The fall of 1964, I was born. Also that fall, the Ball State University Singers, the new “show choir” at Ball State, was born.

When the Ball State Singers and I were not even teenagers, we met for the first time. From that moment on I knew that, one day, I would be a performer with the BSU Singers. Each Spring I would ride (later drive my self) with my family or school to Emens Auditorium on Ball State’s campus, and watch Spectacular, the wonderfully entertaining showcase presented by the Singers.

The Spring of 1983, I auditioned for the BSU Singers and that fall was finally one of Indiana’s Official Goodwill Ambassadors! What a wonderful moment. Following my first Spectacular in 1984, I toured Greece, Cyrpus and Crete with the Singers. It was on this tour that I met two remarkable individuals, Rod & Jan Richard. Jan was one of the charter members of Singers and always traveled with the Singers on their oversea’s trips.

My first director was Larry Boye who had also worked for Disney. In 1985, Fritz Mountford arrived on the scene with drastic changes (for the better) and that was when my career/life began a new direction as a director, writer, arranger and “visioneer.” Fritz, one of the creative minds of EPCOT, was Fred Waring’s protoge, and I cannot even begin to list all I learned about directing, teaching, planning, creating and performing!

The Singers are currently under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Carter who has built upon the foundation of Singers, adding an incredible new presentation.

This May, the BSU Singers traveled to The People’s Republic of China and as always, Ball State University, the State of Indiana and the United States were well represented by these remarkable individuals who make up the current cast of the Ball State Singers.

For more information on Indiana’s Goodwill Ambassadors, please visit: http://web.bsu.edu/univsingers/

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