Singing in Perfect Harmony

Finding the perfect pitch was easy for women throughout the Naperville area thanks to the first of three workshops aimed at teaching them how to sing barbershop quartet style.

“The purpose of tonight is to help people form new quartets,” said member of the IMPACT barbershop quartet Diane Landry. “We will probably get a lot of ladies who have never been in a quartet.”

A barbershop quartet is broken up into four parts. The lead carries the melody, a bass provides the low harmony, a baritone sings above and below the lead, and a tenor sings the highest harmony notes.

“The voice matching that goes on between these parts is very critical,” said promotions coordinator for Sweet Adeline’s International Stacey Haskins. “They need to find the right mix and blend of their voices.”

Most people think of barbershop quartets as all male, but women barbershop quartets have been around as long as men’s, and the Sweet Adeline’s International organization boast more members worldwide than their male counterpart.

“When you are singing in a quartet you really get to become like sisters,” said director of the Choral-Aires Chorus Joan Boutilier. “It is fun and hard work all at the same time. You share a lot of emotions.”

The hard work pays off with four voices creating a one of a kind sound.

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