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David Smotzer
April 8, 1960 - May 12, 2023

David was the front line director of Lake Ridge Legacy from September 2014- April 2023.  He took the chorus to five Sweet Adeline's Region 17 contest, two Harmony Inc Area 4 contests and two Harmony Inc International Contests.

From his bio...

David Smotzer is a 30 year member of Barbershop Harmony Society.  He began his Barbershop career at the age of thirteen and since then has held every major chorus office as well as earning more than ten international top five medals as a Chours/ Quartet singer and director.  Dave is one of the few who has had the honor of directing choruses in both the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines at the International level competition.  He also holds the distinction of being the youngest chorus director at that time to medal directing at an International competition.


David has been front-line director with:  Southern Gateway Chorus, San Antonio Chordsman, Shenago Valley/ Penn-Ohio Chorus, City of Flags Region 17 Sweet Adelines and most recently, the Independence Chapter of the Barbership Harmony Society.


David majored in music education and political science at Bowling Green State University where he studied under the tutlege of the esteemed R.D. Mathey.  He was the 1981 recipent of the AIC College Scholarship.  In 1984, he won the International Gold Medal honors singing tenor with The Rapscallions.   He has served on the music staff for Apple Corps, Harmony College and SAI's Preserving Harmony program.  He has been honored at JAD Director of the Year, and is a member of the JAD Hall of Fame.  He most recently directed the "Men of Independence" to their first District Chorus Championship in April of 2010.


David continues to coach vocal production, interpretation, music and sound for BHS and SAI quartets and choruses.

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