A Colorado native, Johnny has been involved in barbershop since his sophomore year of high school. He serves as the assistant director for the Sound of the Rockies as well as the Baritone section leader. Johnny was selected as the director of the 52eighty Youth Chorus in May of 2015, which he still directs, and was appointed the director of the Longs Peak Chorus in the summer of 2016.
Johnny has been a part of multiple vocal and instrumental ensembles ranging from the Laudamus Chorale to the Boulder Symphony Orchestra. In his time at the University of Northern Colorado, he was involved in the top mixed choir under the direction of Dr. Galen Darrough, and was also the principal bassoon in the UNC Symphonic Band. Johnny also had the privilege of singing in the Metro State Men's Choir under former Longs Peak Chorus director Dr. Jay Dougherty.
In 2018, his quartet, “One ‘N Dun”, placed 5th in the Youth Quartet Contest at the International Convention. Prior to that, an earlier quartet "The Pine", took first place in the 2016 Rocky Mountain District Contest! The Pine has represented the Rocky Mountain District twice in the Youth Barbershop Quartet International Contest where the quartet placed as high as 17th.
His most recent accomplishment was winning the Rocky Mountain District Mixed Quartet contest with nis quartet X&Y.
Johnny was certified in the BHS Contest and Judging Program in July 2019 as a judge in the Music Category. We have no idea when Johnny sleeps!
Associate Director Ron Black Ron attended both Immaculate Heart and Occidental Colleges in Los Angeles, majoring in Renaissance vocal and instrumental performance. Ron sang bass in the Great Western Timbre Company, 1986 Far Western District quartet champion and 1988 15th-place international semifinalist, and currently19904th place Senior Quartet. He also sang bass with Rhythm and Rhyme, which took 14th place in the 1997 international competition. He has directed the Fresno Gold Note Chorus, seventh-place international competitor in 1984. Ron moved to Texas in 2003 to direct the Heart of Texas Chorus in San Marcos, which has competed as a SWD representative six times, and placed as high as 9th in the International Chorus contest in 2008 in Nashville. In addition, he coaches many quartets and choruses in the U.S. and abroad. Ron has been a part time faculty at Texas State University, San Marcos, where he conducted the Men's Chorus. In 2009 moved with his wife Jo to Rocklin, California to be near their grandchildren. He was an Associate Director of Voices of California, a Barbershop Harmony Society chorus of international caliber from 2010 to 2017. In 2011 Ron was inducted into the Far Western District Hall Of Fame. Ron recently retired from the BHS Judging Program after serving for 30 years in both the Music and Singing Categories. He has been on the Harmony University faculty for 34 years. He is included in the recent publication “Visions Of Excellence”, as one of 25 finest directors in the Barbershop Harmony Society. In his infrequent spare time he eats, sleeps, and writes computer accounting software.