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Melo-Edge

Melo-Edge

Lead: Maureen Pladis Brzinski. Tenor: Donna Bates. Baritone: Debra Morgan Peters. Bass: Janell Lynch.

Melo-Edge competed internationally three times before winning. Maureen and Donna are sisters. With several other barbershop champions, the quartet appeared on the nationally broadcast Phil Donahue Show in 1983.

At the time the quartet won the championship, the members led full and busy lives outside the organization: Janell listed her occupation as "domestic engineer," and she also served as office manager for her husband, a nationally known watercolor artist and instructor; Donna was a senior systems analyst for a Chicago insurance company; and Debra was vice president in charge of Options Exchange for a Chicago stock brokerage firm. Melo-Edge was active through the years, not only performing on barbershop shows and other events but coaching and teaching at music schools and seminars as well. Melo-Edge retired at the Coronet Club Show in Atlanta, Georgia, in September 1999.

1983 - Sweet Adelines Queens of Harmony