Lustre most recently earned the title of 6th Place Finalist at the 2014 Sweet Adeline International Quartet Competition in Baltimore, MD. They started their musical adventure back in 2005, and ten years later they are still going strong! They met through and continue to sing with HCMC and attribute their success and a few of their fabulous arrangements to director, Michael Gellert. In their time together they have garnered several SAI at the Regional and International levels. They also have won the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella competition, and finished in Second Place at the National Harmony Sweepstakes competition. While competition is fun, performing is more so, and they enjoy performing all around the Baltimore area, at private events, parties, community festivals, and barbershop chapter shows. You may have heard them on Baltimore’s country radio station during the holiday season singing their most requested song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” To contact Lustre, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate Morrical – Tenor
Kate has been singing since elementary school, but only discovered barbershop in 2005. She’d always sung soprano, even though she really liked singing harmony, so she was thrilled to find a musical form where the highest voice part was not the melody. Kate sings with the Capital Accord Chorus and HCMC, and joined Lustre quartet as our new tenor in the summer of 2010.
Kate’s background is in structural engineering, although she currently works in technical marketing for an engineering software company. She prefers to think of her work as translating software-speak into English, rather than “marketing.” When she’s not working or singing, she likes hiking, especially at Great Falls, and sports (go Bucks.). Kate lives in Silver Spring with one very needy, vocal, and almost unbearably cute Siamese cat.
Lori Crouter – Lead
“Lead Lori” has been singing all her life. When she was younger, one might have heard her sister complain “Does she have to sing so loud?” but we’re glad it didn’t deter her. Before joining HCMC in 2002, she had achieved numerous musical accomplishments. For instance, she starred in multiple plays and musicals and learned to play nearly every instrument (at least well enough to play a simple song) for her degree in music education.
In her spare time Lori has started an organizing business with one of her good friends. While she only has 2 cats at home here in Baltimore, Lori has a terrific family in the Midwest and beyond.
Lori Dreyer – Baritone
Before “Bari Lori” moved to Baltimore, her musical experience consisted of many years of underappreciated piano lessons growing up and she played trombone in the high school band, but she had no singing experience outside of church choir. Nevertheless, in 1991 she jumped into Sweet Adelines and HCMC (then known as the Elkridge Chorus), with both feet. She has been singing ever since in chorus, quartets, and a mixed a cappella jazz quintet called “High Five.” Sometimes you can hear her singing bass, lead or even the alto part, but she is a barbershop baritone at heart.
This Lori makes her living as a computer programmer and she makes many friends as an avid baker. If you visit her at home, she might make you one of her stellar, homemade, from fresh-squeezed lemons and limes Margarita. She sews and does needlework, costuming her chorus and quartet as well as local theater productions. Her immediate family consists of two cats and more Sweet Adeline sisters than she can count.
Jenny Harris – Bass
Jenny has been a singer in Sweet Adelines since 2003, when she joined HCMC. Though she brought a strong musical background in the instrumental arena, her previous singing experience consisted only of church children’s choir and regular radio sing-alongs during the morning and evening commute. But once she joined the barbershop hobby, she jumped in whole-heartedly, and soon became an avid “pick-up quartet” and tag singer, and the Bass section leader of her chorus.
Jenny grew up the third of four sisters. While the sisters never did form a barbershop quartet, the family experience did give her some early training for sharing one hotel bathroom with three other women. Jenny now lives with her fabulous husband, son and daughter, who generously and graciously agree to host the weekly quartet rehearsal at their home, and occasionally fill in for a missing part here or there.