Marty MonsonExecutive Director
Martin "Marty" Monson is CEO/Executive Director of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an international a cappella music organization headquartered in Nashville, TN. Established in 1938, the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) is the largest male a cappella singing organization in the world, with over 23,000 members in North America and nearly 5,000 affiliates in ten countries, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and Sweden. There are over 780 chapters and 17 districts across the US and Canada. The BHS currently employs thirty operational staff at Harmony Hall providing the following services to its internal and external communities;
- Music publishing - currently over 6000 arrangements
- Annual week long Harmony University colleges for choral directors, quartets, choruses and music educators
- A contest and judging system revered as one of the finest music adjudication systems in the world
- Old Song Library - one of the world's largest privately held collections of sheet music dating back to the early 1800s ... currently 115,000
- Produces and/or funds (in concert with the Harmony Foundation, headquartered at Harmony Hall) over 60 annual
- Youth in Harmony events; festivals, workshops and camps, including the world's largest all-male annual youth chorus festival.
- Produces over 60 annual conventions and contests
A 25-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Monson is a second generation barbershopper. He began singing barbershop with the Old Capital Chorus in his home town of Iowa City. In high school, where his father was the choral director, quartet singing was first inspired by singing in the "Music Man" quartet. This eventually led to his singing in a Land O'Lakes district championship quartet who also qualified for two international competitions. For over twenty years, he has been a member of the twice-honored international silver medalist Great Northern Union chorus, the society's Hilltop, MN chapter. His leadership helped to transform the ISO-member chorus into one of the society's most dynamic organizations in Minneapolis/St Paul.
Marty earned a BA degree in Business with a focus on Arts Management from Luther College. While at Luther, he studied under mentors Robert Larson (theater) and Weston Noble, director of the Nordic Choir. During his senior year he began producing and directing various music festivals and competitions around the United States. Later he spent 21 years in leadership positions within the telecom hardware and communications industries. He was part of a team that launched a virtual collaborative video service utilized by distance learning universities, Fortune 500 companies and broadcast media organizations. Prior to joining the Society as CEO, he was owner of a strategic planning and consulting firm in Minneapolis.
While in Minneapolis, Marty and his wife, Amy co-founded Paideia Academy, a K-8 public Charter School in Apple Valley, Minn. offering a Core Knowledge curriculum that includes art, languages and music as core subjects. The music program is provided through a partnership with the respected Minneapolis MacPhail Center for Music.
Marty and Amy are proud parents of two singing and athletic children, Stefany and Luke.