Pittsburgh South Hills Keystone Chorus Leadership

The Keystone Chorus thrives because of the energy and style of the people who have stepped up to lead. Here are a few of the people that make our ensemble tick:

directorKen Williams

Director

Voice Part:Baritone

Member Since:  1982

I have been singing with the South Hills Chapter since 1980.  I have been the director for about 20 of them.  In 1970 the chapter sponsored a highschool quartet contest which my sister entered with her friends.  I was inspired by that and the fact that my parents took me to a McKeesport Barbershop show when I was 10.  After graduating from Capital University in Columbus with a degree in music education (and not getting a job) I started singing with South Hills while cutting wood and hammering nails.  Whistling while working was only partially fulfilling.  I needed 4 part accapella.  I have sung in several quartets and competed with two; I sang baritone with Pittsburgh's Treblemakers and sang lead with Tones of Fun.  I also sang tenor with the Travelers but didn't compete.

         I enjoy helping other men learn to sing and love hearing and seeing the progress they make.  The team effort, whether a chorus or quartet, is like syncronized swimming for the ears.  What a feeling to ring a chord knowing that you were part of the product.  And the smile on the faces of the audiences we sing for is priceless.

      On a personal note (after 30 years of singing) I have a wife, Maureen, who has stood  beside me through all the rehearsals and show.  I also have two married children, Randy and Kelly and two grandchildren.  My home is in Bethel Park, my wife is from Bethel, my church is here and our Keystone Chorus is here.  My love goes to God, family and community. 

 

Stan Kelja2-PresidentStan Kleja

President

Voice Part: Lead

Member Since: 2003

President's Message

 

Stan is an IT Executive with a programmer’s heart has been a member of the Keystone Chorus since 2003 and President of the Chorus since 2008. Stan Loves to sing and especially loves the feeling of creating a ringing chord with 3 other singers. Stan’s hobbies include singing, carpentry, model trains, wine and food pairing and more singing! Stan received Barbershopper of the Year honors in 2007 and 2009.

 

 

 

 

KrisKristopher Eshghy

VP Memebrship Development

Voice Part: Bass

Member Since:   2005

 Kris  was born in Ann Arber Michigan and now lives in Pittsburgh.

He is currently studying Pharmacy. Kris has been singing for 35 years  and is also a member and current President of the South Hills Choral. Kris is married with 2 children aged 25 and 23. 


Kris joined the Keystone Chorus to learn to sing Barbershop.  Kris's hobbies are Tennis and Bowling.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Smith2jpgBill Smith

VP Music / Performance / Assistant Director

Voice Part: Tenor

Member Since: 1979

I have been singing my whole life.  I first sang in the Boy’s Choir at St. Thomas More Church, while I was in elementary school there.  During high school and college, I took a break and when I  began working a good friend of mine, Bill Ryan, who was then the Music Minister at St. Thomas More asked me to be part of the St. Thomas More Adult Choir.  I have been singing with them ever since and alternating been Tenor and Bass depending on the need at the time.  I’m also a Cantor for Mass at St. Thomas More.  In about 1979, my good friend, Don Mills, got me involved in Barbershop with the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter which then met in Swissvale.  From there we moved on to the North Hills Harmony Line Singers and in 1990 or 1991 I became a member of our South Hills Chapter and have been here every since!

I began here as a Lead and now have moved to Tenor because we have so few Tenors in our group.  I also serve as Music Vice President and Assistant Director.  It has been great these last few months seeing our chorus grow and adding new members.  I love the camaraderie among the group and the chance to help new singers improve and grow in their skills.

I recently retired from the US Post Office where I was employed since 1986 and it is great being retired!  I now have much more time to do the things I could never do before.   My wife, Lorraine, and I have been married for 30 years – and yes, we were married at St. Thomas More Church, because I worked there and sang there, and Lorraine was, and still is, the Administrative Assistant.  You might say St. Thomas More has played an important part in our lives.  We live in Georgetown Estates in Lawrence, PA with our “dog daughter”, Lexi Leigh.

 

Keith Keith Apelgren

VP Marketing / PR

Voice Part: Baritone

Member Since: 2011  

Keith joined the chorus Oct, 2012  because he was new to the area and wanted to find men to sing with.  He enjoy's singing harmony with others and the Keystone Chorus is fun and low stress.  Keith is a semi-retired general surgeon from Michigan State University. He sang in high school and med school choruses..  Originally from Gladstone, Mich.(Upper Peninsula). Keith is a BIG Green Bay Packer fan and a Steeler fan by marriage.

 

Andy Caliguiri 2- SecretaryAndy Caliguiri

Secretary

Voice Part: Lead

Member Since:    2007

 

 My hometown is Green Tree Borough, Pa. I now live in McMurray, Pa., which is in Peters Township in Washington County. 

I Retired from Canon-McMillan High School where I was a Guidance Counselor I have been with the Keystone Chorus for four years.

 

I always liked barbershop music since seeing the Music Man movie, the one staring Robert Preston. I really got involved with it after my son was in a quartet at high school and took part in a contest with the Metro Chapter.   Since he wasn’t old enough to drive yet, I drove him to the Chapter rehearsals. After he left barbershop for musical theater, I missed the barbershop music and joined the Keystone Chorus because it was a shorter drive than to the Metro Chapter. I enjoy the guys and the music. There is not a rehearsal night that I don’t LOL. My other hobbies are reading, target shooting and cutting grass. I also love and hate the Pittsburgh Pirates.
 
 
 

DSCN0107Ken Dobbins

Treasurer

Voice Part: Bass
Member Since: 1999
 I grew up in Hopewell Township (near Aliquippa)

I attended Michigan State U and am now living in Mt. Lebanon.

I am a computer programmer with Federated Investors.I joined the chorus in 1999. “I had heard barbershop a few times in places like Disney World, and First Night and found it fascinating.” I found the chorus on the SPEBSQSA (now Barbershop Harmony Society) website. Prior to joining the chorus, my only group singing experience was the Catholic grade school boys’ choir. I have played guitar on and off for years and am still a novice at best, and sometimes sing along when I play.Since joining the chorus, my wife and I joined our church choir.

   Other than playing guitar, I jog, and enjoy most strategy games, such as chess, backgammon, and bridge.I’m also a closet mathematician.  If you ever want to be bored to tears, ask me about Pythagoras and the physics of barbershop harmony.

 
 
 

George FGeorge Fritsch

Board Member at Large

Voice Part: Tenor

Member Since:    1997

George L. Fritsch lived in Whitehall until completing two year service in the U.S. Navy. George  has been married to Muriel for sixty -one years, and was employed at Schneider’s Dairy forty-one years. George now  lives in Mt. Lebanon and has been a member of the South Hills Chapter for fifteen years,. He converted to tenor from baritone four years ago. George enjoys family, dancing, bicycling, playing guitar, and home repair. He was inspired to barbershopping after hearing a young college quartet singing” The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.

 

   Jim VighettiJim Vighetti

   Board Member at Large

   Voice Part : Lead

   Member Since: 1996

 Jim Vighetti sings Lead in our chorus. He has been singing with the   Keystone Chorus for seventeen years.

Jim lives in Bethel Park with his wife Jean. They have four children, Mike, Linda, Bill and Cathy. They also have five grandchildren.

Jim graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked as an investigator for the Internal Revenue Service,
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Pennsylvania Inspector Generals Office. He is currently retired.

Jim's favorite memories of singing barbershop are singing with the Metro Chorus in a contest in Ohio and winning the small chorus first place award,
and singing with a combined chorus at Kennywood Park. Jim also sings at St. Valentine's Church in Bethel Park, PA. He has been a member of St. Valentine's choir for 40 years.
Jim highly recommends singing barbershop to anyone who has an interest in music and likes hearing good close harmony chords.

 
 
 
 
 

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Mark Schroeder

Webmaster

Voice Part: Baritone

Member SInce:  2012

Birthplace and Hometown: Bethel Park, PA

 

 Always having been enthralled by 4 part Barbershop vocal harmony, Mark joined the Keystone Chorus in May of 2012 after receiving a letter of invitation during our membership drive. Mark has enjoyed every minute of rehearsal and performance since joining the organization and highly recommends to any man who enjoys singing that they give Barbershop a try.

 

 Mark has been singing in Choirs and Musicals since the age of 11, including, Bethel Park High School Concert Choir, Top 21 and Music Theatre, IUP Oratorio Chorus, Christ United Methodist Church Chapel and Chancel Choirs, Stage 62 ( Sandy Dean, Brigadoon 1997).He is a former member (1980 -1999) and Past President of The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh.

  Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Kathy and their family, bike riding, hiking, traveling, Steelers football, Penguins hockey, Pirate baseball , playing guitar, Civil War history, or just being at home with their pets. Mark was honored as the chapters Barbershopper of the Year in 2013.


 
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