Martini History

Martini Quartet formed in July 2007 over a round of cosmopolitans at Sandy Marron's home in Tacoma, Washington. Singers Sandy Marron (tenor), Lisa Myers (lead), Shannon Harris (bass) and DeAnne Haugen (bari) knew right from the beginning that they had a special blend! Yet, this Martini has been shaken AND stirred not just once, but three times during the group's four year journey to become Sweet Adelines International's 2012 Quartet Champions!

Martini v1.0 (Original Blend): In April 2008, despite intensive rehearsal travel requirements (members hailed from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee), Martini competed at the Sweet Adelines International Region 26 Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, where they placed first with a regional record-breaking score of 623 points.Later that year, they made their International Competition debut in Honolulu, Hawaii, placing 8th in the world. In October 2009, Martini returned to the International stage in Nashville, Tennessee, where they jumped four places and finished 4th!

Martini v2.0 (Southern Variation): In early 2010, lead Lisa Myers turned her attention to family life and Michelle Little joined the group as her replacement, traveling all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, to rehearse with the foursome. In October, 2010, after just a few months of rehearsal, Martini v2.0 made their first International appearance in Seattle, Washington, and placed 5th overall! What a beginning!

Martini v3.0 (Crown Royal Blend): In January 2011, tenor Sandy Marron made the difficult decision to step out of the group in order to focus on her role as musical director of Lion's Gate Chorus. Corinna Garriock, former tenor of Mojo Quartet, joined the group in March 2011 and after six rehearsals, this new Martini blend debuted on the International stage in Houston, Texas. The result was magic, as Martini was named the 2012 International Quartet Champions! 

During their four years together, Martini has had the opportunity to be coached by some amazing people including Carole Kirkpatrick, Jim Arns, Renee Porzel, Sandy Marron, Judy Pozsgay, Kim Vaughn, Marcia Pinvidic, Dale Syverson, Åse Hagerman, Elaine Cotton, Beth Smith, Joni Bescos, Becki Hine and Sean Devine. All four singers in Martini are long time members of Sweet Adelines International and active in their choruses, regions and international programs. Corinna and Shannon sing with Lions Gate Chorus in Vancouver, British Columbia. DeAnne sings with the multiple International Chorus Champions, Melodeers (based in Chicago, Illinois), and lives in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Michelle is a member of the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus in Atlanta, Georgia.

November 20, 2017
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