Sweet Adelines International will bring the 2018 Rising Star Quartet Contest home to Tulsa, OK, on Friday, Aug. 10, as 14 of the world’s best young female barbershop a cappella quartets vie for the coveted title of “Rising Star Champion Quartet.” Recognizing the superior talent of young women age 25 and under, the Rising Star Quartet Contest is an educational resource and performance opportunity for advancing the musical art form of barbershop a cappella harmony.
Founded in Tulsa in 1945, Sweet Adelines International has stayed true to its roots and continues to operate the 21,000 member organization in its founding city. This is the first time the quartet contest, established in 1999, will be held in Tulsa.
The 14 competing quartets, listed in order of appearance, are: Atomic (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Perfect Fourth (Liverpool, NY), Valkyries (Valencia, CA), Nothin’ but Treble (Renfrew, ON, Canada), Un4Gettable (Oil City, PA), Bombshell (Risingsun, OH), Effervescence (Albuquerque, NM), Blaze (Tampa, FL, and Cleveland, OH), Perpetual Sound (Edmond, OK), Minor League (Lewisville, TX), Belle Tones (Austin, TX), You Bet (St. Louis, MO), Grace Notes (San Antonio, TX) and Hot Pursuit (Atlanta, GA, and Cleveland, TN).
This year, the contest is occurring in conjunction with the Young Women In Harmony (YWIH) Shining Star Festival, held by Sweet Adelines Region 25 Heart of America. The festival faculty include Lustre, 2018 Sweet Adelines International Champion Quartet and Adrenaline, 2017 Rising Star Champion Quartet. The Shining Star Festival will be held the morning of Rising Star, from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 10901 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74137. For more information, visit www.sai25.org.
The Rising Star Quartet Competition will begin at 4 p.m. at the Oral Roberts University Global Learning Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74171 and will include performances by Lustre and Adrenaline. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit risingstarquartetcontest.com. Tickets may also be purchased on-site beginning at 3 p.m.
Founded in Tulsa, Okla. in 1945, Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide women’s singing organization committed to advancing a cappella singing in the barbershop style through opportunities in education, performance and competition. It is one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women, with a membership of 21,000 in 525 choruses and 1,000 quartets across the globe.
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