Kathleen Hansen - Master Director SAI
Kathleen joined the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines in 2000, making history in the International Chorus Competition by doing handsprings across the Portland Rose Arena stage and helping propel San Diego to a gold medal. Introduced to barbershop by watching top-level quartets and choruses, Kathleen has since rooted her experiences with Sweet Adelines in elevated expectations that are reflected in her drive to challenge the chorus and herself for the highest quality performance. This talented baritone was quickly pulled into featured roles and leadership positions. In 2015, she was awarded Master Director status after directing the San Diego Chorus on the International stage, and she has directed the chorus to first place in subsequent Regional competitions. In 2004, her quartet Last Call won the women's barbershop category in the Buckeye Invitational.
Kathleen's origins are in musical education. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a specialization in trumpet, a Master's of Music in Instrumental Conducting, and a teaching credential for secondary education in music from San Diego State University. When she's not guiding and encouraging the San Diego Chorus to new levels of excellence, she's directing San Diego Women's Chorus and BHS's Sun Harbor Chorus. She also gives private lessons, coaches, teaches at clinics, and adjudicates at schools. Recently, she was honored to join the Sweet Adelines International Faculty in a 3-year teaching appointment.
When directing, Kathleen enjoys reaching into her toolbox to find the right way to finesse each singer's ability until they reach that "a ha" moment. This detail-oriented director has a knack for demonstrating what she's asking for, using movement, stories, pictures, vocal strategies, and other tools. While tenacious in her demand for excellence, Kathleen always gives ten times what she asks of the chorus. She loves the challenges and successes of directing, and especially loves that she and the chorus are working together to share their talent and passion.