Meet Your Harmony, Inc. Quartet Promotion Team!
Like so many areas in Harmony, Inc., we have phenomenal members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our organization the best it can be. I am proud to showcase the Quartet Promotion Team who I have had the honor to work with since becoming QDC in 2020. We meet monthly to chat about all things quartets and brainstorm how we can better assist our Areas with quartet promotion. Reach out to your Area Quartet Promotion Chair for support and ideas!
Joanne Ings joined the Abegweit Chimes (now Island A Capella) in Charlottetown, PEI in 1997. She began quartetting in June 1999 as the lead in Take Note. The quartet competed for the first time in 2000 and at IC&C Orlando that same year, claiming the Findlay Award as top-scoring novice quartet! The quartet competed in Area contests for many years and thoroughly loved the joy of singing for others and sharing music in many venues from street corners to Tim Horton coffee shops. Joanne took on Area Quartet Promotion in 2019 and presented “Why the Heck Would I Want to Quartet?” at the Area fall education day. Then, along came Covid and an unintended consequence became an opportunity for some folks to form some small ensembles like quartets to at least sing together. It was much easier to space four people rather than 44!
Quartet promotion for Joanne is about encouraging four people to sing together and to take advantage of learning about the art of singing barbershop through coaching. The fun and adventures of being in a quartet is immeasurable and the impact in strengthening choruses is profound.
Ashley Lang has been an active member of Women of Note chorus for over 10 years and has held many positions in the chorus – many as President, Vice President, Chorus Manager, Public Relations Chair, and Performance Chair. Ashley loves to sing with the women of her chorus as they have been such amazing supporters to her passion of singing she didn’t realize she had until meeting them. Never having sung outside of her car or shower, learning “the way of Harmony” with Women of Note led her to quartetting.
She has been singing with Life’s a Pitch since 2012 and they’ve become sisters who share their music with anyone who will listen! She loves quartetting as she believes it’s a great way to reach an audience; she especially loves being the lead to make a song come to life – her favorite part. Ashley feels the challenges and joys from being in a quartet are unbeatable.
Pitch has spent the last few years developing great relationships with those who help people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Every member of the quartet has friends and close family affected by the disease, so they participate in ALZ walks and performances for memory wards. They all know from personal experience how music helps those with dementia and memory loss.
Ashley very much looks forward to working with Area 2 to support their current quartets and hopes to find more!
This position is VACANT! Passionate about quartetting and are looking for a way to empower your fellow Area 3 members? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Sarah Thorne-Miller, Area 3 Director, at [email protected].
Sandi Wright directs the St. Louis Vocal Project in Area 4. As a baritone, she has earned two quartet gold medals in Sweet Adelines and two Harmony, Inc. international silver medals with Blaze, and one international bronze medal with Great Day. Great Day is planning to compete this June!
Sandi is the only person, male or female, certified as a competition judge in every North American barbershop organization! She is certified in the Visual Communication Category with Sweet Adelines International and the Performance Category in Harmony, Inc. and Barbershop Harmony Society. She is a certified international faculty member of SAI and is a busy and sought-after coach. Sandi will be teaching coaches at Harmony University this July. And if you think that barbershop singing is her only passion, Sandi was crowned Ms. Missouri Senior America in 2018 and represented her state in the Ms. Senior America pageant in Atlantic City, NJ.
Sandi is married to David Wright, music judge, arranger, baritone singer, and Associate Director of the Ambassadors of Harmony. They have three grown children and four grandchildren and they live in a historic home in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lise Anne Boissonneault joined Harmony, Inc. in 2015. She is a dual member of two Area 5 choruses, Baytones Harmony Inc. and Nickel City Sound. Her first contest experience will be this May with Kindred Spirits, subbing for their tenor. She’s been the area’s Quartet Promotion Coordinator since 2019. Thanks to this position, she’s learned a whole lot about the wonderful world of quartetting!
Pam Ringo became the Musical Director of Coastal Voices in June of 2019. Prior to her move to Fort Myers, FL in early 2019, she had formerly lived in Louisville, KY, and was Musical Director of Bluegrass Harmony since the fall of 2015. An active Sweet Adeline since 2002 and Harmony, Inc. member since 2018, Pam brings an array of experience and an overabundance of enthusiasm and energy to her role as Quartet Promotion Chair!
Majoring in vocal performance in college set Pam on the right track to excel directing a barbershop chorus. She has directed other choruses, is a familiar face in quartets, and is an avid barbershop coach and supporter. She is a self-proclaimed “barbershop junkie” as she cannot get enough of it. In addition to directing, she attends any educational event she can, soaking in the knowledge, and also makes learning tracks and designs websites for other barbershop choruses and quartets.
During the day, Pam provides legal administration for Musial Law Firm, LLC and works as a closing agent for Musial Title, LLC. After work, she homeschools her youngest and in her “spare time,” Pam has two older children that both attend college in Kentucky, two dogs, three cats, one bird, and Angie! Pam is an amazing bundle of unlimited energy and under her leadership, Coastal Voices has formed and chartered as a chorus, and continues to grow in numbers, in musical ability, and as a unit. The future of Coastal Voices is bright with Pam leading the way!
Quartet Development Coordinator
Jess Jones began her barbershop experience with Area 3’s Northern Blend Chorus in December 2018 and became an official Harmony, Inc. member in April 2019. A month later, Roulette quartet was born! She had such an incredible experience at her first AC&C and IC&C in 2019 that she decided to give the QDC Assistant role a try and is passionate about serving this phenomenal women-led organization. Jess has two kids, Brandon (18) and Samantha (5) and enjoys spending time with them outside of her job as an administrative assistant with the School of Arts & Humanities at Jefferson Community College. She looks forward to sharing her passion for performing and meeting as many people in the barbershop world as possible!