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About Timeless Quartet

Timeless is an a cappella quartet with nearly two centuries of combined singing and entertaining experience. Our roots are in barbershop harmony, but this is definitely not your grandfather's barbershop.  We are based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Libby McCord

Libby McCord began classical piano at age four, French horn in the school band at nine, and folk guitar with a trio at twelve.  In college and beyond, she sang in Broadway musicals, her favorite role being Luisa, the Girl from The Fantasticks.


It was always singing harmony, though, that captured her heart, from the time she first “heard” the chords in the old Baptist hymns as a young child.  So when she discovered women’s barbershop many years ago via the Sweet Adelines, she realized four-part a cappella singing was her musical home.  She has sung Lead and Baritone with women’s choruses and quartets and is now enjoying fitting into a new part as the Tenor with Timeless.


In her spare time, she is an attorney and law professor.  She also writes novels (historical romances and legal thrillers), loves on her aging Labradors, and travels — preferably abroad — whenever possible.

Vivien Carmichael

Vivien Carmichael grew up as number four in a line of six kids. Noise was a part of life, and siblings were not kind when she sang.  Still, through persistence and the encouragement of her high school music teacher, she learned to sing well enough to earn a “1” rating. Vivien had found something she could do well, and singing became her passion.


Vivien has been singing women’s Bass since joining the Cincinnati Sound Chorus in 1981.  She has also sung Bass in several ensembles and quartets over the years, and enjoys singing in her church choir as a men’s Tenor and frequent soloist. Singing Lead in a mixed-gender quartet is a new and rewarding experience for Vivien.


Vivien works as the Administrative Assistant at the Little Miami Conservancy.  She and her husband, Larry, share three kids, each of whom are married, and who have collectively blessed them with ten grandkids.  Speaking of noise...

John Byerly

John Byerly started singing at the age of eight, and playing drums at the age of ten. He has been singing Baritone with Cincinnati's international award-winning Southern Gateway Chorus since 2004, and owns and plays approximately 70 world percussion instruments. John has sung with several other quartets, but this is his first experience performing with a mixed-gender group. “I’m so glad I chose music over sports,” he says. “I can’t imagine having this much fun as a linebacker at my age!”


John and his wife, Kathy, have one son, two grandchildren, and two rescue dogs who keep them busy when John isn't rehearsing or performing with one of the four groups he currently sings with.  He is a retired international organization development professional and has a third degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Alan Hadsell

Alan Hadsell was the only kid they could hear in the back of the church when he sang "I, said the donkey, shaggy and brown…" in the Christmas pageant at the age of three.  He's been singing in public ever since, in bands, musicals, and solo.  He started singing barbershop as a Bass with the Southern Gateway Chorus in 2008.  That makes him the Timeless Quartet barbershop rookie.


He and his wife Carol have a daughter, son, and three grandchildren. He is a freelance software engineer by trade, mostly focusing on manufacturing and distribution systems.  In addition to singing with Timeless and Southern Gateway, he performs in and helps to lead Southern Gateway’s small ensemble "Music Medics," which performs for hospitalized children and their families.

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