Shore Notes' bass earns top honors at Women’s Harmony Brigade

Shore Notes' bass earns top honors at Women’s Harmony Brigade
Type of post: Chorus news item
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, Aug 6 2019

Betty Owen, a member of the bass section in the Hilton Head Shore Notes, sang in the winning quartet at this year’s 6th Annual Women’s Harmony Brigade, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 2-4, 2019. Melody Templeton, director of the Shore Notes; Sherry Adams, lead; and Sue Gordon, baritone; also participated in the event.

The Women’s Harmony Brigade is an annual event that includes non-stop quartet singing and quartet partner switching. About 150 participants learn a common repertoire of 10 challenging songs, arranged in the barbershop style, and arrive fully prepared and ready to sing with whoever asks all weekend long. Each participant receives a "dance card" upon arrival and will, over the course of the weekend, attempt to sing with every participant in quartet formation.

In addition to the dance cards, 38 quartets were randomly selected from the 150 participants. On Friday night, each newly-formed quartet was given two song choices from the 10 prepared songs, and one hour to rehearse their song before going on stage to compete. Sweet Adelines, Inc. Queens of Harmony quartet, Martini, judged the event. The top ten quartets went on to compete again on Saturday night, where each quartet was assigned one song or they could choose to sing the “challenge song” which was the most difficult of them all, “When I See An Elephant Fly.” Song assignments were given out at 6:00 and the show started at 7:00!

Owen’s quartet, “Daiquiri,” sang “Let’s Live It Up” on Friday night, and “When I See An Elephant Fly,” on Saturday night’s show. Other members of Daiquiri included Janene DePalo, lead, from Chatam, NJ; Lorna Graves, baritone, from Charlotte, NC; and Rhiannon Light, tenor, from Aurora, Ohio.

Also performing on the show were all top ten quartets, other ensembles formed at the Brigade, long-time quartets who attended the Brigade together, as well as this year’s celebrity guest quartet, SAI 2012 Queens of Harmony, Martini!

And if that wasn’t enough to cram into one weekend, the 150 participants were divided into four VLQs (Very Large Quartets) and on Saturday afternoon, each VLQ went to perform at a different Raleigh nursing home, where they entertained the residents with all ten songs!

To learn more about the Women’s Harmony Brigade, visit www.womensharmonybrigade.com.