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Spirit of St. Louis Chorus

St. Louis #1 Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

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Director

Dr. Jim Raspberry, Chorus Director

Dr. James Raspberry Ed., D.

Jim has led the Spirit of St. Louis Chorus since 1997. His vast experience as a choral director includes decades of teaching music for kindergarten through college classes in the Hillsboro Missouri School System. He has a doctorate in music from Washington University. He has been a judge at the Missouri State Choir Conventions for many years. He is active in numerous church and community events throughout Jefferson County. In addition, Jim has sung with the chapter quartet Jeff Connection since its creation several years ago.

 

Assistant Director

Paul Ogle, Assistant Director

Paul Ogle

Paul has been an Assistant Director of the Spirit of St. Louis Chorus since 1987. No one in the chapter has as much barbershop experience as Paul. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1960 when he was still in high school, and has been an active member ever since. He formed the Tri-Towners Quartet in 1961 and sang bass with them for decades. In 1985, he and Dan Monahan formed the Rivertown Sound, which has become the most active quartet in the South St. Louis/Jefferson County area. Many quartets and singers have benefited from Paul's coaching and teaching over the years.

Assistant Director

Dan Monahan

Dan has been Assistant Director of the chorus since 1984. He studied voice and choral arts at UMSL and SLU. For many years, Dan directed the high school choruses at Visitation Academy, where he taught his entire teaching career. He first learned barbershop when he played the lead role of Harold Hill in "The Music Man" when he was in high school. He continued to sing in quartets while performing in local productions of  musicals. His powerful classical voice also has allowed him to perform solos in numerous concerts. But barbershop remains his first love.