VIH is led by a talented team of directors, section leaders, and internationally certified barbershop coaches.
Curtis Mannah · Musical Director
Curtis Mannah, is graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Music Education. He has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for 10 years, appearing on the International Contest stage twice in that time. Currently Curtis teaches choir and classroom music for the Hayward Unified School District. He has served as the artistic director for the Stockton Chorale & Master Chorale, the Delta Harmony Xpress and has been the chorus master for the Stockton and Townsend Opera companies as well as the music director for the Lincoln Summer Theater program. Curtis is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association. In the past, he has coordinated their Western Division, All-State and Regional High School Honor Choir Programs. He has been the Guest Conductor for the California Music Educators Association Bay Section and San Joaquin County Junior High Honor Choirs. Curtis lives here in the Bay Area with his wife Pamela, and their two beautiful children John and Victoria.
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.
Paul Engel · Tenor Section Leader
Paul is a 50+ year barbershop quartet member and singer, winning many chorus medals. He served on the faculty of the Barbershop Harmony College for 10 years, teaching, arranging and song writing with many published and unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit. In addition to VIH, Paul sings in the current Far Western District senior quartet champions, “Blood, Sweat, and Years”. While the Beatles toured America, Paul was stationed in Vietnam, where he organized the country’s first barbershop quartet, the “Rice Paddy Four”.
Steve Kirch · Lead Section Leader
Steve Kirch has held many chorus leadership positions in his nearly 20 years of barbershop and has been a leadership facilitator at Harmony University. He currently is lead section leader, Membership VP and Immediate Past President of Voices in Harmony. He also sings baritone with the Fog City Singers. Steve recently retired from over 30 years of management and leadership in high technology. Having been a certified facilitator of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People© for over 20 years, he turned that into a successful business coaching practice. He is also on the board of directors of The Gratitude Network – working with social entrepreneurs to change the lives of children and youth around the world. When not on stage in local theater productions or singing barbershop, you will find him on his bicycle or the golf course. He has been married to his wife, Donna, for more than 35 years and they have two wonderfully intelligent and talented daughters who are making their own way in the world.
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.