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The following is a listing of the clinicians that will be providing the singing lessons.

Steve BaylessSteve Bayless

Steve Bayless graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. He has sung with a number of organizations in Houston including the renowned Houston Grand Opera Chorus, Houston Symphony Chorus, Houston Masterworks, and the Texas Master Chorale. He has also served at a number of churches in the area. He is currently an active musician at John Wesley United Methodist Church in north Houston. For a few years after graduating from college, Steve taught voice lessons to a variety of age groups and led youth and hand bell choirs. His love of music began early. It grew and strengthened through his participation in his high school choral program at Westfield High School under the direction of Jean Galloway, a renowned choral director in the state of Texas.

After a number of years focusing on classical music, Steve has returned to the Barbershop music of his early years. Steve is a child of another longtime barbershopper, Vickie Dennis. Vickie is former director of the Houston Tidelanders and the Sweet Adeline's Houston Horizon Chorus and current director of the Upper Chesapeake Chorus.

When Steve returned to barbershop in his adult life he found great joy in singing close harmony, especially in the chorus setting. Steve had the opportunity to join and sing with the Houston Tidelanders where he is very involved with the vocal development of the chorus. In October of 2016 Steve joined the Statesmen Chorus as Musical Director and we look forward to continuing to develop the chorus under his direction. His goal is to help his singers use their voices in a healthy way that will provide for them a life-long love of singing.

Greg CaetanoGreg Caetano

A second generation barbershopper of a Sweet Adeline, Greg holds a lifetime membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and has been a member since 1986. Greg is certified as a Performance Judge, and serves on the BHS Leadership Operations Project Team (LOPT). Greg previously served as a Society Board Member, NED District President, C&J Interpretation Judge, ILL District Board, BHS Operations Team, and Director of three BHS choruses (Concord MA, Northbrook IL, and most recently Houston TX) and a Harmony Incorporated Chorus (Hudson MA).

Anne Heath-WelchAnne Heath-Welch

Anne Heath-Welch has had a varied career that includes both years of performing in Great Britain and in Europe as well as teaching both privately and at the university level here in the US. Anne spent twenty-one years living and working in Great Britain where she sang leading roles with major opera companies such as Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and Opera Zuid in Maastricht, Holland. Roles performed include the title roles in Puccini's Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut and Turandot, La Fanciulla del West (Minnie), La Boheme (Mimi); Beethoven's Fidelio (Leonora); Verdi's La Forza del Destino (Leonora), La Traviata (Violetta), Ballo in Maschera (Amelia) and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride (title role); Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana; Mozart's Don Giovanni (Donna Anna &Donna Elvira), Die Zauberfloete (First Lady); Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos (title role); Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (Tatyana) and Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Brangaene) as well as Sieglinde in a reduced version of Der Ring des Nibelungen called Das Ringchen in Nürnberg, Dresden and Dublin.

Anne has been featured in concerts in the following London venues: St. John's Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room and has also performed at Guildford Cathedral and the Sheldonian Theater at Oxford. She has been featured in concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra. Anne has worked with the internationally renowned operatic directors Keith Warner, Graham Vick, Patrice Courier and Moshe Leiser, and David McVicar. She has also had the privilege to work with such great conductors as Sir Richard Hickox, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir Richard Armstrong, David Atherton, Jane Glover and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Anne was the Artistic Director of Kingwood Summer Opera from 2008 - 2015. KSO productions that she has directed include The Crucible; Carmen; Cavalleria Rusticana, La Bohème and Ariadne auf Naxos.

Anne has been an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Sam Houston State University, Lone Star College Kingwood (where she also taught opera and Diction for Singers) and San Jacinto College, where she is currently teaching. She also teaches privately at her home in the Houston Heights.

Ben ShivelyBen Shively

Ben Shively is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance with a Bachelor of Music in Education. He studied voice under Dr. Christopher Puckett and Rob Mance. He also studied organ under Dr. Ann Marie Rigler of William Jewell College. Ben is currently the head director of a junior high choir program in Alvin ISD. In addition, Ben is a vocal coach for two Houston-based choruses, the Houston Tidelanders and Space City Sound.