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Chorus Director Certification
Director Certification is a formal training program by the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA) to recognize and develop directors to be uniquely qualified to direct choruses in the barbershop style. Since our style of singing is unique from other types of choral a cappella mens music, it is appropriate that a director study the barbershop style, vocal techniques, contest judging program, barbershop history, and leadership skills.

Director Certification is divided into six levels of accomplishment. The purposes of the program include:

  • encourage chorus directors (front-line directors, assistant or associate directors, and directors-in-waiting) to develop a common and essential set of directorial skills
  • instill a habit of life-long learning in chorus directors
  • honor and celebrate directors who undertake the study and discipline to pursue the course of study
Courses are available at DC/HC, some at District HEP Schools and some by home study. Details of the requirements for each level are presented below as well as a link to the current Application Form (2005).

For specific questions, contact the Vice Chair for Certification on the Chorus Director Development Committee:
David Gelb
812-882-5131
dgelbbbs@charter.net


Here's our list of Certified Directors

Level 6
 
Level 5
  • Fred King - 1999
  • Jay Butterfield - 2000
Level 4
  • Robin Blythe - 2003
  • John Hohl - 2003
  • Ed Ostrum - 2002
  • Tony Petro - 2001
  • Tony Russo 2002
  • Jan-Ake Westin 2002
  • Tom Wiener 2002
  • Level 3
    • Chuck Lower 1999
    • Eric Jackson - 2000
    • Ron Knickerbocker -2000
    • Richie Lavene - 2000
    • Chris Bechtler - 2001
    • Don Follmer - 2001
    • Roger Tarpy 2002
    • Bill Oppenheim - 2002
    • Maurice DeBar 2002
    • Anastasio "Stache" Rossi - 2002
  • Jason Thompson - 2002
  • Lori Ludlum - 2003
  • Alex Klebenow - 2003
  • Bill Eberius - 2003
  • Bud Miller - 2003
  • Ken Lacy - 2003
  • Michael Burkhart - 2003
  • Sally A. Wolfe - 2004
  • Terry Reynolds - 2004
  • Joe Hunter - 2005
  • Level 2
     
    Level 1
  • George Feldner - 2005

  • Here are some links to further describe the program and answer your questions:
    Course Requirements

    Application Form


    The following links are provided as background information only.
    These were pertinent to the program prior to 2005:

    The Director Certification Program - what does it mean to get certified?

    Frequently Asked Questions



    For questions and information about these programs contact:
    Glenn Phillips
    M-AD District VP for Chorus Director Development
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