34th Annual

Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, acapella singing competition, washington dc, virginia, baltimore

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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, February 24th, 2018 - 7.30pm

THE BIRCHMERE

3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

Box Office: 703-549-7500

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Champions

Lustre

Lustre is thrilled to return to the Mid-Atlantic Regional to represent the Barbershop style. In 11 years together, they’ve sung everywhere! From street corners to penthouse suites, corporate events to Camden Yards, they’ve been there. But the Birchmere is always a favorite venue. In fact, this is their fourth appearance at the Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, and their first since placing second in the 2013 National Finals. Lustre is proud to be the Sweet Adelines International 2018 International Quartet Champions. If you see them out and about, ask for a song! Their motto is “Have pitch pipe, will travel!”



2018 Participating Groups

King's Post

King's Post - named after an architectural term - is a contemporary pop and pop-culture a cappella group with jazz and classic rock leanings. Based in Blacksburg, VA, this five person vocal band is wrangled by baritone/VP/eye-roller Jordan Truesdell (Blacksburg), and features Jennifer Nardine (Blacksburg) on soprano/VP/duck quack, Liza Roop (Blacksburg) on mezz-alto/VP/hula moves, Jesse Janowiak (Blacksburg) on high tenor/goofy voices, and Eric Brown on second tenor/baritone/puns (Christiansburg). While often overly amused by themselves, King's Post takes pride in the mix of harmony, heart, and humor they bring to the realm of a cappella.

Members: Jordan Truesdell, Eric Brown, Jennifer Nardine, Liza Roop, Jesse Janowiak

HALO

HALO represents the first Barbershop quartet of African American singers to compete on the international stage of a Barbershop organization. We sing a Capella- hip hop and Barbershop. Our quartet also represents our organization HALO, Inc. working to use the Barbershop genre as a framework for our Community Music Therapy initiative using the listening and singing experience of Barbershop music to confront issues of racism in the United States with productive dialogue.

Members: Portia Pitts, Jasmine Barnes , Niambi Powell , Shana Oshiro

Polarity

Polarity, Waverly High School's premiere a cappella ensemble, is excited to join the Harmony Sweepstakes family! Recently formed, Polarity meets after school once a week to provide a quality a cappella experience to Waverly High School's students. This highly competitive group performs in the community, at school events, private parties, and local competitions. Coming from all paths of the high school, Polarity met with instant harmony. The group includes varsity athletes, theatre enthusiasts, honors students, marching band members, and active community members. Though pop a cappella has not gained popularity in southern Ohio, these students demonstrate their love and commitment to the art of making music! "Hey, we're just a bunch of small-town kids that like to sing!"

Members: Grace Brown, Mattie Elliott, Fabiola Corwin, Kayleah Shiland, Alex Teeters, Jacob Smathers, Jonathon Sattler , Noah Clifton

The District

The District is DC's contemporary all-female vocal group. Formed in late 2012, The District embodies a full, polished, and well-rounded sound through a repertoire of Pop/Rock, Country, Folk, R&B, and everything in between. The District strives to project confidence, strength, and female empowerment through the vast capacity of the human voice. From complex arrangements and tight harmonies, to stand-out soloists and vocal percussionists, The District is a vocal group that rises above the rest.

Members: Nicole Gilmore, Julie Lukeman, Charnice Frazier, Michelle Gahagan, Natalie Wyman, Campbell Keyser, Dani Dredger, Jill Tetirick, Bea Becette, Melissa Canu

Top of the Seventh

Top of the Seventh is a Washington DC-based vocal group that specializes in tight harmonies and takes on styles that range from jazz to spiritual, from barbershop to rock and pop, in pursuit of fun and musical nirvana!

Members: Marty Brennan, Clay Kaufman, Dave Welter, Simon Kantor, Bert Ifill, Dylan Kaufman

Up All Night Quartet

Up All Night is a barbershop quartet associated with the Vienna-Falls Chorus, Sweet Adelines International, & are the current regional champions of Heart of the Blue Ridge of Region 14!

Members: Sara Duffy, Allison Lynskey, Kristen Lebryk, Heidi Wilson

2018 Judges

Judy Minkoff   

Judy Minkoff is the founder and director of the NYC-based all-female a cappella group, Stiletta, which won the 2016 National Harmony Sweepstakes and is the only group in history to win in every single award category. Judy is a two-time recipient of “Best Arrangement” at the Sweeps, and her original song, “Christmas Valentine”, shared a WAMMY Award for "Best A cappella Album". She has over 20 years’ experience directing and arranging for a cappella groups, including the SingStrong “Single Singers”, DC's "Kismet", Atlanta's "Octave" and William & Mary's "The Accidentals". Judy is a native of Rockville, MD and holds a PhD in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis from Emory University.

Dileep Srihari    

Dileep Srihari is the founder and music director of The Capital Hearings, a Washington DC vocal ensemble that performs music from different genres including classical, jazz, and pop. He also performs regularly with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and has appeared as a tenor soloist at the Kennedy Center and other venues. When not singing or directing, Dileep is a lawyer specializing in telecommunications policy issues.

Amanda Cornaglia   

Amanda Cornaglia 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), and is currently Director of Programs. Amanda has been a CARA nominator and judge since 2010. She is a managing partner at Clear Harmonies production company in Gathersburg, MD.


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Groups of any style are welcome, but you must have between 3 and 12 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 :

Sara Rasmussen (Mid-Atlantic) Sara has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional production team for several years and a supporter of the Sweeps long before that. This year, she is stepping into the producer role. Sara enjoys many styles of music and was drawn to the Sweeps because it includes such a diversity of genres. Sara has been a member of Sweet Adelines for over a decade, has competed in numerous competitions both as a member of the Potomac Harmony Chorus and as a "baritone" in various quartets. In recent years she has been performing in the Washington, DC area with the Capitol Swing Quartet. In addition to helping out with production of various Sweet Adeline events, Sara has also been involved in the programing and production for several large DC area music festivals.


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