Jim Henry (pictured), director of choral studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, is a member of two choral groups that won gold medals July 3 at the 71st annual international convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Anaheim, Calif.
Under Henry’s direction, the St. Charles, Mo.-based, 160-voice Ambassadors of Harmony won the international barbershop chorus for the second time since first winning in 2004. Crossroads, a group in which Henry sings bass, also won the international barbershop quartet contest after finishing second last year. Each member of the quartet hails from a different state and has received a gold medal with other quartets in the past. “I’m the only person in history to have won in the same year with both a quartet and a chorus,” Henry said in a St. Louis Post-Dispatcharticle. “I have to admit, it was pretty exciting.”