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The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - 8pm

THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS

3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Box Office: 415-392-4400

Hosted by

2016 Bay Area Champions

Halfway to Midnight

Halfway to Midnight is a co-ed band of musical misfits who, having missed the thrill of the a cappella world and desiring an outlet to strengthen our individual instruments, serendipitously found each other in the midst of the great big beautiful Bay Area and begun gathering weekly to share in the blend of our voices together. Our life stories are as varied as our voices yet we find common ground in our love of instrument-free music-making and we truly hope you like what you hear.


2017 Participating Groups

Aca-word

Aca-word consists mainly of high schoolers from Clayton Valley Charter High School. As a group, we focus on producing beautiful music because of our love of singing. We have performed for many school events as well as our local community. We mainly cover pop songs, always adding on new ideas to the original arrangement and we love expanding our creativity and musicality with new arrangements. As young performers, we provide a fresh, unique outlook on our pieces that we hope to bring to this competition. Although we may be "Aca-word" teenagers, we do not sound "Aca-word" when we sing!

Members: Mariana Jones, Dominique Medina, Amber Curley, Valeria Huaco, Nate Baumbach, Jake Lagrave, Ethan Sifferman, Rjay Molo

Business Casual

Business Casual is a five-person powerhouse performing a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, and R&B. Their diverse musical backgrounds each lend something unique to the group. Fueled by a highly combustible mixture of hunger, talent, and passion for music, Business Casual brings the formal and the funk, the heart and the smart. Their recently released EP, "Eyes on Me" is available on Loudr, iTunes, and Spotify, and through their website: www.BCvocals.com.

Members: Cassandra Greene, Jacob Chamoun, Roshun Alur, Leslie Baker, Michael Wang

Encore Vocalists

Working local venues and events while honing their sound, Encore Vocalists has built their fan base with riveting performances and contemporary songs filled with hooks and memorable phrases. Meeting through mutual connections in choruses and ensembles throughout the SF Bay Area, Encore Vocalists has the talent, experience, and chops to perform. Encore Vocalists is influenced by Kirby Shaw, Deke Sharon, The King's Singers, Roger Wagner Chorale, and The Real Group, plus Bach, Mozart, and Handel.

Members: Dean Christman, Tim Salaver, Nanette Wehe, Kassidy Mayernik, Julie Lorentzen, Eric Hutchinson, Scott Schrader, Arleen Salaver

The Larkdales

We explore and perform a cappella vocal music that broadly could be called "Americana", including genres such as bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, country and more. We are drawn to music that has heart and soul and joy and humor and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

Members: Lark Coryell, Dale Engle, Mark Shepherd

Musaic

Musaic's mission is to share beautiful men's a cappella singing with our Bay Area community. Our music is rooted in classical choral traditions, through a repertoire of many genres and languages. The members of Musaic are passionate about men's ensemble singing, and enjoy the artistic balance and musical fellowship it brings to our lives. Musaic was founded in 2000 as a few friends gathering to sing for our own pleasure. We took the name Musaic to represent a mosaic of song and voice. Since then we have performed over 100 concerts and produced five recordings.

Members: Tom Bailey, Christophe Hery, Rich Perlstein, Arie Perry, Chris Pilcher, Andy Rice, Matthew Schermerhorn

Prime Time

Prime Time is an award-winning, jazz-influenced contemporary a cappella group from the San Francisco Bay Area which specializes in heartfelt singing, exquisite musicianship, and an approachable, honest performance style. Separately, our singers have decades of experience spanning multiple styles and cultures. Together, we have one goal - to let the music shine in and through us, as we reach out to touch, inspire, and entertain all who hear us.

Members: Caia Brookes, Miya Kanzaki, John Kelley, Dan McQuigg, Colleen Mahal, Jon Pilat, John Rae-Grant

Side Note

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Fresh. Funky Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twentysomethings, from wildly different musical backgrounds, who draw draw their diversity to create an all-new sound. It's contemporary a cappella - pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some buzzin' beats, rockin' riffs and hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music!

Members: Gayelan Tietje-Ulrich, Meredith Johnston, Rebecca Holtz, Juan-Carlos Martinez, Philip Daniel Santos, Duncan Boehle, Richman Neumann

Take Flight

Take Flight is Napa's premier a Cappella band. Comprised of 5 highly experienced vocalist, they take on hit songs from a wide array of genres and artists and perform them all without the use of any instruments! With smooth, tight harmonies and pleasing upbeat music, they can perform background for intimate dining or for larger groups focusing on entertainment.

Members: JourneyDay, Carlos Gonzalez, Emma Guerrierri, Ted Teynolds, Maddie Macloud

Your Emcee for the Evening

Juliet Green

Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Juliet Green is a singer, songwriter and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Juliet has performed in various vocal jazz ensembles, winning the SF Regional Harmony Sweepstakes competition in 1998 and 2000 (+4db), 2005 (Moodswing) and 2012 (Sing Theory). Another ensemble, Clockwork, was selected to perform at the 2011 JEN Conference in New Orleans after the released of their acclaimed album Every Voice Counts. Juliet currently sings alto in the award-winning jazz a cappella sextet Ro Sham Bo. As a soloist, she sings with the big band A Touch of Brass under the direction of trumpeter Ed Morrison, and performed with many theater groups in the area. Juliet's other passion is working as an educator, clinician, and director. She has taught at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, Jazz Camp West, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and directs the six-time Downbeat award-winning Panache vocal jazz ensembles at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley.

2017 Judges TBA



Complete list of 2017 participants






Interested in Performing?

We are always seeking groups who would like to participate in our events.

Groups of any style are welcome, but you must have between 3 and 8 members. We have a rule book which explains many of the details of the event, which you can see by clicking here. All groups must audition in order to compete. Generally this is done by sending a current tape and photo, although live auditions are sometimes arranged. The purpose of the audition is to make sure the group is appropriate for the Festival and to help the Director determine the performance order. If a group has competed previously, the audition process may be waived.

How to enter

Please send music and photos to the regional director :

John Neal (Bay Area) Beginning as a local event the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, under Nealís guidance, has grown to become the most significant live showcase for a cappella music in the nation and attracts hundreds of groups and thousands of audience members every year. The Harmony Sweepstakes was the original inspiration for the NBC prime time series The Sing-Off and Neal was hired as a consultant to the series. Neal is president of Primarily A Cappella - (www.singers.com) which is the nationís leading vendor of a cappella music including recordings, arrangements, DVDs, songbooks and instructional material for singers. Neal writes the informative blog at www.acappellanews.com which has a large and loyal readership.

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