Richard Lewellen is well known in the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) as an accomplished a cappella vocalist, chorus director, barbershop harmony coach and Singing Category judge. He started his career in barbershop as a teenager and has more than 30 years of experience, and he is repeatedly invited to serve as a faculty member for the Society’s annual Harmony College/Director’s College, the premier educational event for the BHS. He has also produced professional recordings, contributing as a vocalist and managing a significant portion of the post-production process.
Richard began singing barbershop harmony as a teenager. “During my first year of high school, I met a guy who became my best friend,” he recalls. “He had just started barbershopping and his dad had started a few months earlier. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society ever since.”
Like many barbershoppers, Richard has moved around the country with his day job and family requirements, but wherever he called home, barbershop was a huge part of his life. He is currently the musical director for the Fairfax Jubilaires chorus, Fairfax, Va. (Barbershop Harmony Society), and he is the category specialist for the Singing Category of the BHS.
Richard is the owner of New Leaf Music Therapy, a practice serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
One thing that ranks higher than barbershop in Richard’s life is his family. His wife, Christina, is the tenor of Epic, 2012 Harmony Queens, and she is the daughter of a well- known barbershopper Bob Fuest, the lead-singer of Border Patrol, 2013 International Seniors Quartet Champions, as well as several other district champs quartets. The Lewellens have four daughters: Kaitlyn, Morgan, McKenzie, and Bryn.