Learn from some of the Society's best arrangers!
Meet the faculty for Virtual HU’s Arranger Seminar
The Arranger Seminar is set to be a highlight at Virtual Harmony University. This live, virtual seminar begins on July 13, and will follow the life of an arrangement from concept to completion.
This year’s faculty is among the Society’s best, and collectively have arranged hundreds of top charts in the BHS catalog!
Meet the instructors:
Steve Tramack (Facilitator) – Steve is a highly sought after coach and arranger, having arranged for top quartets and choruses around the world. He has performed in several NED champion quartets and appeared 10 times on the International stage as a chorus director.
Steve is a BHS Music Judge and is currently the Music Category Specialist. He has served as Chair of the BHS Chorus Director Development Committee and as faculty for Harmony University for more than a decade.
Steve Armstrong – Steve is the founder and former director of Toronto Northern Lights (14 medals: 1 gold, 5 silvers) and has been a BHS Judge for 33 years. He currently serves as Chair of the Society Contest and Judging Committee.
An accomplished arranger and coach, Steve is in high demand as a clinician and faculty for various education events, especially Harmony University.
Adam Bock – The first thing Adam did after graduating college with a BA in Music Composition was join the BHS and Ambassadors of Harmony. He’s been writing arrangements ever since.
He now lives in Brooklyn NY, sings with Voices of Gotham, and plays with local rock outfit Hollis Brown. Adam is always looking for new projects to take on, so don't hesitate to ask him about a song you have in mind or an idea you'd like to try out!
Aaron Dale – In addition to his duties as a public school music educator, Aaron has previously directed both the Louisville Times and Kentucky Vocal Union, the latter placing 3rd in the 2012 BHS International Chorus Contest.
Through the years he has been an active performer, coach, and judge, serving as a Certified Music Judge for BHS contests. Aaron is one of the most celebrated barbershop arrangers whose impact and legacy will be felt for generations.
Mo Field – Mo Field, originally from Canada, is a musician and past director of Stockholm City Voices (Sweet Adelines International) and current director of the Great Northern Union. She is an internationally recognized and sought after vocal performance coach, arranger, and published songwriter/composer.
Her facility as a vocalist and experience as a multi-instrumentalist and professional musician give her a unique perspective on using the vastness of multiple musical approaches in order to enhance sincere, dynamic, and energetic performance from the music.
Clay Hine – Clay developed an interest in arranging when he was a teenager and his early arrangements were for the purpose of helping BHS Dixie District quartets and choruses. He soon had requests nationwide from internationally competing choruses and quartets. Several of the highest scoring performances in the history of BHS contests feature Clay’s arrangements.
Although Clay had many years of piano as a child, he is a self-taught arranger and has arranged over 400 songs in various styles. He is a Certified Music Judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society and frequently coaches quartets and choruses around the world. He sings baritone in FRED (1999 International Quartet Champion) and Category 4 (2018, 7th place).
Kevin Keller – A society member since 1978, Kevin has belonged to several choruses, including the Vocal Majority and Ambassadors of Harmony. Kevin sang baritone with Cheers! (2003 6th place International Finalists), arranging most of their repertoire. Kevin is a prolific arranger, with his music being sung by numerous quartets and choruses at all levels. A Certified Music Judge, Kevin served as Music Category Specialist from 2008-2010 and as the Society Contest & Judging Chairman for 2012-2015. He has also served on the Society’s Music Publication Committee.
Kevin is a popular teacher and coach in District Schools and Top Gun schools across the Society. A certified director, Kevin has directed the Belleville Sounds of Harmony and was an Assistant Director with Ambassadors of Harmony for many years.
Adam Scott – Adam operates a composition/arranging and vocal music studio in northern Utah. He holds a M.M. in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University and a B.A. in music composition from Utah State University. Previous to this he worked as music educator and editor of music publications for the Barbershop Harmony Society. He has collaborated with composers and arrangers including Dr. Kirby Shaw and Deke Sharon.
Adam has sung every part in many different ensembles, and sings bass with Switch and directs North Front Sound. Adam has written and/or arranged over five hundred pieces of music, including over a hundred barbershop arrangements for quartets and choruses. His classical music is sung by many high schools and colleges in North America. He is published by MusicSpoke, Music House Publications.
Larry Triplett – Larry has been involved in barbershop since 1965. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education and taught high school instrumental and choral music for many years. Music arranging has been part of Larry’s musical makeup since he wrote for the UCLA Marching Band, and barbershop gives him another rewarding outlet.
Larry is very busy as an arranger and as music chairman of the eXtreme Quartetting Harmony Brigades and is a frequent faculty member at Harmony University.
David Wright – is a coach, judge, singer, and prolific arranger and composer of vocal music. He specializes in a cappella harmony, especially music in the barbershop style, but his work often integrates the close harmony style with jazz, blues, gospel, country, doo-wop, and contemporary a cappella.
David is an active researcher on the origins of barbershop harmony and teaches a course on the history of the barbershop style at Harmony University. He is Associate Director of four-time gold medal champion chorus, the Ambassadors of Harmony. It can’t be overstated how large an impact David has had on barbershop.