Barbershopper of the Year


The highest honour ever accorded to a member of the Northland Chorus is to be awarded the Barbershopper of the Year trophy, a work hand-crafted by now-deceased chorus member Ross Christie.  It is awarded annually and recognizes, in the words of 2015 BOTY Al Murray: 


" dedication to our chorus and craft, not just this past year but more importantly for all the years he has been with us. In other words, true dedication."  


The chorus nominates candidates for this award and the final selection is made by a committee comprised of the Chapter President and the past two BOTY recipients.  The criteria which guides their selection and the current nomination form are available at the links below.


The 2016 Barbershopper of the Year is: 




Al Carsdadden Al Murray Folgo DellaVedova - Feb 11 2017Al Carscadden - 2016 Barbershopper of the Year, receiving the BOTY trophy from Al Murray - 2015 Barbershopper of the Year and Folgo DellaVedova, Chapter President, - Feb 11 2017










Al Carscadden - 2016 BOTY with Don Bazely sweater - Feb. 11 2017Al Carscadden - 2016 BOTY with a sweater hand-made by Mary Bazely, wife of former chorus director Don Bazely. Mary gave the sweater to Bob after Don's passing with instructions to give it to "a deserving member of the chorus".  Bob presented it to Al, Don's former quartet-mate in the Harmoneers - Feb. 11/17

The text of the speech made by outgoing Barbershopper of the Year, Al Murray in announcing this year's recipient at the annual Valentine Social, is as follows:

"The Barbershopper of the Year award is given to an individual who has given himself unselfishly, altruistically, generously, nobly and gallantly to the Northland Barbershop Chorus. Thank you Mr. Thesaurus. The award is given for his dedication to our chorus and craft, not just this past year but more importantly for all the years he has been with us.  In other words, true dedication.

"The man we have selected this year has worn many hats and accomplished many things while at the same time enjoying time away from home, each Monday night singing with friends and community.

One of the characteristics of this man is that he is without a doubt a gentleman. A gentleman is defined as a man who is courteous and honorable and of gentle manner. In Italian he would be called ‘Gentil Uomo or Gentiluomo’. So, from now on I will refer to him as gentleman.

"One of the hallmarks for being a BOTY is sharing your love of this craft with others. Encouraging a friend or family member to join earns you a ‘Man of Note’ pin. Our nominee this year has 12 of these pins and is tied with Bob Shami. 3 of his Man of Note pins have been awarded for encouraging his sons to join our chapter.

"Another attribute of a dedicated member is that he will have served the chapter in other areas. This gentleman has been a Chorus Director, Chapter President and held other Board positions. He has conducted craft sessions using tools and information from our Society resources. He has developed his craft and skills to the point where he has capably filled the position of Quartet Tenor in 2 quartets; the Harmoneers and Harmony on Tap. The field has narrowed.  He has, not surprisingly been named the BOTY once before in 1987.

"Finally, our gentleman nominee for 2016 is the longest serving member in our chorus with 50 years of continuous and dedicated service.

"It is my very distinct pleasure and honor to award the Barbershopper of the Year for 2016 to Al Carscadden"

Barbershopper of the Year Award Winners - Revised 2017.pdf


BOTY Nomination Form - Revised 2017.doc

Barbershopper of the Year Award - Criteria Guidelines.doc

Past Barbershopper of the Year Recipients:

1965       Art Bodley

1966       Ken MacPherson

1967       Don Bazely    

1968       Gordon Saxby

1969       Ed Briggs

1970       Ross Christie  

1971       Not Awarded

1972       Ed Cloutier

1973       Richard Metcalfe

1974       Joe Rogers

1975       John Greco

1976       Eugene Haines

1977       Gerry Clowes

1978       Al Binkley

1979       Wes Triplett

1980       John Tully

1981       Ernie Guzzo

1982       Doug Iles

1983       Barney Coulter

1984       Bob Cameron

1985       Don Bazely

1986       Bob Shami

1987       Al Carscadden

1988       Jim Duncan

1989       Capt. Cliff McLean

1990       Paul Stabile

1991       Barney Coulter

1992       Bob Martin

1993       Bob Shami

1994       Dan Rae

1995       Mike Luther

1996       Sean McMurray

1997       Loyal Beggs

1998       Bill Webb

1999       Doug Iles

2000       Ross Christie

2001       Bernie Arbic

2002       Al Toivonen

2003       Art Fink

2004       Jim Lake

2005       Bob Holley

2006       Peter McLarty

2007       Wes Triplett

2008       Folgo DellaVedova

2009       Jim Schmidt

2010       Don Myers

2011       Ted McKinney

2012       Don White

2013       Mickey Contini

2014       Kevin Collar

2015       Al Murray

2016       Al Carscadden





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