Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus Past Directors

Charlotte A Cappella Show Chorus thrives in part because of the commitment of a long line of talented and inspiring directors.


Ben Mills 5-2016

Ben Mills

Ben grew up singing barbershop music.  He is an avid quartetter and was a founding member of the Carolina Vocal Express, a 100 man chorus based in Gastonia, NC that has competed successfully several times in the Barbershop Harmony Society's international competition.   He and his wife Sasha are busy raising seven children.  He took over directing responsibilities for CASC in May of 2016 and, unfortunately, had to resign a year later when a dream job offer came through, necessitating a relocation to the Chicago area.  




Cindy Shook

Cindy joined the chorus in 1974.  In 1987, Cindy and her quartet, Esprit de Corps, won the regional quartet contest and competed at the international competition in Hawaii.  That same year, Cindy became the chorus director.  In 1988, with Cindy as the new director, the chorus placed first at regional competition.  She earned the title of Master Director in 1998 when the chorus scored over 600 for the first time.  During her tenure, the chorus competed internationally 5 times and placed as high as tenth in international competition. She retired, accepting the role of "director emeritus", and stepped back onto the risers in 2017.  



MaryK - QC 1987

Mary K Coffman

Mary K is well known in Sweet Adelines circles as the arranger  and composer of "Thank You, Dear Lord, for Music".  She was a music teacher and college band director.  Mary K was a talented and prolific composer, arranger, beloved coach, and Sweet Adelines Music Judge.  She directed the chorus from May 1975 to April 1987 and took the chorus to the international competition 4 times.  For more information and loving stories about Mary K, click here:  Mary K Tribute.PDF  


Other Directors

Mary Gravely





Mary co-directed the chorus with Mary K for one year, in 1986.  




Bill James

Bill took over after Skinny left, and directed the chorus from May 1973 to April 1975 when he had a job transfer to the Washington, DC area.  


Melvin Justice (MJ) "Skinny" Harris

Skinny Harris was a judge and lifetime member of SPEBSQSA (Barbershop Harmony Society).  He was also a member of the Southern Fried Jazz Band and toured the country with them.  For 27 years in retirement, he played his tenor banjo and clarinet at the Cajun Queen restaurant in Charlotte.  He passed away on October 28, 2015 at the age of 95.  He directed the chorus from May 1967 to April 1973.   The chorus was at that time in Region #9.  Skinny's wife, Nancy "Tip" Harris was Regent in Region #9 from 1972-1974. 

Carla Morrison

Carla was a founding member who moved to Charlotte from Rancocus Chapter and took the chorus to its first competition in Pittsburgh.



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