Wearing neckties old and new, Great Northern Union members welcomed their new director July 9.
Douglas Carnes, who is a necktie aficionado, took the helm of GNU as the chorus's fourth director in its 30-year history.
Carnes, who relocated to the Twin Cities area from Dix Hills, N.Y., has had a busy few weeks leading up to his official start with GNU. He spent the week prior in Pittsburgh at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention, where he was featured in a Harmony Foundation video for his efforts at bringing the barbershop art form to his students at Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem, N.Y. Carnes and three of his (now former) students later sang "My Wild Irish Rose" together on stage at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The video of Doug's inspiring work at Democracy Prep can be found on YouTube
Shortly after that wonderful weekend of barbershop in Pittsburgh, Carnes hopped in a vehicle with most of his belongings in tow and made the cross country trek to Minnesota.
GNU welcomed Carnes at a celebratory first rehearsal, complete with cake, ties and a group photo. GNU members also thanked their wonderful interim director Scott Kvigne and interim associate director Greg Barnes for leading the chorus during the past six months. Both will be staying on as associate director and bass section leader, respectively.
GNU members are looking at a bright future under Carnes' leadership.