Melanie has been directing the Puget Sounders since 2010. She is a gifted and talented musician. She is a part of the Olympia Sweet Adeline International Chorus. She also sings lead in the 2016 Region 13 Champion SAI Quartet "Wink" .
Melanie McGuire - Director
She coached the chorus on sound and presentation. She is also the Assistant Director for the Olympia Sweet Adelines and is in the SAI Director’s Certification Program.
Since becoming director, she has taken the Puget Sounders to the Evergreen District contest the last 4 years, with marked improvements to their scores each time. Melanie believes going to contest is an easy indication of how the chorus is progressing. She constantly encourages members to seek educational opportunities within the barbershop world and has Ted Chamberlain (Vocal instructor, Director of Seattle Seachordsmen) come every other Monday offering vocal instruction for members and other barbershoppers in the area.
Melanie’s favorite thing to do in barbershop (besides singing of course) is coaching. Whether coaching quartets or choruses, and especially being coached herself, every opportunity is a chance to learn.
It’s important that her members and she have fun during rehearsals.
Bob Hart - Assistant Director
Bob’s first experience singing was at Central Washington University where he took a singing class for his music minor. A Mr. DeMerchant, an opera singer, was the instructor. It was in this class that Bob learned his range was in the Bass.
In 1974 he found the Puget Sounders in Olympia. He drove from Grays Harbor where he was living and teaching at Central Park Elementary. His father was singing with the Harmony Kings so Bob sang with them too. He became an assistant director in both these groups. All the time he was singing in quartets. Bob became director of the Puget Sounders and then traveled to Centralia-Chehalis to sing with the Two Town Tuners, where he also helped direct. He is currently director of the Two Town Tuners and Assistant Director of the Puget Sounders. He sings Bass with the Common Cents Quartet who has been entertaining in the Thurston-Lewis County area for many years. He also holds a position on the District Board to survey chapters of his area assessing their growth & needs.
Bob has also performed in other community groups. While he was singing
50-60‘s songs with Back Alley 4 he traveled to Japan to entertain. He also sang 8 years with Change of Pace and with them toured Scotland, England & Wales. He helped arrange many of the songs for this group.
We can truly say singing is Bob’s life.