President: Jim Gordon
Jim got hooked on Barbershopping with the first tag he sang with the Big Orange Chorus in Jacksonville, Fl. He later served as bari section leader and president, and the chorus went on to compete on the International stage. Jim moved to Asheville just in time for the "Blizzard of '93" and has enjoyed the four season living here ever since. He's a retired Naval officer, tennis pro and Master Gardener who enjoys life on 2 acres in Leicester with his wife, Laura. He has 4 children and a bunch of grandkids and one great granddaughter. He is a quartet singer, promoter and enthusiast. A Harmony Brigade singer, he also founded and promotes Harmony Platoon events for the District.
After being chapter Secretary for a few years he now has a vision, as president, that Asheville become a chapter of quartet singers; and that in addition to full chorus performances we perform in quartets or small ensembles on a very regular basis. Jim is a tag singer and member of BSA, a group of the best tag singers on the East Coast; and he regularly brings a tag to rehearsals so that members and guests can enjoy that same experience that hooked him on Barbershopping.
Secretary: Bob Renjillian
Rev. Bob Renjilian joined the Asheville Chapter and Land of the Sky Chorus soon after his ministerial calling brought him to serve a church in Brevard beginning in 2020. As a child, his only chorus experience was Ms. Fiftal’s 5th grade mixed chorus, where he was among the boys singing the pirate’s songs. After a long break from singing (concentrating on marching/concert band instead) he joined the madrigal singers in college, and then a community symphony chorus. He was introduced to Barbershop Harmony by his father-in-law and brother-in-law during visits to their cities, which coincided with their own chapters’ rehearsals sometimes. Bob joined a Barbershop chorus in 1994, and has kept up his affiliation in this great singing tradition wherever he ended up, (except for a short break when the kids were young and there was no close-by chapter to attend). Bob sings bass, but has sometimes been asked to sing lead in Valentine’s Day quartets.
Treasurer: Charles Marth
Charles has been a chemistry professor at Western Carolina University for almost 20 years. He has sung in church choirs for many years, but just discovered barbershop three years ago – and was immediately hooked on the a cappella sound. In January of 2021 he was honored at the request to be treasurer for the chapter, and is also involved in setting up Blue Ridge Harmony, the new mixed-voice chorus. Charles grew up in Illinois, then came south to attend Duke University. He and his wife now live in Haywood County (where she grew up) and enjoy spending weekends at their cabin in the mountains near Lake Logan.
VP Music & Performance: Manny Lopez
VP Chapter Development & Membership: Steve Wilde
VP Marketing & Promotion: open
Board Member at Large: James Blair
Immediate Past 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.