Steven Armstrong has been involved in barbershop singing for almost 30 years, joining the Oshawa Horseless Carriagemen when he was just 13 years of age. Steve began his early directing career at the age of 19 as the director of the Oshawa Sweet Adelines, followed by the Oshawa Horseless Carriagemen and the Oakville Entertainers. By the age of 32, Steve had directed both the Scarborough Dukes of Harmony and the East York Barbershoppers into international competitions. More recently, Steve has been the Musical Director and co-founder of the Toronto Northern Lights. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Toronto in 1984.
Steve has been a member of two Ontario District Championship Quartets (1988 “Flipside” and 1996 “Jukebox”), both of which competed at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s international competitions. In addition, Steve has been a society judge for over 16 years, is currently serving in the Music category and has spent 8 years on that category’s Board of Review. Steve has twice served on the judging panel at international competitions (Pittsburgh 1994 and Salt Lake City 1996) and he has judged in 16 of the society’s 17 North American districts as well as in 3 overseas contests. (Sweden, Germany and Holland).
An accomplished barbershop arranger, coach and instructor, Steve’s skill and experience have been sought after by many quartets and choruses. He has coached and taught throughout Canada and the US and he has taught at the society’s Harmony University in St.Joseph, MO in addition to his coaching and teaching sessions in Sweden and England.
Steve lives in Oshawa with his wife Lori and son Joel where he also serves as choir director at the local Salvation Army church.
Jordan Travis – Associate Director
Jordan Travis has been in barbershop for almost 20 years, joining the Barbershop Harmony Society at age 12. Jordan began his directing career at age 17 with the Oakville Entertainers. In 2003 Jordan co-founded a new chapter, The Hamilton Harbourtown Sound which he continues to direct today. In 2010, Jordan directed the Cross Canada Chorus to a “Superior” ranking at the Society’s Youth Festival held at the Mid-Winter Convention. He also directs The Golden Horseshoe Chorus, a senior’s chorus based out of Burlington.
Jordan is the tenor of Chameleon who have represented Ontario many times at the BHS International Competition and are 2006 Ontario District Champions and 2006 5th Place International Collegiate Medalists.
For a living, Jordan is a voice and performance coach and is the founder of JTVocalStudios. He is internationally acclaimed as a clinician, voice coach, teacher and director and has served as a Faculty member at Harmony College in Germany for the past two years.
Jordan lives in Burlington with his lovely wife Liz and beautiful daughter Emily.