ELIZABETH KELLER (above left with the Pride Directing Staff) first learned of barbershop harmony while a music education student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She joined the Mid-Ohio Sound Chapter of Sweet Adelines during her senior year in college in 1984.
After graduation, Elizabeth taught junior high and high school music while singing with the Columbus Chorus; she also was a Baritone Section Leader and Assistant Director of the Scioto Valley Chorus.
In 1990, the “itch” to live in the West hit her, and a year later she left Ohio for Yellowstone Park and Gardiner, MT. When it was time to “go back to town,” Helena, MT was her next stop. Two weeks after landing in Helena, the local Sweet Adelines chorus placed an ad for a director, and Elizabeth answered their call, direction the Helena Xpress Singers from 1995-1999 and again from 2009-2014, when she moved to Salem and joined Pride of Portland.
Elizabeth has been a regional faculty member and served on the Regional Management Team in (now disbanded) Region 24. Her quartet experience includes Montana Mischief, Finale, Boom and Pepper, where she earned a 2nd place regional medal. Other than competing with Pride in Las Vegas II, some of her fondest barbershop memories are from several coaching trips to Germany.
Other interesting tidbits about Elizabeth include her playing the trombone and being a member of the American Quarter Horse Society, and that she is our “Go To Guru” for all things having to do with careful attention to “doh;” scale tones 2, 3, 6, and 7; steady tempos; and, making beautiful music!
NANCY KURTH (above right with the Pride Directing Staff) joined Sweet Adelines in 1969 at the age of three (*cough) and has been a member of choruses in Missouri, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. For the past 25 years, she has served as assistant-, associate-, co-director, and front-line director (23 of those years, as a matter of fact!). Besides being a Pride of Portland Associate Director, Nancy also directs Northwest Harmony Chorus in Vancouver, WA.
Nancy is an accomplished quartet singer, having sung lead, baritone, and now bass. She has won 22 regional quartet medals and been a Regional Quartet Champion 4 times. She has held most chorus positions, as well as regional positions such as Director of Musical Activities, Regent, Director Coordinator, Membership and Marketing Coordinator, and Education Coordinator. She is the current Regional Executive Coordinator for Region 13 Sweet Adelines (Northern Oregon, Washington Alaska, Western Montana and Northern Idaho).
A constant student of this barbershop art form, Nancy attends every possible educational event in both the Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Harmony Society organizations, then joyfully shares this knowledge with her sisters in harmony.
After 35 years, Nancy retired as Branch Claim Manager for American Family Insurance, where she held insurance associate designations in both property claim law and fraud claim law from the American Education Institute. In 2013 she retired (again!), this time from Horizon Restoration where she held several positions in marketing, training and office management. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy playing golf together. They have 2 sons, who have given them 4 grandsons…the best gifts ever!