History

On Q, a young women’s barbershop and a cappella chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in August of 2009 by a handful of determined ladies who were inspired by the harmony and musicality of Barbershop singing they had experienced at Youth Harmony Camp. Their objective was to establish a singing group where high-school, collegiate, and young professional women could explore the world of Barbershop and other forms of a cappella singing in a fun and inviting way. With the guidance of their brother chorus, The 505, and other influential barbershoppers, this small group of women grew into their own bustling ensemble.


In the early stages, On Q was driven by five core members who worked diligently to organize and learn music, increase membership, and find someone to direct the chorus, all while also learning about barbershop culture from their "brothers" and veteran mentors. After a few months of developing the identity of the chorus, On Q finally made it's debut at The 505 Christmas show under the direction of their newfound leader, Elena Maietta. During that first year, On Q learned some of it's first songs together such as, Ma He's Making Eyes at Me, Esto Les Digo, and One Fine Day. While building their membership and repertoire, the group was invited to perform at several local shows before eventually headlining their own concert in May of 2010. Since then, On Q has put on a variety of shows and events for the Albuquerque community including their annual show, spring and winter concerts, and in the past year, a Barbershop quartet competition. On Q also has performed in a number of private venues for local charities and organizations too. Whether it's on stage or in the gazebo of Old Town, On Q will jump at the opportunity to share their music.


In 2012, On Q partook in unique opportunity-- The World Choir Games. After nearly a year of preparation, 17 women traveled to Cincinnati, OH, to participate in a portion of the two-week long international choral competition. Under the direction of Elena Maietta and Assistant Director Holly Davis-Chavez, On Q performed four songs and received a silver rating in the Barbershop category. Shortly after the chorus’s success at World Choir Games, Elena Maietta stepped down to pursue her Master’s degree at The Ohio State University and Holly Davis-Chavez took over as Director in August 2012.


In the Fall of 2013, On Q was asked to perform as a guest at the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) Rocky Mountain District Competition in Cheyenne, Wyoming--an invitation that marked opportunity for women's involvement in the BHS.  In one of their biggest accomplishments to date, there, On Q received a score that would have been equivalent to 4th place had they been competing with the other qualifying men's choruses of their region.


Since then, On Q has chartered with Harmony, Inc., an international organization for women barbershoppers. In November of 2014, On Q sent 24 members to the 2014 Harmony Inc. International Convention and Contest. Performing What'll I Do and Razzle Dazzle, On Q placed first in the Silver Division allowing us to move on to the International Finals. The months of hard work paid off when On Q placed 6th place overall in the competition. This was made possible by the support of family, including members of the Albuquerque Barbershop Community enough.


We are very excited to welcome back Elena Maietta as our Director for the 2015 season!! She has moved back to Albuquerque after receiving her Masters Degree in Music from The Ohio State University. Elena returned just in time to direct our 2015 Spring Show themed Back to the Future, and has been an uplifting and inspiring leader to On Q Chorus.


In addition to the many notable musical achievements over the years, one of the group's greatest accomplishments has been the maintenance of its supportive and loving environment for young women. When these women aren't in rehearsal or out performing, you can often find them spending time together as friends. Just as On Q strives to be passionate about music, the group also aims to be a bonded fellowship for women from all walks of life. On Q holds retreats throughout the year, volunteers together, has clothing swaps, hosts guest-nights, initiates impromptu dance parties, and celebrates in many other ways. On Q is more than a chorus--it's a sisterhood.


                  


Our first performance as a choir in December 2009
Pictured:  Nicole Rimbert, Amanda Gonzales, Rebecca Graham, Elena Maietta (Director), Laura Boitano, Jacqui Stump, Symone Lucero*, Mariah Martinez*, Mariana Madrigal, Caroline Muraida, Susan Muraida, Sarah Gonzales, CJ Crawley, and Lauren Ariaz*

Our second performance as a choir in January 2010
Pictured: Amanda Gonzales, Theresa Miller, Katherine Weinberg, Lauren Ariaz*, Sarah Gonzales, CJ Crawley, Symone Lucero*, Laura Boitano, Nicole Rimbert, Mariana Madrigal, Mariah Martinez*, Jacqui Stump, and Elena Maietta (Director).  



*Original Founding Members


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