Music City Chorus Musical Leadership

Music City Chorus thrives because of the energy and style of the people who have stepped up to lead. Here are a few of the people that make our ensemble tick:

Dusty SchleierDusty Schleier - Director
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Dusty joined the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1989. He is a second generation barbershopper, and "grew up" singing with the 3-time International champion Phoenicians chorus. He served as an assistant director with the Phoenicians and directed the Mesa, AZ chapter from 1998-2000.

In June of 2000, Dusty moved to Connecticut and later won the Northeastern District Quartet Championship with Prelude. He directed the Bridgeport, CT and the Westchester County, NY chapters while living in the northeast. He led the Westchester Chordsmen to multiple Mid-Atlantic division championships as well as a Buckeye Invitational championship. Dusty is also a past International quartet competitor with Resolution and 4-time International Quartet Finalist with TNS.

In 2007, Dusty relocated to Nashville and is the Director of Meetings & Conventions for the Barbershop Harmony Society. Dusty is a certified Performance Judge and travels the country coaching quartets & choruses.  He resides in Smyrna, TN, with his wife, Erica, and daughter, Scarlett.


Rick Spencer - Associate DirectorRick Spencer - Associate Director

Rick Spencer has spent over two-thirds of his life immersed in barbershop harmony. He joined the Barbershop Harmony Society at age 10 and has dedicated most of his life to teaching others about the barbershop art form.

As a quartet singer, Rick has won numerous district-level awards and has placed as high as 4th in international competition. He is a Music Judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society, a published arranger of men’s and women’s a cappella choral music, an active music coach and clinician, and currently serves as music director for the TuneTown Show Chorus, a women's barbershop chorus based in Nashville, TN.

Originally from Connecticut, Rick holds degrees in music and music education from the University of Connecticut. When he’s not doing music, Rick loves spending time with his wife Heather and their combined family of six children!

2019 Music Team

Dusty Schleier Director, Performance Judge
Rick Spencer Associate Director, Music Judge
Patrick McAlexander Assistant Director, Music Judge, Tenor Section Leader
Steve Scott Singing Coach, Singing Judge
Jeremy Lee Baritone Section Leader
Eddie Holt Singing Coach, Creative Team
Howard McAdory Lead Section Leader
Daniel Rushing Singing Coach
Jesse Turner Bass Section Leader
Rich Smith Music & Performance Vice President, Creative Team
Aaron Evens Singing Coach, Singing Judge