July 26, 2018
Directing the boy’s chorus:
Ryan Perotte, Vocal Confluence
Ryan Perrotte is president and co-founder of In Tune With the Arts Studios, Inc. in Gibsonia, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He is also the department head of the middle school and high school music departments at Peters Township School District as well as the director of choral studies at Peters Township High School in McMurray, PA. Ryan is known for his wide range of styles in his choral teaching that consists of barbershop, sacred, secular, contemporary a cappella, jazz, and musical theatre.
He directed Rowdy Rhythm, the full ensemble choir at Peters Township HS, in a performance of Wayne Grimmer’s Camptown Races at the Saturday Night Spectacular at the International Barbershop Competition at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, the summer of 2015. His group was also invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Deke Sharon (Vocal Producer of The Sing Off and Pitch Perfect movies) and some of the the cast of the Pitch Perfect movies for Total Vocal II in the spring of 2016. He has coached many high school barbershop quartets, one of which was the only high school quartet to place in the top 5 at the Sweet Adelines International “Rising Star” Competition.
When Ryan is not teaching, he is composing or performing. Along with six other talented musicians and writers from Act One Theater School near Pittsburgh, PA, Ryan has composed a full length musical and has currently completed his second. He also has written the song “Hockey Night in Pittsburgh” that has been featured on websites, TV, and radio stations such as Kiss FM, Tosh.0, KDKA, and Star 100.7 FM. Ryan also made his Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Debut in the summer of 2004 in the Music Man starring Jeff Goldblum and again, in 2009, sharing the stages at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy, and Marvin Hamlisch.
In addition, he has sung with several barbershop quartets, one of which placed 3rd in the National Collegiate Barbershop Competition. Ryan currently resides in Wexford, PA with his beautiful wife and two lovely boys.
Directing the girl’s chorus:
Michael Hengelsberg, Greater Harmony Chorus
Michael Hengelsberg brings a wealth of musical and barbershop experience along with a true love of the artform. Beginning with working his way through college by playing the organ and directing the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, PA, Michael has developed choir and contemporary music programs at churches in Pennsylvania as well as Wisconsin, where he and his wife, Allison lived for seventeen years.
Michael’s love for Barbershop Music started all the way back in High School where he formed a quartet of high-school friends to sing in a quartet for a 4th of July parade in Hampton Township. In college, he started a fledgling men’s barbershop chorus at Washington and Jefferson College. After moving to Wisconsin in 1995, at the urging of his wife, he joined the La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen in 1996. He began directing the chorus in 1997 after their previous director moved away. Michael directed and coached the chorus to 4th place in the Land o’ Lakes District contest, and earned them a trip to the Buckeye Invitational Contest. The chorus earned a first place in their performance at Buckeye that year.
Michael is a member of the Vocal Confluence Barbershop Chorus, and lives in Allison Park with his wife, Allison, and children, Lexi, Grace, and Charlie.