Music Background

Hello and thank you for reviewing my musical education and experience!

I have been honing my musicianship over the past 'few' years, and strive daily to improve some aspect of my leadership, directing, singing, and coaching. I do my personal best to increase my own self awareness and share my observations of my own progress with others.  

Allow me to provide you with a brief snap shot of my musical training.

My Youth:

1978-1980 I took voice lessons with Connie Friessen

1980-1990 I played tenor saxophone in concert, jazz and military bands

1990 I sang in Jazz choir and a vocal quartet “The Shadows” in my last year in Chilliwack Senior Secondary

1996 I started singing with High Country Harmony Chorus in Kamloops B.C.

I have attended schools on Directing with:

Charlie Metzger – Introduction to directing seminar fall 1998

Charlie Metzger – Directors of the future program 2004

Dale Syverson (SAI) Master Direction Class spring 2007

Mark Hale – Master Directing Class fall 2007

Mac Dalman (CDWI) – Chorus Directors Workshop Intensive 1 summer 2008

Kim Hulbert (SAI) -  Master Directing Class spring 2008

Royce Ferguson – Master Directing Class fall 2008

Steve Armstrong - Master Directing Class fall 2009


I have been coached on directing by:

Raymond Swartzkopf – BHS music judge

Kari Metzger – SAI director and top ranked quartet singer

John Newell – Gold Medal winning lead singer of Realtime Quartet

Charlie Metzger – former singing judge, head of BHS directors education, and director of the Gentlemen of Fortune

Don Rose - top 20 quartet singer, director, head of Harmony University BHS

I have attended seminars run by:

Rene Prozelle (Gold Winning Melodeers Chorus Choreographer)

Brava – Masters class on the quartet’s road to Gold

Masters of Harmony – Masters class on how to become a gold winning chorus
 
Ambassadors of Harmony - Master class on how to become a gold winning chorus

Debra Lynn - how to be a consistent resonating instrument (Harmony University @ Las Vegas July 2014)

Directors Round Table - Harmony University @ Las Vegas July 2014
 
Other workshops:

I have attended Harmony College Northwest with a competing quartet on 4 occasions in the past 10 years.

I have also attended Chapter Officer Training Schools for the president and music vice president streams.

Spring 2009 I attended a Chor Leoni workshop with celebrated arranger Greg Chilcott

Spring 2009 Donya Metzger – love your voice workshop - a workshop that concentrates on body release exercises


Influential Vocal Coaches: Idea's from each of these coaches remain in my personal tool box

Mark Hale - Gold medalist quartet singer with Michigan Jake and Gold medalist Director of Masters of Harmony

Royce Ferguson - Gold medalist quartet singer with Revival and Gold medalist Director of Westminster 

John Newel - Gold medalist quartet singer with Realtime -  https://www.facebook.com/LetItOutVocals

David Cotton - 2nd place Evergreen District quartet singer with Vocal Works and nicest guy in all of Barbershop

Tom Metzger - Gold medalist quartet singer with Realtime

Debra Lynn - Belcanto Buzz - https://www.facebook.com/BelCantoBuzz


Influential Performance Coach

Marty Lovick - he is the gold standard of performance coaching in the Barbershop Harmony Society


Directing Accolades:

I have been blessed with the privilege of standing in front of some very talented ensembles!  : )

Voices of Harmony:


Fall 2007 Small Chorus Champion and Most Improved Chorus for Evergreen District

Spring 2008 Very Large Quartet Contest Champion, Division One

Spring 2009 3rd place chorus Division One, Vernon B.C.

Fall 2009 Small Chorus Champions, Evergreen District

Green Heart Chorus:
 

Fall 2006 2nd Place Small Chorus, Region 26

Fall 2007 2nd Place Small Chorus, Region 26
 
 
The Squares Quartet Singers Association:
 
Spring 2014 First place chorus, Division One Contest in Abbotsford BC
Fall 2014 Third place chorus, Evergreen District Contest in Surrey BC
Spring 2014 First place chorus, Division One Contest in Bellingham WA

 

Quartet ranking:

I have been singing in quartets since 1990.  I started competing in Barbershop contests in 2001, and have enjoyed some success over the years.

 

2001 - I competed with 4 Rhymesake and placed 10th at Division One in Abbotsford

2002 - I competed with PowerHouse and placed 9th at Division One/Prelims in Abbotsford

2003 - I competed with PowerHouse and placed 3rd at Division One in Abbotsford

         - I also competed with Natural Gas and placed 7th at Division One in Abbotsford

2004 - I competed with PowerHouse and placed 5th at Division One in Abbotsford

2005 - I competed with Upstarts and placed 3rd at Division One in Abbotsford  (we were awarded Novice Champions)

2006 - I competed with Tilt and placed 4th at Division One and 4th at District in Spokane

2007 - I competed with Tilt and place 3rd at Division One, 5th at Prelims and 4th at District Bellevue Washington

         - I also competed with TNBT and placed 4th at Division One in Abbotsford and 6th at District in Bellevue Washington

2008 - I competed with West Coast Fusion and placed 1st at Division One and 4th at District in Boise Idaho

2009 – I competed with West Coast Fusion and placed 1st at Division One in Vernon

         - I competed with West Coast Fusion and placed 2nd at District in Whistler

2010 - I competed with West Coast Fusion and placed 1st at Division Two in Seattle Washington.  http://picasaweb.google.ca/SeanHuston/201004DivisionTwoContestRentonWashington#

         - I competed with West Coast Fusion and place 2nd at District in Portland Oregon <a href="https://plus.google.com/106708919218326223579" rel="publisher">Google+</a>

2011 - I competed with The Squares and placed 2nd at Division One in Abbotsford

         - I competed with The Squares and placed 5th at District in Spokane Washington

2012 - I competed with The Squares and placed 1st at Division One in Abbotsford
 
2013 - I competed with The Squares and placed 3rd at Division One in Nanaimo

         - I competed with The Bons Vivants and placed 2nd at Division One in Nanaimo
 
2014 - I competed with The Squares and placed 2nd at Division One in Abbotsford

         - I completed with The Bons Vivants and placed 1st at Division One in Abbotsford

2015 - I competed with The Bons Vivants and placed 2nd at Division One in Bellingham
         - I competed with Quartet One and placed 3rd at Division One In Bellingham
         - I competed with Craft and was awarded Novice Champion at Division One in Bellingham (two members had never competed before)



International Chorus Appearances

Portland - Northwest Vocal Project - 6th
Philadelphia - Northwest Vocal Project
Toronto - Salem SenateAires
Las Vegas - Salem SenateAires and Northwest Vocal Project

Youth Workshops:

I have also assisted with the Division One Harmony Experience Camps in 2007, and 2008, and delivered close harmony presentations to high school students throughout the lower mainland, from Chilliwack to North Vancouver in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  Most recently I supported a workshop in Chilliwack February 2010, and Directed a Youth In Harmony Workshop in West Vancouver in May of 2010. http://picasaweb.google.ca/SeanHuston/200100501KayMeek#


Big Band Singer:

I started singing with the Moonliters Big Band in November of 2009 and I am loving the challenge of being a true lead vocalist!  The band hosts dance parties for the dance schools in the Fraser Valley several times during the school year.  For more info you can click the link above to go to the bands website.  I know also sing with Port Moody's Inlet Jazz Band.

Big Band Saxophone Player:

After a 20 year break, I started playing the baritone saxophone fall of 2010 with Inlet Jazz Band in Port Moody for two years.  The band plays in the community through the school year.  I am looking forward to singing and playing baritone saxophone with Inlet Jazz on our CUBA tour in March 2015.

Summary:

I remain committed to continuing education, and attend workshops as often as I can.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, and bringing out the strengths that already exist in fantastic singers and performers.  If you would like to work with me there are links to my contact information and coaching information.




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