Vocal HERspective Episode 13 – Kris Adams

Kristina Adams is a two-time Harmony Queen and longtime music educator. We like to call her the barbershop whisperer as what this singer does is nothing short of magic.

Kris talks about singing, teaching, and even some new ways she is incorporating music into her life and career.

Tune it at 9:30 pm Eastern tonight or listen to the rebroadcast Sunday at 1:30 pm Eastern, Monday at 1:30 am Eastern if you are a night owl! The episode will be available Monday for download!

New Queens Crowned in Sweet Adelines

The Sweet Adelines International Finals for both quartets and choruses certainly ended the convention week on a high note.

The women’s barbershop organization crowned their newest Queens of Harmony in Viva! who earned a final score of 2862. This quartet features 2013 Queen of Harmony Patty Cobb Baker on tenor, 2013 Queen of Harmony and three-time silver medalist Gina Baker on lead, longtime audience favorite and frequent top ten finisher Chris DeRosa (yes, Tony’s sister) on baritone, and 2016 Queen of Harmony Peggy Jones on bass.

Earning second place was longtime crowd favorites, Titanium, who had everyone wanting Insta-bangs of their very own! Just 2 points short of 1st place with a 2860, they are certainly favorites going into 2020.

Third place went to the darlings of Sweet Adelines, GQ, with their slightly humorous set about love and relationships, which earned them the highest Showmanship scores of the night and a total score of 2758.

Tenacious took 4th place with a score of 2701 and The Ladies moved into 5th place at 2647. See the full results here or watch all of the sets here.

 

On Saturday night the spotlight turned on the chorus finals with Sweden’s Rönninge Show Choir taking top honors for the third time, with an incredible journey through Swedish music, including a pretty extensive look at discography of Max Martin. Their final score topped the field by over 100 points at 3061.

Lions Gate Chorus out of Vancouver took 2nd place with a total score of 2945 and an introduction of the “fairygoldmother.”

And out of Northbrook, Illinois, the 2015 International Champions, the Melodeers, started their set out dancing, visited with some of the most iconic songs of all time, and ended with the 3rd place medals.

Check out the full finals results or watch the top ten sets.

Sweet Adelines International Starts HOT in NOLA

The 2019 International Contest for Sweet Adelines is well underway with the Harmony Classic Divisions A and AA and the Quartet Semifinals in the rear view mirror.

After an exciting night highlighting the smaller choruses of the organization, Millenium Magic Chorus, a chorus that uniquely uses no front line director, took first place in Division A. Under the direction of 2014 Queen of Harmony Caitlin Castelino, Diablo Vista Chorus won Division AA.

Millennium Magic Chorus (North Atlantic Region 1, Manchester, CT)
Overall Score: 1271

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Under the direction of 2014 Queen of Harmony Caitlin Castelino, Diablo Vista Chorus won Division AA.

Diablo Vista Chorus (Pacific Shores Region 12, Walnut Creek, CA)
Overall Score: 1311

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The quartet semifinals were a long day of incredible music from 44 quartets crossing the stage at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, with the top ten moving on to the Finals on Friday. Tune into the Sweet Adelines Webcast at 11:30 am Central to watch what is sure to be a nail-biting finish. Don’t believe us? Check out their stunning semifinal performances:

Viva!
The Ladies
GQ
Ambush
Tenacious
VOCE
TITANIUM
Renegade
Fortuity
Milli Blink

Plus a mic test from 11th place finisher Lucille and a swan song from 2018 Queens of Harmony, ClassRing.

And while they may have finished 33rd, perhaps the most talked about quartet was comedy Wildcard, Don’t Call Me Shirley. Tune in – we promise you’ll laugh. A lot.

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Vocal HERspective – Episode 10 with Shana Oshiro

Have you ever thought about using your singing talents to change the world? Or, at least, your community? HALO quartet, led by tenor and HALO Incorporated’s Executive Director, Shana Oshiro, is doing just that.

Building off the concepts of barbershop, they are working on bringing more harmony to the world, and not just in the musical sense. Listen in tonight at 6:30 Pacific or Sunday at 10:30 am/pm Pacific to hear more about their Race and #RealTalk series and invaluable advice from the barbershop Queen and Board Certified Music Therapist.

Amanda and Rachael also discuss what they hope to see more of this year in a cappella.

Episodes are available at vocalherspective.org or your favorite podcast network theMonday after airing.