If you are interested in becoming an adult mentor and chaperone for the 2018 Lakeside A cappella Camp, please contact Camp Director, Sky Harris at email@example.com for more information.
2017 Faculty & Staff (Stay tuned for 2018 announcement):
Darin Drown (Clinician - Guys' Chorus) was introduced to Barbershop watching his father sing in The Chordial Celebration quartet. While a trumpet major at the University of Nebraska, Darin founded a college quartet, The Four Hoarsemen, who competed in the first-ever International Collegiate Quartet contest in New Orleans in 1992. Darin has taught music professionally for the past 28 years; he is currently the Director of Vocal Music at Grandview High School in Aurora, CO. Darin has also directed the six-time International medalist chorus, Sound of the Rockies. Darin spends what little free time he has with his wonderful family – wife, Jenny; son, Colin; and daughter, Mary.
Kris Adams (Clinician - Girls' Chorus) graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Music Education. She is a second-generation barbershopper and a two-time International Champion, once in 2003 with Hot Topic and again in 2012 with Epic. She teaches music in Fairfax County, Virginia and in addition to her passion for barbershop she also love opera! She is mom to third-generation barbershoppers, William and Claire, and wife to Rob. Epic loves William because he is Epic’s 1st mascot, Claire because she was in her mommy’s belly when they won those sparkly crowns, and Rob because he makes the best rehearsal snacks.
Joe Connelly (Lakeside Professor Emeritus - Combined Chorus) is a barbershop quartet lead singer, competition judge, chorus director, and full-time coach for various barbershop quartets. Connelly is the first man ever to have become a Barbershop Harmony Society International Championship gold medalist four times, first with Interstate Rivals in 1987 at the age of 22, then with Keepsake in 1992, with Platinum in 2000, and with Old School in 2011. Joe is the son of international quartet medalist Mike Connelly, baritone of "The Roaring 20's". Joe directed the Southern Gateway chorus from 2008 until 2014. He currently lives in northern California, and coaches men's and women's barbershop quartets and choruses around the world full-time, becoming one of the few barbershoppers who has managed to turn his hobby into a profession.
Sky Harris (Camp Director) is a second-generation barbershopper and is the Assistant Director of the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus (Sweet Adelines, International), Director of Harmonic Collective (Barbershop Harmony Society), and Co-Director of Scarlet (YWIH Chorus). Sky also sings tenor with the SAI Region 15 quartet, Revolution, is a member of the SAI Region 15 Education Faculty and serves as Regional Co-Coordinator for Youth Programming in Region 15. A music teacher in Liverpool, NY, Sky teaches middle school and high school chorus and general music, as well as high school marching band, and has been a choral and instrumental clinician and adjudicator on the East coast for the past 18 years. Sky has been recognized as a Quarter-Finalist for the first ever GRAMMY Foundation Music Educator Award, as the 2015 Sweet Adelines, International/National Association for Music Education Award Recipient for dedication to both music education and the preservation of the barbershop art form through youth programming, and in 2016, Sky was appointed to serve as one of three Young Women In Harmony Program Coordinators for Sweet Adelines, International.
It has been an unbelievable journey for the 2010 International 1st Place Quartet Champions. The 2002 Rocky Mountain District champs made nine trips to the International contest stage, including Top 10 finishes each of the past six years. But on July 3, 2010, after a week of competition against the best Barbershop quartets in the world, Storm Front was awarded the elusive Gold medal!
For these four guys, Jeff Selano (tenor), Jim Clark (lead), Darin Drown (bari), and Syd Libsack (bass), the love of barbershop and great entertainment has blended to create show-stopping performances. They have been blessed to see tremendous success in their efforts. They are thankful to all the chapters and individuals who have supported them, and are most especially thankful to their families and friends for the love and encouragement they provide.
They hope to be around for years to come. Visit their website to find out more about their hilarious brand of barbershop!
Epic is proudly and humbly affiliated with Harmony, Inc., an epic sisterhood that aims to “empower all women through education, friendship and a cappella singing in the barbershop style.”
We started making some Epic noise in early 2011, when Chris and Kris starting digging around for singers with a different first name. We found Anne, who is sufficiently loud. And we found Shana, who is, indeed, a former Miss Maryland.
We like Epic shoes, Epic tags and Epic rehearsals.
2012 Harmony, Inc., Area 2 quartet champions
“It’s Epic” nominated for CARA Barbershop Album of the Year, Song of the Year (Cruella)
2012 and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes first runners up
First Runners Up of The A Cappella Sing-Off in 2013
2012 Harmony, Inc. Harmony Queens
Visit their website to find out more!