Musical Leadship

Musical Leadership

Music City Chorus thrives because of the energy and style of the people who have stepped up to lead. Here are a few of the people that make our ensemble tick:

Dusty Schleier - Director

Dusty joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1989. He is a second generation barbershopper, and "grew up" singing with the 3-time International champion Phoenicians chorus. He served as an assistant director with the Phoenicians and directed the Mesa, AZ chapter from 1998-2000.

In June of 2000, Dusty moved to Connecticut and later won the Northeastern District Quartet Championship with Prelude. He directed the Bridgeport, CT and the Westchester County, NY chapters while living in the northeast. He led the Westchester Chordsmen to multiple Mid-Atlantic division championships as well as a Buckeye Invitational championship. Dusty is also a past International quartet competitor with Resolution and 4-time International Quartet Finalist with TNS.

In 2007, Dusty relocated to Nashville and is the Director of Meetings & Conventions for the Barbershop Harmony Society. Dusty is a certified Performance Judge and travels the country coaching quartets & choruses.  He resides in Smyrna, TN, with his wife, Erica, and daughter, Scarlett.

Rick Spencer - Associate Director

Rick Spencer has spent over three-quarters of his life immersed in barbershop harmony. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society at age 10 and has dedicated most of his life to teaching others about the barbershop art form.

As a quartet singer, Rick has won numerous district-level awards and has placed as high as 4th in international competition. He is a Music Judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society, a published arranger of men’s and women’s a cappella choral music, and an active music coach and clinician.

Originally from Connecticut, Rick holds degrees in music and music education from the University of Connecticut. When he’s not doing music, Rick loves spending time with his wife Heather and their combined family of six children!


Director: Dusty Schleier
Associate Director, Baritone Section Leader: Rick Spencer
Assistant Director, Voice Instructor, Singing Judge: Steve Scott
Tenor Section Leader / Creative Team : Eddie Holt
Lead Section Leaders: Steve Scott / Howard McAdory
Bass Section Leader: Travis Tabares
Creative Team Chair: Rich Smith
Education Team Chair, Singing Judge: Aaron Evens
Performance Team: Allen Otto, Luke Davis, Christopher Loftin, Paul Wietlisbach
Vocal Coach: Adam Scott
Music Coach, Arranger: Patrick McAlexander
Education Team: Ben Shively
Membership / Audition Coordinator: Jeremy Lee​​

Board of Directors

Rich Smith
Immediate Past President: Doug Hopeman
Music and Performance: Steve Scott
Operations and Marketing: John Costello
Membership and Secretary: Jeremy Lee
Treasurer: Darrell Thompson
Members at Large: Shane Stanbery / Jacob Strong / Paul Wietlisbach

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