The plunge into competition quartet territory is nothing to be taken lightly. It is totally different from performing in the chorus setting where many voices build upon each other to achieve a rich full sound. In a chorus, you are surrounded by artful singers all working together. In a quartet, you -- and you alone -- are responsible for carrying your part and if that’s not a big enough job, you must also match your quartet mates which can be a delicate balancing act. The better the vocal blend, the better the sound that is produced.
All the vocal skills I’ve learned in AJoy helped, but singing in a quartet showed me that a new level of skill would be needed. Another thing also became apparent quickly. Quartets spend long periods of time together practicing their craft which means a good personality blend is also a consideration. This includes similar taste in music choices, fashion choices, work ethic and I could go on and on. The more "in tune" you are, the more joy you have as a quartet.
This is only the beginning of a very worthwhile ride. It was such a joy appearing on the stage as part of Marquee. These amazing musicians helped make this one of the best experiences of my life. Scary and challenging yes but totally rewarding. We were all novice competitors and I am so proud of what we presented on stage.
Yes we have work to do to excel but I am confident we are ready for the challenge.