The Scioto Valley Chorus is pleased to present to you our mother-daughter co-director team, Char Gurney and Kerry Denino. Both of these talented ladies are charter members of SVC and have been with the chorus since its inception 25 years ago in 1988. From the beginning SVC wanted to look and perform like the top choruses in the organization; thus our choice of music, costumes and choreography throughout the years guided those decisions and helped us to mold into the chorus we’ve become. No one would be disappointed with the performance of this chorus. When it comes to snap and sparkle both Char and Kerry know how to bring out the best in each of our members, blending a wonderful sound that pays homage to the American art form of barbershop singing.
Char Gurney had her start with Sweet Adelines International in Rochester, New York in 1969. From there she came to Columbus, Ohio and spent the next 15 years with Columbus Chorus until 1988 when SVC was formed. Char’s musical roots are in southern gospel and folk music where she participated in high school and college choirs. Her high school quartet was called “The Beauty Shoppers”, perhaps a hint to where her interests were heading. As well as earning the coveted title of Master Director in our great organization, Char is also a Certified Expression Judge and shares her knowledge with others by coaching quartets and choruses all over the world.
Kerry Denino has certainly followed in her parent’s footsteps. Her dad recently celebrated 50 years with the Barbershop Harmony Society, so Kerry was surrounded by ringing chords from the very beginning and jokes that she came out of the womb singing. At the age of 13 Kerry was harmonizing with her mom growing her own love of barbershop music. She sang in high school and college choirs and was selected for the OMEA All-State Choir. She enjoyed many regional champion quartet medals, and international finalist awards in her first real quartet, Success Express. She later became Queen of Harmony with SPOTLIGHT when they won the international championship in Detroit in 2005. Kerry’s accomplishments also include Master Director of Scioto Valley Chorus which she earned the first year she directed Scioto Valley. That’s not all; Kerry is a Approved Candidate Judge in the category of Sound for SAI. Kerry also does coaching for choruses and quartets, which explains her quote: “A minute does not go by when I don’t have a song in my head! It’s my life!”
Scioto Valley Chorus is very proud of our musical leaders and cherish the example our directors set for the rest of us as one big musical family. Together this chorus has accomplished great things. Our future is wide open, our performances are varied and our goals are based on the challenges of presenting our audiences with top notch barbershop harmonies!