Our Director

Bob O'Connell, Jr.

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.

 

Our Associate Director

John Patrick Castonguay

John Castonguay began serving as the Associate Musical Director of the Narragansett Bay Chorus in January 2017, after serving as Lead and then Bass Section leader with the Chorus. Previously within the barbershop community, John sang tenor with the 2012 Yankee Division Champion, 2012 Northeastern District medalist quartet, “Timely Gents,” as well as baritone with the 2014 Yankee Division Novice Quartet Champions, “Artistry Before Chords.” He has had the privilege of competing on the International level as a member of Northeastern District Collegiate Champion Quartets in 2012 with ”Timely Gents” and singing baritone with his current quartet, “Last Chance” in 2016.

Outside of barbershop, John received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University, where he served as music director and arranger for the co-ed a cappella group “the b-sides.” He is currently the vocal music director at an area high school, while pursuing a graduate degree at Providence College.