Musical Leadership

Charles Ross

  • Executive Musical Director, Somerset Hills Harmony
Charlie has over 30 years of directing and musical experience leading several church choirs and barbershop choruses. Charlie also has many years of theater experience playing many roles, as well as managing and technical experience working behind the scenes. He has performed with the Ridge Light Opera and is an accomplished soloist.

Charlie was a founder of the Atlantic Harmony Brigade – an annual congregation of barbershop quartet singers who learn a challenging common repertoire of songs and form countless quartets in a weekend of harmonic bliss.  Charlie has performed at the highest levels of choral competition within the Barbershop Harmony Society and is an active quartet singer, currently singing lead with SHH’s “Cohesion” quartet.

Charlie studied voice for many years under Emile Renan in New York (Metropolitan Opera).  Charlie is an executive with a global promotional marketing firm in Whitehouse Station, NJ and is an amateur astronomer.

Nick Seifert
  • Assistant Director, Somerset Hills Harmony
Nick Seifert is a 2020 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he majored in saxophone performance and biological sciences.  Nick was fully immersed in musical performance groups while at Notre Dame.  He was involved throughout college with the Band of the Fighting Irish, performing with the Marching, Jazz, Concert, and Varsity Bands, and conducting his own arrangements for the Saxophone Choir.  For his service to the band, he was awarded the prestigious Notre Dame Outstanding Band Member Award in 2020.

In addition to his instrumental pursuits, Nick sang with Notre Dame’s Christian a cappella group “Unchained Melodies”, and was elected music director his freshman year.  Under his direction, the group gained much recognition on and off campus, performing in Notre Dame’s acca-fest, producing a campus-wide Christian Unity Concert, recording a professional music video, and starting a yearly service tour, bringing their music to homeless shelters, churches, and nursing homes throughout the Midwest. 

Nick also served as the president and assistant director of the Notre Dame Handbell choir, performing with and conducting the group at masses and concerts in the Basilica, on the choir’s annual spring break concert tour, and on the group’s first recording project in over a decade.  The Notre Dame Handbell Choirs were recently named as the featured performing ensemble for the 2021 Area V Festival Conference, and Nick was named Notre Dame’s Club Officer of the Year for his service to the ensemble.

Nick has been newly hired as the Assistant Director of the Immaculata High School Band in Somerville, New Jersey.  He shares the podium of three co-curricular Concert Bands and the 12-time USBands champion Immaculata Spartan Marching Band. Nick will also direct the Jazz Band, teach instrumental lessons, and teach electives in Music Technology and Music in Film.
As a product of the band and choral programs at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and a lifetime member of the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, Nick is very excited to return home as an educator and director to the central NJ music community.

Don Staffin
  • Assistant Director and in-house Arranger for Somerset Hills Harmony
  • Music Director, The Gold Dynamic

Don has been singing, directing, and arranging for a cappella choruses since, well... a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.  Don and his wife Chris (SHH member and leader) co-directed their a cappella group in graduate school at Cornell University. He joined Jersey Harmony Express, the predecessor of SHH, in 2011 and grew as a contributor with his vocal percussion and arranging skills.  As president, Don has led the development of a Music Advisory Board to help set the musical vision as the organization went through a complete transformation to a mixed chorus as “Somerset Hills Harmony”. 

Tapping into his contemporary a cappella pedigree, Don stepped up as the interim music director of SHH’s own contemporary a cappella ensemble, The Gold Dynamic. 

In 2017, Don and Chris became co-directors of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School A Cappella Alliance, an after-school workshop and performing ensemble for students looking to expand their musical horizons beyond traditional choral music to the world of contemporary a cappella.  He has spearheaded SHH’s longtime partnership with the Bridgewater-Raritan scholastic arts community, including the establishment of the annual "Pluckemin A Cappella Festival" held each June. 

Don has published more than a dozen contemporary a cappella arrangements, is a published book author and part-time stand-up comedian.  Don and Chris have four daughters, two of whom are also part of the Somerset Hills Harmony family.  Professionally, Don is an executive with a global marine and offshore e-commerce company.