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All-female barbershop quartet wins competition to sing National Anthem

Ruby Blue tuning up for Denver Campus commencement

5/9/2012


By Amanda Heersink | University Communications

DENVER - A key element to the start of any great event is the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner:" --The United States National Anthem. For the Denver Campus Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 12, the barbershop quartet Ruby Blue will be performing the iconic song.

Ruby Blue beat out 16 other university student groups/individuals for the opportunity to sing at the ceremony. The all-female group's plan is to perform a traditional rendition in four-part harmony.

"We aren't really that nervous to sing the National Anthem, we made it through the audition so we should be all right," said Heather Tavel, lead for Ruby Blue.

Tavel is joined by Rebecca Richards, baritone; Jocelyn Nguyen, bass; and Kaly Warner, tenor.

These musicians have been performing together since late 2009. They feel they have established themselves in the Denver music scene and are planning on competing in the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, which is national competition to showcase vocal harmony music.

They also recently tied for first place at the Rocky Mountain Region 8 Quartet Competition and will head to the national competition in early October.

Tavel, Nguyen, and Richards met in Skyline Chorus and added Warner, who attended high school with Nguyen, for a more rounded sound.

The group has actively volunteered for the last three years with the Young Women in Harmony program that gives young girls an opportunity to expand their singing skills.

The group has a wide range of songs they sing from the 1920s to present-day hits. Ruby Blue is available for bookings and can be reached at ruby.blue.quartet@gmail.com or on their Facebook page.

The Denver Campus commencement begins at 9 a.m. on the Auraria field just off Speer and Auraria Parkway.

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Contact: Amanda.Heersink@ucdenver.edu

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