Our Coaches


                      Jim Arns

Jim Arns has directed Sweet Adelines International Choruses since 1979 and began directing the Melodeers Chorus (from Chicago)  in 1988. Under Jim's direction the Melodeers Chorus moved from a 9th place international competition finish in 1990 to FIVE gold medal victories in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2009 in Honolulu where they scored a record 3,023 points!  With this unheard of score, Jim attained Master Director 700 status, the highest possible rank for a Sweet Adeline director.


Jim earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at Benedictine University and his Masters of Music Degree from Northwestern University.  


In addition to directing the Melodeers, Jime enjoys international reputation as a clinician, vocal coach, and music arranger.  He also serves as faculty at numerous regional and internationsl symposia.





Darlene Rogers

Darlene Rogers is the Director of Texas Harmony Chorus, is an acclaimed music educator and vocal coach. She has been teaching and coaching proper vocal production skills to choruses and quartets in the barbershop idiom for more than three decades.


Darlene began her Sweet Adeline career in 1968 in Ponca City, OK. In 1970, she became a member of the OK City Chorus, where she later bacame assistant director. In addition, she was director of the Oklahoma Jubilee Chorus in Tulsa, as well as a member of the 1975 Region 10 Champion Lady Luvs Quartet.


Darlene currently resides in Flower Mound, TX where she teaches private voice lessons. This outstanding and dynamic musical leader is in great demand as a coach and teacher by many award winning choruses and quartets in both the Sweet Adeline and S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. organizations, including the 1999 Sweet Adeline International Quartet Champions, Rumors


Working with novice singers, Darlene can bring out the voice in you! She has the patience and communication skills to allow you to make your voice shine! Working with more experienced singers, Darlene hones in on the more difficult barriers that keep you from being the best you can be! She can hear, feel and relate to you exactly what you are experiencing and how to make it better.



Betty Clipman

Betty Clipman is a dynamic, highly-   talented musical leader.  Her list of credentials is impressive. Among these, she served as International President, chaired many international  committees, is a Certified Judge in sound and expression categories, won a gold medal as a quartet singer ("The Penna-Fores"), and directed the Vienna Falls Chorus to their international gold medal.


In 2000 she received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring her contributions to and achievements within the Sweet Adelines International organization.


Betty served as the Houston Horizon Chorus director from 1989 to 2001. Now, she is a fulltime coach and extensively travels the world coaching choruses and quartets.




Joe Connelly

 "Awesome Joe" Connelly is a very successful barbershop quartet lead singer, competition judge, and full-time coach for various barbershop quartets. Connelly gained recent fame for being the first person ever to become a Barbershop Harmony Society International Championship gold medalist three times, first with Interstate Rivals in 1987 at the age of 22, then with Keepsake in 1992 and again with Platinum in 2000.


A second-generation barbershopper, son of international quartet medalist Mike Connelly, Joe spent many years in Tampa, Florida, but currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia, though he also spends time in his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio as the director of the Southern Gateway Chorus. He coaches men's and women's barbershop quartets and choruses around the world full-time, becoming one of the few barbershoppers who has managed to turn his hobby into a profession. He currently competes with Old School, which took the silver medal in international competition in both 2009 and 2010.




                                                    Gail Jencik

A native New Yorker, Gail has spent the last 15 years traveling the world as a professional choreographer, visual, and musical coach. Her expertise has taken her to most of the 50 states as well as Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, and New Zealand. Creativity, rhythm and dance for the vocalist and vocal ensembles are her areas of specialty.


A member of the faculty of Sweet Adelines International, her coaching credits include more than a dozen gold medalist chorus and quartet competitors in Sweet Adelines International, The Barbershop Harmony Society, and Harmony, Inc. Gail also occasionally judges Visual Performance for the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella).

She has choreographed several productions for The New York City Gay Men's Chorus concert series. Held at venues including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the series featured Stockard Channing, Roberta Peters and Rex Reed.

In 1997, when the newly formed Coastline Show Chorus needed a director, Gail stepped off the risers to fill the position. In her first 6 years as director, the chorus grew from 30 to 120 members, while she led the chorus to multiple regional 1st place medals with the highest scores ever received in a North Atlantic Region 1 contest. Having earned her credentials as a Master Director, she went on to direct Coastline at Sweet Adelines International contest to an International 9th place medal in 2003, an International 4th place medal in 2005, and 4th place in 2007, maintaining their position as one of the top 5 choruses in the world! 


In 2010, Gail won a regional 5th place medal with her quartet, Wake the Neighbors.

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