2019 Summer Harmony Camp Staff

 


Darin Drown
Girls’ Clinician

International Quartet Champion
Musical Director, Velvet Hills
Director of Vocal Music, Grandview High School
Arranger of music
International Coach

Darin is Vocal Music Director at Grandview High (Cherry Creek School District) and is highly regarded among his colleagues throughout Colorado, serving as a clinician and adjudicator at many festivals and events.  Darin is also the Music Director of the Velvet Hills Sweet Adeline Chorus (Colorado Springs) and is the former Music Director of the Sound of the Rockies Barbershop Chorus (Denver). Both have achieved high honors in regional and International competition.  His quartet, Storm Front, won the coveted gold medal in 2010 as International Quartet Champions. He is an arranger and a coach whose services are sought worldwide. Darin will be the clinician for the Women’s Chorus at Summer Harmony Camp 2019.

Jim Clark
Boys’ Clinician

International Quartet Champion
Director, America The Beautiful Chorus
International Chorus Medalist

Jim is the Music Director of the America The Beautiful Barbershop Chorus in Colorado Springs and his day job is working for Harmony Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Barbershop Harmony Society,  which raises money for outreach projects including many youth opportunities (International Youth Chorus Festival held annually in January, International Youth Quartet contest held annually in July). He has won many International Chorus medals with the Sound of the Rockies and sings lead in Storm Front with Darin, which won the gold medal in 2010.  Jim will be the clinician for the Men’s Chorus at Summer Harmony Camp 2019.

Darin (baritone) and Jim (lead) in Storm Front quartet
2010 International Champions

The comedy quartet Storm Front created plenty of thunderous applause and light-hearted laughter as they won the coveted Gold Medal at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2010 International quartet contest Saturday evening at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The competition was fierce and the energy high among the 51 quartets participating in the Society’s 72nd Annual International Convention.
Storm Front’s members are tenor Jeff Selano, bass Syd Libsack, lead Jim Clark, and baritone Darin Drown

 

Neyla Pekarek

Neyla is an alumnus of our barbershop youth programs, having won the High School Quartet Contest in the women’s division and is an alumnus of Summer Harmony Camp. Her high school music teacher was Darin Drown and she, of course, went on to become the lead singer of The Lumineers which has toured worldwide and received high acclaim. She has competed in Sweet Adeline quartet competition scoring in the top 20. She recently retired from the Lumineers to begin a solo career, and she is forming a new Sweet Adeline quartet which will be the Women’s teaching quartet at Summer Harmony Camp 2019. It is heart-warming to have one our alumni return to share the gift with today’s youth.

Maelstrom Quartet

Two of the 4 members of Maelstrom are alumni of our youth programs. Both Tyler and Wes are High School quartet champions and Wes is a multi-year alumnus of Summer Harmony Camp. This will be the second year that Maelstrom serves as teaching quartet at Summer Harmony Camp (and Wes has served in previous years with a different quartet). These young men have skyrocketed in competition during their brief existence, qualifying for International competition their first year, winning the Rocky Mountain District championship in the first year they competed in that contest, and placing 16th in the International Quartet Contest in just their second year of competition. They have a collective huge heart for youth and enjoy giving back to today’s youth. They will inspire musically, but they will also share their personal stories of how music changed the course of their lives during high school, which will resonate with every attendee.
Dr. Tony Pranaitis
Camp Administrator