Name & Nickname: Bob Hirsh
Voice Part: Baritone
Employment: Over 40 years with IBM and the State Department providing all facets of software development, as well as project management and education. Since retiring, I’ve done tutoring, taught Red Cross classes, volunteered at a hospital, worked as an election judge, worked the 2010 Census and refereed soccer.
Barbershop Experience: It started back in high school when a teacher formed a barbershop chorus. We sang all over the Albany (NY) area and were featured at numerous NorthEast District conventions. Shortly after starting my first job, a co-worker got me to a rehearsal. My first contest was the 1970 International in Atlantic City. In my forty plus years in Barbershop, I spent 25 with the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers, 12 with the Alexandria Harmonizers (winning several medals), and since then, both the Dundalk Chorus of the Chesapeake and the DC Singing Capital Chorus.
I’ve sung in three organized quartets: The 1980 Four, Capital Venture and Surprise! I’ve also sung in a bunch of disorganized/put-together quartets.
Between choruses and quartets, I’ve competed in more than 100 Barbershop contests.