Meet Our JUDGES
Steve Tramack - Music
Steve Tramack is a 40-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, who proves the adage that barbershopping runs in the blood. Great-grandfather Frank Barker started a chapter in 1946; his father, Dave, was a 40+ year member, and his son Joshua, wife Renee, and daughters Christina and Samantha are all BHS members, and involved in quartetting, chorus directing, judging, teaching and coaching.
Steve is actively involved in several facets of barbershopping, including:
- 10-time International chorus director
- 5-time International quartet competitor
- Certified Music judge (2010), and current BHS Music Category Specialist
- Over 300 commissioned arrangements, ranging from International champions (BHS, Harmony Inc, SAI) to chapter quartets and choruses
- Lead editor and contributor to the 4-volume “Arranging Barbershop” series, published by Hal Leonard and the Barbershop Harmony Society
- Active coach of male, female and mixed ensembles worldwide
- 18-year Harmony University faculty member and chair of the Arranging Track
During the day, Steve works for Hewlett Packard Enterprise as a Senior Director of Engineering.
Patrick McAlexander - MUSIC
Patrick McAlexander grew up in Indianapolis, IN, with two barbershoppers as parents, and he joined his dad’s chorus as soon as he was allowed, at the age of 7. Since then, he has been very active in barbershop, singing in many quartets including two-time collegiate medalist Ohana Means Family and international quarterfinalists MC4, Midnight Croon, and Panda Ring (his current quartet). Patrick is also a sought-after arranger of barbershop music, having arranged for many champions and medalists in both the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines International. He certified as a BHS Music Judge in 2019. Patrick currently resides in Houston, TX, where he serves as musical director of the Houston Tidelanders and sings and serves as an assistant director with Space City Sound.
GARY STEINKAMP - PERFORMANCE
Gary is a lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has been singing and teaching Barbershop music for over 54 years. In addition to being one of the music leaders of A Cappella Syndicate, Gary also served as Musical Director for the Spirit of Phoenix Chorus for 5 years, Music and Artistic Director of the Tokyo Barber (a Barbershop Chorus in Tokyo) for 11 years, Director of the Pride of Phoenix chorus and Director of the Phoenicians – International Chorus Champions for 10 years.
He is a 3-time District Quartet Champion and an International 3rd place medalist of the quartet Standing Room Only. He is a long-time member of the Harmony University faculty of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Nashville, TN. He served on the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Future II Committee and was a member of the Far Western District Chorus Director’s Guild. Gary is a Certified Judge of 20 years, and is the current Category Specialist for the Performance Category and continues to coach choruses and quartets all over the world in the Barber Shop style.
Of his fondest barbershop memories are the years he spent singing with his Dad in a comedy quartet, Music Appreciation 101, and more recently with his pals, Sprout, Tinker and Mulligan in The Associates.
MO FIELD - PERFORMANCE
She is the former Master Director of Stockholm City Voices ( SAI ), the current director of the Great Northern Union chorus ( BHS ) an active quartetter ( The Six/Four ), contributing faculty at Harmony University, BinG! Harmony College, IABS as well as regional and district music schools. Mo is a published songwriter/composer and ASCAP member, BHS Performance Judge and member of BHS, SAI and HI and volunteers her time behind the scenes on various BHS committees.
As a professional musician, she brings refreshing perspectives to performance and is a globally sought after vocal performance coach, arranger, educator and workshop facilitator.
Mostly, Mo loves curiosity – Mo loves music. Mo loves people. Mo loves what music can do to and for people – and what people can do with music to help people be better people.
Mo is grateful to be back home in Sweden to celebrate SNOBS 2023 with you all.
ALAN GORDON - SINGING
Alan Gordon has been a BHS member for 35 years, joining at age 10 after having harmonized with his sisters from a young age. With both parents in leadership of their San Jose, CA, chapters, music committee meetings, board meetings, and quartet rehearsals were the soundtrack to bedtime most nights.
After moving to Southern California for college, he landed with the Masters of Harmony in time for their 1996 gold medal, and was assistant director in 1999. Sweet Adelines came calling in 2000, where Alan was hired as director of Verdugo Hills Chorus, taking them to 2 International competitions in 5 years and achieving Master Director status. After taking more time off afterward for quartetting and family, he returned to Masters in 2011, and remained in visual and musical leadership positions until taking over
directorship in late 2019.
Alan sang baritone with two International Champion quartets (2004 – Gotcha! and 2013 – Masterpiece), and has been a certified Singing judge since 2007, currently serving as Category Specialist. He lives in Fullerton, CA, with his wife of 20+ years, Cyndi, and daughter, Molly. In “real life,” Alan is a Supply Chain professional, having been in the rubber industry for 25 years and now in the construction sector.
AARON EVENS - SINGING
Aaron Evens earned his undergraduate degrees in music education, jazz composition and trumpet performance from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. He also earned his masters degree in conducting from Central Michigan University. He served as a high school teacher for 19 years before his retirement. He currently is semi retired and enjoys refurbishing old homes. He resides in Columbia, Tennessee with his greyhounds Nala and Lincoln.