19th Avenue originally formed in December of 2013 as a “pick-up” quartet to accept a request for a quartet to sing at the Pacific Club's annual Christmas dinner. As more performance invitations kept coming in after the holidays, they kept staying together just long enough to do one more gig. Eventually they decided they ought just to make the quartet official.
Since then, 19th Avenue has been featured in concerts and shows by the Sounds of Aloha, the Windward Choral Society, the Honolulu Blend Show Chorus, and Na Leo Lani, in the BIG SING organized by the Hawaii chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and on various live television and radio broadcasts. They sometimes can be heard spreading cheer at hotels, shopping centers, and company and private parties, especially during the holiday season, and they have become a tradition at the Pacific Club's Christmas night dinner. In 2014 the group comprised part of the “Christmas Glee,” a vocal ensemble featured in the Hawaii Theatre Center’s Hawaii Kalikimaka Christmas show, and was delighted to arrange and perform an a cappella number with the show's headliner, Robert Cazimero. They are known for customizing performances for particular events or audiences using special song packages or original parodies.
19th Avenue has a special commitment to music education and to introducing young people to barbershop harmony and other forms of a cappella and simply sharing the joy of singing. The quartet has performed at numerous schools, both for choral programs and at more general student assemblies, and also has served as visiting choral clinicians, especially to help with a cappella pieces.
The members of 19th Avenue, all musical leaders in the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, are: SOA Interim Musical Director Bryce Irvine, Lead; SOA Interim Assistant Musical Director and former Musical Director Rob Hartley, Bass; former SOA Musical Director Mark Conching, Baritone; and Tom Hutton, Tenor, who never has directed SOA but got into the quartet anyway because of his good looks.