Master Director, Kathy Scheel

Kathy Scheel joined Sweet Adelines International in 1971, and has been directing, choreographing, and coaching choruses and quartets ever since! The former director of Cowlitz Valley Chorus in Longview, WA, Columbia River Chorus in Vancouver, WA, City of Roses Chorus in Portland, OR, and Northwest Harmony Chorus in Vancouver , WA, she took these groups to winning honors at regional competition - including 2 Regional Championships which led to participation in the Sweet Adelines International Competitions in Houston, TX and Phoenix, AZ. She also sang Lead in Columbia Connection Quartet, winning the Regional Championship twice (and she's got a drawer full of 2nd place medals, too!).

Kathy is passionate about helping others become stronger singers and better all-around performers. She served on the Region 24 Management Team as Education Coordinator, and we were very proud when her service was recognized by honoring her with the prestigious Rose Achievement Award.

She currently serves as the Directors' Coordinator, is a Regional Faculty Member for Region 12, and serves as faculty and staff for Harmony College Northwest.

Before barbershop became her passion, Kathy played classical violin in symphony orchestras in Seattle and Longview, WA, then switched to fiddle in the Silver Mountain Bluegrass Band. She also played bass and guitar, and had a two-year stint as a recording studio musician.

Outside of her musical life with OSC, she is the extremely proud mother of Ken Scheel, a graduate of Western Oregon University, is retired and enjoying travel with friends.

Kathy encourages us to do our very best, and has a great sense of humor. We laugh a lot while she expertly guides us through learning all the facets of singing four-part harmony in the barbershop style. She creates the best atmosphere for us to grow, not only as singers and performers, but as loving and caring individuals. We love our Kathy!