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January 28, 2008

Eureka! Quartet Wins Senior Singing Contest

Eureka! took the gold in the hotly contested International Senior Quartet competition at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Midwinter Convention. A total of 24 senior quartets from the U.S. and Canada squared off in the annual contest to become the 2008 Senior Quartet Champion. The top five quartets each received a medal.

Members of gold medalist quartet Eureka! are tenor Frank Friedemann, 64, from Tulsa; lead Art Swanson, 64, from New Orleans; baritone Rick Haines, 63, from Plano, Texas; and bass Brian Beck, 68, from Flower Mound, Texas. Though these four men have only been singing together as Eureka! since April of 2007, they have a rich history of barbershop quartet singing. Brian Beck is one of the most decorated quartet singers in the history of barbershop singing. He has placed in the top ten internationally in four different voice parts and has won two gold medals in two different voice parts. Art Swanson set a record having competed internationally twenty-two times consecutively.

Posted by acapnews at January 28, 2008 9:54 PM

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I was privileged to be at this convention with a group of Hi-School boys from New Zealand who competed in the youth section. Eureka won us over on registration night when they humbled us with a few numbers.

Over and above being pitch-perfect with excellent tone creating a full rich environment, they were absolutely charming, approachable, funny and engaging.

We found this to be the norm of all the Senior and youth competitors. Such is this community we were excited to be exposed to. Eureka stood out for me so I was extremely pleased when we were present for the announcement of their success.

Posted by: Paulo at February 14, 2008 12:42 AM

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