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Our Directing Team

Musical Director
 

This position is currently open, and we are conducting a search for a new director.

If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact us by calling or sending email to the chorus.



Mr. George Gipp, Associate Director
 

George Gipp (details coming soon)

The Big Orange Chorus is pleased to have George Gipp as our associate director.  George can be reached by sending email to gggipp 'at' comcast 'dot' net.



Mr. Chuck Griffith, Director Emeritus
 

Chuck has been active in choral music since his childhood.  He was singing in North Carolina with the Charlotte Choral Society in the mid-1970s when he attended his first barbershop show.  He walked into the Charlotte SPEBSQSA chapter the following week and has been involved in barbershop singing ever since.

After moving back to his hometown of Jacksonville, he formed the Big Orange Chorus and chartered the organization with SPEBSQSA in 1980.  He directed the group through 1995.  During this period, the Big Orange became one of the largest chapters of SPEBSQSA and a highly recognized performing group in the Jacksonville area.  The group won numerous state SPEBSQSA competitions and went on to compete at the international barbershop chorus competition five times.

Chuck became well known in barbershop circles internationally through his travels as an international SPEBSQSA judge and coach.  His favorite memories from that period include directing the combined Big Orange and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in a joint presentation of "The Music Man" and directing the chorus to a standing ovation in a "Keystone Kops" comedy routine at international competition in Louisville in 1991.

Chuck returned to direct the Big Orange in May of 2001.  He brings back his unique talent for developing a quality choral sound presented in an entertaining and often comedic style.


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