Our Director

Dr. Doug Dunsmore, Director of the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus

Dr. Douglas Dunsmore, retired Director of Choral Activities, MUN School of Music has worked with singers locally, throughout Canada and beyond for more than forty years. A choral conductor of considerable experience, he is also a founding artistic director of the widely acclaimed choral festival, Festival 500: Sharing the Voices. Frequently sought out as workshop conductor/clinician, music educator and mentor, he has also contributed significant service to such national organizations as the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (Choral Canada) and the National Youth Choir.  In 2013, he served as Director of MUN’s Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music, where he helped initiate and facilitate innovative projects including the creation of the first Newfoundland Labrador and Newfoundland Youth Choir, in the fall of 2014. He is also the founding director of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, retired.

Currently, Dr. Dunsmore is director of choirs at Gower United Church and Director of the Anchormen Barbershop Chorus in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Dr. Dunsmore has been active as a barbershopper since his high school days. He was director of the Regina Wheatland Chorus in the 1970’s and sang in two different performing quartets in Regina, The Board of Directors and the Mel-O-Tones. After arriving in St. John’s in the early 80’s he was asked to be the Director of the Anchormen Chorus and remained in that post until other work commitments forced him to reluctantly step down.

More recently, after his retirement from MUN, he accepted an invitation to re-join the chorus as Director, and has enjoyed being actively involved in the revitalization of the chapter since then.

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