Meet the Chorus

Basses

 

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Kristopher Eshghy

Bass / VP

Paul Schaughency

Bass

David Johns

Bass


Bill Sillers

Bass

 

 

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Ken Dobbins

Bass / Treasurer

Len Sogoloff

Bass

Mike Schwesinger

 

 Kurt Spinosa

Bass

 

 

 

 

 Baritiones

 

Mark S Keith Ron Schwesinger 

Mark Schroeder

Baritone / Webmaster

Keith Apelgren

Baritone / VP Marketing

Baritone

Ron Schwesinger

 Baritone

 

 

 


 
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Ken Williams

Associate Director



Temp Smith

Baritone / Board Member

 

 

Leads

 

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Frank Hunter

Lead/ Historian

Andy Caliguiri

Lead / Secretary

 Scott Miller

Lead

Jim Vighetti

Lead /Board Member

 

 

 

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Stan Kleja

Lead / President

Bob Hrabar

Lead

 John Tamiggi

  Lead


 

 

 

 Bob Seeger PAul Buheler 

Nathan Gura

 

 Bob Seeger

Lead

 Paul Buehler

Lead

 

 Tenors

 

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Bill Smith

Tenor / VP Music / Assistant Director

George Fritsch

Tenor / Board Member

Mick Maloney

Tenor


 

 

Member Bios

 

 

024Bob Hrabar

Voice Part :  Lead

Member Since : 2012

Hometown:  Etna, PA

Current:       Pittsburgh, PA

Occupation:  EMS Specialist with UPMC Prehospital Care (FullTime) / Paramedic with Medical Rescue Team South Authority (Part-time) / EMS Instructor with CCAC Public Safety Institute – EMT Program   (Casual). 


Member of Keystone Chorus since April 2012. The reason I joined, I enjoy singing, we have fun at both rehearsals and performances, and they asked me to join (even after hearing me sing!).

Hobbies:  I follow our Steelers and Penguins… and lately have enjoyed watching the Pirates!  I like to golf but am not yet very good at it.  I’m active in my church and sing Bass in the choir.  I also volunteer some of my time with Child Passenger Safety events. My daughter is the President of the National Honors Society at her school and is accomplished in ballet (as well as other types of dance) at the Carnegie Performing Arts Center.

                                                                                                                                                                    

DSCN0108Bill Sillers

Voice Part :  Bass

Member Since : 2009

Hometown:  Carlisle, PA

Current:       Bethel Park PA

Occupation: Retired Carpenter


Bill has been singing since his High School days and currently sings in his Church Choir. Bill was brought to rehearsal 3 years ago by Jim Whitner and enjoyed it so much he has been attending ever since.

 

 


 

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Voice Part: Lead

Member Since: 1973

Hometown: Swissvale, PA

Current: Whitehall, PA

 

Frank is a retired Teacher and is the Keystone Chorus Historian. Frank has been a member of the Keystone Chorus for 39 years .Franks Hobbies include : Biking, Walking and Singing


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Paul Schaughency

 Voice Part: Bass

 Member Since: 1992

 Paul hails from Beaver PA and currently resides in Scott Twp. He lists his occupationa as retired. Paul has been singing since his High School and College days, he was a member of his Fraternity Choir and later on his Lodge Chorus. Paul currently is a member of the Pittsburgh Pal's Quartet. Paul was asked by a friend to attend a Keystone Chorus rehearsal. That was 18 years ago. He enjoyed it so much he has been coming back ever since.  Paul also is an active member at the Drama Club at his retirement center.



Bob Frey


 

Robert Frey

Voice Part: Bass

Member Since:  2013

Hometown: Freehold, NJ

 

I have been singing since High School where I was a member of the Asbury Park Chapter of SPEBSQSA,“Chorus of the Atlantic”. Early in my professional career in Newark, Delaware, I sang with the Delaware Choral Union which on occasion would perform jointly with the Delaware Symphony.    

 

Professionally, I am a practicing chemical engineer and am employed by Eastman
Chemical in West Elizabeth, Pa.     

 

My wife and I reside in Upper St. Clair.  Our daughter is in Medical School. Bob enjoys gardening and attending Pirates games with his wife and traveling to the Pocono Mountains to spend time with family.

 

 





 

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  David Johns

  Voice Part: Bass

  Member Since:  2014

  Hometown: Mt Lebanon,PA

 

 

 

 I was introduced to the Keystone Chorus at the end of 2013 by Temp  Smith. In high school, we had a wonderful music director who encouraged  all to sing. I was able to join the Octet in high school and we sang in a Forensics competition at CMU. I was hooked.

 

My wife (Robyn) and I live in Mt.Lebanon. Our two children (Jessica and David) returned to the area after college and are gainfully employed.

 

I started a plastics manufacturing company in 1982 which I since sold. Though I enjoy being retired, I am always looking for an interesting opportunity.

 

 


  Ron Schwesinger

 Ron Schwesinger

 Voice Part: Baritone

 Member Since: 2014

 Hometown: Toledo, OH

 





Music has always been a joy for me. I have been signing since I was 4 years old in Sunday School at our New Apostolic Church in Toledo, Ohio. I sang in various chorus groups in grade school and high school. I took about 3 years of Piano lessons beginning at the age of 10. I enjoyed singing on our church choir since age 11. In 1974 my family moved to Pittsburgh and I continued singing in our Pittsburgh congregation of the New Apostolic Church. In July 1979 my wife Karen and I got married. Also, In 1979 I began directing our local and sub-district mixed and male choirs and in the same year my wife became the Organist. Later in 1979 I was ordained a Deacon in our church two months after our wedding and in 1981 ordained a Priest. I was asked to direct our District Choir which comprised 15 congregations and about 150 choir members. I also assisted directing our 20 piece district orchestra and have had the privilege to direct a large 3 district choir group of about 350 choir members. After 24 years of directing I was appointed in 2004 as the Rector of our Pittsburgh Congregation in Greentree which I hold currently. All of my church responsibilities are volunteer positions. Not being able to direct choirs in my new responsibility, I longed for the opportunity to sing again in 4 part harmony either in our choir or male choir so I would sing along whenever I could. When the invitation came to try out in the Pittsburgh South Hills Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, I didn’t hesitate at the opportunity. After my first evening in the program I was convinced that I wanted to be a part of this singing organization.

 

I have also been employed full time at the University of Pittsburgh for nearly 36 years and am currently the Director of Grant Administration in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. My first position was in Research Accounting in the Controller’s Office which was located in the Cathedral of Learning. Since I love music I enrolled in a music class at Pitt and my teacher was Professor Lord who was also the Heinz Chapel Organist at the time. Ron and his wife Karen have been married 35 years and have three children, Melissa, Michael, and Andrea. They also have two Grandchildren, Maycie – 6 years old and Ramon – 2 years old and one more on the way. I enjoy the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins as well as my favorite NBA team – the Miami Heat. I enjoy playing the piano, singing, biking, travelling, and most of my spare time is spent enjoying our children and grandchildren.



Bob Seeger



   Bob Seeger

   Voice Part: Lead

   Member Since: 2016

   Hometown: Crafton, PA








Bob first heard about the Keystone Chorus from a mailing that came to his house. In it was an invitation to come out and try it for three weeks. He decided to go. He was welcomed with open arms.
 Bob's background in singing was limited to singing in church and on his own at home. He didn’t know how to read music. He can’t tell you how many guys have helped him over the past year. Some of the music is challenging, but the end result is always worth the work.
The camaraderie between the singers is palpable, and the sing outs (performances at nursing homes, private parties, etc.) are so much fun. Bob looks forward to each Tuesday evening together with the guys – to sing, laugh, and enjoy fellowship. It always lifts his spirit. He has learned a lot in a year (since joining in the spring of 2016) and he looks forward to more years with the group – singing and learning. Bob I am so glad he joined.
About Bob: Bob was born and raised in Pittsburgh, growing up in Wilkinsburg. he currently lives in Crafton, with his wife, Carole, and their two cats. Bob has been working at St. James School and Church in Wilkinsburg, PA for over 20 years. In addition to singing, Bob loves all Pittsburgh Sports, including the Pitt Panthers (Pitt is his alma mater), cooking, antiques, history, and enjoying the outdoors – whether grilling, fishing, walking/hiking, or cutting grass – as long as he is out in the fresh air/great outdoors!

 

 



PAul Buheler


 Paul Buehler
 Voice Part : Lead
 Member Since : 2016
 Hometown: Crafton, PA
 Current: Huston, PA
 Occupation: Retired  from Wells Fargo 2003








Paul attended Crafton High School class of 1954 along with fellow member Jim Vighetti. Paul has been singing since grade school.  He was previously a member of The Village Singers a group that disbanded in 2015. Paul is a 1963 graduate of Duquesne University. His first wife Joan is deceased. Paul re-married in 2014 to his wife Margeret.  He has seven grandchildren and an Enlish Springer Spaniel named "Duke". In 2016 Pal and his wife attended a performance by the Pittsburgh South Hills Keystone Chorus and the Washington County Fair. He recognized Jim Vigehtti from his days at Craftn High and Jim encouraged  him to join the group. The rest is history !

 




Kurt Spinosa


 Kurt Spinosa

 Voice Part : Bass

 Member Since: 2017

 Hometown: Cecil, PA

 Occupation: Loan Processor





 

I was born in Cecil, PA , located 5 miles south of Bridgeville, PA on St. Patrick’s Day 1963. I went to Cannon McMillian High School, graduating in 1981. From there I went first to West Virginia University and then to Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Graduating with a BSBA in Business Management and Administration in 1985. I then accepted my first job in New Jersey as an assistant manager for Roy Rogers Restaurants ( Happy Trails to You ). In 1987, I came back to Cecil, PA to take over my father’s business. He had a convenience store, restaurant and ice cream shop. I ran this operation from 1987-2001, when economic conditions caused me to make the decision to close down the operations. That same year, I got married to my wonderful wife, Debbie. I then got into the Home Mortgage Arena. I got experience initially with title and settlement companies. I worked as a closing coordinator with Howard Hanna Real Estate Division. I then worked as a Mortgage Loan Processor for Urban Fulfillment exclusively for Suntrust Mortgage. that position lead me to my current position as a Loan Processor with Clearview Federal Credit Union.

 

My Barbershop History goes back to 1991 and the Washington, PA Chapter. I joined the Presidents of Harmony that year. I was asked to come to a meeting of the chapter by a Great Bass Singer and wonderful man, Bill Klaphake . Bill has since passed away and is greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

From the Washington Chapter, Bill took me along with other members to attend a Tuesday Night Practice at the Pittsburgh South Hills Chapter. Once I met the members of the Keystone Chorus, I found a new Barbershop home. I began to attend regular Tuesday night practices and this went on for a while.

 

Then due to commitments and other events, I was not able to come to the meetings for quite a while. This all changed however by a chance encounter with Bill Smith from the Keystone Chorus at the Giant Eagle near our homes. He told me that they all missed me there and that I should try to come back. I took his advice and I have been back now since March of 2017.

 

I am now trying to get a good quartet together with members of the South Hills Chapter, or other Chapters in the area.

 

I am glad that I returned to singing Barbershop because I found that I really missed that close harmony that only four voices can produce. And Yes, I have come to realize “ IT’S   GREAT   TO   BE   A   BARBERSHOPER.”






 

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