Director/Arranger Joe Mannherz
Director Joe Mannherz is the creative inspiration for the BVJE. He has been singing since the age of 8 as a boy soprano in his church choir to tenor then baritone in his high school and later college chorus respectively.
Joe has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society for over 40 years, a 30- year member of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, a member of the Handel Choir and the Concert Artists of Maryland.
Over the years, he has had the honor of singing for two different Popes on two separate occasions with two different ensembles.
He has served as the Musical Director of Harford County's "Bay Country Gentlemen" and Harrisburg's "Keystone Capital Chorus". He has been the Artistic/Musical director of his jazz quintet "High Five" and has been a member of numerous quartets in the Mid-Atlantic District; the most recent of which was "Escapade".
Through his company Mannherz Music LLC (MannherzMusic.net), Joe has arranged and sold hundreds of songs ranging from swing & ballads to pop and classical to clients from all over the world. Several well known and respected quartets/ensembles have recorded Joe’s arrangements; The Gas House Gang, Capri, Wheelhouse, Night Magic, and the Q-tones to name a few. Along with directing/arranging/coaching, he can add several stage appearances to his credit; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1776 , Man of La Mancha, The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid, Jesus Christ Superstar and Wizard of Oz are some of his most recent..