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If you are interested in becoming an adult mentor and chaperone for the 2020 Lakeside A cappella Camp, please contact Camp Director, Sky Harris at lakesideacappella@gmail.com for more information. 

here’s our 2019 Faculty & Staff (check back for 2020!):

 

Kohl Kitzmiller (Clinician) opened his own learning track and arrangement business, KK Sounds, in the fall of 2015 just after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Music Media Production from Ball State University. He has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 2002 and currently sings with the Greater Indianapolis Chapter, Circle City Sound as well as being the baritone of the 2015 international quartet champion, Instant Classic.

 

 

Joe Connelly (Lakeside Professor Emeritus) 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 an 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 music and has been a choral and instrumental clinician and adjudicator on the East coast for the past 20 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.

 

 

The Quartets

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GQ

GQ is an a cappella and barbershop quartet from Baltimore, MD. Their members are Amanda McNutt, Ali Hauger, Katie Gillis and Katie Macdonald. They sing a variety of styles spanning several decades and are four great friends who have a passion for creating a unique sound.

They formed as an a cappella project in the Summer of 2011 at Towson University. Since then, GQ has competed in various a cappella competitions such as the Harmony Sweepstakes and SingStrong, as well as the Rising Star Contest and International Quartet Contest for Sweet Adelines International. They are the 2013 SingStrong Champions and the 2013 2nd Place Harmony Sweepstakes Champions. They are the 2013 Rising Star Champions and 2014 11th Place International Quartet Finalists. In 2016, they received the highest regional score of all time at the Sweet Adelines International Region 19 Quartet Contest! They later went on to place 7th in the world of the Sweet Adelines International Quartet Contest and in 2017 became 5th Place International Medalists!

The group has performed all over the United States and Canada recently performed at BinG! In Munich, Germany. They headlined the SABS and DABS Conventions in Spain and Holland in the Spring of 2017 as well. They have served as the guest teaching quartet and clinicians for many harmony camps are all involved with the arts and education in some capacity for their normal jobs. GQ arranges many of their own a cappella songs and loves to collaborate with other quartets and artists.

While they have a name in the barbershop world, they have also made a name for themselves on the internet as well! They made the front page of Reddit with a video that now has over 6.5 million hits! They have also been featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion twice in 2015. Their second album was released this past summer.

To stay up to date with the quartet, you can find updates on their website www.girlsquartet.com, or LIKE them on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/gqsingers.            

Having spent much of her childhood on a farm, and in 4H showing cows, goats and pigs, Amanda McNutt’s (tenor) imitations of farm animals are pretty spot-on. In addition to her penchant for carrying around bales of hay, she was also actively involved in chorus and musical theater growing up. Amanda is a recent graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. One of Amanda’s greatest strengths is how she cares about other people, so naturally, her role in GQ tends to be directed towards what we can give back to the community and to others. She also is the most perfect barbershop tenor in the world, who never gets any notes from coaches…. (but we’re not bitter…nope). Amanda is the vocal music teacher at Milbrook Elementary in Baltimore, MD.                                          

Ali Hauger (lead) graduated from Towson with an Early Childhood Education degree. As our resident barbershopper, Ali has an impressive rap sheet. She has been singing with The Dundalk Chorus of SAI Region 19 since 2005, with a total of 13 years as a Sweet Adeline. In 2008 her quartet Whole ‘Lotta Harmony was named Rising Star Champions. They also went on to win the Region 19 competition in 2011. After moving to Orlando, FL in 2016, she joined Toast of Tampa Show Chorus and is an active member of the visual team. On top of all of that, Ali is our social butterfly, so her natural role in GQ is to update all of our social media outlets! Ali is a kindergarten teacher at Sawgrass Bay Elementary in Orlando, FL.                                           

Katie Gillis (baritone) is a recent graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Jazz Performance. Throughout high school, Katie was an avid singer, participating in All-County and All-State Choirs as well as local community theater. She was also an accomplished athlete in lacrosse, soccer, and field hockey. While pursuing her degree at Towson, she handpicked Ali, Amanda and Katie Mac to be in a vocal quartet for her Honors capstone project and GQ was born! Katie arranges and composes music for GQ and holds a beautiful artistic vision for the group. Katie works as a professional singer in the Baltimore/DC area and is an organic farmer for Chesapeake Farm to Table.                            

Katie Macdonald (bass) grew up listening to the Beatles and to this day swears they were the ones who taught her how to harmonize. Katie has been participating in musicals since middle school and lights up when she is on stage. In late high school and early college, she expanded her musical knowledge in jazz choir, where she met both Katie G. and Amanda! Katie is the administrative member in GQ; she deals with the CD sales and scheduling, making her the glue that keeps this whole operation running smoothly! Katie is a recent graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Music with a minor in Business. Katie is a Property Manager for Continental Realty Corporation, a family owned property management company in Baltimore, MD.

 

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The newfangled four

The Newfangled Four is a barbershop quartet based in sunny Southern California. Formed over two years ago, this foursome quickly bonded through their involvements with the Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony, two well-renowned choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society. Each with their own levels of musical and barbershop experience, it didn’t take long for this quartet to start building a repertoire of challenging, yet exciting arrangements. The quartet was fortunate enough to become the 2013 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Champions and the 2013 Far Western District Quartet Champions. In 2014, they received the Dealer’s Choice Award for being the highest scoring debut quartet of the year, and in July 2015, placed 14th in the International Quartet Contest. These guys are always looking to entertain audiences of all kinds, and they are constantly striving to be the next best thing! Visit their website - http://www.newfangledfour.com/ - or find them on social media!

Joey Buss (tenor)-started singing in the seventh grade while taking private voice lessons. At Edison High School in Huntington Beach, he sang in their chamber choir, jazz choir, show choir, and madrigal ensemble. He was put into his first quartet, Short and Sweet, in his freshman year of high school and hasn’t stopped singing barbershop since. Joey is a dual member of the Westminster Chorus and the Masters of Harmony, where he has earned several chorus gold medals. He has also won two International Collegiate Quartet Championships singing tenor with The Vagrants in 2009 and The Newfangled Four in 2013. Outside of his barbershop successes, Joey is working through a computer engineering degree at Cal State Long Beach and currently works as a partner with YouTube.

Jackson Niebrugge (lead)– comes from a non-musical family. He was first introduced into music while singing in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles Children’s Choruses from ages 6 to 10. At 11 years old, he picked up the trumpet and followed that all the way through to college, earning him his bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Cal State Long Beach. Along the way, Jackson met Jake Tickner in the fall of 2010, who invited him to attend a Masters of Harmony rehearsal, and suddenly the urge to sing revived. He went on to win a gold medal with the chorus in 2011 and in 2015 was made the VP of Chapter Development. In 2010, he became a dual member with the Westminster Chorus, where he is now one of their Lead Section Leaders. Jackson’s hobbies include trumpet playing, video games and spending time with his wonderful girlfriend Courtney (who is also a redhead). He currently works as a music educator and produces learning tracks.

Jake Tickner (bass)– first experienced barbershop in his sophomore year of high school, when he became the bass in his school’s barbershop quartet. Thus began his love and passion for a cappella singing. Now a graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, he sang with their chamber choir and the award-winning vocal jazz group “Pacific Standard Time.” Jake earned a gold medal with the Masters of Harmony in 2011 and became a dual member with the Westminster Chorus, where he is now one of their Bass Section Leaders. Since teaming up with the rest of The Newfangled Four in the fall of 2012, he went on to win an International Collegiate Quartet Championship and Far Western District Quartet Championship the very next year. He loves singing with three of his best friends and looks forward to more inspiring fun-time adventures with them. Jake currently lives in Long Beach and works as a pizza delivery driver in addition to his many other part-time jobs.