2019 Participating Groups
The District was formed in Washington, D.C. in late 2012. A contemporary all-female a cappella group, The District embodies an empowered, energetic, and versatile sound through an array of pop, rock, country, and R&B covers. Characterized by complex arrangements, tight harmonies, fierce soloists, and crisp vocal percussion, The District performs throughout the DMV area at fundraisers, community and corporate events, and regional competitions. Most recently, The District performed at legendary music hall, The Birchmere, where they placed second and won "Audience Favorite" at the 2018 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival.
Members: Nicole Gilmore, Campbell Keyser, Melissa Canu, Mallory McKenzie, Natalie Walden, Elizabeth Bundy, Laura Fender, Hannah Donnelly, Michelle Gahagan, Charnice Frazier, Charlotte Cummins, Hannah Montanez
| Supreme Chord|
Supreme Chord is a DC-area based a cappella group made up of young professionals who have a love of singing and come from all walks of life. We are a diverse group of people that span the realm of arts, medicine, technology, and more in our "real" lives. Many of us sang in college a cappella groups all over the country before finding each other in DC. Our repertoire includes alternative, pop, and R&B music, and is always expanding.
Members: Ryan Ong, Barbara Pando-Behnke, Shivangi Moghe, Julia Clunn, Alejandra Rodriguez-Gitler, Bonnie Pancoast, Brad Edelman, Marc Yudson
| Capital Blend|
Capital Blend formed in the spring of 2008 when several coworkers learned they shared a common interest in singing. Now, consisting of women from a wide variety of professions, Capital Blend is mostly comprised of former college a cappella performers and other musically inclined individuals. Capital Blend performs in and around the DC Metro area at venues ranging from the Washington Nationals Stadium to retirement communities and corporate events. The group's repertoire includes popular music, oldies but goodies, international hits, and original compositions.
Members: Brandi Rose, Caity Gillooley, Carrie Holt, Cristina Watson, Erika Cogliani, Jessica Maloney, Kelsey Carroll, Lizzy Bassen, Miriam Abaya, Shana Jacobus, Tiffany Haigler, Elisa Talmage
KAZUALMANIA has begun! Kazual (pronounced Casual) is a family band of three brothers and a cousin that bring a distinct sound to the ear of their fans. They mix the sounds of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop & pop together to create an experience to blow your mind or as they call it the Kazual experience. The group Kazual has performed at over 300 shows in the last year which consists of colleges, universities, theaters, clubs, performance arts centers, fairs and festivals. Their national spotlights include NBC's "America's Got Talent", The Maury Povich show's "Next Big Superstars of Tomorrow", BET, MTV, and wins on New York's legendary Showtime at the Apollo stage.
Members: Damascus Hardaway (DMac), Pledz Hardaway (PlayBoi), Gabriel Hardaway (Lil Gabe), Eugene Burt (EJae)
| Mix It Up|
Mix It Up is a Barbershop quartet, initially formed as a Valentines quartet. Its members are all Sweet Adelines, and are members of Harbor City Music Company, an international level Sweet Adelines Chorus.
Members: Ericka McLeod, Angel Kidwell, Amy Kinder, Natalie McIntyre
Forecast is a men's a cappella quartet singing together since 2014. Mike, Tyler, Travis, and Kevin travel from North Carolina to Virginia to put their 4 voices together. Their unique "feel-good" repertoire of songs spanns from traditional early American vocal standards in the barbershop style all the way to four-part harmony versions of contemporary hits by Michael Buble, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, and the Jive Aces! Competitive success for the quartet includes Southern Division Champions of the Mid-Atlantic District in 2016, Second Place M-AD District Finalist in 2017, and Quarterfinalists at the international Barbershop Harmony Society contests in 2017 and 2018.
Members: Mike Fitch, Tyler Rackley, Kevin Jones, Travis Murray
ember is a 6-piece vocal band from Baltimore, MD. They seek to create energetic live performances with the combination of dynamic vocalists, an internationally-ranked beatboxer, and a high-class blend. In the past year, ember competed at Carnegie Hall during the Varsity Vocals Open finals, debuted their original single "Bad Romantic", and have performed around the country from L.A. to North Carolina, to Boston, and their home of Baltimore. You can find more of them everywhere online, @embervocals!
Members: Alyce McNulty, Michael Wingate, Lauren Redditt, Marcella Astore, Winston Harris, Lamont Pierce
2019 Judges TBA
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How to enter
Please send music and photos to the
regional director :
Amanda Cornaglia (Mid-Atlantic)
Amanda Cornaglia is the manager for Acaville Radio,
a 24/7 streaming service for a cappella music. Amanda is also co-owner of Clear Harmonies, a full service studio and management company for a cappella groups. She got her start in contemporary a cappella with Special K, an all-female ensemble at Hamilton College. She has since performed and directed groups around the globe. She is business director and primary arranger of the multiple CARA nominated group Euphonism. She
also founded Snowday, a professional quintet that incorporates contemporary vocal music into education, visiting close to 100 schools each year. She has served in various capacities at the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) & turned the Contemporary A Cappella League into its own non-profit organization. Amanda has been a CARA nominator and judge since 2010.
amanda (at) clearharmonies.com