Barb Hyder brings her years of extensive barbershop experience, including performance and administration, to City Voices Chorus. Her first Sweet Adeline chorus was the Madison chapter in Wisconsin, where she sang lead and was an assistant director for 2 years. When she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she sang with Harmoni-Q and Crosstown Harmony Choruses and met and married her barbershop husband, Kirk. She also helped to start Milwaukee Skyline (Showcase) Chorus in Wauwatosa and Harmony of the Hills Chorus in Slinger.
After moving to Naples, Florida, in 2005, Barb sang with Spirit of the Gulf Chorus in Fort Myers, under the direction of Karen Breidert. Family commitments then drew Barb and Kirk to the St. Louis area in 2013, where she sang with Gateway Spotlight and River Blenders Choruses.
Barb has performed at the International level with Crosstown Harmony and Spirit of the Gulf Choruses. Loving to perform, she has been in several quartets over the years. Her first quartet, with her sister and best friends, was appropriately named Second Generation, since her father was a barbershopper. She was a Regional quartet champion with All That Jazz quartet and competed on the International stage 3 times, twice with All That Jazz and once with Surefire.
In addition to performing, Barb has served in numerous musical and administrative roles in her choruses and on the Regional level. In Region 22, she was team leader and Education Coordinator. She also organized 22 Karat Gold, Region 22’s society of champion quartets.
The Hyders now live in St. Charles, MO. Kirk sings bass with Ambassadors of Harmony and in Happy Medium quartet. Barb and Kirk also sing in a mixed quartet, called Heart to Heart, with their good friends Nancy and Brad from Milwaukee. Barb also enjoys singing with the St. Louis County Community Chorus, directed by Andy Waggoner, and with St. Louis Caroling during the holiday season.
City Voices Chorus is excited to have Barb Hyder, with her knowledge, energy and
enthusiasm, as our new director. We are looking forward to a fulfilling journey together.