Of course, no chorus can be successful without good leadership. Harmony Fusion Chorus is exceptionally lucky to have an outstanding director, Barb Vander Putten. Her relaxed style and generous infusion of humor enhance her ability to get the musical message across and to bring out the best vocal quality in each and every singer. With Barb directing, we ‘feel the love in the room’ and respond with our best.
Barbara Vander Putten, a Bay Area native, began her vocal music career in 1977 joining the West Valley Masterworks, with whom she sang a diverse repertoire of classical music, folk music, madrigals, show tunes, and spirituals. She was the Assistant Director of the award-winning Mission Valley Chorus (Sweet Adelines International (SAI)) for 12 years, serving as Interim Director in 2005. Barb was named Director of the Harmony Fusion Chorus (formerly Harmony Crossroads Chorus) in March of 2006, proudly leading them to a fourth place medal in their SAI regional contest a year later. Ms. Vander Putten is a Certified Director, a member of the SAI Region 12 coaching faculty, participated on the judging panel for the West Coast Regional Harmony Sweeps Semi-Finals in 2006, and is perhaps best known as The Duchess in the off-the-wall comedy quartet, The Aquanettas (1999-2006). She currently sings bass in her quartet “With a Twist.” In addition to singing, Barbara uses her speaking voice as one of the four enthusiastic hosts of The Human Voice Show, featuring a cappella harmony, on People's Radio KKUP - Cupertino 91.5fm.