Our Directors

Jan-Ake Westin

Jan-Ake Westin has been directing Ontario Heartland Chorus since October 2012.

He is an accomplished arranger in the barbershop style, with several arrangements sung by choruses and quartets over the years. His arrangements have been used successfully in shows and competitions, and are available in the Barbershop Harmony Society Music Library.

He is a Certified Sweet Adelines and Barbershop Harmony Society Chorus Director, as well as a Harmony Inc. Level 4 Director. Jan-Ake has been involved in some form of directing, be it male or female choruses, from 1983 to the present in both Canada and the United States. Several of his choruses has won “most improved” and championship medals.

He has coached several competing barbershop quartets and choruses to higher levels in competitions. Jan-Ake is a Music Judge in the Barbershop Harmony Society, and judges men’s and women’s competitions in Canada and the United States.

Jan-Ake enjoys hiking, cooking, spending time with his family, and of course being on stage with his music ensembles.

Hannah Barton

Hannah Barton grew up being influenced by barbershop from both her mother and father. She joined her first chorus when she was 12 and since then has continued to sing and grow through the years. Hannah made a commitment in 1999 that she would always sing in a quartet because she valued the individual coaching and education that came with it. She's won regional contest 3 times and sings in the reigning 2018 4th place Sweet Adeline's International quartet, Spritzer. Hannah has been singing with North Metro Chorus for the last 18 years where she's held many different positions on the board of directors and music team. She has also held the position of Quartet Co-ordinator and Education Co-ordinator for the region. Hannah coaches many different groups and individuals in both Sweet Adeline's and Harmony Incorporated. She's excited in her next journey as musical director of Ontario Heartland.