Lori Lyford - Master Director

Lori Lyford - Master Director

“My personal objective is to continually learn about the barbershop craft and to share that knowledge to enhance the skills, confidence and musical credibility of all singers.”

  • Scottsdale Director since 1993
  • Master Director 700*
  • Certified International Faculty member
  • Won international quartet medal as lead singer in Affinity
  • Multi-year Region 21 Quartet Champion
  • Region 21 2005 Hall of Fame
  • More than 30 years teaching music
  • Choral music teacher, Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ
  • Won 10 international chorus medals with Scottsdale Chorus - always placing 3rd or better

* an elite group of directors whose choruses score 700 points (out of 800 possible) or more at Regional Competitions

Lori Lyford came to Scottsdale Chorus from Yakima, Washington, where she had been the director of the Rolling Hills Chorus in Region 13. Within a few short months (in her FIRST appearance on the International Competition stage!) she directed the Scottsdale Chorus to a 3rd Place win. Today she is one of the most sought-after coaches in the barbershop genre, conducting training seminars and coaching sessions throughout the United States and abroad. Whether playing a boom whacker or performing a solo in a tender ballad, Lori is the ultimate performer. She is the driving force behind the success of the Scottsdale Chorus.

Associate Director - Jana Gutenson 

Jana Gutenson - Associate Director

  • BA Music Education/Marketing; MA Curriculum & Instruction teaching elementary general music in the Chandler Unified School District
  • Region 21 Hall of Fame Award 2010
  • Top Ten International Quartet Baritone with Affinity in 2008
  • Certified Music Category Judge
  • Former Region 21 Education Coordinator
  • Member of the SAI Regional Leadership Committee for 2011-2012

Jana Gutenson has been a member of Sweet Adelines International (SAI) since 1984, but barbershop has been in her life since birth! Her mother received her 60-yr. membership pin with SAI in Seattle in 2010, and her father was a 3-time International Chorus Champion with the Pekin Chorus of SPEBSQSA (now BHS). Jana’s talent, experience, and passion for barbershop have been tremendous assets to the successes of the Scottsdale Chorus.

Management Team

(First Row - L > R)

Melinda Rowe - Fundraising

Kathy Blodgett - Finance Manager

Theresa Tate - Membership

Laura Geise - Site Coordination

(Second Row - L > R)

Shirley Rose - Secretary/Communications

Michelle Kramlich - Events

Denise Koehnlein - PR/Marketing

Lori Lyford - Director

Linda Allen - Team Manager

Music Team

(First Row - L > R)

Jana Gutenson - Music Operations

Lori Lyford - Director

Janice Blake - Team Member

(Second Row - L > R)

Chris Jette - Special Projects

Debbie Geiger - Team Member

Judy Huffman - Visual

Becky Eisenberg - Choreography

(Top Row - L > R)

Lauren Altiere - Team Member

Linda Allen - Management Team Representative

Not Pictured

Mary Slade-Branham - Team Member

Sarah Slade-Branham - Team Member

Erin Cardin - Team Member

Jacquie Fernandez - Rehearsal


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