Meet our dedicated Musical Performance Leaders.
Director, Mike Wallen
Mike Wallen has been a barbershopper since 1974, and is a member of the Mid-Atlantic District's honorary chapter, DELASUSQUEHUDMAC and a 2007 inductee into the Mid-Atlantic District Hall of Honor. He first joined the Society in Asbury Park, New Jersey; by 1977, he was a member of the Alexandria Harmonizers. As Associate Director of the Harmonizers from 1981 to 1998, he won four International Chorus Championships. Shortly after winning the last of those four in Atlanta in 1998, Mike agreed to come to Richmond as interim director after the departure of Gary Parker. Given only ten weeks to prepare, Mike nonetheless directed the Virginians to a third-place finish in the 1998 Mid-Atlantic District chorus competition, after which he and the Chapter Board decided to make it a permanent relationship. Mike and the Virginians went on to win the year 2000 District Championship in October 1999.
Besides his directing record, Mike brings a wealth of musical experience to the table. Mike is a retired Army veteran. During his 20 years of active military duty (1971-1991), he was a member of the Army Chorale, a vocal ensemble of the Army Band. He was also audio engineer for the Army Band, a skill that he has put to use in barbershop since that time. He has been recording engineer for six Harmonizers recordings, two more by Vaudeville, and one each by Bay Rum Runners and Hijinx. He was Audio-Visual Director for the Mid-Atlantic District for three years.
Mike is a three-time Mid-Atlantic District quartet champion: as lead with Alexandria's Ragtime Band, as baritone with Copyright 86, and as tenor of Casino (Mike has the distinction of being the only man ever to win the M-AD quartet championship singing three different voice parts). He also was lead in the popular comedy quartet, the Entertainers. He sang tenor in Last Kids Picked, 2008 International Quarter Finalists and 2007 Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Silver Medalists. Currently, he sings tenor in the 2014 Seniors Bronze Medalist quartet, Youth Reclamation Project.
Mike is also an experienced and sought-after quartet and chorus coach; he is frequently seen as a quartet coach at Harmony College East.
Assistant Director, Hardman Jones
Hardman Jones has been a barbershopper forever... Actually he is a 43-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and has been a member of the Virginians for 40 years. He sings baritone in Youth Reclamation Project, the 2009 Mid-Atlantic District Senior Quartet Champions. He has sung in many quartets over the years including City Slickers, the 2003 Seniors Quartet 4th place medalists. Hardman holds a dual membership with the James River Chapter, Soundworks, and he is the Mid-Atlantic District Vice President for Chapter Support and Leadership Training.