President: Steve Anderson
Steve is a retired Naval Officer and NATO Officer. He was a 17-year member of Voices International, a mixed-voice show choir based in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He and his wife Deborah were both founding members. Steve (first singing Tenor and later Bass) was their first Chairman, and held that role for 15 years. Deborah initially sang Alto, but then took on Choreography for the group for over 10 years. Voices International expanded from 20 folks who in 1997 just wanted to get together and sing, into a 50-voice semi-professional choral group performing a wide variety of music, over a dozen shows each year, and participating in international festivals from New York City to Vienna. Their time in Luxembourg turned out to be a great opportunity for both to delve into many artistic experiences. They enjoyed numerous roles in the musical and theatrical arenas, both on- and off-stage.
VP Music & Performance: Randy Hagan
Randy came to the Land of the Sky Chorus from the San Antonio, TX Marcsmen, where he and son Trevor began their adventure with Barbershop. Although Randy had been singing for 50 years in various choral capacities (church and community choirs/choruses), he had never sung a cappella or barbershop. After joining the Marcsmen he knew he’d found his calling. Since then he has performed on the International stage, won a District novice quartet championship, and served as a chapter treasurer. Before moving to N. Carolina, Randy completed a 40-yr Air Force career and has retired here with his wife (a 30-yr AF retiree) and son Trevor. In addition to membership in Land of the Sky Chorus, he also sings with Carolina Vocal Express (on the International Stage!) and with Carolina
Statesmen. VP Chapter Development & Membership: Randy Freeman
Randy Freeman first became interested in music when he started playing trumpet in fifth grade. Though he did not sing in High School he discovered a love for singing in his early adult years and sang in a gospel trio with two of his brothers. They called themselves “The Freeman Brothers”. He was introduced to Barbershop in his early 40's and sang with the Circle City Sound chorus in Indianapolis. After three years with CCS he had to withdraw for a while due to work and family circumstances but came back to Barbershop in his 50's and remained active with the Indianapolis chapter until February of 2014. He sang in three quartets while active with the CCS chorus. Randy served as Membership VP and also as Marketing & PR VP while with the Indianapolis chapter. He left Indiana and moved to South Carolina in 2014.
His Sweet Adeline sister who lives near Columbia, SC introduced him to a lovely southern lady who is also a Sweet Adeline. She stole his heart and became his wife in April of 2015. He had become a member of the LOS during their courtship and was also in a Seniors quartet named Evergreen while with the chapter. He moved to the Columbia area to live with his bride but has maintained his connection with the LOS and recently renewed his membership. He and his wife will be moving to upstate South Carolina in the spring of 2020. He is looking forward to singing with and serving the chapter as well as singing in another quartet.
VP Marketing & Promotion: Beverly Greene
Beverly has been "around" the chorus since the '90s, primarily handling design and marketing. She has also been an enthusiastic chorus "volunteer" and organizer, with oh-so-many opportunities, thanks to her (late) director/husband, Chuck Greene. She currently sits on the Carolinas District Board as the Dean of Leadership Academy, and has been a Certified Leadership Facilitator with BHS since 2017, as part of the BHS Healthy Chapter Initiative. Beverly has visited many chapters in the US and Canada with these roles, as well as the CACM workshops. Her background includes (among other things) web development and social media management. Beverly was also the first female to be appointed to a BHS BoD in 2016, as part of their new open board policy.
She is proudly a member now of the Asheville Chapter, as part of BHS' "Everyone in Harmony" initiative, which allows anyone and everyone to become members, no longer restricted to only male members. She also coached and accompanied Fourmata (an Owens High School quartet) to the BHS Midwinter contest in 2019, and currently sings with both a mixed ensemble, Asheville Accidentals (singing lead), and a women's chorus, A Cappella Alive! (singing bass).
Secretary & Events/Program VP: Jim Gordon
Jim currently serves as chapter Secretary, member of the Music Team and Baritone Section Leader. He is the initiator and coordinator of the District Harmony Platoon which is designed to expand opportunities for all to experience the joy of singing in a quartet. During his 30 years experience with the Barbershop Harmony Society he has been active singing in choruses and in quartets. He has held every chapter office from President to Secretary.
Treasurer: Pete Kirchner
Pete has been a member of the chapter for 26 yrs and is currently Tenor section leader and Music Committee Member. He recently accepted responsibility for our first Youth in Harmony VP. As well as singing, Pete has been a member of a professional dance troop for 30 yrs, performing on many of the biggest stages the country has to offer. And when not singing or dancing, he's likely to be found spelunking, or volunteering for the Red Cross. There's no way to keep him down!
Immediate Past President: Bryson Ley
Bryson's professional singing career started as a paid (twenty-five cent/wk) church choirboy at age 8. He continued singing through HS and in college was member of the Dartmouth Injunaires who sang close harmony a capella music. As a singing busboy in Aspen, he managed to eat and ski for a year before going on to medical school. Since he found barbershop 14 years ago, he has enjoyed every minute, first with the Wilmington Cape Fear Chordsmen and now with the Land of the Sky Chorus, and also the Interntional competitor, Carolina Vocal Express. Bryson also works with the local high school youth singers.
Other lives have included speciality medical practice in endocrinology and faculty teaching positions at Brown University and UNC Chapel Hill. He is also Father to a handsome son and daughter-in-law, Grandfather to a beautiful granddaughter, and fortunate to be in a long and happy marriage.
Member-at-Large: Randy Johnston
Member at Large: Wirt Skinner
WirtI was born three months to the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
As a child he listened to old 78 RPMs. He learned by listening. Wirt sang in his high school choir, in the church choir, in the college choir. He started singing Barbershop in 1975 in Sherman, Texas. Wirt sang in the Lake Texoma Chord Ringers;, in the Diamond State Chorus in Little Rock, Arkansas; in Tulsa, Ok he sang in the Founders Chorus, the original chorus in the SPEBSQSA. In 2005 he went back to Diamond state for a year; in 2005 they moved to Asheville and he started singing with the LOSC, and been here ever since!. So, he has been in the BHS for 46 years. Torpy and Wirt have been married for 54 years; they have two kids, who are both Texans, and have 5 grandchildren, the oldest is in the Air Force.
His lifetime motto is Psalms 104: 33----"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being."