Rich Lapp has two degrees in Choral Music Education, taught high school choir for 34 years, mostly in Boise, Idaho, and served as music administrator for 2 years in the Boise Public Schools, overseeing 120 music and visual arts teachers.
Rich started Barbershopping with his dad and two brothers when he was 17 years old. His family quartet, The Lapplanders, was the start of many years of quartet singing with some fantastic men, including an Evergreen Senior Quartet Championship in 2015. Rich has directed Barbershop choruses for over 35 years in both southern California and Idaho. He was awarded both the Pomona Valley (CA) and Boise (ID) Barbershopper of the Year and also was awarded the Evergreen District Barbershopper of the Year. Rich has served on the faculty of Harmony University for 3 years. For the past year, Rich as sung with the Southern Gateway Chorus and Spin Cycle quartet and in 2019 will also be directing both the Delta Kings (Cincinnati) and The Alliance (Columbus).
Rich has been married to wife, Leni, for 36 years and they have 4 children ranging in age from 21-32 and 3 grandsons ages 8 months, 4 and 6.