Musical Directors

Andrew Carolan

(Artistic Director)

A lifelong singer, Andrew discovered barbershop harmony ten years ago and was hooked – first by the music, then by the community. He has since been deeply involved as a director, coach, judge and arranger. Andrew is passionate about making music with like-minded people, and has seen firsthand the positive impact the barbershop art-form can have on our communities.

In his native land of Australia, Andrew was Associate Musical Director of Sound Connection, the Australian National Men’s Chorus champion, and sang baritone with 2014 Pan-Pacific gold medalist quartet, The Establishment. Andrew served as a Music judge at contests around Australia and New Zealand, and was the Australasian Music Category Specialist. He relocated to Canada in 2016.

Vanessa Patterson

(Assistant Director)

Vanessa is a long-time member of Sweet Adelines International who brings more than 28 years of barbershop experience to the Townsmen. In addition to being in a number of award-winning quartets and choruses, Vanessa is a sought-after coach and choreographer who shares her passion for musical excellence in vocal and visual performance with great energy and enthusiasm. She recently achieved her director certification and was recognized in 2017 as Sweet Adeline International Region 16’s Assistant Director of the Year.