Melissa, Jennifer, Kat, Jewell
The four voices of Tessitura Quartet are also members of Metro Nashville Chorus, as well as Sweet Adelines International. Read more about each of us below.
We sing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style - and we'd love to sing for you!
Whether barbershop is sung by men or women, the four harmony parts are referred to as Tenor, Lead, Baritone, and Bass.
Tenor: Kat Greene
Lead: Jennifer Palus
Baritone: Melissa Hall
Bass: Jewell Baggett-Strehlau
The tenor sings the high harmonies that soar above the melody line. And unlike traditional "high soprano," a barbershop tenor has to sing incredibly high but with a light, bell-like quality. Kat does all that and smiles while she does it. Kat is lucky enough to work with her husband, whom the quartet calls "Honey".
The lead usually has the melody in barbershop, though not always. The lead's job is to keep the "tonal center" of the song, that is, stay in the correct key, and to tell the story of the lyrics. Jennifer loves to tell the story - in fact in her day job she helps clients tell their stories as a marketing consulting. Jennifer was born in Minnesota, but has lived in Tennessee three times in her life - currently for over 10 years.
Melissa joined Tessitura in 2016. She is fairly new to barbershop, and is loving the journey. The Baritone is considered the most challenging part, because it weaves over and under the melody line, creating distinctive barbershop harmonies. Melissa and her husband Keely have three daughters.
Jewell also joined in 2016, and as the bass she creates the foundation of the barbershop chord with rich harmonies well below the melody line. In real life Jewell is an audiologist. "I work with people who have hearing imbalance problems. I didn't feel like my musical talent was enough for a professional career, and I was fascinated by the science of it. So I took the science, and the sound, and put it together."