Quorum


Quorum is a quartet consisting of members that have varying levels of experience singing barbershop harmony. Spanning from 3 different states, people would consider us a “long-distance” quartet and yet the 4 of us have been connected in different ways for many years now. Quorum are the 2015 Johnny Appleseed District Quartet Champions, and, as of this past July, are the current International Barbershop Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, finishing 1st at the contest in Charlotte, NC.  We couldn’t be more excited to share with you our love for this wonderful craft of Barbershop Harmony and hope one day we can bring this joy of harmony to all corners of the globe.

Gary Lewis, Bass, has been a member of the BHS since 1992. He holds a new record as the only person to win three gold medals on three different voice parts, singing tenor with PLATINUM in 2000, baritone with Max Q in 2007, & bass with Quorum in 2022.  His college quartet The Real Deal won gold in the College Quartet Competition in 1994.  Gary lived in Florida for a short time & sang with Disney’s acclaimed a cappella ensemble The Voices Liberty during his stay. He is an accomplished choral music educator, currently teaching at Solon High School in Solon, Ohio. Gary lives with his wife, Joy, in Independence, Ohio, & is the director of The Men of Independence Chorus. Although he is a very busy musician, nothing brings him more happiness than his 4 children, Adam, Jenna, Scarlett, & Bobby, & their dog, Ginger.

Chris Vaughn, Lead, has been with the Barbershop Harmony Society since the tender age of 13. His barbershop career began when he joined the Inland Cities Chorus from Riverside, CA. in 1991. By mid 1995, Chris moved on to join the The Masters of Harmony, multi-time International Chorus Champions, from the Los Angeles area where he was fortunate to win two gold medals with the 130 man chorus. Chris began quartetting in early 1996 with his father Dale in a quartet called Mothers Favorite. By December of 1996, Chris formed a new quartet called Gotcha! who went on to win the International Quartet Championship in July of 2004. In the interim, Chris brought his time in the southern California area to a close when he moved to Denver Colorado in 2001. While residing in Denver, Chris formed another quartet called Redline who placed 4th at the International Quartet Contest in 2008. After 12 years in the Denver area, Chris moved out east to Somerville, NJ where he currently resides with his beautiful & loving wife Loren & their daughter Raeleigh. 

Jacob “Puck” Ross, Tenor, has been a member of the BHS since 2004. Puck got his start in barbershop by singing with the Bowling Green State University Men’s Chorus during his college years. He graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Shortly after graduating, Puck moved to Columbus, Ohio to sing with his home chapter, The Alliance Chorus. Through the chorus, he met some of his closest friends and formed a quartet called The Allies. They competed at the International level for 8 consecutive years, finishing as high as 5th place, which earned them a bronze medal in Philadelphia in 2010. Puck now resides in Brecksville, Ohio and sings with The Men of Independence chapter in Independence, Ohio. He lives with his wife Jackie, their children Julian & Savannah, & their dog Sunny. Puck is currently a Music Teacher in North Olmsted, OH.

Nathan Johnston, Baritone, has been a member of the BHS since 2011. Nathan began singing barbershop with the Ambassadors of Harmony while attending the University of Missouri St. Louis. He earned a gold medal with The Ambassadors in 2012. During his time in college he also received two bronze medals in collegiate quartets. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, & a Certification in Audio Engineering. Nathan currently sings with his wife & close friends in a mixed quartet called Double Date. Double Date won two BinG! World Mixed championships in 2014 & 2016. He currently works in the IT industry in Georgia, where he lives with his wife Michaela, their children Miles & Jenevieve, & their dog, Tag.