Our Director -Doc Dockendorf
“Doc” Dockendorf, who formed the High Country Barbershop Chorus in 2000, has directed the chorus for all but three years of it’s existence. To quote him, “What a pleasure it is to direct this great bunch of guys!”
Doc has been a Barbershopper for 57 years, having belonged to Chapters in W. Palm Beach, Fla.; Phoenix; Scottsdale; Paradise Valley; and recently Mesa, Arizona. During his years in Barbershopping, he has served as a board member, Program V.P., Chapter President, Show Chairman, Marketing and PR VP, Area Counselor, and District VP. He was the choreographer for the Phoenicians Chorus in Phoenix for many years, and was a certified Stage Presence Judge and chorus coach for oner 20 years. He has sung in many quartets, and currently sings bass with the Pine Tones Quartet.
He and his wife of 52 years, Jackie, reside in Linden, and have two daughters and six grandchildren. He retired in 1998 after a 33 year engineering career at Motorola.
Assistant Director – Jim Bohart
Jim Bohart has been involved with music since he was in grade school, both singing and playing trumpet. Jim earned a Ba. ED in music with a major in voice and a minor in brass instruments. While in college he was the student director of the Choraleers, the college touring chorus. He taught vocal and instrumental at the high school level for four years. During that time he directed the Peace Lutheran choir in Deshler, NE. For the next 30+ years the family lived in Harvard, where he directed the UCC church choir for twenty years. Jim also directed several community and county chorus for special times of the year. In the mid seventies he became involved in Barbershop singing. Jim sang in and directed The Hastings Chorus of the Plains for 14 years, sang lead in Rendition and competed in competitions, and served as a District Area Counselor for the central Nebraska chapters. They moved to AZ in 2006 and he got involved with the Desert Chordsmen of Sun Lakes. He soon found a quartet to sing with, but he had to become a baritone.
Finally Jim and his wife Pat made their way to Pinetop and Jim become a member of the High Country Barbershop Chorus where he is an assistant director and Music Vice President. Jim states “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the men of the chorus and hope that I can use my 30 years of barbershop experience to help the men in the chorus with singing skills and interpretation of the music we sing. Most of all though I want us all to have fun.”