Tin Pan Alley Quartet Contest

From Barbershop Wiki Project
Jump to: navigation, search
Tin Pan Alley Contest Trophy

Tin Pan Alley Quartet Contest (TPA) is Voices of Gotham's annual novice quartet contest, which brings new quartets to compete in front of both an audience and a panel using the Barbershop Harmony Society's adjudication standards. TPA fosters choral excellence by:

  • Encouraging barbershop quartetting
  • Developing quality quartet singers
  • Educating our contestants and spectators about the history of barbershop in New York City
  • Mobilizing VoG's Arrangers' Lab.

History of Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley draws its name from the historic New York City alley where popular musicians and music publishers largely worked from the late 19th century into the early 20th century. Barbershop draws many of its songs from music produced in this area on 28th street between 5th and 6th ave during this era.

History of Tin Pan Alley Quartet Contest

The contest was started in 2010 and has been held annually with the exception of 2013 (so that contest could be shifted to late winter to align better with Mid-Atlantic District Division schedule). As the contest developed, a few changes have been implemented:

  • Starting in 2014, VoG partnered with Sirens of Gotham (the New York chapter of Sweet Adelines, Intl) on the contest and removed any gender requirements allowing mixed and female quartets to compete
  • Originally started as a "novice" contest only, an "open" division was added in 2015 to encourage more individuals and quartets to compete without the more stringent requirements around being "novice". Called the Flat Foot Four Award, this award was named in recognition of the quartet that won the 1940 BHS International Competition held at the World's Fair in New York City that year
  • Starting in 2016, an award category was created for the top Mixed Quartet (featuring both male and female singers) - the Grand Central Red Caps Award. This award is named after the winners of the 7th Annual NYC Parks Barbershop Quartet Contest in 1941. Featuring four black railway workers, this quartet was barred from competing at the SPEBSQSA Contest in St. Louis later that year due to their race despite the NYC Parks Contest winner being guaranteed a spot. This snub and blatant racism resulted in NYC Parks Commissioner Robert Moses and former New York State Governor Al Smith resigning their vice presidencies of SPEBSQSA.[1]

Champions

Flat Foot Four Award - Open Quartet Champion

Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Bari, Bass Remarks
2016 Pitching Staff Alex McCoy, Rob Weber, John Maderazo, Jeremy Weissmann
2015 The Creepers Rafi Hasib, Gus Curry, Ben Hokamp, Dylan Lupo

Tin Pan Award - Novice Quartet Champion

In order to be considered a "novice" quartet, no more than two members may have done any of the following:

  • Competed in ANY quartet at a BHS District-level (fall) contest and only one of those two may have advanced to or sung at the International level, whether by the route of Prelims or District-level contests. Collegiate Internationals is not considered “International Level”.
  • Won a SAI Regional Quartet Competition in any region or qualified for SAI International Quartet Competition as a Wild Card
  • Won a Harmony Inc quartet competition at any level or qualified for international level competition
Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Bari, Bass Remarks
2016 Lung Candy Max Mellman, Bern Tan, Spencer Wight, Richard Townsend 1st New Voice Quartet to Win Tin Pan
2015 The Creepers Rafi Hasib, Gus Curry, Ben Hokamp, Dylan Lupo
2014 Will and the Brown Men Rafi Hasib, Will Downey, Doug Brown, Ryan Brown
2012 Come On, Braden Jeremy Weissmann, Rafi Hasib, Chris Granger, Braden Lynk
2011 Bad Apples Will McCain, Chris Granger, Matt Beals, Braden Lynk Highest scoring TPA quartet (69.3)
2010 Tiddlies and Beer Dan Scott, Will McCain, Alex Lorimer, Braden Lynk

Grand Central Red Caps Award - Mixed Quartet Champion

In order to be considered a Mixed Quartet, the quartet must have at least one male and one female singer

Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Bari, Bass Remarks
2016 Do-Si-Do Emily Whicheloe, Alex McCoy, Bridget McCoy, Ryan Brown
2015 Sharp 4 Artemisz Polonyi, Celia Smith, Adam Bock, Steve Severinghaus

Top Female Quartet

Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Bari, Bass Remarks
2016 Confidence Intervals Asuka Ichikawa, Rachel Livingston, Helen Brew, Debbie Chen
2015 Ringing Belles Hannah Gordon, Rachel Livingston, Helen Brew, Debbie Chen

New Voice Award

In order to be considered a "New Voice" quartet, there must be at least two members who newly joined either Voices of Gotham or Sirens of Gotham since the last Tin Pan Alley contest was held

Year Quartet Tenor, Lead, Bari, Bass Remarks
2016 Lung Candy Max Mellman, Bern Tan, Spencer Wight, Richard Townsend
2015 Ringing Belles Hannah Gordon, Rachel Livingston, Helen Brew, Debbie Chen
2014 For the Times Kofi Mills, Rob Weber, Gus Curry, Dylan Lupo
2012 Step It Up Rafi Hasib, Will McCain, Jeremy Weissmann, John Maderazo

References

  1. Grand Central Red Caps, winners 7th Annual Barbershop Quartet Contest from NYC Parks official website