St. Louis Chordinals

header photo

Musical Director

Kevin Nelson, St. Louis Chordinals Musical DirectorKevin Nelson became the Musical Director of the St. Louis Chordinals in January 2008. He has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) since 1986 and has been directing for 25 years with BHS and Sweet Adelines International (SAI). He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association, promoting excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching. He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.

Kevin's most notable awards include The David Wright Music Award for his accomplishments in promoting choral harmony in both BHS and SAI. He directed the Sounds of Harmony chorus from Belleville, IL to their first-ever fifth place Bronze Medal finish at the district level and a Silver Medal finish at the International Small Chorus Competition in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to his directing responsibilities, Kevin sings bass with the 160 voice Ambassadors of Harmony. He has performed with many different organizations including the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the Muny Opera Theatre, Westport Playhouse, SIUE Concert Chorale and community theater groups, as well as various church choirs. He has arranged and adapted many of the selections performed by the Chordinals and has been a staff quartet coach with the Illinois District Academy of Harmony.

In his "spare" time, Kevin is a liquor distributor with Lohr Distributing. He resides in St. Peters and has grown children with four beautiful grandchildren...just ask him!

Assistant Director

Ann Gaadt, Assistant Director, St. Louis Chordinals


Ann Gaadt

Section Leaders

Kathy Arana, Tenor Section Leader, St. Louis Chordinals


Kathy Arana

Ruthie Farrell, Baritone Section Leader, St. Louis Chordinals


Ruthie Farrell

Susan Lynn, Bass Section Leader, St. Louis Chordinals


Susan Lynn