Gabe Caretto, Music Director

Gabe Caretto was first introduced to barbershop harmony in 1986 by his

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high school music teacher, and has been actively performing in both choruses and quartets ever since.  A classically trained musician, Gabe received a Bachelors degreee in Music from Southern Oregon State College and a Masters degree in Music Education from

the University of Oregon.  Before changing careers, he directed the highly successful vocal music program at Meridian High School in Meridian, Idaho, for seven years. 


In 1992, Gabe competed in the inaugural MBNA International Collegiate Quartet Contest, earning third place honors.  He has twice been a member of quartets that have been named champions of the Far Western District (FWD) of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). 


The 2006 Champions, Late Show, placed as high as 12th in the world at the annual BHS International Convention.  His current quartet, Artistic License, is the 2011 Far Western District Champion and finished 8th in the world in 2017.


Gabe has directed barbershop choruses in Oregon, Idaho and California since 1989.  For four years, he studied under Dr. Greg Lyne as Assistant Director of the Bay Area's Voices in Harmony, the 2008 International Bronze Medalist Chorus.


Over the past 25 years, Gabe has served in a variety of leadership positions and educational roles for the Barbershop Harmony Society, including serving on the faculty of Harmony University in St. Joseph, Missouri.  He is currently Dean of the Northern California Youth Harmony Camp and is a sought-after coach for choruses, quartets, and youth workshops and festivals throughout the northwest and California. 


Gabe is one of the founding members of the award winning Voices of California, and has served as their Music Director since its inception in January of 2010.



Ron Black, Associate Music Director

Ron attended both Immaculate Heart and Occidental Colleges Ron Black 1-7-17in Los Angeles, majoring in Renaissance vocal and instrumental performance. He has also conducted both vocal and instrumental performances of classical works and musical theater.

Ron sang bass in the Great Western Timbre Company, 1986 Far Western District quartet champion and 1988 15th-place international semifinalist, and currently 4th place Senior Quartet. He also sang bass with Rhythm and Rhyme, which took 14th place in the 1997 international competition. He has directed the Fresno Gold Note Chorus, seventh-place international competitor in 1984 and 1985 and consistent top-five finisher in FWD competitions from 1979 through 1999.

Ron moved to Texas in 2003 to direct the Heart of Texas Chorus in San Marcos, who have competed as a SWD representative six times, and placed 9th in the International Chorus contest in 2008 in Nashville.  In addition, he coaches many quartets and choruses in the U.S. and abroad. Ron has been a part time faculty at Texas State University, San Marcos, where he conducted the Men's Chorus, but has now moved with his wife Jo to Rocklin, California to be near the new grandchildren. He currently directs the Sierra Gold Note Chorus of Sweet Adelines and is the Associate Director of the Voices of California.

As a past Singing Category Specialist and a former Contest & Judging Committee chairman, Ron currently judges in the Music Category. In his infrequent spare time he eats, sleeps, and writes computer accounting software.


Amberlee Prosser,

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Visual Performance Director. 

Amberlee is new to the world of Barbershop and brings a unique perspective to visual presentation and choreography to our music style.


She earned her CTE credential in Arts, New Media and Design from California State University of San Bernardino.  She teaches dance at Mesa Verde High School, Carriage Elementary School, and Sylvan Middle School.  And is the lead dance teacher for the San Juan Unified School district. 


She began her love of the Arts in the world of musical theater. having performed in and choreographed many productions including "Grease", "Pirates of Penzance", "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and her favorite "Zombie Prom". 


Amberlee owns her own dance studio, KM Dance Arts in Citrus Heights.  She runs a competitive dance team that competes nationally.  She specializes in jazz, musical theater, and contemporary instruction.  



Gabe Amberlee and Ron

Gabe Caretto, Amberlee Prosser and Ron Black

2016 Recognition Dinner


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