Elixir Quartet blends four voices into musical potions for the listener, with the goal of bringing a smile, a tear, or a cheer! The quartet members have vast experience singing barbershop harmony, ranging from 25 to 40 years.
Jeanine Perruso Brown (Lead) has sung in a few area choruses in her 26 years as a Sweet Adeline. She has also performed and competed with a number of quartets, placing twice in the Top Five at Regional Competition. Jeanine is recently retired from her career as a travel agent, which allows her even more time to devote to singing. She lives with her husband and an African gray parrot, Cody, who loves to chime in when the chords start ringing!
Peggy Bastone (Baritone) started her barbershop journey in 1992 with Harmony Inc, joining SAI’s Ramapo Valley Chorus in 1998. Peggy has also been in more than a few quartets over the years. Quite the versatile singer, she started as a tenor, switched to Lead for several years, and to Baritone for the last seven. A recently retired RN who lives in Garnersville, NY, with her husband, she’s keeping busy singing in Liberty Oak Chorus, Harmony Celebration Chorus, AND Elixir!
Janet Cebula (Bass) is the ‘oldest barbershopper’, though not the oldest member of the quartet, with 40 years of 4-part-acapella experiences! Janet joined SAI in Boston, but a Ramapo Valley Chorus performance was all the reason she needed to pack up and move to New Jersey! She began as a baritone, and later switched to bass. Over the last four decades, she has sung in a number of quartets, and has several regional medals to her credit, including as Regional Champ in 2018 with Just 4 (Kicks). In addition to creating the foundation for Elixir’s barbershop sound, Janet sings with Harmony Celebration Chorus and Liberty Oak Chorus. Her husband, dog, and two cats serve as Elixir’s rehearsal audience. Janet’s career is as an occupational therapist, specializing in low vision.
Robin Carberry (Tenor) grew up singing high soprano as a soloist, and in choruses, choirs and musicals all through school. Her favorite was probably the High School acapella Madrigal ensemble, perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come. She joined SAI in 1995, and has sung with a couple of quartets and several area choruses, including the 15 months spent singing in three competitive choruses in the same contest season, and bringing home medals from each one. She is currently active in Liberty Oak Chorus and Philadelphia Freedom Chorus, as well as Elixir. When she’s not at a rehearsal, performance or the day job, her husband, cats, and/or ten grandkids keep her busy!