Musical Director

Judy Castle

Judy came to Freedom Valley Chorus in Oct. 2007 after a 20 year hiatus from singing with a Barbershop Chorus. Her love and appreciation of this style of harmony began in Illinois, when she was introduced to the "other" Women's Barbershop organization, Harmony Inc. Within a few years she found herself directing that chorus. Having a desire to improve, and gain more experience, she joined one of the best choruses in Harmony Inc. "The Village Vocal Chords" where she sang on the contest stage in 1985, winning first place.
 
Shortly thereafter she and her husband, Jack, and their 6 children, relocated to Maryland. After going through much withdrawal, barbershop just didn't work out for the next several years. Music, singing, and directing have always been in her blood so she soon found other outlets for her talent including community theater, directing many church and community choirs and choruses, singing with The Mormon Choir of Washington, and continuing the music degree she began years earlier at BYU. After several more years of vocal studies, she preformed with the Maryland Lyric Opera for several seasons.
 
After a few years of being unable to sing because of some physical developments, she was pleased to come back to the Barbershop Style when she found and joined Freedom Valley Chorus. Shortly after joining the chorus Judy took on the role of Associate Director. Judy acted in this capacity until the end of 2011 when our director found it necessary to take a leave of absence and eventually had to resign as director. Judy became the interim director, and in 2012 she earned her certification with Sweet Adelines, and became the Chorus's Director. She was recognized for her achievement of certification at the 2012 Region 19 Sweet Adelines competition where she directed the chorus as they competed for the fifth time.

The chorus is very pleased to have Judy standing before them each week.
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