Tony De Rosa is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society joining at the age of 7. He grew up singing barbershop harmony under his dad’s (“Papa Joe”) direction with choruses in Rochester, N.Y., and Polk County, Florida. His life was immersed in barbershop harmony as he performed in his dad’s choruses, listened to his mom’s quartet, sang with his sister Chris in “The De Rosa 4”, and followed his favorite quartets, learning their songs and adding to his repertoire. He hit the International stage as a tenor, at age 12, with a memorable rendition of “Where the Angels Live,” sung by the “Cypress Chord Club.” Seven years later, after many appearances at International with District Championship quartets, he captured a gold medal (The youngest ever to win in the Barbershop Harmony Society at 19!) with the 1992 champs “Keepsake.” He attained this level again in 2000, repeating on the baritone part, as “PLATINUM” won the quartet championship. At present, Tony is the lead singer in the 2007 Gold medalist quartet “Max Q” (www.maxquartet.com), a distinctly artistic and talented foursome. Beyond that, he is a part of “Main Street” (www.mainstreetqt.com), whose jump into competitive barbershop landed them in 5th place at the international convention in both 2011 and 2012, 4th place in 2013 and 3rd place in 2014, 2015 and 2016. “Main Street” is dedicated to bringing traditional barbershop arrangements and look to the stage.
Tony has years of barbershop directing experience. In his first venture, he continued his father’s legacy by directing the Tampa Heralds of Harmony to International competition nine years in a row (1994 – 2002). He currently directs two barbershop choruses between the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines International. Since 2007, he has directed both the Toast of Tampa Show Chorus (SAI/www.toastoftampa.org ) from Tampa, FL. Under his leadership, this group has competed at the International level where they finished 3rd in 2015! Tony was also awarded Sweet Adelines International Director of the Year in 2013! If that isn’t enough, in January of 2012, Tony ‘came home’ to direct the Heralds of Harmony (BHS / www.heraldsofharmony.com ) from Tampa, FL once again. With great appreciation, his Barbershop life is full!!!!
Tony lives in Winter Garden, Florida, and works as a freelance vocalist, as Music Director for the “Voices of Liberty” at EPCOT, the Dapper Dans of Disneyworld at the Magic Kingdom and the amazing new You Tube sensation Voctave, as a coach to numerous barbershop and Sweet Adeline choruses and quartets, and as an active learning-tape, rehearsal CD producer (www.advocals.com).
Those are Tony’s barbershop and musical “stats”, but his true pride and joy are his wife, Jodi, and his family. Jodi and Tony met when they both sang with the “Voices of Liberty,” (Jodi sings that top soprano part!) and they’ve shared some amazing and challenging musical moments. Most important to Tony, they also share four terrific children: Alec and husband Eric, Kayla, Joseph (now proudly standing center stage with the Heralds of Harmony and competed in a quartet with Tony and another father/son combination!), and the youngest, Sophia. Watching the kids grow and change is Tony’s greatest pleasure—and worry! Oh yes, and the family is enjoying their newest addition, grandbaby girl, Ella. That’s right, he’s a Grandfather! This family shares the blessings of strong faith in the Lord, extended-family fun, and a busy, but full life…loaded with music!