The Four Bettys is the 2008 Sweet Adelines International Champion Quartet. With a combined 80+ years singing and numerous national and international awards, they share a passion for performing.
The Bettys just love an audience, and have enjoyed a wide variety of performance situations including concerts, barbershop chapter shows, special events, serenades, and even drive-by singings. The Bettys have sung for audiences across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including a very special performance on stage at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Betty-Tenor Joan Boutilier has been a Sweet Adeline since 1989, the front-line director of two Sweet Adeline Choruses, the Choral-Aires Chorus and the River City Sound Chorus. Joan has been 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 Adeline Organization: Approved Sound Judge, Quartet and Chorus Coach, and a member of the internationally appointed committee, the Directors Education Coordinators. When she’s not directing her choruses, coaching, singing with the Four Bettys, or judging, you’ll find her spending time with her husband, Eric, and her children, Janet, Joey and Elise.
Betty-Lead Lynda Keever is a chronic "over-achiever." In addition to singing with Four Bettys, she also sings in a mixed quartet with her husband Mark. Lynda is an Approved Candidate Judge in the Music Category in the Sweet Adelines International Judging program. She is also the Directors Coordinator on the Region 3 management team. Lynda has embarked on a new journey: she’s now self-employed, and spends her time doing contract legal work, making learning tracks (www.lyndakeever.com), coaching and teaching voice. She loves working from home and spending time with her cats Miss Freddie Spaghetti, Malcolm, and Yoda. She is a voracious reader; plays multiple instruments; and is the very proud parent of Betty-Baritone Heather Brooks and Betty "Spare-itone" Erin Keever!
Betty-Bari Heather Brooks has been exposed to barbershop since before she was born. Her mother, also known as Betty Lynda, sang with her quartet in the labor room the day 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 Harrisburg, PA with her barbershop husband Brandon Brooks, her step-son Cole, dog Zoe and cat Sasha. She is the Clinical Head Nurse of the Same Day surgical unit at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA where she is in charge of 40 employees ranging from nurses, secretaries, and nursing aides. In her spare time Heather enjoys reading, cooking and running (you have to burn the calories somehow!).
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, Chain O’Lakes Chorus, 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. Cori spends her days as a freelance Public Relations professional, wife to her wonderfully supportive husband, and mother to their two children.
Awards and Achievements:
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!