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Meet The Directors


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 nationally 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 graduation 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 member Vicki Means to play bridge in a city-wide Round Robin Bridge Club.


Dana Evans - Codirector

Dana, a 25 year member of Sweet Adelines International, is a charter member of the award winning Emerald City Chorus.  Originally from Haysville, Dana resides in Wichita with her husband Richard, also a musician, and their three beautiful American cocker spaniels.  Dana and her daughter Nicole share their love of barbershop harmony and form one of two mother-daughter duos in the chorus and son Brenden plays trumpet with the Kansas State Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.  Dana is also grandmother to Blaze Andrew who can sing along with almost all of the chorus songs. 

Dana approaches her directing with a focus on musical excellence for herself and her singers.  ECC member, Rachel Klein states, “Dana inspires our chorus every rehearsal and always has her eyes on the goals and dreams of the chorus.”

In May, 2013 Dana graduated summa cum laude from Friends University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and this past July she completed her Master of Science degree from Emporia State University. Dana’s commitment to excellence and dedication to her students caught the attention of the esteemed Teachers College and she was nominated and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Experimental Psychology of 2015. Dana is currently teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department at her alma mater Friends University. 

A busy woman, Dana also serves as a faculty member of Heart of America Region 25 and coaches barbershop quartets and choruses.  When she finds time to relax she makes 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 of our members and the lifelong friendships made in this organization can’t be beat!”


Lisa Murry – Certified Assistant Director
Lisa works for Wolters Kluwer 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 is a Section Leader for the lead section of the chorus.  With her positive upbeat attitude, she can be found leading warm-ups and helping members practice good vocal production.