Elizabeth Dyer is a wife and mother of 2 young boys, and grew up in El Dorado Hills, CA.
She was first introduced to Barbershop Harmony by the
Placerville Gold Rush Chorus in a Middle School assembly in 2002,
and from then on was determined to immerse herself in the world of music! In High School, she was awarded the National School Choral Award her Senior year, and became known as “the-girl-who-would-not-stop-asking-to-go-to-Harmony-Camp” (which was for boys only). Since attending her 1st Barbershop International Convention in 2007, she’s been an avid and studious Barbershopper!
She started singing in Sweet Adeline Quartets in High School, competing at Regional & International competitions for young women, eventually placing 2nd Internationally with her college quartet "Heavenly”. Her other more notable quartets were “Generation Gap”, and “Rogue”, who competed at the Sweet Adeline International convention in Hawaii in 2013.
Elizabeth has her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education & Vocal Performance from the California State University of Sacramento. She has sung in many ensembles, but since graduating from college in 2012, she had the pleasure of Directing the very chorus who introduced her to Barbershop, helping them to place higher than they had in several years. She also sang and competed with Dr. Greg Lyne in the Pride of Pacific Chorus, and when she lived in Murrieta, CA in the fall of 2009, she spent as much spare time as she could observing directors Pam Pieson, Justin Miller, and Mark Hale with the International Gold Medal choruses Harborlites, Westminster & the Masters of Harmony.
She taught private Voice & Piano and Directed a small ensemble at Martucci Music in Sacramento for about 2 years before becoming a full-time, at-home caretaker & teacher-of-littles. Nowadays, she teaches private Voice lessons, sings on her worship team at church, sings and plays guitar in a Women’s Trio with Lisa Frey & Allison Kanemoto, and is a proud member of the RSVP choir in Sacramento.
She is thrilled to be honored & trusted with this Interim Director position for the Voices of California, and very much looks forward to these next 6 months!
Gabe Caretto is currently on sabbatical and will be returning in July 2023. Elizabeth Dyer will be serving as Interim Director during this period.
Gabe Caretto was first introduced to barbershop harmony in 1986 by his
high school music teacher and had been actively performing in both choruses and quartets ever since. A classically trained musician, Gabe received a Bachelors's degree in Music from Southern Oregon State College and a Master's degree in Music Education from
the University of Oregon. Before changing careers, he directed the highly successful vocal music program at Meridian High School in Meridian, Idaho, for seven years.
In 1992, Gabe competed in the inaugural MBNA International Collegiate Quartet Contest, earning third-place honors. He has twice been a member of quartets that have been named champions of the Far Western District (FWD) of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS).
The 2006 Champions, Late Show, placed as high as 12th in the world at the annual BHS International Convention. His current quartet, Artistic License, is the 2011 Far Western District Champion and finished 8th in the world in 2017.
Gabe has directed barbershop choruses in Oregon, Idaho, and California since 1989. For four years, he studied under Dr. Greg Lyne as Assistant Director of the Bay Area's Voices in Harmony, the 2008 International Bronze Medalist Chorus.
Over the past 25 years, Gabe has served in various leadership positions and educational roles for the Barbershop Harmony Society, including serving on the faculty of Harmony University in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is currently Dean of the Northern California Youth Harmony Camp and is a sought-after coach for choruses, quartets, youth workshops, and festivals throughout the northwest and California.
Gabe is one of the founding members of the award-winning Voices of California and has served as their Music Director since its inception in January of 2010.