Xstatic Quartet

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From left to right:

Quay Houchen (Bass), Cary Kruzansky (Bari), Carol Leiby (Tenor) and Sue Koppenhaver (Lead)

The newest quartet to form in Capitaland Chorus, Xstatic enjoys performing and ringing chords! Contact Quay at 518-374-7374 or via email, at crazyquazy@gmail.com

Susan Koppenhaver, Lead 

 I’ve been a Sweet Adeline for 17 years, and am loving every minute.  I am and have been a section leader of both tenors and leads, Assistant Director, and currently going through the Director Certification Program.  Before SA, I was a voice major at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and also received a BFA in Piano from Lake Erie College, too many years ago to mention!  I have enjoyed being the pianist and Musical Director for many community theater shows, been a soloist for years in churches, a church choir director, been in community choirs, and enjoy all types of music.  In real life, I have been a Health Administrator for about 25 years in various settings.                              


Quay Houchen, Bass 

I’ve been singing all my life, first with a mighty foursome, including my mom, dad, and older sister. I sang in glee club and folk group in elementary and high school and a jazz ensemble group in college. I was a background studio recording artist after college in NYC for many years. I am currently pursuing television commercials and have even booked a few. I joined Sweet Adelines in 2001 with Capitaland Chorus, then in 2011 with Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus. I am currently a dual member of both choruses. I have quarteted throughout the years with Back in Business, Heart and Soul, Mocha Voca, and now Xstatic.  I am currently a Credentialed Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coordinator for a large state agency. 


Cary Kruzansky, Baritone 

I work as a Utilities Engineer at the Department of Transportation and have been singing since I was a child. Discovering Barbershop harmony after graduating college, I sang in quartets as a Tenor (in Sunny Side Up and Champagne), as a Bass (in Renaissance) and as a Baritone (in After Hours, Chordbusters, and now Xstatic).  In the words of Irving Berlin - "Let me sing and I'm happy." 


Carol Leiby, Tenor 

I have been singing Barbershop for over 30 years.  I am a retired Registered Nurse and when I’m not singing, which is seldom, I can be found in my sewing and crafts room, or spending some time with my five grown children, and 12 grandchildren.  And yes, they can all sing.



Carol, Sue, Quay and Cary are Xstatic

June 26, 2017

Meet the Chorus

Come to the About Us section to meet the director, and find out what we're all about!

May/June 2017 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Isabel Pickett

Videographer Extraordinaire, we'd like to thank Isie for her talents, and to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that this job entails: bringing and setting up the camera each week to record our rehearsals; editing them into manageable bits; and then making sure there's a working link to be shared so every member has access to these fabulous learning tools! Coaching sessions or other extra rehearsals are also covered. Isie is also extremely active in singouts, is a helpful and active member of the Tenor community and handles elements of the chorus website as well.  Thanks very much, Isie, Capitaland is truly appreciative of your contributions!

April 2017 Sweet Adeline of the Month: Lin Smith

Recognized for the various ways she has contributed to Capitaland over the years, Lin is very deserving of our thanks.  Having served many years as the immediate past Treasurer, Lin kept impeccible records and performed those duties discreetly.  Lin is energetic as she lead the chorus in physical warmups, and can be relied upon to help any and all, whenever needed.  You are truly special, Lin.  Thank you! 

Capitaland Chorus 2016 Woman of Note:


We are so proud to have Diane as a member of our chorus, and to think she has only been a member for a relatively short time! Diane was voted in as a member of Capitaland in November of 2014, but has already contributed so much! Being a Sweet Adeline for many years and having sung with River Valley Chorus, Diane is now not only a valuable member of Capitaland's lead section, but  this year took on the demanding role of CCL, Competition Chorus Liaison, which she combined with plenty of timely information and a positive outlook. Diane coordinated all of our communication regarding the 2016 regional competition, which also included hotel rooming/accommodations, no small feat! We want Diane to know that her organizational skills, willingness to help,  and  her smiling face are appreciated, and we're glad to honor you as our 2016 Woman of Note.



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