Manny Lopez, Director
Manny Lopez, a Phi Mu Alpha alumnus, has been the Director of the San Antonio Chordsmen for over 5 years. Manny is a graduate of Texas State University with a double major of Spanish and Music. He is a church musician at St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Tenor Section leader of the internationally-ranked chorus The “Marcsmen” and has performed with and was the Tenor section leader for the internationally ranked Heart of Texas Chorus.
Manny is very active in Babershop. He is the the director of “The Young Guns” chorus (2012 Youth Chorus Plateau AA Champions), and serves as the Youth In Harmony VP for the chorus.
Brian Sadovsky, Assistant Director and Marketing VP
Brian, the Chordsmen Bass section leader, was working at a wedding reception in 1995 when a wedding patron spoke to him and asked if Brian sung. Brian (who had majored in music at Rice University and sung in a quartet there) attended his first Chordsmen rehearsal the following week and was immediately hooked. Brian has served in several positions for the Chordsmen, including Music Vice President. In addition to his chorus duties, he also sings in the quartet “12 O’Clock High”. Outside of barbershop, Brian is married to Lesley and has two beautiful daughters (born April, 1997 and April, 2007). Brian has an MBA degree and works as an internal auditor for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. Brian is an avid Spurs fan and has an appreciation for bad puns
Jim Foster, Chapter President
Jim Foster, the current chapter president and 14 year Barbershopper, joined the Chordsmen in Oct 2013 after moving to San Antonio from Florida. Throughout his school years, Jim sang in school and regional choirs, and played clarinet and bassoon in band. Eventually a football coach lured him away from music for a brief stint on the high school gridiron. Music stuck with him however, and, after receiving an appointment to the Air Force Academy in 1965, he spent what few precious hours he could doing extracurricular musical activities and stage productions such as ‘West Side Story’ and ‘A Mouse that Roared’. During the next 30 odd years, the Air Force kept him on the move until he and his wife Teresa decided to retire and move to Florida where he worked as a contractor and once again got back into music. Starting with church choir, he eventually found his way into Barbershop singing Bari in the Emerald Coast chapter, as well as the quartet ‘Misfourtune’. After moving to San Antonio to be close to family, Jim found the Chordsmen and continues to sing with them.
John Weynand, Membership VP
Will Duff, Secretary
Back in 1959 a friend and business associate of my father’s, Chuck Pettit, asked me to come to play soft ball and sing barbershop with him in Warren, Ohio with the Stephen Foster Chorus. That night they got me in a circle and taught me a three note tag singing bass and I was hooked on Barbershop. I subsequently joined the chapter and have been a member ever since. I have held several leadership positions in that chapter including treasurer, secretary and president. After retiring from the Steel mill in Warren, Ohio I moved to Bandera, Texas then Ingram, Texas where I currently reside. Here in Texas I became a member of the San Antonio Chordsmen chapter where I currently serve as secretary.
Steve Dempsey, Treasurer
John Denayer, Music and Performance VP
John, the Chordsmen Baritone section leader, joined the Chordsmen and the Barbershop Harmony Society in January 1988. Originally from Canton, Ohio, John moved around while in the Navy for 25 years. His last tour brought him to San Antonio in June 1986 and he stayed after retiring in 1988. He is also retired from JC Penney. Prior to “finding” Barbershop, John’s passion was acting in Community Theater. He has performed in over 50 productions in addition to directing, producing, etc. in many other productions. As a Chordsmen, John has served on the Board of Directors in eight different positions over a period of 11 years. He has sung on the International Stage 5 times with the Heart of Texas Chorus and is also a member of The Marcsmen Chorus. He has sung in numerous quartets as tenor, baritone or bass. He has a District Seniors Quartet Championship as bass of “Remember What?”. He currently sings baritone in the quartet “12 O’clock High”. John and his wife, Karen, married when they were both 19 and are still trying to grow up together.