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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, May 14th, 2016 - 8pm


10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA 94901

Box Office: 415-473-6800

Hosted by

2015 National Champions

Straighter Road

Singing is one of the purest art forms. Nothing man made between the artist and the audience. Straighter Road was formed as a Gospel vocal group first, with a band back-up, and recently has ventured down the Acapella Road. The challenge of acapella sing is without edges and joined with the charge of spreading the Good News of the Gospel, keeps Straighter Road striving for excellence.

2016 Schedule of Events

Bay Area

The Palace of Fine Arts

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 - 8pm

3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Box Office: 415-392-4400

Hosted by Business Casual

Pacific Northwest

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, March 12th, 2016 - 7.30pm

512 Washington St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501

Box Office: 360-753-8586

Hosted by Straighter Road


The Birchmere

Saturday, March 5th, 2016 - 7.30pm

3701 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

Box Office: 703-549-7500

Hosted by Stiletta

Los Angeles

Hermosa Beach Theater

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 7.30pm

710 Pier Ave (At Pacific Coast Highway), Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Box Office: 800-838-3006

Hosted by Bluesettes Quintet

New York

Miller Theater, Columbia University School of Arts

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 - 7pm

2960 Broadway at 116th, New York, NY 10027

Box Office:

Hosted by Low Key


Northshore Center For The Performing Arts

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 3pm

9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077

Box Office: 847-673-6300

Hosted by Remedy


Somerville Theater

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 - 8.00pm

55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA

Box Office: 617-625-5700

Hosted by Timepiece

2016 Judges TBA

The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is pleased to announce that Emmy-Award-winning TV production company One Louder Productions are developing a new TV series based around our 2016 events. Now in our fourth decade of finding and presenting top vocal harmony groups we are excited that veteran TV producer Bob Kusbit (MTV) is interested in creating a reality television series focusing on the groups as they rehearse, prepare and perform in the competition. Casting director Ellen Berkman Davis is seeking groups with big personalities, great talent, with interesting and unique musical choices. A cappella groups of all styles, genders and ages with between two to eight members are welcome to apply.

The online entry form is here:- http://www.harmony-sweepstakes.com/tv_project_application.htm.

For further information please contact us - casting@harmony-sweepstakes.com

Interested in Competing?

We are always seeking groups who would like to compete 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.

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Marin Veterans Auditorium

The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin County Civic Center is a national-and state-designated historic landmark. Wright's 770th commission, the Civic Center is the last and one of the most important works by this internationally acclaimed architect who has been described as "one of the most creative architectural geniuses of all time" and "the most original architect the United States has ever produced." The Marin Center is an outstanding venue for entertainment, meetings, and special events. The 55-acre campus includes a park and a 14-acre lagoon.Directions -Yelp reviews -Photos

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2016 Schedule:

Bay Area - Saturday, March 12th Boston - Saturday, April 16th
Chicago - Sunday, April 3 Los Angeles - Saturday, April 2
Mid-Atlantic - Saturday, March 5th New York - Saturday, March 19th
Pacific Northwest - Saturday, March 12th

National Finals - Saturday, May 14th, 2016

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