In Pursuit of Excellence

Area 6’s Hot Pursuit stole the Harmony, Inc. audience’s heart with their powerful rendition of Maybe this Time in the quartet finals, capturing the 2019 international quartet championship November 9 at Harmony, Inc’s 60th Anniversary Convention and Contests. A young quartet with a cumulative age under 110 years, the new Harmony Queens sang three arrangements by baritone Melody Hine and one by her father, renowned arranger and quartet champ Clay Hine.

Their accomplishment was even more significant as this was the contest debut for Maybe This Time, which garnered the highest performance scores of the contest and helped the quartet edge out silver medalist Take 4.

“One of the things we felt is that all four of us ended the song invested in the narrative,” said lead Tessa Walker. “All of us were on the exact same page, involved in what we were doing and what the audience was feeling. It was emotionally overwhelming, but great to be able to connect with people on that wavelength.”

The members of Hot Pursuit have strong musical roots. As music educators, coaches, teachers and even barbershop “brats,” their love of barbershop, and their newly found home in Harmony, Incorporated, is very clear. It was bass Candra Rice who wanted the quartet to go ‘home’ to Harmony, Inc. noted Hine. “We’ve competed in the past, but wanted to do more (as a quartet). Candra asked how would we feel if we (entered) an HI contest.” The rest, as they say, is musical history.

The quartet contest at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio, featured 32 quartets from the U.S. and Canada. The medalists are:
1. Hot Pursuit (Area 6) – 2933/81.5%
2. Take 4 (Area 4) – 2904/80.7%
3. Fierce (Area 4) – 2846/79.1%
4. Swing Theory (Area 5) – 2807/78%
5. New Q (Area 2) – 2770/76.9%