Artistic and Musical Director
The words "Change the world through music," have been ringing in Douglas Carnes’ head for as long as he can remember. In 2014, Carnes joined the rank of many notable musicians graduating from Five Towns College with his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. Upon graduation, Douglas took employment in Harlem, NY at Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School where he began developing a choral curriculum with a focus on the barbershop art form.
From the podium to the bandstand, Douglas has had the privilege to sing and play all around the world. His credits include percussion on Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway, and performances at Carnegie Hall, The Ordway, MGM Grand, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and many more. In 2015 Carnes took the helm, as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Great Northern Union Chorus. He is an active coach, clinician, conductor and performer. He is also an active member of The Barbershop Harmony Society, American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and The Nation Association for Music Education (NafME). He has presented at both ACDA national and at state conferences, and at NAfME's national Hill Day in Washington, DC. Carnes continues to develop curriculum for music educators and teaches choir at St Louis Park Middle School in St Louis Park, MN.
Scott Kvigne is the Great Northern Union’s associate director. Scott has served as GNU's Associate Director for many years and served as interim director during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to his work as associate director, Scott leads the chorus in creating and teaching the visual plans and choreography, essential components of GNU's high level of success.
Scott has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for 25 years. Scott is also the musical director of the City of Lakes chorus of Sweet Adelines since 2009.
Scott is a much sought after coach and educator who works with choruses and performing ensembles of all ages throughout the region. He has been a visual/choreography/performance coach since 1990. Scott served as the musical director of the Coulee Chordsmen in La Crosse, Wis., from 1993-1998, and also was the musical director of a Sweet Adelines chorus in La Crosse from 1996-1998.