Regional Directors

Jackie Chisholm (Boston) The Bubs Foundation, formed by alumni of the Tufts University Beelzebubs A cappella singing group, has had a historic mission since 1991 of supporting vocal music programs in Boston-area public schools. With the relentless need to reduce public school budgets, music education programs have been substantially reduced or eliminated. The Bubs Foundation is proud to have contributed over $50,000 in grants to 60 music programs thus far. In addition to its annual grant-making activity, the Bubs Foundation has decided to take a more focused approach to leveraging the principal tenet of the Beelzebubs organization, namely "Fun Through Song". The Foundation will also create and implement a cappella music programs in economically underprivileged middle schools and community agencies.concert hall.

1 Sheila Ave.
Woburnt, MA , 01801
jtchisholm (at)

Andrew Blendermann (Chicago) is a member of Chicago Voice Exchange, three-time winners of the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes ('95, '97, '99). He decided to step behind the scenes of the Sweeps, and is still co-producing the show with Chicago's long-time host, Gary Podolsky. CVX is still together, and performing all over the Chicagoland area. Andrew is also an accomplished solo vocalist and pianist, and he performs in piano bars, theaters, restaurants, cabarets, weddings and the occasional concert hall. To enter, go to

606 N. Wilshire Dr.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
sweeps (at)

Wil Hamblet (Los Angeles) The South Bay Coastliner Chorus has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for over half a century. For the last 15 years, the Coastliners have sponsored the Los Angeles Regional Harmony Sweepstakes program. As such, they are the only BHS organization involved in this competition. During their sponsorship, the Los Angeles Regional is proud to have produced 5 National winners & 2 second place finalists.

(323) 660-0321
willhamblet (at)

Colette Thompson (New York)

Colette Thompson has directed or performed in over eleven vocal ensembles, with her group, Stay Tuned, placing 3rd in the 1998 New York Regional of the Harmony Sweepstakes; Colette has performed/recorded with Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein, Jesse Norman, Peter, Paul & Mary, and James Levine A billboard-ranked singer/songwriter, she has also managed several events, including, Christmas at NYU, Complex at the Duplex, and An Evening with The Real Group at NYC's Symphony Space. With performances televised via major news programs including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and NY1, she is a promoter, producer, adjudicator and an ambassador of vocal music worldwide.

128 Fort Greene Place
Suite 1B
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Colette.thompson (at)

Gary Witley (Pacific Northwest) is sponsored and produced by Masterworks Chorale Ensemble (MCE). MCE is a Southwestern Washington community chorus dedicated to performance, community service, music education and leadership in the arts. Our mission is to perform sacred and secular choral, orchestral and newly commissioned works; to participate in community service activities and to provide a leadership role in developing, sponsoring and broadening the vocal arts.

PO Box 1091
Olympia, WA 98501-1090

info (at)

Sara Rasmussen (Mid Atlantic) 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 appreciates many styles of cappella and was drawn to the Sweeps because it includes such a diversity of genres. On the singing front, Sara has been a member of Sweet Adelines for over a decade, has competed herself in numerous barbershop 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. On the production side, 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 aDC area music festivals.

Sara Rasmussen HarmonySweepsMA (at)

John Neal (San Francisco)

PO Box D
San Anselmo, CA 94960