Voices of California Leadership

Voices of California thrives in part because of the commitment of the people in leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our ensemble tick:

 

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Jim Maass, Chapter President

 A barbershopper for more than 40 years Jim has been involved with seven different chapters. Over the years he has held various leadership positions, and begins 2017 in his second term as President.  For ten years, he was an Interpretation Judge for barbsershop contests.  He is a retired educator from Truckee where he taught American Government and Economics at the high school finishing his career as the district’s technology director. He also served on the local utility board as an elected official for 28 years.

 

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Larry Halvorson, Music Vice President

Larry has been a Barbershopper since 1978.  In his career he has sung on the International stage 19 times in a chorus with 8 medals, 20 times in a quartet with 2 top 20 finishes and 2 district championships.  Land of Lakes District 1994 with PrimeTime and Far Western District 2012 95 North. He has held almost every office in the chapter administration and has been apart of the creation of 3 chapters. 

 

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Larry Womac, Chapter Development Vice President

 

Larry Womac has been singing barbershop as a bass for eight years. He takes voice lessons from Jo Black to hone his singing skills and is always trying to figure out ways to improve. Joe Samora while attending a free concert at Carmichael Park, discovered Larry who was the bands narrator. Joe asked if Larry had sung before to which he replied, no. Joe invited Larry to a chapter meeting and that was the start of Larry's barbershop singing career. Larry has held almost every position in chapter leadership and currently serves as Membership Vice President IVP) for VoCal. He recently competed at the District convention in Riverside, Ca and sang bass with the quartet, West Coast Sound.

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Rich Brunner, Marketing Vice President

Rich has been singing barbershop since he was in high school (long time ago!) and carried that passion forward when he earned a degree in Music performance. He's a four time quartet champion of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Rich is a past President of the chorus and serves as Lead Section Leader.  When he's not singing, Rich leads a technology services organization.

 

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Darrell Chappell, Secretary

  Born and raised in Utah and Wyoming before moving from Colorado to California with his wife in 2000.  Started his barbershop "career" in 2011 with the Davis - Vacaville where he served as Bass Section Leader and Member at Large before joining VoCal in 2013.  Originally content with just being on the risers, he now enjoys the challenge and limelight of being on the front row.  He currently works as a Building inspector for the City of Davis.

Music Team

Bruce Sellnow, Baritone Section Leader

One of the stalwarts of the Far Western District, Bruce has held many leadership roles.  He has for many years been a driver of the youth harmony movement throughout the district.  He is also the music director of the Golden Valley Chorus and a quartet singer with TopCats.  Bruce fills many roles with the chorus, not the least of which is the baritone section leader.

 

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Morrie Schlesinger

Morrie Schlesinger, who has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for more than 15 years, began singing, publicly, at age 4. He sang professionally for several years with dance bands in Denver, Colorado as well as England. In addition to singing, he enjoys the camaraderie of the men of Voices of California and involvement in the administration of the chorus.

 

Morrie Schlesinger
Jim Minoudis, Music Librarian

Jim was born and raised a family in New England. He's been performing publicly since his youth. His voice teacher mentioned that her husband’s co-worker sang in a men's chorus and she advised him to give it a try. Jim joined the Barbershop Harmony Society, singing bass in 1989 with the New London Seanotes. His first and only competing quartet "By the Sound" was formed in 1991 and lasted until he moved to California in 1996. Jim subsequently joined the Sacramento Capitolaires in 2002 and the Voices of California in 2010.

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Brandon Dyer, Tenor Section Leader



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Richard Kaiser, Board Member at Large,

Richard began singing 4-part harmony in a religious choir in third grade.  Joining the BHS in 2009 as a member of The Westchester Chordsmen,  he transferred his membership to VoCal in 2013 when he moved to Davis, CA.    At this writing, his work as a Board member-at-large for VoCal focuses on communicating to the VoCal Board issues brought to him by VoCal members considered of importance.  He also works to bring monies to VoCal's coffers through successful sales of Singing Valentines and the acquisition of grants.  He sings bass in the chorus and in a competition quartet.  He is a retired psychiatrist, who, when not involved with VoCal activities, bakes and cooks.

 

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 Derick Sturke, Board Member at Large

Charter Member Derick Sturke joined the Barbershop Harmony Society  in 2001, singing for the Golden Valley Chorus.  Derick served in several elected positions and jobs with the GVC as well as postions with the Far Western District and Harmony Foundation.   He has been with Voices of California since the very first rehearsal and has served in several areas including the Marketing Team, Social Media Coordiator and Web Content Team.  Outside of the chorus, Derick operates a small business in Oakdale, CA

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