Who we are

 

 

Vocal Revolution (VR) is one of New England's premier A Capella groups.  VR is a non-for-profit men's chorus whose mission is "moving audiences and enriching lives through musical excellence".  Founded in February of 1970, VR is proud to be the Concord, MA Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS)

Our 80 plus performing members, hail from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and New Jersey.   We are the highest ranking chorus in the Northeastern District (NED) of BHS with 28 District Championship titles.  VR is a dues-paying organization that includes high school and college students, professional engineers, doctors, and lawyers to mention a few.

We are WGBH's Sing That Thing Season 2 Adult Category and Overall Champions. 

 

 Joey Constantine

Artistic Director

Joey Constantine got his introduction to music from his mother, who used to depend on an old James Taylor VCR-recorded tape to keep him entranced from time to time. It turns out that the popular singer/songwriter was a terrific baby sitter, and has served as a musical inspiration.

Vocal Revolution's newest director was born in Lowell, MA in the summer of 1987. The Chelmsford Public School district maintained a fairly thorough music curriculum for students K-12, and he was involved in a great deal of those programs and offerings. Joey sang in almost every vocal ensemble available to him at any given time, additionally qualifying for the regional, state, and multi-state honor choirs offered through MENC during high school. There, he met Dan Costello, the immediate past director of VR, seeding the beginning of a decade-long friendship. Joey also enjoyed performing in musicals and theater at Chelmsford High School, under choral teacher (and one of his strongest mentors) Carl Rondina. Mr. Rondina eventually introduced Joey to barbershop music after convincing him to sing baritone in the iconic school committee quartet of the production The Music Man.

Joey completed his bachelor's degree in Public Relations at Westfield State University, where he also exercised and maintained his musical musings alongside his studies. He sang bass in the The Night Owls (collegiate a cappella) and played guitar with his dorm roommate at local restaurants and other venues.

He joined his first barbershop chorus in January 2010, signing up with The Lowell Gentlemen Songsters. At that point, Joey began to eat, breath, and sleep in the barbershop style. He found his first quartet (Snapshot!), attended his first international convention as a collegiate competitor, and won his first district quartet contest, all within the first year. His quartet resume today includes 2 other district championships, multiple international contest appearances, and countless hours of fun and enjoyment.

As a chorus singer, Joey has been with VR for 7 years, and has held a majority of the administrative and leadership positions in his tenure. Joey has served on the Board of Directors in marketing and musical capacities, as well as leading a open-to-the-public holiday show. He served as the Lead Section Leader, nearly in his entirety of being a VR member. He also was appointed Assistant Director by his friend Dan 2 years ago, helping to shape the musical product of the ensemble.

Joey contributes his developing musicality to inspirational figured like James Taylor, Sam Cooke, and Chet Baker.

 

 

 

David Patterson

Assistant Artistic Director

David joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1960, at age 15.  He has enjoyed a diverse and fulfilling career in the world of Barbershop.  He was in the Society’s Judging Program for nearly 25 years.  Upon leaving the Judging Program, he received the esteemed title and Award of “Judge Emeritus". 

He has been the Musical Director of five choruses.   He was Musical Director of the, then, SOUNDS OF CONCORD (prior to them becoming VOCAL REVOLUTION), leading them to two District Championships and two appearances at the Society’s International Chorus competition.   Also, David was Musical Director of our rival GRANITE STATESMEN chorus from Nashua, New Hampshire, leading them to two District Championships and two appearances at the Society’s International Chorus competition.

He sang Baritone in a quartet which twice qualified for the Society’s International Quartet competition.  He has won 21 District Chorus Championships with 3 different choruses.  He has sung and competed in a number of quartets.  He has coached a number of quartets and choruses.  With VOCAL REVOLUTION, he is serving the chorus as Assistant Director and as Bass Section Leader.

 

2017

Executive Board

 

Bill Selander -  President

Carl Mikkelsen - Secretary  

Bruce Lopatin - Treasurer

Carlo Ioffredo - Vice President, Music & Performance  

Nate Ware - Vice President, Membership

Matt Saucier - Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations

Joel Sutherland - Vice President, Chapter Programming

Glenn McElhoe - Vice President, Chapter Outreach

At Large Board Members:

Jeff Forman
Don Lind
Bob Perry

 

Special Acknowlegements

Barbershoper of the Year               Presidents Award                  Directors Award

2016 - Matt Saucier                                                                                                    2016 - Don Lind                                                                   2016 - Bob Perry
2015 - Joel Sutherland                                                                                             2015 - Ian Mores                                                                  2015 - Max Sabor  
2014 - Glenn McElhoe                                                                                               2014 - Bruce Lopatin                                                         2014 - Bill Selander
2013 - Douglas Peterson                                                                                          2013 - Don Davis                                                                 2013 - Robert Cincotta
2012 - Joey Constantine
2011 - David Pierce
2011 - Mark Schuldenfrei
2010 - Dan Costello
2009 - Don Davis
2008 - Jim Kenealy
2007 - Ralph Fishman
2006 - Lee Daum
2005 - Hank Turner
2004 - Larry Horwitz
2003 - Steve Nester
2002 - Tom Batton
2001 - Dick Bonzagni
2000 - Joe Casparius
1999 - Don Scott
1999 - Owen Sponagle
1998 - Herb Terakawa
1997 - Scott Domaratius
1996 - Carl D'Angio
1995 - Bill Labelle
1994 - Ernie Johansen
1993 - Lindsay Coyle
1992 - Jim Curley
1991 - Wendall Putney
1990 - David Patterson
1989 - Greg Caetano
1988 - Bob Kilroe
1987 - Mark Carlson
1986 - Ed Rand
1985 - Tom McMahan
1983 - Ken Carter
1982 - Norm Buerklin
1981 - Ron Greene
1980 - Ev Nau
1976 - Lloyd Bickford


Watch Us

 

 

2016 Barbershop Harmony Society International Contest

 

My Wonderful One

 

 

 

 

Keep Your Sunny Side Up