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Spirit of Syracuse places second at international sing-off

Members of the Spirit of Syracuse, an all-women barbershop quartet, rehearse last Friday at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center.

Members of the Spirit of Syracuse, an all-women barbershop quartet, rehearse last Friday at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center. Photo by Ned Campbell.

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Spirit of Syracuse sings Crowne Plaza

The Spirit of Syracuse barbershop chorus rehearses at the Crowne Plaza Friday, April 27, for the annual Sweet Sounds of Sweet Adelines competition, where they placed second out of 28 all-women groups.

The Spirit of Syracuse barbershop chorus rehearses at the Crowne Plaza Friday, April 27, for the annual Sweet Sounds of Sweet Adelines competition, where they placed second out of 28 all-women groups.

— The Spirit of Syracuse, an all-women barbershop chorus, placed second in the annual Sweet Sounds of Sweet Adelines competition, which took place over the weekend at the Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Theater and saw participation from nearly 1,500 female singers. The local group was one of 28 competing in region 16, and was topped only to the first-place Canadian Showtime chorus.

The Spirit of Syracuse is directed by Kay Crawford and coached by the legendary “Awesome Joe” Connelly, who works with barbershop choruses around the world full-time.

Sweet Adelines International encompasses more than 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses worldwide.

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