In May 2002 and again in May 2003 the Bettys won Silver Medals at the SAI Region 3 competition in Michigan, and in August 2002 they were named Female Quartet Champions at the Buckeye Invitational in Ohio.
In May 2004, Four Bettys won 1st place at the Sweet Adelines International Region 3 competition in Michigan earning the right to compete at the international level that fall. In October 2004 Four Bettys captured 7th in the world at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Indianapolis, IN. This was the Betty’s first trip to international competition and they were quite pleased to reach the prestigious top ten on their first try.
In October 2005 the Bettys were even more excited to capture a spot in the Elite Top Five at the Sweet Adelines International competition held in Detroit, MI! The Bettys earned 3rd Place honors. In October, 2006, they traveled to Las Vegas where they were awarded 2nd Place Medals!
The Bettys weren’t done there! In October 2007, the Bettys traveled to Calgary, Alberta Canada and achieved their ultimate goal! They were crowned the 2008 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions! This is the greatest honor bestowed on a Sweet Adelines quartet, and they were just tickled PINK to be representing their wonderful organization and about what the future holds!
Betty-Tenor Joan Boutilier has been a Sweet Adeline since 1989 and the tenor of Four Bettys since June, 2004. Her degree in music education from the University of New Mexico has been a springboard for her participation in the Sweet Adelines Organization where she is a Certified Sound Judge, the 2014/15 Secretary for the International Board of Directors, a 2014/15 member of the internationally appointed committee, the Education Direction Committee, a member of Sweet Adelines International Faculty, and an active quartet and chorus coach. Along with singing with Four Bettys, Joan’s passion is chorus directing. She has been a front-line director since 1996, and is currently Master Director for River City Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Region 3.
Betty-Lead Lynda Keever has been singing ever since she can remember. From solos in church and parts in school musicals, to playing and singing in pop, country, oldies and rock bands, from singing in and directing church choirs to singing in and directing Sweet Adeline choruses (and of course, quartet singing), Lynda has been a chronic musician. She is a Certified Music Judge and an International Faculty member; she is the Master Director of Crosstown Harmony Chorus in West Allis, Wisconsin (Region #3). She also sings in City Nights, a mixed quartet based in the St. Louis area and with The Caroling Party, a caroling group active in the Chicagoland area in the Holiday Season. She’s a self-employed musician-coach-lawyer. She lives with her cat, Freddie, in a cozy apartment in Elmhurst. She is a voracious reader; plays multiple instruments; knits and quilts and sews; and is the very proud parent of Betty-Baritone Heather Brooks and Betty “Spare-itone” Erin Keever. She also has the two most adorable grandsons in the world: Barrett and Logan Brooks (You can see Heather’s pix of the cuties on FB).
Betty-Bari Heather Brooks has been exposed to barbershop since before she was born. Her mother, also known as Betty Lynda joined Sweet Adelines the year Heather was born.Heather began singing in the Melodeers Chorus at the age of 11 and won her first of four International Chorus Champion medals at the age of 13. Heather currently resides in Hershey, PA with her barbershop husband Brandon Brooks, her step-son Cole, son Barrett (2.5) and son Logan (6 months). She is the Nurse Manager of the Patient Logistics Department at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA where she oversees patient placement both inside the hospital and as well as transfer to the hospital. In her spare time (HA – did you notice she has two small children – what is spare time anyway??) Heather enjoys reading, cooking and running.
Betty-Bass Cori Albrecht is also a second-generation barbershopper. Like Heather, Cori has her mother, Pat Catencamp, to blame.., uh.., thank for getting her involved in this hobby. Since joining her first chorus as a teenager, she has been in several quartets that have consistently achieved high honors. She has been a member of the Melodeers Chorus for 20+ years where she is the Director’s Resource Staff Coordinator and Bass Section Leader. She has also served on the Sweet Adelines International Membership Committee as chairperson. Cori spends her days as an Account Supervisor and a marketing/branding/advertising agency, wife to her wonderfully supportive husband, and mother to their two children.