Greg Mallett – Lead

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Greg has been singing…forever. Coming from an already musical family, Greg furthered the tradition in joining the Toronto Children’s Chorus at the age of 7. Over 5 years with the choir, Greg had the opportunity to tour Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia at the age of 11, and, at the age of 12, ventured through New York State as well as Miami, Florida. Given the name of the choir, Greg’s time there was obviously limited and he left the group after 5 years.

Since then, Greg has been primarily an instrumentalist. He attended Earl Haig Secondary School in the Claude Watson Arts Program for trumpet. It was there that he met, at the time, future baritone Jonah Lazar and future bass Reuven Grajner. After 4 years, graduation happened.

So comes the barbershop story. Greg’s father, John Mallett, has been barbershopping since 1989 and was an inaugural member of the Toronto Northern Lights chorus in the fall of 1997. As a result, Greg was born into the hobby. It is said that his first international convention attended was Pittsburgh 1994, though at negative 6 months old the jury’s still out as to whether it counts. It wasn’t until the fall of 2011 that Greg sang in his first quartet and it wasn’t until August of 2012 that Greg joined the Northern Lights as a full-fledged member. But school comes first and Lakehead University was the call. After 8 months in wintery Thunder Bay, Ontario, Greg returned to the chorus in May of 2013, just in time to be on stage at the 2013 International Chorus Contest in hometown Toronto. And they won!

One transfer and 4 years later, Greg is now a graduate of the Human Kinetics program at the University of Guelph. He now works in Residential Life at Lakefield College School, helping teach in the Music, Science, and Math departments. Nevertheless, singing with groups like the Northern Lights, and of course Yonge Guns, couldn’t be more rewarding.

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