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Twice each month a different Barbershop arranger will be featured, along with 3-4 of his/her recent works. One of them might be great for your chorus or quartet.

Mel Knight

Mel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in composition from Lewis and Clark College. He also has advanced studies in English from the University of Oregon. He taught music in the Lebanon, Oregon public schools from 1959-1985.

Mel joined the Barbershop Society in 1963 and was instrumental in founding the Lebanon, Oregon chapter. He directed the Eugene, Oregon chapter from 1980-1985 and took them to the International stage in 1983 and 1984. He worked on the Barbershop Harmony Society staff from 1985-1994, where he was the Director of Music Education and Services. During that time he wrote the “Music Leadership Team Manual,” the “Improving Vocal Techniques Through The Warm Up” manual and was responsible for all musical activities for the barbershop Society. He also founded the “Director’s College” to advance the education of Society chorus directors.

He is an accomplished arranger and composer, with many of his songs published by the Society. Mel also has written a number of jazz ensemble pieces while teaching in high school and junior college. He was a judge, first in 1971 in the Arrangement Category, and more recently in the Music Category. Mel is currently the chairman of the Society Music Publications Committee.

Mel has been in several outstanding quartets. He was the baritone in the 1982 Evergreen District Champions Cascade Connection. Most recently he sings with Over Time, the 2000 International Seniors Champions. He has coached both choruses and quartets throughout the United States and Canada. He has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and England, working with quartets, choruses and chorus directors. He is on the staff at Director’s College and Harmony University each year, coaching quartets as well as classes in other areas.

Mel has won many awards. He was the Barbershopper of the Year (BOTY) in both the Eugene and Tualatin Valley Chapters as well as the Evergreen District BOTY in 1995. He was inducted into the Evergreen District Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also the recipient of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) award for contributions and service to music education.

Mel is married to Pat (a Sweet Adeline) for 56 years and has three grown children: Erin, Tracy and Cory, and four grandchildren.

It Had To Be You - Easy swing tune for any chorus or quartet.

How'd You Like To Spoon With Me - Cute and flirty Sweet Adeline arrangement which can be used for show or contest.

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen tune sung by K.D. Lang (at the Winter Olympics), Justin Timberlake and others.

Many Happy Returns of the Day - Nice closer for show or afterglow.

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