VIH is led by a talented team of directors, section leaders, and internationally certified barbershop coaches.
Chris Hébert · Musical Director
Voices in Harmony is honored to have Chris Hébert as its Musical Director. Chris received his BA degree in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University. He has been a studio musician and professional vocalist, and has performed with the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose Symphonies.
Chris joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1975 as a member of the Peninsulaires Chorus (Palo Alto, Calif.), who were International medalists in 1979 and 1981. He joined the Garden City Chorus (San Jose), the predecessor to Voices in Harmony, in 1987, and was musical director from 1990 to 2004. A perennial top three chorus finalist in the Far Western District under Chris’s direction, San Jose won the coveted FWD chorus championship in 2002.
Chris has been a certified BHS Singing Judge since 1993, and has served two terms as Singing Category Specialist (2000 to 2002 and 2010 to 2011). He and his wife Kathy, a Sweet Adeline, and his three children reside in Fremont, California.
Sean Abel · Assistant Director, Bass Section Leader
Sean Abel began barbershopping in 1989 with St. Joseph, MO’s Pony Expressmen Chorus. Later, he was assistant director of the Omaha, NE Heartland Harmonizers and then director of the Sioux City, IA Siouxlanders Chorus. In 2005, he helped form the Jefferson City, MO chapter and the Show-Me Showboaters Chorus. Sean taught band and choir in public schools in the Midwest and then moved to teach at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA. He is presently Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at San Jose City College. Sean holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas Universiy, a Master of Education from Lindenwood University, and is a Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at Boston University.
Jamie Bedford · Assistant Director, Tenor Section Leader
Barbershopping since July of '00, Jamie has been active in multiple quartets and choruses on both sides of the country. While studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, Jamie co-founded and directed a small men's a cappella group called Surround Sound, which is still active on campus to this day and still singing about 50/50 barbershop and contemporary a cappella. Jamie has been Tenor Section Leader of Voices In Harmony for a few years, and is also an Assistant Director for the chorus as well as quartet coach in the area.
David Poll · Lead Section Leader
David grew up around barbershop and musical theater in Southern California, but only once he had completed university (go Bears!) and moved to Seattle did he truly get the barbershop bug. There, he sang with Northwest Sound and Northwest Vocal Project -- both among the top choruses of the Evergreen district. He joined Voices in Harmony after moving back to California, and has sung with a variety of division champion and Far Western District finalist quartets. Now, he's excited to work with the lead section as we strive to produce exciting and engaging melodies.
Norm Finn · Baritone Section Leader
In spite of playing the saxophone and oboe for 11 years from elementary school through his B.S., Norm feels he never understood what it means to make music until he started singing barbershop harmony with the San Jose Chapter, SPEBSQSA, in 1979. Norm has been a section leader and/or an assistant director since 1983, including several complete performances, one song in FWD competition, and has been show director for three annual shows. After attending Director’s College, he directed the Santa Cruz chorus 1984-85.