VIH is led by a talented team of directors, section leaders, and internationally certified barbershop coaches.
Albert "Albee" Mabeza · Musical Director
Originally hailing from Southern California, Albert received an Associate of Arts degree from Fullerton College in Fullerton, California under the guidance of faculty including Steven Dahlke, Jamie Shew, John Tebay, Dr. Katharin Rundus, and Dr. Tony Mazzaferro.
He then made his move to the Bay Area to study at San José State University for a Bachelor of Music with a double concentration in Music Education and Vocal Performance. There he studied voice privately with tenor, Joseph Frank, and conducting with Director of Choral Activities at SJSU, Dr. Jeffrey Benson.
While at San José State, Albert has been a section leader, student conductor, and briefly studied with Dr. Charlene Archibeque. Albert also found and directed SJSU's all-male a cappella ensemble, Pitch, Please!, which has participated in multiple campus and community activities.
Albert currently with his barbershop quartet, Some Friends of Mine.
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.