Our Leadership

Brandon Galbraith

Brandon Galbraith has held various director titles for the chorus since joining them in the fall of 2013, but as of January 2017, he is their principal conductor. He is a music educator and a 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota. In addition to directing the North Stars, Brandon is also the director of the Vallee De Croix Chorus, a women’s barbershop chorus based in Stillwater, Minnesota, and he sings lead in his chapter quartet, Three Of A Kind, with Assistant Director Jim Olson. He also sings tenor with international medalist Great Northern Union Chorus and serves as tenor section leader.

Brandon's musical activities don't stop with Barbershop though. He sings at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Minneapolis as a tenor choral scholar, local groups Hymnos, and MPLS (pronounced Impulse), along with short appearances with the Minnesota Chorale and Singer In Accord. He also is the Office Manager for Grandall and Engen, a pipe organ builder, based out of Maple Grove, MN.

Jim Olson

Over the course of his 30+ years in Barbershop, Assistant Director Jim Olson has been involved with both the Northstar Chorus as well as the Great Northern Union. He's also an avid quartet man, singing tenor in Rain And Shine, All Around Town, SPATS, Engage, Genetic Advantage, Northern Blend, and the 2003 Land O' Lakes District Champions, Nouveau. He was selected Barbershopper Of The Year (BOTY) by the chorus in 1998. Jim has served the Northstars in director roles over the years as well: assistant, interim, and most recently co-director with Brandon. He holds degrees in Music Education and Mathmatics from Concordia Moorhead (singing under Paul Christiansen in the Concordia Choir) and directs the Heritage Lutheran Church Choir, a position he's held for over 30 years. When not pursuing music, Jim works as Software Reliability Engineer at Medtronic.

Barbershopper Of The Year

This award is given annually to a man deemed to have been of good service to the the chapter. To be considered, he must have been a member for 5 years and not won the award before.

The North Star Chorus is proud to name Mark Roble

2018 Barbershopper Of The Year!

Past BOTYs are:

2018 - Mark Roble
2017 - Lou Gottwalt
2016 - Grant Warning
2015 - Paul Willis
2014 - Larry Dean
2013 - Steve Hardy
2012 - Ron Bullard
2011 - Jym Hubble
2010 - Gordon Everest
2009 - Steve Zorn
2008 - Ron Neujahr
2007 - Doug Klemz
2006 - Jim Kramer
2005 - Ricky Chaddock
2004 - Dennis Jacobson
2003 - John Barrett
2002 - Tom Heinke
2001 - Ed Jackson
2000 - Jim Lee
1999 - Mike Brama
1998 - Jim Olson
1997 - Dave Boyd
1996 - Ron Riley
1995 - Dennis Brown
1994 - Al Wachter
1993 - Don Nechodom
1992 - Ray Ensrud
1991 - Ron Young
1990 - Rick Anderson
1989 - Herb Schauer
1988 - Ralph Erickson
1987 - Max Parks
1986 - Darwin Jones
1985 - Bob DeLamartre
1984 - Duane Rygg
1983 - Loren Bentz
1982 - Gene Fisher
1981 - Ron Middlestaedt
1980 - Frank Goggins
1979 - Rod Jones
1978 - Dick Teeters
1977 - Bob Gabel
1976 - Bernie Adams
1975 - Dick Gilstad /Gene Glaser
1974 - Stan Arndt
1973 - Bill Westerhoff
1972 - Ron Glaeser
1971 - Harry Straw
1969 - Carol Johanson
1968 - Night Howls quartet
1967 - Harry Cedarholm
1966 - John Walker
1965 - Ed Johnson
1964 - Cal Garley
1963 - Jack Gauthier
1962 - Fred Street