The Barbershop Harmony Society
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Shannon Elswick, President
Marty Monson, Executive Director
Dick Shaw, World Harmony Council Representative

2013 Quartet Masterpiece

From Southern California, Masterpiece… a supreme artistic achievement; sometimes the work of one, sometimes a collaboration of many.  In the world of vocal music, it is the marriage of multiple efforts to seamlessly become one.  Rob, Patrick, Alan, and Brett have enjoyed success in various groups over their varied musical histories, and have finally come together to share a unique sound and experience with their audience.


Photograph by Miller Photo

Rob Menaker, Tenor… began his singing career more than 30 years ago in his hometown of Columbia, Maryland. After moving to California, Rob sang many musical styles with the UCLA Men's Glee Club, touring the U.S. and Far East while expanding his vocal abilities. After graduating, his effortless tenor voice made him a valuable commodity to many groups, culminating in a 1996 International Quartet Championship with Nightlife.

 

Patrick Haedtler, Lead… was introduced to barbershop at the age of 12 when he joined the San Jose Chapter in Northern California with his father and brother. He moved to Southern California to attend Cal Poly and complete his degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. After his move south, Patrick promptly joined the Masters of Harmony and the 2007 International Chorus Champions, The Westminster Chorus. Most recently Patrick sang with The Crush, 2-time FWD Silver Medalist, 2007 Collegiate Quartet Silver Medalist, and 2009 International Semi-Finalist.

 

Alan Gordon, Baritone… is a "barbershop brat," having been introduced to the avocation through the involvement of both parents in San Jose, Ca. With music in the family room almost every night, it wasn't a surprise that he was harmonizing with his sister at age 5. That early start has imbedded in Alan a vocal flexibility that allows for chameleon-like blending through a wide range. After moving to Southern California, he joined the Masters, leading in various positions and ending up with the formation of Gotcha!, who became Quartet Champions in 2004.

 

Brett Littlefield, Bass… is the only native Southern Californian in the group.  Hailing from Westminster, Brett started his barbershop singing straight out of high school, and the vocal world has been thankful. Demonstrating the depth of a gospel singer with the warmth of a crooner, Brett anchored the 1996 Champions with Rob in Nightlife. Brett has been active with the Masters for 20 years, serving as bass section leader, director, and assistant director. Brett and Rob share a distinction of being among few men who have won a chorus and quartet championship on the same day!

2013 Chorus Champion -
Toronto Northern Lights 

Directed by Steve Armstrong

The age of asparagus dawned golden and giddy as the Toronto Northern Lights barbershop chorus was crowned best in the world for their vegetable parody medley.


Their set, which also included Elvis Presley’s “If I can dream,” brought the packed Air Canada Centre to its feet Friday night. When the judges announced second place went to Westminster Chorus — the favourite going into the contest — the 72 corncobs, peppers and tomatoes that make up the Toronto Northern Lights jumped up and down in the aisles, kissed loved ones, doled out sweaty hugs, and shook hands with strangers.

 

 

<The Newfangled Four wins Collegiate Contest

The Newfangled Four, a quartet hailing from the Los Angeles area, beat out 25 other young quartets from around the world to capture the collegechampionship Tuesday evening in Toronto.

 Singing old standards "Mistakes" and "Georgia Mae," the quartet posted A-level scores comparable to those in the open division contest.

 The Newfangled Four quartet consists of Joey Buss, tenor, from Huntington Beach; Jackson Niebrugge, lead, of Los Angeles; Ryan Wisniewski, baritone, of Las Vegas; and Jake Tickner, bass, of Discovery Bay.