CONNECT is an award-winning professional a cappella group located in the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut. They are a mixed group of singers who wanted to continue sharing their love of music after attending school together at Central Connecticut State University. They combine lush harmonies, pure emotion, and clean riffs with a distinctly modern edge to bring you the sound of CONNECT.
*Please note that we are a 9 person group and will be rotating on stage. The name of our ninth member is Kevin Walsh.
Members: Michael Brown, Kimberly Duncan, Brian Jacobs, Marcella Jalbert, Kaylah Smith, Lucian Varela, Matt Weisher, Giselle Ziegler
Formed in 2011, Top Shelf Vocal is a semi-professional a cappella group based in Los Angeles, California. We are young men and women from all different career fields brought together by a love for vocal music and performance. While we perform regularly around the Greater Los Angeles Area, Top Shelf continues to develop a diverse repertoire of off-the-beaten-path pop a cappella.
Members: Anthony "Ace" Galang, Jose Nebres, Chaka Jaliwa, Jeremy Matticks, Angela Huang, Leticia Gonzales, Aubrey Buchanan, Lindsay Zana
Renegade is a brand new quartet based in the Seattle area. Between us we have two and a half music degrees, two teaching certificates, three cats, two goldfish, a hedgehog, and over 100 years of musical experience. Singing in the barbershop style brought us wacky, driven, goofball girls together. Our members are: Rachel Murphy (tenor), Alena Hemingway (lead), Holly Davis (baritone), and Bethany Frerichs (bass). We hope that singing new and diverse music, getting great coaching in many styles, and performing at amazing events like this one will inspire our audiences, and keep us together.
Members: Rachel Murphy, Alena Hemingway, Holly Davis, Bethany Frerichs
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,
We are a quartet of good friends who sing together to share the joy of 4-part harmony with others as well as with ourselves. We have been singing together for 3-1/2 years, and last October we finished 4th in the 2016 Northeast District Barbershop Harmony Contest. We have entertained at private parties as well as being part of public a cappella performances. Videos of us, both formal and informal, are available on our Facebook page. Thank you for the opportunity to compete in the Harmony Sweepstakes.
Members: Jesse Heines, David Adams, Manoj Padki, Daniel Schwartz
From soulful ballads, to blistering rock anthems, from jazz
standards to chart-topping singles, The Sound Exchange
does it all. Based out of the Twin Cities, this group brings
dazzling harmonies and wisecracking audience interaction
to every show and do it with it with joy and humor. Get
ready for the hijinks and harmony of...The Sound
Members: Alicia Renée, Nick Bailey, Eric Buegler, Caleb Lee, Paul Donnelly
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 2017 3rd Place International Quartet. If you see them out and about, ask for a song! Their motto is “Have pitch pipe, will travel!”
Members: Kate Morrical, Lori Crouter, Lori Dreyer, Jenny Harris