WEST BOUNTIFUL— Barbershop quartets aren’t just for guys.
West Bountiful resident Colleen Anderson and the rest of her barbershop quartet, Harmony Road, are coming to West Bountiful City Hall Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Joining them will be the Sync-O! Quartet.
According to Anderson, the four member of Harmony Road harmonize just as well in their personal lives as they do onstage.
“Besides the music, my favorite part of being in a barbershop quartet is the friendship we all share as sisters in harmony,” she said. “The ability to blend together is wonderful.”
Though the classic image of barbershop quartets feature four men, there are also several women who are performing and competing with barbershop quartets. They sing the same music, with the women singing the bass, baritone, tenor and melody. In Harmony Road, Lynmari Taylor and Tammy Long both switch off between the lead and bass parts.
“Bass is the low foundation of the chord, while the lead has the melody,” said Anderson. “It’s the same range, but (the melody) has more color.”
Anderson sings baritone for the group, and also handles both the pitch pipe and choreography for the group.
“Baritone kind of has to sing in the cracks,” she said. “Sometimes above, sometimes below.”
The fourth member of the quartet, Kathy Case, sings tenor. In a barbershop quartet, the tenor takes over the highest parts of the song.
“Or, as we like to call it, the frosting on the cake,” said Anderson.
The four, who are also a part of the award-winning Mountain Jubilee Chorus, formed in 2009 to give Anderson and her friends even more of an opportunity to sing.
“We love to sing, and the chorus wasn’t performing as much as we like to,” said Anderson.
The group sings a wide variety of music, including different musical packages that blend more than one song together with a similar theme. They also sing both traditional songs and more modern music.
“We do a lot of love songs, and there are some really great ballads,” she said. “We even sing ‘The Climb.’”
One of her favorites is an adaptation of Frank Sinatra’s “How Deep Is The Ocean.”
“It’s gorgeous,” said Anderson.
Those love songs are particularly useful for the singing Valentines the group does, both on their own and with the chorus.
“It’s one of our biggest moneymakers,” she said.
Anderson is a West Bountiful resident, but the group has even more of a connection to Davis County. The Mountain Jubilee Chorus originally started in Bountiful in 1961, and changed its name later to reflect its expanded membership.
“We have members from across the whole Wasatch Front,” said Anderson. “Not just Bountiful.”
The members of Sync-O! are Brooke Zaugg (tenor), Tiffany Lowe (lead), Jennifer Taylor (baritone), and Kate Walters (bass). West Bountiful City Hall is located at 550 N. 800 West.