant Director at Vocal Evolution and Lead with 2015 Gold Medal Quartet, Lockout. He has been an International representative twice in both quartet and chorus. Ash is also an Performance judge in the AGBJ. When working with a group I like to find and explore the "why?" of what they're doing. It can be as broad as an overall plan or theme, or as intensively detailed as getting into the delivery of every single word of a song.
Bec Hewitt: Bec has been actively involved in music and performance for 20 years as a soloist, band vocalist and choral singer. She has been involved in barbershop for 13 years during which she has participated as a chorus member, a vocal teacher, a coach, a quartet singer, a director and as a Singing Judge in the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges.
Bec is the lead in the 6 time national Sweet Adeline's champion quartet, Hi-Jinx, and is a member of the Sweet Adeline's Regional Education Faculty.
In her ‘life outside of Barbershop’ she runs her own business, Just Sing! teaching voice and performance to singers of all ages and all styles. Bec and her husband live in Perth with their 2 ginger cats and we love to travel – often for Barbershop!!
Bec loves working with singers and groups and helping them to find their inner voice and realise their potential.
Dan Millgate: Dan is one of Australia’s most recognised and most successful quartet singers, having won the BHA National Quartet Gold Medal four times. Dan is a certified Performance Category Judge, and was past Singing Category Specialist from 2004-2015, which has seen him in the judging pit at four International contests, and he regularly serves as a judge at BHA and BHNZ events.
His significant lengthy and varied barbershop experience enables him to work with male, female and mixed choruses and quartets of all levels on all aspects of performance. He has directed choruses in both Barbershop Harmony Australia and Sweet Adelines Australia.
Gareth Hearne: After a childhood singing in choirs, Gareth found barbershop harmony at 14 on a music scholarship at Churchlands Senior High School, joining Vocal Evolution the following year. Throughout his Bachelor’s degrees in music (clarinet performance with honours in musicology) and science (physics and applied mathematics) Gareth held the role of baritone section leader, and later, assistant director for VE. Having relocated to Sydney to work on his PhD in music cognition, Gareth is currently Sydney Harmony’s assistant director. He is a certified Music Judge and expert on music theory and tuning, and an experienced chorus and quartet singer (most notably as baritone of The Grand Angus). Gareth’s teaching is comprehensive, innovative and informed.
Ian Mulholland: Ian has been involved in music from an early age. He can play most brass instruments, piano and guitar. In addition he has mastered music theory and musicianship at a high level. A barbershopper since 1987, Ian has done it all. He has directed choruses, written over fifty song arrangements (and published the Great Australian Barbershop Songbook), sung in two BHA champion quartets and the BHA champion chorus, representing BHA at International level seven times. He helped form the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges, and is a qualified Music Judge. He has served on the boards of BHA and Western Region, and is currently BHA President and a Life Member.
Jen Howson: Jen has been a Barbershopper since 1998. She has sung both Bass and Lead in quartet and chorus. Jen has been to 12 men’s international conventions and 4 women’s conventions where she has competed and finished 6th, 2nd, 4th and 4th respectively. Jen is an avid quartetter and has been placed as high as 3rd in Australia. She is an international coach and mentor. She has recently been put in charge of the BHA MC program and is a candidate judge in the performance category for the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judges. Jen is proud to be co-founder of Vocalescence Sweet Adeline Chorus in Queensland. She is both the Assistant Director and Artistic Director for this chorus. Jen is on the Education Faculty for both Sweet Adeleines Australia and Barbershop Harmony Australia. Jen thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with people to help them be the best singer and performer they can be. She lives in Queensland with her husband and three beautiful children and allows her job as Admin Support at a top accounting firm get in the way of her barbershop by day.
Jonathan Bligh: Jonathan is a Vocal Coach, Music Director and Secondary School Teacher of Music. He is currently studying a Master of Music through the Westminster Choir College in the USA. He has a Bachelor of Music (Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide), Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Adelaide) and a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London). Jonathan has worked with many ensembles as a singer and director including singing as a core member of world renowned Adelaide Chamber Singers (Winners of the Choir of the World at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen 2013). He is the founder and director of the multi-award winning Festival Statesmen. Jonathan has also directed a number of musicals including Footloose, Les Miserables, Gypsy and Spring Awakening. Jonathan was Head of Vocal Studies at The Scot's College (Sydney) and previously worked as a senior music teacher in the Selective Entry Performing Arts Program at Charles Campbell Secondary School (Adelaide).
Kieran O'Dea: Kieran is a music teacher from Adelaide, South Australia, and has been involved with BHA since 2007. Having won three national youth golds, and represented Australia in multiple quartet and chorus competitions overseas, Kieran is well versed in what it takes to excel at barbershop. Kieran is also currently the category specialist for Australia's Music Judges, as well as being the Vice president of Youth Development for Barbershop Harmony Australia and the Music Director of Adelaide Vocal Union.
Richard Reeve: With a background in musical theatre and choir singing, Richard Reeve discovered barbershop in 2003 with Sydney Harmony. He then spent a decade with multiple national champion chorus, Vocal Evolution, in Perth including serving in roles of Marketing VP, Membership VP and Music VP as well as guiding the chorus as President to a maiden national gold medal in 2009. He has won national quartet gold medals with Alliance and TLA and has represented Australia numerous times at BHS International in both quartet and chorus competitions. Richard is also a judge in the Performance category, served on the BHA National Council as Membership VP from 2011 to 2015, has been Music Director for the Brisbane River City Clippers since 2015, and currently sings with national bronze medallist quartet, Catalyst.
Rob Sequeira: Rob is a multi-instrumentalist with roots in percussion, string and woodwinds. He’s played drums, piano and sung lead vocals in big-bands and jazz quintets around the traps in Sydney and San Francisco. Rob teaches drums, piano, guitar and a cappella singing. He’s coached a cappella quartets and choruses in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Australia. Rob co-led Voices in Harmony to an International BHS 3rd place bronze medal in 2008. Rob has sung with international level quartets and choruses and is the founded and music director of Vox Canvas, an up and coming a cappella group in Sydney, Australia.
Vicki Dwyer: Vicki has 20 years barbershop experience and is a specialist vocal coach, unlocking the tools to achieve vocal freedom and skills for all singers of all ages. Understands and appreciates the nuances of the barbershop style to help you interpret your music in a way that shows off your skills. She has an associate diploma in music with combined major in piano and singing. Vicki is a Master Director for the Circular Keys chorus and also directs Sydney Harmony. Vicki has a substantial background in both classical and theatre as well as barbershop.