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The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, 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.

2014 Los Angeles Champions

#FOURTY4B 

#FOURTY4B - We sing smooth, soulful, & feel-good a cappella. It all started in the living room of a little apartment, wanting to sing. Combining our different music backgrounds and styles, we formed an a cappella group named after our apartment number. We laugh, we dance, & we play because expression is our shared passion. We are #FOURTY4B."


2014 Results

1st
#Fourty4B
2nd
Arf
3rd (tie)
The Velvet Frogs
3rd (tie)
Down 4 The Count
Audience Favorite
The Velvet Frogs
Best Original Arrangement
"Like the First Time" by Alexandra Domingo - Arf.
Best Original Song
"I'm Leaving SLO" by Colleen Keene - Down 4 The Count
Best Vocal Percussion
Gabriel Arguello - Frequency



2014 Participating Groups

Arf is an independent avant garde pop vocal group based in Los Angeles. They started off in 2013 as a live a cappella re-imagining of Genevieve Artadi's solo music, and have evolved over the past year into a new beast, incorporating originals and arrangements by other Arf members, and adding synthesizers and drums to their live performances.

Members:  Katharine Hoye , Jessica Freedman, Andrea Calderwood, Sean Fitzpatrick, Genevieve Artadi, and Alexandra Domingo.


Abinante Family Singers is a music group consisting of Father (Mark), Mother (Lieneyda) and their 5 children (Jacob, Rebeca, DeAna, Isaac and Callista). They have performed at conferences & festivals in several states; most recently being featured artists at the 5th annual Pan Pacific Film Festival, as well as at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and Warner Grand Theatre.

Members:  Jacob (Baritone, Beat Box), Mark (tenor), Isaac (tenor), Deana (alto), Lieneyda (alto), Callista (soprano), Rebeca (soprano)


Down 4 The Count - is a vocal ensemble that recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Their repertoire is mostly comprised of songs arranged by members and former members of the group, in many genres, but mostly jazz. Returning members Colleen Keene, Christine Tavares, and Jason Lingle are happy to welcome new members Gregg Hauter and Jalin Hsu. D4TC does not have a regular rehearsal schedule, due to both geographical inconvenience (these five singers live in three different counties) and the chaotic schedules that people with careers in music have to have in order to earn a living. They DO have obstinate ambition, some pretty fun new songs, and, of course, CDs for sale!

Members:  Christine Tavares, Gregg Haueter, Colleen Keene, Jason Lingle, Jalin Hsu


#FOURTY4B - We sing smooth, soulful, & feel-good a cappella. It all started in the living room of a little apartment, wanting to sing. Combining our different music backgrounds and styles, we formed an a cappella group named after our apartment number. We laugh, we dance, & we play because expression is our shared passion. We are #FOURTY4B."

Members:  Monica Mandapat (Soprano), Jeanette Mañgilit (Mezzo Soprano), Cara Blaxton (Alto), Jin Puertollano (Tenor), Grayson Villanueva (Baritone), Amer Quilala (Bass), James Moore (VP)


Frequency - Award-winning Frequency is a vocal band founded in 2009 and dedicated to performing songs from the 70s to today with a focus on the story in the music. Music is part of the living soundtrack of our lives—the music that plays in the background of important moments and that we associate with our most important memories. With a passionate and thoughtful delivery, we take the audience on a personal trip through music they know and grew up with, inviting them to remember the moments and experience the emotions all over again. Like the old analog radio frequencies that first delivered many of these songs, all-vocal Frequency brings the audience a reminder of some of their favorites.

Members:  Jammie Hampton (Soprano), Marleena Barber (Mezzo), Emily Simmons (Alto), Elan Jimenez (Tenor), Bradley Hampton (Bari), Tom Keyes (Bass), Gabriel Arguello (VP)


Overhaul - This award-winning vocal band, formerly known as Veritas, has been entertaining audiences all across SoCal since 2012. The seven members of Overhaul breathe new life into the world of music without instruments by “overhauling” their arrangements to create their own, indie/pop/rock sound. They’ve been seen performing at festivals, schools, private events, Los Angeles Harmony Sweepstakes and even reached final casting for season 4 of The Sing-Off. If you want innovative arrangements, bone-shaking bass, heart-pounding percussion and the intensity of a full-on rock band, complete with killer leads, using nothing but the human voice, look no further than Overhaul!


Members: Anh Nguen (High Tenor), Danielle Dissmore (Alto), Emily Morris (Soprano), Jeremy Hitch (Tenor), Jourdan Rystrom (Mezzo), Richie Ferris (Bass), Sean P. Gorecki (Vocal Percussion/baritone)


Premiere A Cappella is LA’s newest all-female powerhouse created to push the boundaries of all-female a cappella through their innovative, bold musical choices and style. Formed in April 2013, Premiere has emerged on to the LA music scene with a diverse repertoire ranging from contemporary pop and country to R&B and alternative rock. Balancing their commitment to the group with individual professional careers, these talented ladies each bring a unique musical background to the table. When the girls are not busy performing around LA, they enjoy bonfires on the beach, karaoke nights, and obsessing over The Sing-Off.


Members: Meron Mogos (Contralto), Jessica Rucker Gottdank (Soprano), Rebecca Bozeman (Soprano), Kimberly Nguyen (Alto), Lindsey Cloud (Soprano), Leia Feazel (Alto), Anne Montone (Soprano), Andrea Wiseman (Alto), Sara Steinberg (Vocal Percussion), Caroline Ferrari (Soprano - not performing), Jordan Thorson (Soprano - not performing)


Red Harmony - Based in Los Angeles, California, Red Harmony tailors its selection of songs to the voices and personalities of its singers in order to present a fresh and original performance. Each member brings a very unique style, specialty, and energy to the table, creating a synergistic culture where ideas are shared and creativity is celebrated. From accompanying each other with rhythmic vocals to reveling in crunchy jazz chords, Red Harmony creates a personal experience with every note.


Members: Julie Hinton (Soprano I), Marissa DuBois (Soprano II), Emily Liu (Alto/Vocal Percussion), Chris Eberline (Tenor), Nate George (Baritone), Christopher Thaxter (Bass)


Velvet Frogs Barbershop Quartet is the 2011 Senior Quartet Champion of the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. In 2012, they were awarded 4th Place at the International Seniors Quartet Competition and took 3rd place at the 2014 competition. The quartet members represent barbershop quartet chapters from all over the Southern California area & have been singing together for four years. This popular, entertaining group of singers perform the “old songs” in the “old style” reminiscent of the early 1900’s.


Members: Les Dergan (tenor), David Livingston (lead), CJ Sams (baritone) and Bill Wilson (bass)


2014 Judges

Johnny D. Figueroa is the founder, artistic director, and bass vocalist for NOTA, the Latin vocal band sensation and winners of the nationally acclaimed NBC/SONY a cappella competition "The Sing-Off". Introduced to the wonders of choral and barbershop music by his parents, Johnny became passionate for vocal harmony since an early age. He received formal training in Music Performance and Voice. During the past 20 years, he has had extensive experience singing, performing, voiceovers, radio, and touring with several award-wining choirs and vocal groups. His hobby is to manage a Neurophysiology Research Laboratory and teach medical courses at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.


Caroline McLean is originally from Leeds, England. Her passion for close-harmony singing began when she was in high school and is still a major part of her life. While living in England, she was a member of the award-winning White Rosettes Chorus and was the lead singer in the gold medal quartet, 42nd Street. She currently directs the L.A. South Towns Show Chorus which, with its distinctive and lively style, charms audiences and wins rave reviews wherever they perform. Caroline also sings with the popular Los Angeles-based vocal jazz quartet Ready Willing & Mabel.


Heather McMasters Orosco - is an original member of the award winning, a cappella sensation, Vybration. As a singer and actress, Heather has performed on stages across the country in musical theatre, industrial shows, benefits and concerts. She has also been on TV shows for ABC, NBC and KTLA. She has also performed with the likes of Julie Andrews, Richard Carpenter, Dick Van Dyke, James Earl Jones, Jim Brickman, and Andy Garcia, to name a few.
One of her true passions is working in the recording studio on a number of albums for BMG and Capitol Records, recordings for Disney and Sesame Street and you’ve also heard her in commercials for Mattel, Sun Microsystems and Nabisco. Heather recently celebrated 20 years with The Walt Disney Company. She began her career as a Dickens Caroler at Disneyland and continues to perform in a multitude of special events for the Company, including appearances at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater, the Hollywood Bowl and various venues across the United States.


Beth Rohde received her Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music and her Master’s Degree from USC’s Thornton School of Music with a full scholarship from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation. She has performed on five different continents as a solo artist and as the lead female vocalist in Les Brown’s Band of Renown.
Beth is an experienced ensemble singer, arranger and choir director. She currently directs vocal ensembles at Coast Music Conservatory, and she is the soprano and music director for the group Storeytime. She has taught vocal groups at some of the nation’s leading institutions including McNally Smith College of Music and the University of Southern California, and she recently coached vocalists on American Idol.


Greg Whipple - Originally from Orlando, Florida, Greg Whipple presently resides in LA where he has become an accomplished and sought after performer and session singer. His career thus far has allowed him to work with such luminaries as Burt Bacharach, David Foster, David Maddux, Adele, Brian McKnight, Judith Hill, Roger Daltry, Frankie Valli and of course, Deke Sharon. Greg received his B.A. in Music from Florida State University and is also an accomplished songwriter and producer having toured and recorded as a member of the world renown jazz vocal groups, m-pact, Sixth Wave and Vybration and currently LA’s own supergroup, Voasis. Greg’s bread and butter however, comes from the film/tv industry these days and his voice can be heard on many projects in film: Ice Age 3 & 4, Toy Story 3, Star Trek 1 & 2, Avatar, Oz: The Great & Powerful, The Hangover 3, Planes, Monsters University, Godzilla and many others; TV: Family Guy, The Voice, The Simpsons, The Acadamy Awards, Hart of Dixie, American Dad, The Neighbors, Sophia The First, and Futurama; commercials: Microsoft, Subway, Jack In The Box, and 21st Century; and major-label recordings: Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Andrea Bocelli, Aaron Carter and Jackie Evancho. He also lent his talent to the intriguing silent-movie/stage recreation phenomenon, Vox Lumiere as the voice of Quasimodo in the live production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In Greg’s spare time, he has enjoyed putting on the indie-rock singer “hat” and gigging with local bands Frankie Goes to North Hollywood, Temperamentals, and The Bone Yard. Greg is honored to be judging tonight’s competition and excited for all the groups involved.


Complete list of 2014 national participants


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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.

How to enter

Please send tapes and photos to the regional director:-

Will Hamblet - 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 adelphia.net


The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival
PO Box D
San Anselmo, CA 94979
(415) 455-8602
festival at singers.com


Prizes

Regional winners win roundtrip airfare plus two nights accommodation in the San Francisco Bay Area to compete in the Harmony Sweepstakes National A Cappella Festival

A selection of compact discs from the Primarily A Cappella catalog

A $250 coupon from Discmakers

Los Angeles Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 - 7:30PM

Hermosa Beach Theater

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

Box Office - 310-539-9123 or online

Complete List of Los Angeles Champions

Complete Los Angeles results: - 2013- 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999 - 1998


Hermosa Beach Playhouse

The Hermosa Beach Playhouse is a division of the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities. Created for the greater South Bay area to expand the availability of programming by providing a more intimate setting. This beautifully appointed 474-seat venue enables us to present a new catalog of production of straight plays as well as musicals.

Performances are presented at The Hermosa Beach Playhouse located on the southwest corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach. There is plenty of free parking.
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