Sing! 2023 – Jury Bio
Dr. David Wright
David lives with his wife, Sandi, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a coach, judge, singer, and an arranger and composer of vocal music. He specializes in a cappella harmony, especially music in the barbershop style, but his work often integrates the close harmony style with jazz, blues, gospel, country, doo-wop, and contemporary a cappella.
He is Associate Director and two-time former director for the St. Charles Ambassadors of Harmony, a male chorus which won the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Chorus Contest in 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2016, and the silver medal in 2007, 2008, 2019, and 2022. David serves on the coaching team of the Rönninge Show Chorus, 2013, 2016 and 2019 Sweet Adelines International Championship Chorus and of Toronto Northern Lights, 2013 BHS International Championship chorus. David is a musical consultant and arranger for the eleven-time international champion chorus Dallas Vocal Majority, and has served in this role for numerous international champion quartets including Ambiance, Gas House Gang, Nightlife, Michigan Jake, Four Voices, Gotcha!, Vocal Spectrum, Crossroads, Ringmasters, Musical Island Boys, After Hours, Quorum, and The Ladies.
He has researched the origins of barbershop harmony and teaches a course on the history of the barbershop style at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Harmony University.
Cay is a Boston-based voice teacher, choral conductor, vocal arranger, learning track producer, quartet singer, music educator, and lifelong learner. He runs the vocal ensembles at Gann Academy, serves as the musical director for Vocal Revolution, a district champion chorus, and sings bass in Daily Special, an internationally competing quartet. He uses his wealth of experience to help singers of all skill levels improve their performance, tailoring his approach to the specific needs of the individual or ensemble.
I started singing barbershop in 1999 and have sung at the international level in both quartets and choruses. I’m currently part of the musical leadership of San Francisco’s Fog City Singers. When I’m not singing barbershop, I work my “day job” as a primary care physician. Just as medicine is also an art, I have a passion for marrying the science and artistry of barbershop singing. I started studying voice through barbershop, and as an amateur singer I enjoy sharing my experiences and techniques with performers of all levels.
Barbershop contests have provided me with decades of learning about myself as a performer. Through every triumph and disappointment, so many judges helped me come away from countless weekends a better singer. I became a judge so I can help others grow in the same way. I take pride in being able to help groups find each other’s voices and ensemble sound in a way that is natural and healthy for every singer.
Andrew Rembecki is a BHS Certified Singing Judge, music educator, singing teacher, choir director, and coach originally from Kansas City, Missouri (US) who has lived in Munich, Germany for the last 3 years. He is the Director of Herrenbesuch, the men’s barbershop chorus from Munich, and a vocal coach for many BinG! And Holland Harmony groups. He received his undergrad and masters in music education from Northwest Missouri State University and taught in the public school system as a choir teacher for six years. He is formerly the Associate Director of Central Standard, 2016 BHS Silver Medalist, and was a member of the chorus for 10 years. He has been barbershopping for over 16 years and is excited to continue that passion here in Europe.
Sandi is a member of Sweet Adelines International, Harmony, Incorporated, the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Missouri Pageant Alumnae Club. She retired as the director (at the master level) of the St. Louis Harmony Chorus, and currently directs the Area 4 Championship St. Louis Vocal Project. As a baritone singer she has has earned two international quartet gold medals and six regional quartet championships in Sweet Adelines and two silvers and one bronze medal in Harmony, Incorporated international competitions.
Sandi is the only person certified as a competition judge in every North American barbershop organization. She is certified in the Visual Communication Category with Sweet Adelines International and the Performance Category in Harmony Incorporated and Barbershop Harmony Society. She is a certified international faculty member of Sweet Adelines International and is a busy and sought-after coach.
She is married to the accomplished singer, coach, chorus director and world-famous arranger, David Wright.
Brian O’Dell has been a barbershop singer since 1983. He’s a quartet and chorus bass singer, winning international gold medals with Forefront quartet in 2016 and with The Vocal Majority in 2018. He also sings in and is the associate director of The Alliance Chorus, now an all-voices chorus. A Certified Performance Judge since 2016, his strongest attributes are in enhancing an ensemble’s visual & vocal performance aspects. Brian coaches on a regular basis and has coached & taught at BHS Harmony University, several BHS Top Gun quartet sessions and countless district level Harmony College programs across the US. Elsewhere in the world he has worked with many talented groups from the UK to Germany’s BinG! Harmony College to Australia and New Zealand. He’s even been on a coaching tour across Sweden, Denmark and Finland working with both men’s and women’s quartets and choruses. “I’m honored to have been selected to serve on the Holland Harmony judging panel.”