October 18, 2017

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Director

Jennifer Williams 

The Dundalk Star Spangled Chorus is thrilled to introduce our New Director, Jennifer Williams! Jen began singing at the age of 16, and has been a part of the Sweet Adelines organization ever since.


She has been a member of 8 registered quartets and 5 choruses in 3 different regions. She is currently a member of Harbor City Music Company, holding an 8th Place International Medal and 1st Place Regional Medal.


In 1999, Jen set her sights on directing and was certified as a director in Sweet Adelines International. She then became a Front-Line Director of Harmony Shores Chorus of Region 9 (formerly Region 23). Her outstanding efforts were soon recognized, as she was awarded the title of “Novice Director” in 2001. Then, in 2009, Jen led Harmony Shores Chorus to their title of Most Improved Chorus in 2009 and 2nd Place Small Chorus in 2010.


After taking some time off from directing, Jen applied for her position with the Dundalk Sweet Adelines, and was named Director of the Star Spangled Chorus in May 2016!


Jen is happily married to her husband, Scott, with whom she has three children: her daughter Kati, who is a third generation Sweet Adeline and now a member of the Dundalk Chorus; her eldest son Andrew, who is a trumpeter in the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band; and her youngest son Eric, who is a junior and cellist at Severna Park High.

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Associate Director & Chorus President

Beverly Bruening

 

Bev Bruening joined the Dundalk Star Spangled Chorus in the fall of 2003. She is a retired music teacher who taught 38 years in the Dundalk community, working with the many award winning choruses from Patapsco High and Center for the Arts. Ms. Bruening has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, and received her Masters from Loyola in counseling.

 

Bev is now a certified director with the Sweet Adelines International & enjoys coaching several Young Women in Harmony youth quartets. While her musical involvement keeps her busy, she still has found time to become a “foster mom” for rescued schnauzers (in addition to the 4 she owns!).

 

Bev’s talents have proved to be a major asset to the chorus. Through her connections at Patapsco High School, she has helped recruit a number of young voices into the chorus! In addition to her roles as Associate Director & Chorus President, she also serves as a Bass Section Leader on the Music Team.

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Assistant Director

Marian Garvin
 

Marian Garven fell in love with the barbershop sound back in 2007 while singing tenor and baritone with Notified Quartet. She officially joined SAI and the Dundalk chorus as a Baritone in the Spring of 2012. Since then, she has served the chorus as a member of the music team, the board, and assistant director.


In 2014, she teamed up with Jessica Saladini, Karisa Leoni, and Joanna Akras to form Knock Out Quartet. In 2015, they won the award for Best Novice Quartet. Then, in 2016, they were awarded the title of Most Improved Quartet, and 4th place overall in Region 19.


Marian has a B.S. in Music Education from Towson University, and an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership from Loyola University Maryland. She has been a music teacher for over 6 years and is currently the Orchestra Director and Drama Club sponsor at Cockeysville Middle School in Baltimore County. She, her husband Glenn, and their two chihuahuas, Benny and Ollie, reside in Dundalk, MD. 

 

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Director Emeritus

Shirley Coffman 

 

Shirley Coffman served as Director of The Dundalk Star Spangled Chorus for a wonderful and memorable 16 years, as well as Assistant Director under Fred King for almost 40 years! Shirley joined the chorus in 1959 and since had a tremendous impact on the chorus in her roles of teaching, coaching, directing and encouraging the chorus and quartets. Shirley led The Dundalk Chorus to their milestone of scoring 600 Points in the 2014 Region 19 Competition, which earned her the title of Master Director in the Sweet Adelines International Organization. Shirley Coffman retired as Director in 2015. We thank her for sharing her talent, dedication and hard work for so many wonderful years!

 
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