Chorus Mentor


Doug Smeltz. after serving for five years as the Director of the Fun Center Chordsmen, has stepped down and passed the baton to a new front line director. Doug is serving as Exec. VP of the Johnny Appleseed District. In that position, Doug will be visiting and working with various chapters, many of whom, meet on Monday nights. He will continue to be a mentor of the Chordsmen and as he puts it, "just a phone call away." The chorus extends a big "thank you and well done" for his service and will continue to support him in his new role.

Doug Smeltz has had music at the center of his life ever since joining the church choir in his hometown of Willard, Ohio, as an elementary student. Singing with the high school choir prepared Doug for Otterbein College's A Cappella Choir. He sang in his first barbershop quartet in the Otterbein Theatre Production of “Music Man” in 1969.

Doug's other love is mathematics. He received his Bachelors Degree from Otterbein University and his Masters Degree from The Ohio State University. He has taught high school math his whole life. Doug is retired from public education and now serves as a consultant with Texas Instruments Calculator Division, working with teachers all over the nation.

Doug started his barbershop career when he joined the Heart Of Ohio Barbershop Chapter in 1974. He transferred to the Singing Buckeyes in 1977. In 1985 he became the director of the Buckeyes.

He was awarded the Johnny Appleseed District’s “Director of the Year” in 1998 and “Coach of the Year” in 2007 (The Johnny Appleseed District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is one of 17 districts and includes West Virginia, Ohio and the Western half of Pennsylvania. Approximately 2,000 members in 57 chapters)

He is one of the few fully Certified Chorus Directors, based on course completion, with the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). He serves as the District Vice President of Chorus Director Development. In 2010 Doug became the front line director of the Fun Center Chordsmen.

Doug has sung in quartets almost since joining the Society, including District Champion Bowery Boys. He is currently singing baritone with Class Ring, the 2011 Irish Association of Barbershop Singers International Quartet Champions.

The real song in his heart, his wife Shelley, shares a home with him in Westerville. Shelley is a Sweet Adeline barbershopper.