Wendy McCoole took on directorship of the Sounds of the Seacoast in October of 2003 — the very group her father, Jim Dodge, founded in 1978 (known then as the Harborbelles).
Wendy, now 59 years old, was in her late teens when her father launched the group. She has known many of the members since then and is completely honored to be directing them now.
Music has always been a mainstay in Wendy’s life. She played guitar, sang and wrote songs all through her young adulthood and although she grew up in a barbershop family and loved going to shows, she didn’t truly catch the bug until she was in her late 20's when she starting singing in quartets, performing on shows and going to competitions.
Wendy has won three International Quartet Championships singing with Exhilaration, Harmony, Inc.'s 2005 International Quartet Champions, Limited Edition in 1995 and Heart's Delight in 1989 (with her sister Debbie). The sisters also founded New England Voices in Harmony, a women’s barbershop chorus based out of Nashua, NH.
Wendy is a Certified Singing Judge with Harmony, Inc. She has taught at numerous barbershop schools and coached a number of men’s and women’s quartets through New England and southern Canada.
Aside from Wendy’s barbershop activities, she is the Manager of Corporate and Community Engagement at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH and also the Founder of My Breast Cancer Support, a NH non-profit organization. Wendy has two grown children, Brittany (a member of the chorus) and Ryan, two grown step-children, Sean and Erienne, and three grandchildren. Wendy and her husband, Kevin (deemed “chorus mascot”) live in Eliot, Maine and love spending time sailing, gardening, biking, visiting with friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful seacoast.
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