Tony Blackwood is the lead and story teller of Vocality. His interest in music was evident early on as he sang with his family around the piano and in church. His true passion for performance developed as he became involved in the theatre and began to explore all types of musical styles. Whether choral, vocal jazz, theatre or barbershop he has always found a place to perform. Tony has performed with The Great Northern Union Chorus; as well as with David in Nouveau where they won the 2003 LO’L District Championship. Offstage Tony is busy working at The Hartford as a Service Consultant. When he isn’t working he’s spending time with his wife Angela exploring new places and trying new things.
Jay Althof sings tenor just right to put the ‘glitz’ into every chord. Jay has been singing in quartets for many years both as tenor and lead. He has represented the LO’L District in two other champion quartets, Grandads Bluff – 1988 and Quest – 2005, and sang with New Image for over 15 years. Jay has a genuine love for all kinds of music as evidenced by the many groups he has been in over the years. Most recently Jay played the trumpet and was a featured vocalist in Brady’s Big Band out of the Twin Cities. Jay’s love of music is shared by his wife Beth and their two college-age daughters, Katie and Kristin, all of who are accomplished musicians in their own right. In addition, Jay is President of Unison Comfort Technologies, a manufacturer of commercial air conditioning equipment.
David Boyd sings the rich bass notes that make Vocality sound so big. As a seven year old, David started singing in the renowned Minnesota Boys Choir at much higher pitches than he does today. During high school he sang in several choirs and ensembles along with solo and theatre work. David’s college years found him singing with the University of Minnesota Men's chorus. With a passion for quarteting, he loved the experience of singing with Tony in the District Quartet Champion Nouveau. David feels blessed to be in a quartet with three great guys who also love high caliber singing, fun and the close friendship they share. He and his wife Jane enjoy traveling (especially Hawaii), spending time together and working with her natural skincare business.
Tom Matchinsky is the baritone of the quartet and is, naturally, among the top four most gifted musicians in the group. He started singing long before he even knew what singing was and has been singing his way through life. Tom’s love of music led him to study both vocal and instrumental music in college and has given him the opportunity to perform all over the world in various ensembles. In the barbershop world, Tom cut his teeth singing with the renowned Great Northern Union Chorus and went on to sing tenor in two District Champion quartets, Innovation and After Midnight, and became a Certified Singing Judge in the Barbershop Harmony Society. He also sings in the chorus of the Minnesota Opera. When he’s not singing, Tom works in the health insurance industry, enjoys keeping fit, and spends time with his wife, Kathryn and sons, Luke and Andrew.