For just the fourth time in its 52-year history, the highest honor given by the Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society has been awarded to a member of the Coles County Chorus. And for the first time ever, the recipient is the son of a previous winner.
Coles County Chorus co-director Tim Woodall was named the winner of the 2011 Award for Barbershop Excellence (ABE) at the Illinois District’s 2012 spring convention. The award, first given in 1960, recognizes exceptional lifetime achievement and service by outstanding members of the Illinois District.
Tim is a 35 year barbershopper, quartet singer (currently the baritone in Ringtime, which placed 4th at the spring contest–the highest finish ever for a Coles County quartet), tag teacher, coach, certified judge, and chorus director.
He currently serves as the Illinois District’s Vice-President for Chorus Development. In May, Tim will lead a clinic to help chorus directors from around Illinois hone their skills.
Previous ABE winners include Coles County Chorus members Rich Hansen (2009), Gary Nohren (1995), Ron Leathers (1978), and Tim’s father (and CCC co-director) Tom Woodall (1971).