Our Directors

Bob O'Connell, Jr., Director

Bob O'Connell assumed duties as the Musical Director of the Narragansett Bay Chorus in May 2010.  A very talented lead singer, sang with the Northeastern District Medalists, Yankee Tradition, in 2001 he won the Northeastern District Quartet Championship with Road Show, and has competed on the International level several times. His new quartet Trade Secret, is a NED Senior Champ and International Medalist.  Music has always been a major part of his life, as he started playing the organ at the ripe old age of 5! He has continued his love of singing with a wide range of styles and venues, including classical, opera, religious and contemporary music. A graduate of the University of Lowell, MA with degrees in Music Education and Performance and has recorded a number of original compositions on his two CD's that are available, and can be purchased at any of our shows. When not singing with Trade Secret, Bob can be found arranging tunes for the quartet and NBC, and in his non-barbershop hours youll find him working as a music teacher in Pawtucket, RI.


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Chad Putka, Assistant Director

Chad Putka became the assistant director of NBC in January of 2018. He began singing barbershop with a high school quartet in Worthington, OH, and he quickly fell in love with the art form. While studying music at Oberlin College and Conservatory, he founded and competed with a collegiate quartet, Three Dudes and a Guy, sang with the internationally ranked Alliance Chorus, and designed a major around the study of barbershop history and culture. His most recent quartet, Daily Special (formerly known as Last Chance) is rising in the competitive quartetting ranks. In 2016, they represented the BHS Northeastern District at the International Collegiate Quartet Contest, and in 2017, they earned 4th place at the district quartet competition.

Chad’s first directing experience was with his college a cappella group, The Obertones. Since then, he has directed church, school, and community choirs of all ages. Chad is currently employed as a music teacher at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI, where he teaches music classes to students in pre-K through 5th grades and leads a 3rd-5th grade chorus. In 2017, he earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Boston University.