Charleston, WV— Ted Rose, the Music Director of Charleston’s Barbershop Chorus, the Kanawha Kordsmen, has been named the Director of the Year by the Johnny Appleseed District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Mr. Rose has been the Kordsmen Music Director since 2010. He holds a B.F.A. degree in Music Composition with a specialization in Voice, from Marshall University in addition to a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia Tech. He is employed as Project lead of the Master Data Management project at MRC Global in Charleston.
Mr. Rose says that his award is “recognition of the continued improvement of the quality of singing that the Kanawha Kordsmen are doing. Men who enjoy singing are invited to join us at rehearsal on Monday nights at 7 P.M. at the Columbia Gas Auditorium on MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston. Everybody is encouraged to attend the Charleston Harmony show on June 22 at the Clay Center at 7:30 P.M. when the Kordsmen will share the stage with the international champion quartet, O.C. Times.” This award is the second for a director of the Kanawha Kordsmen, as Skipp Kropp was a recipient in 2009.
The Johnny Appleseed District, which consists of Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania, is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in April 2013. With more than 23,000 members, the Barbershop Harmony Society is the largest all-male singing organization in the world.