Spritzer, shown here in Denver earlier this month at the Sweet Adelines international competition, includes, from left, Karen Romanson, Susann McKinley and Meadowvale’s Sharon Demy and Hannah Barton.

Spritzer, shown here in Denver earlier this month at the Sweet Adelines international competition, includes, from left, Karen Romanson, Susann McKinley and Meadowvale’s Sharon Demy and Hannah Barton.

Who’d have thought barbershop singing could take you all the way to Honolulu?

But that’s where Spritzer, a Sweet Adeline quartet with two Mississauga members, is headed after qualifying at an international competition held recently in Denver.

Spritzer — Meadowvale’s Sharon Demy and Hannah Barton, Karen Romanson of London, Ont., and Susann McKinley of Buffalo — won over the judges with their harmonious rendering, placing eighth out of 47 teams.

The 10 top finishers earned an automatic berth in next year’s event, set in Hawaii.

In the finals, Spritzer performed Bobby Darrin’s As Long as I’m Singing , Faith Hill’s There’ll You Be , the ballad Somewhere Over the Rainbow and the upbeat tune You Turned the Tables on Me .

The competitors were judged in four categories: sound, music, expression and showmanship.

Spritzer’s placing in the top 10 automatically qualifies them for next year’s event in Honolulu. Some 3,000 women came from across the U.S. and Canada and as far away as New Zealand, Australia, England and Sweden for the week-long event in Denver.

Barton, Demy, Romanson and McKinley are already having Hawaiian dreams.

“We’re ecstatic … Hawaii is such a beautiful place,” said Barton, who teaches music at Derry West Village Public School.

She has been singing in Sweet Adelines since she was 12.

“You come for the music, stay for the friendship,” she explained, when asked the allure of Sweet Adelines.

In addition to their own top 10 finish, Spritzer joined forces with Toronto-based North Metro Chorus to win gold in the large-chorus division. In the final, the 130-strong group dressed as toy soldiers in full regalia, complete with drums.

For Spritzer, the next year will be spent rehearsing for Hawaii. They will be put through their paces by coaches Diane Porsch, Jean Barford and Erin Howden.

“We’ll have a complete new package — new vocals, new arrangements,” said Barton.

That shouldn’t be too difficult: all four sing a wide variety of music taken from Broadway shows, classic songs from movies and plays, contemporary favourites, music from the Big Band era, country and western, and present-day popular music.