Our Director

Gary Bibens

Gary is our new director and comes to us with over 40 years of experience singing barbershop music. First, singing with his father in a chorus in Connecticut, then singing almost 20 years with the International Championship Chorus, Alexandria Harmonizers, where he earned two Gold Medals. In 2011, Gary returned to college, where he majored in music and in 2014 graduated with honors from Mary Baldwin College with a degree in music and music education.

Gary lives in Waynesboro with his wife, Debby, and works for WorldStrides OnStage where he is a Festival Advisor assisting high school choir, band and orchestra directors as they plan to participate in musical festivals held all over the country. He is the choir director at St. James United Methodist Church in Churchville, VA and is co-founder and director of Valley Harmony Chorus, a Harmony, Inc., a ladies barbershop chorus.

The Chorus Members

Scott Seki  (Past Director, New Program VP)

After bouncing around various barbershop choruses and quartets, first in Hawaii, then in California, Scott landed in Virginia where he has been delighted by the opportunity to direct the Jeffersonland Chorus in 2016. Scott synergizes his background in Barbershop with his penchant for writing original comedic pieces. He continues to sing and compose for the Chorus.

 

Craig Scott (Membership VP) With minimal previous experience, Craig began singing in his church choir a few years back to participate more in worship and as activity he and his wife could do together. In 2016, he found Barbershop through Sam Morgan. He now sings bass in church choir, lead in the JLC and aspires to be a baritone in The Delegates quartet and is conflicted because no one ever says "Pick three things and do them well!  

Craig Scott (Membership VP)

With minimal previous experience, Craig began singing in his church choir a few years back to participate more in worship and as activity he and his wife could do together. In 2016, he found Barbershop through Sam Morgan. He now sings bass in church choir, lead in the JLC and aspires to be a baritone in The Delegates quartet and is conflicted because no one ever says "Pick three things and do them well!
 

Chris Wood (Board Member) Chris has an old-fashioned sensibility. He expresses it in the way he approaches life and how lives each day. Chris, a lead, is celebrating his 17th year singing in the Barbershop style.   

Chris Wood (Board Member)

Chris has an old-fashioned sensibility. He expresses it in the way he approaches life and how lives each day. Chris, a lead, is celebrating his 17th year singing in the Barbershop style. 



 

Ken Wallenborn Ken, a retired physician, was one of the original founders of the Jeffersonland Barbershop Chorus. Over the years, he has sung with a number of quartets - The Red Coats, The Lost Chords, Tom's Boys, and the Barbers of Cville. He sang baritone with the Blue Ridge Connection, performing Music Man in the Ashlawn-Highland Summer Festival. He wants to "Keep America Singing!"

Ken Wallenborn

Ken, a retired physician, was one of the original founders of the Jeffersonland Barbershop Chorus. Over the years, he has sung with a number of quartets - The Red Coats, The Lost Chords, Tom's Boys, and the Barbers of Cville. He sang baritone with the Blue Ridge Connection, performing Music Man in the Ashlawn-Highland Summer Festival. He wants to "Keep America Singing!"

John Davis A lifelong poultry farmer, John hails from New York, but has been in Virginia since 1958, not quite long enough to be accepted for "status". At age 12, he starred as Poor Little Buttercup in a New York performance of HMS Pinafore - advancing quickly to the role of Major General in Pirates ofPenzance the next year. He's been in Glee Clubs and Barbershop groups ever since. Some say "One would never know it." His Childe Bride, Audrey The Bermudian, continues to tolerate his hobbies.

John Davis

A lifelong poultry farmer, John hails from New York, but has been in Virginia since 1958, not quite long enough to be accepted for "status". At age 12, he starred as Poor Little Buttercup in a New York performance of HMS Pinafore - advancing quickly to the role of Major General in Pirates ofPenzance the next year. He's been in Glee Clubs and Barbershop groups ever since. Some say "One would never know it." His Childe Bride, Audrey The Bermudian, continues to tolerate his hobbies.

Nico Scopelliti (President)  After studying vocal intimidation with Jimmy "the Fermata" Pavarotti, Luciano's illegitimate son from a torrid affair with Gina Lollobrigida, Nico found his way to Charlottesville and joined the Jeffersonland Chorus in 2016. While one of the newest members, he has already left his mark on the organization and has been elected president with help from Russian hackers.  

Nico Scopelliti (President) 

After studying vocal intimidation with Jimmy "the Fermata" Pavarotti, Luciano's illegitimate son from a torrid affair with Gina Lollobrigida, Nico found his way to Charlottesville and joined the Jeffersonland Chorus in 2016. While one of the newest members, he has already left his mark on the organization and has been elected president with help from Russian hackers.


 

Dave Bradley (Past Membership VP) Dave, a member since 2009, sings bass. He enjoys flying airplanes, has owned four and still flies his ultralight. He moved here from Chicago and served for 11 years as International Technical Service Manager for Acme Visible Records in Crozet. Dave and his sweetheart, Helene have lived in the Ivy district for 36 years and love it here. He says that harmonizing with this fine group of guys has been a delight!

Dave Bradley (Past Membership VP)

Dave, a member since 2009, sings bass. He enjoys flying airplanes, has owned four and still flies his ultralight. He moved here from Chicago and served for 11 years as International Technical Service Manager for Acme Visible Records in Crozet. Dave and his sweetheart, Helene have lived in the Ivy district for 36 years and love it here. He says that harmonizing with this fine group of guys has been a delight!

Greg Hayden (Board Member) Greg is an almost-retired pediatrician who has worked at UVA for over 36 years. He enjoys singing a variety of musical styles including Barbershop. Greg sings bass and joined JLC in 2014 and has been singing with the Barbers of C'ville for the last year. He especially enjoys the singing Valentines.

Greg Hayden (Board Member)

Greg is an almost-retired pediatrician who has worked at UVA for over 36 years. He enjoys singing a variety of musical styles including Barbershop. Greg sings bass and joined JLC in 2014 and has been singing with the Barbers of C'ville for the last year. He especially enjoys the singing Valentines.

John Flentje John was born and raised in Wisconsin. After college, he joined the Air Force in 1965, retiring in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel. John and his wife Nancy moved from Maine to Charlottesville in 2000 and enjoy the climate and seasons here in Virginia. John joined the JLC in May 2016 - his previous singing experience was with classical choirs. This is his first foray into the Barbershop style. 

John Flentje

John was born and raised in Wisconsin. After college, he joined the Air Force in 1965, retiring in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel. John and his wife Nancy moved from Maine to Charlottesville in 2000 and enjoy the climate and seasons here in Virginia. John joined the JLC in May 2016 - his previous singing experience was with classical choirs. This is his first foray into the Barbershop style. 

Howie Sheinfeld Howie first joined the JLC when "Keep America Singing" was changed to "Keep The Whole World Singing". After a hiatus, Howie re-joined JLC in 2015. Although he says he doesn't have a quartet-quality voice, he enjoys singing the Lead part.

Howie Sheinfeld

Howie first joined the JLC when "Keep America Singing" was changed to "Keep The Whole World Singing". After a hiatus, Howie re-joined JLC in 2015. Although he says he doesn't have a quartet-quality voice, he enjoys singing the Lead part.

Robby Gough (Past President) Robby has been a member of JLC since 1969 and has been our president and a board member multiple times in the past. After a 34 year career as an Operations Supervisor at Dominion Virginia Power, he is retired and now sings in the University Baptist Church choir and the Barbers of C'ville quartet. He knows singing is fun and encourages everyone to "Come join us!"  

Robby Gough (Past President)

Robby has been a member of JLC since 1969 and has been our president and a board member multiple times in the past. After a 34 year career as an Operations Supervisor at Dominion Virginia Power, he is retired and now sings in the University Baptist Church choir and the Barbers of C'ville quartet. He knows singing is fun and encourages everyone to "Come join us!"


 

Jack Marshall  (Treasurer) Jack first dabbled in barbershop music while living in Indonesia, joining this Chorus when he returned to the US in 1988.  He’s a baritone - a shame he endures. Somewhat less embarrassing, he’s a retired anthropologist who has focused on international population issues while working at W.H.O. He’s failed at limiting growth in Albemarle County.  

Jack Marshall  (Treasurer)

Jack first dabbled in barbershop music while living in Indonesia, joining this Chorus when he returned to the US in 1988.  He’s a baritone - a shame he endures. Somewhat less embarrassing, he’s a retired anthropologist who has focused on international population issues while working at W.H.O. He’s failed at limiting growth in Albemarle County.

 

Chris Brookfield Chris first sang Barbershop in 1952 as a bass with The School Quartet in New Hampshire. While stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 1959, he sang with The Charge Fours- and even cut a record! Three years ago, Chris joined JLC. Struggling to become a basso profundo, he now genuflects at the feet of Sam and Dude. 

Chris Brookfield

Chris first sang Barbershop in 1952 as a bass with The School Quartet in New Hampshire. While stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 1959, he sang with The Charge Fours- and even cut a record! Three years ago, Chris joined JLC. Struggling to become a basso profundo, he now genuflects at the feet of Sam and Dude. 

Leo Mallek Leo Mallek (tenor) - A retired dentist, now full time farmer who specializes in organic vegetables and sustainable practices when not directing the Salute to Swing Band.   

Leo Mallek

Leo Mallek (tenor) - A retired dentist, now full time farmer who specializes in organic vegetables and sustainable practices when not directing the Salute to Swing Band. 





 

Tom Guterbock (Secretary) As a child, Tom sang with a group that evolved into the Chicago Children’s Choir. He continued to sing in high school, but then rested his voice for the next 4 decades. At a wedding, he was captivated by the barbershop quartet entertainment. Tom soon joined the JLC as a bass and later moved ‘up’ to lead.  He is a member of the Barbers of C’ville quartet. Tom teaches at UVA and directs the University’s Center for Survey Research.

Tom Guterbock (Secretary)

As a child, Tom sang with a group that evolved into the Chicago Children’s Choir. He continued to sing in high school, but then rested his voice for the next 4 decades. At a wedding, he was captivated by the barbershop quartet entertainment. Tom soon joined the JLC as a bass and later moved ‘up’ to lead.  He is a member of the Barbers of C’ville quartet. Tom teaches at UVA and directs the University’s Center for Survey Research.

Sam Morgan  (Board Member) Sam is a bass who can really project. Had he been born before amplification, Sam would not have been involved in finance, but instead he would have been famous on the world stage. His rich, resonant voice has been picked up by seismographs and has resulted in numerous workplace OSHA violations. He presently sings in his church choir and church men's group, the JLC and the Lark quartet.  

Sam Morgan  (Board Member)

Sam is a bass who can really project. Had he been born before amplification, Sam would not have been involved in finance, but instead he would have been famous on the world stage. His rich, resonant voice has been picked up by seismographs and has resulted in numerous workplace OSHA violations. He presently sings in his church choir and church men's group, the JLC and the Lark quartet.
 

Dude Seibert Dude, a member since 2004, sings bass. He enjoys Barbershop and 50's Do-wop styles. When he is not working at his day job helping to keep everyone supplied with a constant flow of electricity to their homes and businesses, Dude paints abstract watercolors and participates in WWF cage matches.  

Dude Seibert

Dude, a member since 2004, sings bass. He enjoys Barbershop and 50's Do-wop styles. When he is not working at his day job helping to keep everyone supplied with a constant flow of electricity to their homes and businesses, Dude paints abstract watercolors and participates in WWF cage matches.
 

Ed Russell Ed says "I lost my way in guitar and piano, but I found myself in song." Thanks, Barbershopping!    

Ed Russell

Ed says "I lost my way in guitar and piano, but I found myself in song."

Thanks, Barbershopping!