The 3rd-best Sweet Adelines quartet in the world is retiring.
a.k.a. Quartet, which consists of Sue Taylor (Tenor), Janeen Summey (Lead), Harriette Walters (Baritone), and Janell Paviolitis (Bass), has decided to hang it up after six years of competition, in which they achieved great success placing in the top-15 four times, including two international bronze medals.
They placed 3rd in Honolulu last fall with a score of 2707. Their score of 634 in 2011 is tied for the 15th highest regional quartet score ever. It is also the highest Region 15 quartet score ever recorded.
Their Facebook page says:
“It’s been a long time since posting… and now the announcement:
a.k.a… is retiring. We have had a great run and truly maintain our friendships, just not as quartet-mates. We have Totally enjoyed the many years, songs and laughter together. We each enjoy fond memories of sitting cross-legged on the floor trying out a new song on a room full of poor slobs (who in reality were/are our SAI family), or attempting to sing a tag VERY late at night, or hearing the audience cheering. We won’t forget your support and kindness. To allay the rumor that Harriette and Sue are considering moving forward together.. it’s true. We just can’t seem to get enough! a.k.a.. wishes all of the Baltimore-bound quartets, the very best of luck. Break a LIP!”
Sue sings tenor with The Upper Chesapeake Chorus and Harbor City Music Company.
Janeen is the former lead of international finalist quartet, Heatwave.
Harriette has directed the Greater Nassau Chorus for many years. She has served as a member of the SAI Board of Directors and is currently the Moderator of the International Director Education Coordinators.
Paviolitis is a Queen of Harmony. She won the International Quartet title with Melo-Edge in 1983, and is currently serving as the Coronet Club President in Sweet Adelines International.