Grand Design

Quartet Biography

Grand Design

Year Won: 2012 in Rochester, MN

Songs Sung:
  • Where the Southern Roses Grow
  • Old Piano Roll Blues
  • Smilin' Through
  • When It Comes To Lovin' the Girls/They're All Sweeties

Grand Design was founded in the Fall of 2009 when long time friends Derek Glenna and Matt Hall finally made good on a promise to someday sing together in a quartet. Through Derek's connections to both the Mankato and Hilltop choruses they recruited Don Hettinga and Leonard Huls to fill the other two parts. After singing together at the Land O' Lakes District Fall Contest in Rochester, MN, we decided there was definitely some potential and, soon after, Grand Design became official. After several months of rehearsal, coaching, and arguing over which shoes to buy, we competed in our first competition and were crowned both 10,000 Lakes Division Champions and Novice Quartet Champions. Since then, we have gone on to win the Southwest Division Contest, we have finished 3rd and 2nd in the Land O' Lakes District Contests in 2010 and 2011, and we have qualified for the BHS International Contests in Kansas City, MO and Portland, OR.

As a group, we have over 50 years of Barbershopping experience. We enjoy a wide variety of musical styles and our members have diverse backgrounds ranging from classical male choral groups to rock and roll bands. We have had the chance to perform all across Minnesota and Wisconsin and we look forward to performing for you very soon.

Member Biographies

Huls, Leonard

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Len has been a singing in the Society since 1990. He began his barbershopping career with the Windom, MN chapter and is currently a member of the Mankato, MN chapter. He has also sung in several quartets and has competed at the District level several times. Len lives in Mankato where he works for a large regional home improvement retailer. He was sought out by the group not only for his marvelous tenor voice, but also in hopes that we could get the employee discount on our remodeling projects. Len and his wife, Shelly, have three wonderful children ages 25, 20, and 14. And one grandson

Glenna, Derek

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Derek joined the society at the ripe old age of 8, and was active in singing and promoting barbershop singing throughout high school. He has sung on the international chorus competition stage in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012 Hilltop, MN chapter. He was the director of Mankato, MN chapter from 2008-2011. Derek also directed the Vallee de Croix Sweet Adeline's Chorus. Derek is a licensed mortician and operates/owns Glenna Mortuary Trade Service. He lives in South Saint Paul, MN with his wife Emily, and their two Dachshunds, Dexter & Della.

Hettinga, Don

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Don grew up in a Barbershop family and joined the society when he was 13. His first competition was in Detroit, MI at the International Contest with the Mankato, MN chapter. After taking several years off to sing some rock and roll, he rejoined the ranks in 2007 with the Rochester Music Men chorus. He is currently a member of the Hilltop, MN chapter and serves as an occasional soloist with that group. Don lives in Owatonna, MN where he works as a high school teacher. He and his wife, Chris, have two lovely kids ages 11 and 4.

Hall, Matthew (Matt)

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Matt is another 'barbershop brat.' He joined the society in his teens and has also sung in several well known vocal ensembles; such as the UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen, the Rose Ensemble, and the Mastersingers USA. He currently directs the St. Croix Valley chapter and has sung with several quartets, including Talk of the Town, with his father. Matt lives in New Richmond, WI with his girlfriend Candace and her two children. By day he serves as a branch manager at a local bank.

Contact Information

Hall, Matthew (Matt)
540 Paperjack Dr
New Richmond, WI 54017 USA