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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One Minute With: After Hours

With humble beginnings in college, over a decade of dedication (and many more years in barbershop and music!), and a couple membership changes, After Hours reached the pinnacle of barbershop in Orlando last summer: they became the 2018 International Quartet Champions. They not only won, they earned the highest score in Society history.

This honor comes with far more than a set of gold medals and a trophy. Tim Beutel, Dan Wessler, Drew Ochoa, and Bryan Ziegler now find their place among the greats, honored with a permanent place in Harmony Hall. Their talent will be heard around the globe in coming years, but we got to catch up with them backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during #BHSOpry.

Here is One Minute With: After Hours –