Arranger Faculty

Arranger Faculty


Nancy Bergman

Nancy Bergman, Master Arranger, began her involvement with barbershop harmony in 1950 and has served as arranger, composer, judge, coach, teacher, chorus director, quartet singer, and administrator. Basically, Nancy does it all. She is one of the pioneers of Sweet Adelines International and in November, 2002, was honored with the coveted “Lifetime Achievement Award”. She has also been designated a Master Arranger—the highest level in the organization’s arranging program.

Nancy served our organization as Executive Secretary running our International Headquarters Office in Tulsa from 1957 to 1968. During her tenure in that position, Sweet Adelines prospered and grew in both numbers and stature. Her influence in every phase of our activities contributed a professional viewpoint that continues today.

Nancy continues her coaching and arranging activity, writing new material, mentoring up-and-coming arrangers, conducting classes for those who are arranger-“wannabees”, and offering advice to choruses and quartets who seek assistance in selection of music. Her music is in great demand wherever barbershop harmony is sung—a lasting legacy to a fine musician who loves harmony and “the old songs” with a passion.

The Region 21 Arrangers Development Program is proud to have Nancy Bergman as faculty at our Annual Retreat and overall advisor.


Suzy Lobaugh

Suzy Lobaugh is proud to be a third generation Sweet Adeline. Her life has been laced with singing, teaching and performing Barbershop.

Suzy has earned multiple international quartet medals singing tenor, has attained Certification as an Arranger and Director. As an Approved International Faculty Member she has had teaching and coaching assignments in Australia and New Zealand as well as many locations within the continental U.S. A USO tour to the Far East, performing with the International champion quartet High Society in London, and winning an international gold medal with the San Diego Chorus are among the highlights of her Sweet Adeline “career”.

Suzy has directed choruses in both Region 11 and 21, achieving multiple First Place Division A awards and Most Improved Chorus. In Region 21 she has generously shared her talents by serving as faculty for many classes, directing the Region 21 STAR Chorus for 7 years, which included participation in the Perth, AU Global Harmony Festival. She is an important contributor in the planning and direction of the Arrangers Development Program and teacher in our workshops and Retreat.

Suzy is also a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award for Region 21. She is known for her upbeat personality, vast knowledge of the barbershop craft, and dedication to art of barbershop and Sweet Adelines.


Anita Barzilla

Anita Barzilla is a 28-year veteran of Sweet Adelines and a lifetime musician who has studied piano since age 5, played violin and viola from age 12, won a scholarship to Southwestern University with a major in viola and minors in piano and voice. She’s a Certified Director, Certified Arranger in IMAP, voice teacher, and faculty in the Region 21 Arrangers’ Development Program.

The light of her life is her family. She has two grown sons and four granddaughters. (Possible quartet here?) They all live in Maricopa, AZ.

During her 28 years with Sweet Adelines, she has sung and competed in all four voice parts, won international with the Scottsdale Chorus, sung in 3 major internationally renowned choruses, directed several choruses in Arizona and Texas (including a men’s chorus in Houston), assembled and directed a YWIH ensemble, taught voice lessons and helped countless members to find their true voice part in our organization.

Joan Adler

Joan Adler

Joan Adler

Certified Music Arranger of Sweet Adelines International
Region 11 Arranger Education Chair since 1994 and Co-chair since 2011
Mentor for arranging students even in Japan via emails
Certified Director of Sweet Adelines International
Associate Director of ChannelAire Chorus, Region 11
Keyboardist for Riverboat Dixie, a Dixieland jazz band
Private piano teacher
Bachelor of Music from UCLA, Cum Laude
Secondary Teaching Credential for Music and Math from State of Calif.
State of California Teaching Credential for K-12 Music
A.S. Business Data Processing
Sang all though school including singing at UCLA with Roger Wagner, the founder of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
Sang with other small groups and quartets
Joined Sweet Adelines in 1985

Joanie was born into music with her father playing and teaching the violin and her mother playing and teaching the piano. She would fall asleep to a quartet playing in the living room — a string quartet, that is. She studied piano, violin and accordion. The accordion gave her the strong foundation for understanding the circle of fifths because the left hand on the accordion is designed that way. She always had a great love of chords and harmony and would sometimes take Barbershop records home from her father’s music store at the age of 9. She was thrilled when she joined SAI and found out that she could sing harmony as a tenor. As a soprano, she sang mostly the melody. She is now learning to sing bass and loves this new challenge, but her favorite musical activities are teaching, singing and being around other musicians.


Joan D’Agostino

Joan D’Agostino, Certified Music Arranger (CMA), joined Region 11 of SAI in 1997 as a Baritone.   In 2001 she joined ChannelAire Chorus, the current Region 11 champions, where she now sings Bass. She began competing in registered quartets in 2000, performed regionally in five different quartets over the last 14 years, and is currently the Bass with Nova Quartet , a recent regional medal winner. She also sings Bass in a 16-woman a capella singing group, Carpe Diem, based in Carpenteria, CA.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Joan began piano lessons at age 6, began wood-shedding the harmonies to camp songs at age 8, took her first Music Theory and Sight-singing classes from Julliard and NYU music professors at age 11, and began teaching piano (privately, to 7 students) at age 13. In college, she sang classical choir works as a 2nd Alto in the Rutgers University Choir and performed show music in a woman’s a capella double quartet. After receiving her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, she furthered her education as a post-doctoral fellow, joining the Florida State University Choir while there.  In the years between the completion of schooling and joining SAI, she sang in community chorales and church choirs in St. Petersburg, FL, Bangor & Bar Harbor, ME, and Malibu & Moorpark, CA. Joan spent her entire professional career as a college and high school science educator and is the recipient of three national science teaching awards.

Since her retirement as Science Department Chair from Malibu High School in 2005, Joan has spent much of her time creating BBS arrangements for women. In 2010, she was awarded an International Music Arrangers Program (IMAP) scholarship from SAI to study BBS arranging in greater depth. She received her Certification as a Music Arranger (CMA) in 2012. Armed with her new passion for arranging, Joan serves as Arranger Education Co-chair on the Region 11 Faculty and as ADP Faculty and Mentor for Region 21. Beyond this, she continues to arrange with every free moment she has.


Jean Crockett Kane

Jean Crockett Kane, Certified Music Arranger, is a long-time Sweet Adeline music arranger. She is an experienced quartet member (Regional champion quartet), has served as chorus director, judge (Approved Candidate Judge, Music Category and Certified Judge, Expression Category), faculty member, and has held many Chapter and Regional administrative positions including Regent.

Jean served on the International Board of Directors for approximately seven years, holding International positions as Education Committee Chairman, Special Crafts Committee Chairman (initiated first Sweet Adeline International Music Schools taught by member faculty), Judging Chairman, Pitch Pipe Planning Committee Chairman, and Public Relations Committee Chairman.

For almost seventeen years her primary arranging activity has been in helping aspiring arrangers in Region 21 through teaching arranging workshops and mentoring budding arrangers. Recognition of her leadership in the formation and success of the Region 21 Arrangers Development Program was shown by Region 21 in 2005 when she was given the Hall of Fame Award “For giving selflessly of her time, talents and expertise for the love and joy of singing and for having a profound impact on the entire membership of our region.”

Anna Marie Parker

Anna Maria Parker

Anna Maria Parker served as Region 21‘s Coordinator for the Arrangers’ Development Program from May 2010 to April 2017. She grew up in a musical family, took piano and violin lessons all her growing up years, and has been in Sweet Adelines since 1985. She was a legal secretary for 25 years and gave private piano and voice lessons for 10 years after that.

She is a charter and emeritus member of Region 1’s Royal River Chorus of Yarmouth, Maine, where she served as board member, fund-raising chair, standing rules revision committee, section leader, assistant director and associate director. In Region 21, she sang with Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus. Now that she’s retired, she’s devoting much more time to arranging in the barbershop style. She’s also the proud mom of two grown daughters and is enjoying the new, highly recommended job of being a grandma. She has sung in several barbershop quartets over the years. She is a baritone. She has been arranging all kinds of music since the seventh grade. She has also been a church music director in Yarmouth, Maine and in Portland, Maine, and an organist in several churches over the years. She has sung in numerous non-barbershop vocal ensembles, but barbershop definitely rules!

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