Jim came to barbershop early in his life, already belonging to a quartet in high school. He joined his first chorus in 1974 and has been singing or directing ever since, in both the U.S. and Canada. His experience includes: Director, Burlington Roadshow, Ontario Associate Director Hamilton Harbour Town Sound Director, Sounds Familiar, Vice President, Music and Performance, Ontario District Director, San Jose, California Director, Toronto Accolades Director, Guelph Overtones Director, Niagara Falls Rainbow Tones Bolton Landing World Quartet Champion International Chorus Gold Medalist
Born in Johnstone, Scotland, Jim came to Canada with his family as a young boy, later attending McMaster University and becoming certified to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). He now works in the travel industry and is the very proud dad of a 10 year old daughter.
Bringing with him a wealth of musical knowledge and personal style, Classic Blend is pleased to welcome our new Director, Jim O’Neill. We are happy to have him with us and look forward to a harmonious relationship!
Maria Chetwyn, Current Acting Director
Maria started singing when she was 12 yrs. old and has never looked back. She joined Harmony Inc. in 1976, became assistant director and, for 10 years, was the director of our chorus. Due to ill health, Maria stepped down as director and returned to the assistant director spot where she remains to this day. We just can’t thank Maria enough for her dedication to our chorus.