Steel City Harmonizers

 

Meet Our Musical Directors

Learn More about Don Dressler and Mike Hengelsberg

Director - Don Dressler

Don Dressler’s musical journey began at the age of seven. 40 years later, he’s established himself as a driving force in the barbershop art form. From the church choir to passing out fliers for his mom’s sweet adelines show, Don’s high school solo work qualified him as the first in his class to sing with the All Ohio State Fair Youth Choir in 1982. His mom’s barbershop influence would then take hold. In the early 80s he joined the Medina Honeycomb Chordsmen and later the Canton Hall of Fame Chorus. After high school he joined the USAF and while stationed in Denver, he became baritone section leader of the 1987 International 7th place Chorus Denver Mile High. In 1988, he helped to charter a new chorus called Denver Tech. He moved back to Ohio in 1989, rejoining the Canton Hall Of Fame chorus and shortly thereafter, relocated to North Huntingdon, PA.

Don’s Ohio & Colorado barbershop experience would now find a new frontier in Pennsylvania. He fueled the Butler Notables in 1994-95 as assistant director and music VP helping them win 2 Johnny Appleseed District small chorus championships. In 1996, he joined the Mon Valley Chapter and helped them to win the Johnny Appleseed District small chorus championship. In 1996, he also became the director of Melody Hills Sweet Adeline’s Chorus, winning Region 17’s novice director award. Moving forward, he would direct the Steel City Harmonizers from 1998 thru 2001. After a brief absence from the barbershop scene, he re-emerged to direct the Allegheny Prime Time Sweet Ads from 2004-2006.

He returned in the fall of 2007 as the director of the Steel City Harmonizers and since has lead them to the Johnny Appleseed District Plateau A and AA Championships, as well as most improved chorus in two of the last three years. Don has also sung in a number of quartets: Ringside, Maverick, Pittsburgh Tradition, Studio Four, & Escapade. If you like to have fun learning, working hard, and enjoying singing, Don Dressler is the man in front to take you on a fulfilling barbershop journey. Without question, his musical experience, expertise, and non-stop drive has propelled the Steel City Harmonizers' contuous improvement in their performance level. This evident by way of the chorus’ diverse song selection to build repitoire resulting in the ability to attract new members. Since 2003, Don has been a part of the #1 Cochran Automotive Team as a New/Used Sales Consultant. He and his wife Kristin have been married since 1991 in their happy home with a family of seven cats and three dogs.

Assistant Director - Mike HengelsbergMikeH

Mike brings experience in barbershop harmony from two different districts to the Steel City Harmonizers.  He was bitten by the Barbershop Bug in high school when he put together a quartet for an Independence Day Parade in his hometown of Allison Park, and that started a journey that lasts to this day. Always looking for ways to sing and lead 4-Part Barbershop Music, he started a men's barbershop chorus while studying at his college at Washington and Jefferson College.  After graduating, getting married and moving to La Crosse, Wisconsin for his first job out of school, Mike joined the La Crosse, Wisconsin Chapter's "Coulee Chordsmen Chorus" in 1996 and as the cliche goes, the hook was set...Mike was officially a Barbershop Addict. 

Mike started directing the Coulee Chordsmen in 1997, and brought them up through the ranks in the Land o' Lakes District, finishing as high as 4th place in the district with the chorus' highest scores since 1991.  The chorus grew in numbers and singing during his tenure and the camaraderie that the chorus exhibited was instrumental in Mike's growth as a director.  Unfortunately, family and work took its toll and Mike stepped down as the director of the chorus in 2003.

Thankfully, a job change allowed Mike and his family to move back "Home" to Pittsburgh in 2013.  Almost immediately, Mike started looking for an opportunity to get back into Barbershop again, and he visited and then joined the Pittsburgh Metro chapter in early 2014.  Mike became the assistant director of the chorus later that year and works very closely with director, Don Dressler, to help the Steel City Harmonizers to grow in numbers, grow in musicality and in our brotherhood of harmony.

Mike is married to a barbershopper, Allison, who sings with the Greater Harmony Chorus in the northern suburbs.  They live in Allison Park in the north of Pittsburgh and have three children, Lexi, Grace and Charlie.