...Central Standard, a chorus that has become synonymous with ensemble excellence in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Central Standard is proudly a member of the The Barbershop Harmony Society. Just under 25,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of this organization whose focus is on a cappella music.
Central Standard, the Kansas City metro's award-winning men's a cappella ensemble is currently the Barbershop Harmony Society's 3rd place bronze medalist chorus at the Society's International Chorus Competition. The chorus won a 2nd place silver medal at the Society's International Chorus Competition held in Nashville, TN on Friday, July 8, 2016. This was the first time a group from Kansas City has had the distinction at earning a silver medal at an International competition, which have been held continuously since 1954.
The International Competition features the 28 highest-ranking choruses from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.
Formed in 2007, Central Standard started with a small number of performers dedicated to the advancement of men's harmony and continued musical excellence. Today, the group encompasses over 50 active members across diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
The ensemble has competed at International competitions in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Portland, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, and Nashville.
Central Standard is a culturally diverse and inclusive men's a cappella ensemble that embodies the spirit of fraternity. Central Standard is dedicated to enriching lives through performing with musical excellence and encouraging music appreciation in schools and the community.
Robert Mance has been directing Central Standard since 2011. Under his direction, Central Standard has gone from placing 9th at the International Contest to becoming the 2nd place winner of the 2016 International Contest.
Robert is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas, where he has been conductor of the Oread Consort. He is also the Director of Music at the Shawnee Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas where he also maintains a private voice studio.
Before starting his studies at KU, Robert most recently served as interim Director of Choral Activities and interim Voice Area Director at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Robert has also sung professionally with such groups as the Kansas City Chorale under Charles Bruffy and the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Wesminster Choir under Joe Miller.
He is an active clinician for high school vocal ensembles, maintains a recording studio, and serves as an active barbershop coach and society judge.
Robert completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC in voice performance, and completed his graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in choral conducting and voice pedagogy.
Robert resides in Kansas City with his wife Kristin, an English teacher.