Director-Sherry Sprague and Asst. Director Betty Jean Parham
Sherry Sprague- Musical Director
During her 35 years as a Sweet Adeline, Sherry Sprague has worn many hats - from membership chair to Director. She has also served as historian and videographer at the regional level. In 1985, Sherry was smitten by the barbershop harmony/craft when she joined the bass section of Heart of Maine chorus. Sherry also served on the HOM board of directors for several years and a total of 6 quartets! In 1990 she entered the DCP program and became aCertified Director. In 1998 she left HOM to join Royal River chorus in Portland, an International competitor. . In 2009 she returned as HOM director while singing with Royal River chorus & Happenstance quartet. After retiring from her career as a cardiac bypass research analyst from Eastern Maine Medical Center, Sherry moved to Hendersonville, NC and resides there with her Dachshund, Josh. She is also a dual member with Carolina Style Chous.
Betty Jean Parham- Asst. Director
Betty Jean grew up in Canton, NC (Haywood County) in a house filled with music. As a child, she sang with her family and learned from her father who taught shaped note singing. She received a diploma from the Sherwood Music School in Chicago. Returning to Canton she sang in a women's gospel trio for 5 years, and gospel music remains one of her favorites--"next to barbershop"-- that is. Betty Jean still lives in Canton, and has two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren - all of whom share her enthusiasm for harmony "of one kind or another." Retired from teaching piano and organ in Haywood County for 43 years, she is still making music as the organist for West Canton Baptist Church and the pianist for Wells Funeral Home. A member of Song O' Sky since 1977 (first as bass and now as baritone), Betty Jean has been Director ( 1994-2008, 2012) and Assistant Director and assists in all musical activities for the chorus. She is also a talented arranger, lyricist, and story teller--spinning many tall tales about her Haywood County neighbors that keep everyone laughing.
Song O'Sky is blessed to have these talented women as our musical leaders!