FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pasadena, Calif. (Jan 30, 2009) – Audacity took the gold in the hotly contested International Seniors Quartet Competition at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Midwinter Convention. A total of 24 seniors quartets from the U.S and Canada squared off in the annual contest to become the 2009 Seniors Quartet Champion. The top five quartets each received a medal.
Members of the gold medalist quartet Audacity are tenor John Fynmore, Phoenix; lead Byron Bennett, Mesa; baritone Fraser Brown, Phoenix; and bass Greg Dodge, Tempe.
Audacity, formed in early 2007, has traveled to Illinois, Colorado, California and Tennessee to compete in various competitions. In Nashville they participated in the 2008 International Quartet Competition. All four men are members of the Greater Phoenix Chapter.
Second place silver medalist is the Michigan-based quartet Resisting-A-Rest. Members are tenor Bruce LaMarte; lead Tom Conner; baritone Steve Warnaar; and bass Phil Haines.
Rounding out the five medalist positions are:
Third place: Take Note – tenor Steve Coon; lead Ralph Brooks; baritone Dick Kingdon; and bass Ed Chapman
Fourth place: Chordplay – tenor Rick Anthoney; lead Tom Herrick; baritone Lynn Hauldren; and bass Greg Martin.
Fifth place: Test of Time – tenor Gary Wulf; lead Don Pullins; baritone Glen Spangler; and bass Mark Stock.
Like all members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, competing quartets sing as a hobby. In the Seniors
competition, no member of any competing quartet may be younger than 55, and the cumulative age of the quartet
must be 240 years or more. They are judged by a panel of two judges in each of three categories; music, presentation and singing. The outgoing 2008 International Seniors Quartet Champ, Eureka! Also performed and presented trophies to the 2009 Seniors Quartet Champion.
Convention registrations are available through www.barbershop.org/midwinter. Single event tickets are available by calling (626) 945-8443 or by purchasing at the door: $30 for the Friday night shows; $30 for the Saturday night shows; $20 for the Seniors Quartet Contest; $15 for the Youth Festival Contest. All performances and contests will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.