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Heralded as the “father of contemporary a cappella”, Deke Sharon is an American singer, arranger, composer, director, producer and teacher of a cappella music. Producer of The Sing Off, music arranger for the film The Social Network and arranger, on-site musical director and vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, Deke has worked with everyone in a cappella from Pentatonix to Anna Kendrick, as well as founding several a cappella programmes.
Young Women in Harmony:
Sandi Wright – Showmanship
Contemporary, honest and down-to-earth, Sandi brings her lifelong love of barbershop to members of barbershop organisations (Sweet Adelines International, the Barbershop Harmony Society and Harmony Incorporated) as well as pageant participants, youth harmony festivals, show choirs and a cappella jazz choirs. She has a rare ability to communicate with every level of musician – the brand new singer to the most seasoned teacher. Sandi especially loves working with young women, “When young people hear their first overtone and get excited at locking a chord, I relive that same thrill with them.” Sandi was active in beginning the Young Women In Harmony program, and organized the Sweet Teens, a group of singers from the gang-infested areas of urban northside St. Louis, sponsored by Sweet Adelines International and Girls Incorporated.
Paula is currently the President-Elect Paula Davis is honoured to soon be serving as our Sweet Adelines International President. She is also a member of the International Board of Directors, a Certified Expression Judge, and International Faculty Member as well a Chorus and Quartet Coach. Paula also serves as the Musical Director of Song of Seattle Chorus in Seattle, Washington. A High School Choir Director for 15 years, she now enjoys teaching, serving, singing and fun with Sweet Adelines around the world. It is her passion and purpose to encourage and inspire women to discover and give their best in every performance and throughout life.
Betty Clipman – Sound
“Joining Sweet Adelines and a quartet revolutionised my life. Becoming an International Quartet Champion brought me so much more than a gold medal and a crown! It seemed to permanently alter my DNA. Good singing became my passion, my avocation and eventually my career. No matter how much I volunteer my time and knowledge to Sweet Adelines as a judge, faculty member, committee member, Queens’ College faculty and/or coach, I’ll never be able to give back more than I’ve received from being a member of Sweet Adelines and the Coronet Club.”
Sharon Babb – Music
Sharon has been an active and devoted Sweet Adeline since 1969. She was the co-director of the High Country Chorus when they won the International Chorus Championship in Honolulu. She has also directed Skyline, Mountain Melody, and Colorado Spirit! She has also served as a chapter and regional administrative leader, a member of the Region 8 faculty, a certified judge in both sound and music, a past judge specialist in Sound, the current judge specialist in Music, a member of the Education Direction Committee, the first master faculty member, a past International Board member, the 2013 Life-Time Achievement honoree, and a chorus and quartet coach.
Marcia Pinvidic (Current SAI President) – Expression
In the 36 years that Marcia has been a Sweet Adeline, she has steadily developed an extraordinary set of music and people skills, a commanding presence, a signature style and engaging humour, an ear that hears everything and a toolkit that allows her to bring out the best singer each of us has within. She is a visionary with a remarkable ability to create a mural, one brush stroke at a time. Whether it be in her role as director, coach, judge, judge specialist or international music faculty associate, the essence of Marcia is her generous soul – she gives and gives with love, passion and a profound respect for others. Though she would never see it this way, by letting her light shine, she allows each of us to do the same.
Young Men in Harmony:
Matthew Gifford – Singing
Bass singer for the 2014 International Champion Quartet, the Musical Island Boys, Matthew Gifford is an acclaimed coach and vocal clinician who is sought after across the globe. As a singing judge within the Barbershop Harmony Society, Matthew is called on to judge contests across the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Currently a musical advisor to the New Zealand’s Men’s Champion chorus, Vocal FX, Matthew also serves as Vice-President to Barbershop Harmony New Zealand.
David Wright – Music
David, from St. Louis, Missouri, is an arranger and composer of vocal music. He specializes in vocal harmony, especially barbershop harmony, but his work often integrates the close harmony style with jazz, blues, gospel, country, doo-wop, and contemporary a cappella. He is Associate Director and two-time former director for the St. Charles Ambassadors of Harmony, a 150-voice male chorus which won the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Chorus Contest in 2004, 2009, and 2012, and the silver medal in 2007 and 2008. He has researched the origins of barbershop harmony and is regarded as one of the preeminent barbershop arrangers of all time.
Third judge to be announced soon
Flights: Domestic and International flights to Auckland Airport (AKL) which is 20km from Aotea Centre
Train: Train to Britomart Station which is 1.4km from the Aotea Centre
Bus: Bus to Skycity, Victoria Street which is 500m from the Aotea Centre
Car: The Civic Carpark is situated underneath Aotea Centre for under-covered paid parking. Paid street parking is also available within working distance.
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