Joe Connelly

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Joe Connelly (born 1965) is a successful barbershop quartet lead singer, chorus director, and full-time coach for various barbershop quartets. Joe Connelly recently gained fame for being the first man ever to become a Barbershop Harmony Society International Championship gold medalist four times. His first gold came when singing with The Interstate Rivals in 1987 at the age of 22, then with Keepsake in 1992, with PLATINUM in 2000, and with Old School in 2011. In 2000, he had already become the first person to win the gold medal three times. A few other singers since then have also achieved the honor of being three-time champions, including his quartet-mates Kipp Buckner (Interstate Rivals, Gas House Gang, Old School) and Tony DeRosa (Keepsake, PLATINUM, Max Q).

Joe currently lives in his home town of Cincinnati, OH, after returning to the Southern Gateway Chorus as their director in 2008. He coaches men's and women's barbershop quartets and choruses around the world full-time. Joe is one of the few barbershoppers who has managed to turn his love of barbershop harmony into a job which he loves. He currently performs around the world with Old School, which took the silver medal in international competition in 2009 and 2010, before winning the gold in 2011.

Joe actively serves the Barbershop Harmony Society as a Certified Judge in the Presentation Category.