Richard Mathey, a Professor Emeritus of music performance studies, has received two of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s highest honors.
The society inducted Mathey into its Hall of Fame and presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its international convention this summer in Anaheim, Calif. He was honored “for his immeasurable influence” in advocating the barbershop art form in higher education.
Mathey taught at BGSU from 1968-97. In 1971, he revived the BGSU Men’s Glee Club—later renamed the University Men’s Chorus—and directed the group for 28 years. As director, he began to include barbershop numbers in the chorus’ repertoire to increase the entertainment value of its performances.
Also during his run as director, membership increased from just 12 students to over 100, morphing the organization into the active touring group that it is today.
Quartet earns kudos
Also at the convention, a barbershop quartet from BGSU’s College of Musical Arts placed fourth in the Bank of America Collegiate Quartet Contest.
The group sang its way through qualifying competitions to earn a spot in the finals against 28 barbershop quartets from around the world. Competitors included groups from Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Germany, as well as the United States.
The quartet, called Prestige, is made up of lead Drew Ochoa, a junior and vocal performance major from Toledo; tenor Gordon Howe, a freshman pre-music education and performance major from Sylvania; baritone Nicholas Gordon, a freshman music education major from Sylvania, and bass David Parrett, a senior and sports management major from Bowling Green.
All four study with BGSU alumnus Douglas Wayland, a voice faculty member at the University. Ochoa, Gordon and Parrett are also members of BGSU’s a cappella group, The HeeBeeBGs.