"the BUZZ"

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L to R: Karen, Jeannie, Debbie, and Nancy

the BUZZ is Sweet Adelines International's 2005 International Quartet Champion.

Quartet Members

Winning Members:

  • Tenor: Nancy Cloeter
  • Lead: Debbie Cleveland
  • Bari: Karen Breidert
  • Bass: Jeannie Froelich

Contest Placement


  • 2004 - 1st (Indianapolis, IN)


  • 2004 - 1st


Have You Heard the BUZZ? (2004)
Gee, But it's Good to be Here
You Turned the Tables On Me
It's My Song
One Fine Day
Mary, Did You Know?
Hey Mister
You Make Me Feel So Young
Turn Around
No, No Norman
Once Upon a Time
Cheek to Cheek
Goodbye Medley
Buzzapalooza (2006)
Give Me The Simple Life
How Deep Is The Ocean
Back In Business
Blues In The Night
My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Because Of You
He Broke My Heart In Three Places
Sweet Hour Of Prayer
Midnight Serenade
Lucky To Be Me
Here And Now
Buzz Off I'm In! (year?)
Most of the tags from the BUZZ's first two CD's
So Happy Together (year?)
After Today
Gospel Medley
Time Waits for No One
Got A Lot of Living to Do
With These Hands
Girl in 14G
A Whole New World
First Day In Heaven
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good/Happy Together
The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Extended History

This was the first time the quartet competed together on the International level. This was not the first International gold medal for any of the quartet members. In 1985 baritone Karen Breidert won the gold with Jubilation. In 1992 bass Jeannie Froelich and tenor Nancy Fuhrmann sang together in City Lights and brought home their first gold medal. In 1994 lead Debbie Connelly and her then quartet Showtime were crowned champions. This dynamic foursome came together in January 2003 and became “the BUZZ” and have been creating just that ever since. Competing together for the first time in April of 2004, then becoming International champions a mere six months later!

Individual Histories

KAREN BREIDERT Karen is on the faculty of Sweet Adelines International and a past President of the organization. She also directs the International Competitor Spirit of the Gulf Chorus based in Fort Myers, FL and is a popular coach. Karen was the baritone of 1985 International Champions Jubilation and has sung in several other International Finalist quartets. Karen and husband Bob (also a singer) call both North Carolina and Florida home, splitting their time between the two.

JEANNIE FROELICH Jeannie has a gold medal for singing bass with the 1992 champs City Lights and chorus gold with the Ramapo Valley Chorus. She also serves on various Sweet Adelines International committees and assignments. Jeannie is an accomplished soloist and guitarist who began singing professionally at the age of sixteen. She and husband Brian are the proud parents of five children and make their home in Spring Lake, NJ. Jeannie spends many hours volunteering for various organizations and is also a successful chorus and quartet coach.

DEBBIE CLEVELAND Debbie is a high school choral director and frequent clinician for Youth Harmony events. She sang lead with the 1994 International Quartet Champion Showtime and is a member of the faculty of Sweet Adelines International. A popular coach, vocalist and soloist, Debbie makes her home in Tampa, FL with her talented children.

NANCY CLOETER Nancy sang tenor with the 1992 Champion Quartet City Lights, with whom she traveled and performed extensively. She was an active member and section leader in the International Champion Ramapo Valley Chorus and in 2002 spent time singing and teaching vocal skills in China. Nancy makes her home in Long Valley, NJ with her husband Cameron and their four boys. She is a sought after coach and vocalist and works for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

External Sites

Sweet Adelines International - Queens of Harmony
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