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Judy

Judy Alterman - Codirector
A second generation barbershopper, Judy learned the skills of fine tuning a chord at the knee of her Irish tenor father. 
I learned barbershop harmony sitting on the piano bench beside my Dad. Though I didn’t know it then, I now realize what a great gift he gave me: an ear for harmony and a passion for singing and performing.   Judy’s passion for music turned into a professional calling and she earned her first of two college degrees at Friends University in Wichita.  While acquiring her Bachelor of Music she also performed as a member of the national recognized and acclaimed Singing Quakers.  Judy’s education continued at Wichita State University where she earned her Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Music for Children with special needs.  After graduating she taught music in the Mulvane school district until her retirement in 2006.   Judy’s teaching and communications skills are amazing, as her friend and co-worker I have had the opportunity to watch her work for many years.  She was born to teach” says Dana Evans, Emerald City co-director and long-time friend.  No matter what age the learner Judy’s natural ability to give knowledge and encourage discovery has made her invaluable as my friend and co-directing counterpart in Emerald City Chorus – I learn something new from her every Monday night.       

Judy joined Sweet Adelines in 1990 and in that time has honed her leadership skills.  She has served as Regional Education Coordinator, Chapter President, Assistant Director, and Baritone Specialist.  In 2002 Judy received the high honor of being named a Master Director, directing her chorus to over 600 points in regional competition.  This puts Judy in an elite crowd of talented who’s, who in Sweet Adelines International.  Judy is a charter member of the Emerald City Chorus and serves on the Education Faculty for Heart of America Region 25 where she is often asked to lend her vocal production expertise and skills to up and coming quartets and choruses. 

When not directing the award winning Emerald City Chorus, Judy can be found hanging out with her rescued pound puppies, Daisy and Boomer - adopted from the Kansas Humane Society, playing the organ and piano for Southwest Presbyterian Church, cross-stitching or partnering up with ECC Assistant-director Vicki Means to play bridge in a city-wide Round Robin Bridge Club.

 

 

 

 

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Dana

Dana Evans - Codirector
Dana is a 23 year member of Sweet Adelines International earning her Certified Directorship in 2002. She is a charter member of the award winning Emerald City Chorus. Originally from Haysville, Dana now resides in Wichita with her husband Richard and three beautiful and energetic American cocker spaniels. Dana and her daughter Nicole generationally carry on the love of the barbershop art form as one of only two mother daughter duos in the chorus today. Dana’s son Brenden attends Kansas State University and carries on the Evans’ family love of all things musical as he marches with the 300+ member Pride of Wildcat Land marching band. Dana is also grandmother to Blaze Andrew who can be seen every Monday night at chorus rehearsal practicing choreography moves, singing and performing. Blaze is a real charmer to the ladies.

Dana approaches her directing with a “can do attitude” and imparts that attitudinal spirit to the chorus. ECC member, Rachel Klein states, “Dana inspires our chorus at every rehearsal and always has her eye on the goals and “dreams that lay ahead”.

In May Dana graduated summa cum laude from Friends University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  She is now working on her Master of Psychology Degree from Emporia State University where she also serves as a graduate teaching assistant.  Splitting her time between Emporia and Wichita is a challenge but Dana is committed to her family, her education and Emerald City Chorus.   Serving as an associate member of Heart of America Region 25 educational faculty, Dana also sings with Aurora quartet and in her spare time she loves to make quilts for her family and friends. 

Speaking of the chorus Dana states, “It’s truly a privilege and an honor to co-direct this fantastic and very talented group of ladies. Working side by side with top notch leaders makes my directorship easy and fun. Our brilliant, over the top music staff, the camaraderie experienced each week and the lifelong friendships made can’t be beat!”

       
       

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Lisa

Lisa Murry – Certified Assistant Director
Lisa works at CCH as a Senior Software Support Representative, but her passion lies with Emerald City Chorus where she is a certified assistant director and a charter member of the chorus with over 20 years of barbershop experience.  Her husband Ray shares Lisa’s musical passion and plays piano, organ and bass guitar.  Two teenage sons, Ray and Tyler, along with 2 cats, Strawberry and Joey round out the Murry family.  Lisa sings lead in Intensity Quartet, and is a Lead Section leader for the chorus.  With her positive upbeat attitude, she can be found leading warm-ups or helping our new members as Rookie Coordinator.

 

 

 

     

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Vicki

Vicki Means - Assistant Director
Vicki is a registered nurse with Harris Health Care.  She shares her home with her dog Mollie, who rules the house and likes to play with Boomer and Daisy.  Vicki is a charter member of the Emerald City Chorus.  When she’s not singing, Vicki is cross stitching, knitting, reading or playing bridge.  Her responsibilities in the chorus are vocal warm-ups and supervising the GEM program which is the musical qualifying program for the chorus members. Vicki is very excited about being on the directing team and hopes to bring some new ideas to the chorus.