Congratulations to our 2018 Region 10 Young Women in Harmony Champions:
Kieley Simonsen (Bari), Marisa Garza (Bass), Andrea Walker (Lead), Elise Miller (Tenor)
Grace Notes began as a barbershop experiment in 2011 with four girls who grew up in the Texas Children’s Choir. They’ve come a long way since then! Champions of the Region 10 Youth Quartet contest in 2012, 2013, and 2018, they are thrilled to still be singing together! These fine young ladies competed at the Sweet Adelines International Rising Star contests in 2012 (Denver CO) where they received the “Stars to Watch” award, and again in 2013 (Lowell MA) placing 3rd, and are thrilled to be competing at Rising Star in Tulsa OK in 2018!
The Belle Tones
2017 R10 Youth Champion Quartet, 2017 R10 Novice Winner, 2018 R10 6th Place Quartet
Chloe Storm (Bari), Abigail Storm (Bass), Emma Morelli (Lead), Alyssa Morrow (Tenor)
The Belle Tones discovered Sweet Adelines on Youtube by falling in love with videos of GQ (International Rising Star Champions & 2018 International 5th Place Quartet). Their 8th grade choir teacher prepared them with a GQ Medley for the Capital City Show Choir Competition on April 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas and their trophy-winning debut performance from that event launched them into the world of barbershop harmony when the video went viral with the GQ fanbase on social media. Since then, they have joined Sweet Adelines Great Gulf Coast Region 10, took 1st Place in the Region 10 Youth Quartet Contest on September 17, 2016, placed 7th in Region 10’s annual Regional Quartet Competition on March 31, 2017, winning Novice and performing on the Show of Champions on April 1, 2017. In 2018, they placed 6th in the Region 10 Quartet Contest. These ladies will be competing at the 2018 International Rising Star Quartet Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
2016 Region 10 Youth Champion, 2016 International Rising Star Champion,
2018 Region 10 Quartet Champion
Kimberly Newcomb (Bari), Ashley Brockman (Bass), Caroline Hunt (Lead), Quincie Smith (Tenor)
The Ladies won the Region 10 Young Women in Harmony Quartet Contest on January 16, 2016. They went on to win the International Rising Star Quartet Competition on July 13, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand! Since then, they have sung on SAI and BHS chapter shows across the county, and continue to stay active in their home Regions (10 & 25). Did you know? The Ladies are comprised of four talented educators, and have 30 years of combined barbershop singing experience! They are fabulous clinicians, and would be a great addition to your next showcase or workshop. We are very proud of these girls and look forward to watching their bright future unfold!
We have had some incredible Young Women in Harmony workshops in Region 10. The YWIH program welcomes all young women (under the age of 26) to join in and experience the joy of singing four part barbershop harmony with us! In addition to our Regional workshops and competitions, we launched a Young Women in Harmony Chorus named Southern Belles in 2016, and the ensemble pops up at our regional events. Southern Belles was invited to participate in the 2017 Midwinter Youth Chorus Festival of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and 20 young girls traveled to San Antonio, Texas with Katy Dane (Director) and Laura DeGraw (YWIH Coordinator) in January 2017. Their performance earned them a rating of “Excellent” from the Midwinter judging panel, and an experience they will never forget.