2017 Participating Groups
| Top Shelf Vocal|
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, Natasha Laraway, Jeremy Matticks, Angela Huang, Grayson Villanueva, Aubrey Buchanan, Lindsay Zana, Kim Nguyen
| Swing Shift|
Swing Shift is a vocal jazz mixed sextet. The group’s signature sound is heard in their rich harmonic treatment of pop, jazz, and Broadway standards. Over the years the group has drawn on local resources like the SMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble from which four of Swing Shift’s present roster are current or past members. We are proud that many of Swing Shift’s alumni have gone on to advance their careers in prestigious ensembles like the LA Master Chorale and LA Choral Lab. If you love lush sounds, complex harmonies, and creamy-smooth blend, you’ll love hearing this group.
Members: Galoran Amos (soprano), Anne Palmer (soprano), Janette La Bella (alto), Allan Vasquez (tenor), Phil Azelton (baritone), Richard Gilinsky (bass)
|The Over Tones|
Over Tones was founded in early 2015 by our fearless musical director, Rachel Zumberge. We perform a mixture of a cappell styles to fit all occasions. Ranging from arrangements of the latest hits, classic rock standards, upbeat jazz tunes and even esoteric choir music, we adapt to our audience and have something fun for everyone.
Our 28-person choir features both male and female vocalists whose ages span five decades. Our individual resumes inclue pop/rock bands, musical theatre, award-winning collegiate a cappella, TV acting and studio production. Many of us pursue passions and careers outside of music as well.
Members: Laura Sgro, Charlene Papastephanou, Elyssa Helfer, Rachel Zumberge, Jeremy Matticks, Fritzgerald Tan, Daniel Graves, Jose Nebres
AVE (Advanced Vocal Ensemble) is the highest level ensemble within the Central Coast Children's Choir. CCCC affords the youth of San Luis Obispo county the joyful experience of singing together in live choral performances while offering a high-quality music education. The after-school program provides weekly rehearsals, which include musicianship and vocal training. Repertoire is varied and includes songs from world music to established choral classics to contemporary, popular styles. CCCC singers were chosen to represent California in National and Western State honor choirs in Las Vegas, New York, Honolulu, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Florida.
Members: Cathryn Newlon, Hannah Fowler, Lauren Tarica, Lily Campbell, Elise Scheifele, Olivia Edmonds, Susan Roodsari, Layly Roodsari
JIVIN' is the premiere vocal jazz ensemble at Santa Monica College. The group has been singing in its current formation since last September and is exited to give their first off-campus performance at the Harmony Sweepstakes.
Members: Galoran Amos, Mackynze Roten, Brittany Mellini, Allan Vasquez, Myungwan Kim, Byungsoo Kim
| Mulholland Drive|
Mulholland Drive A Cappella is a mixed a cappella group based in Los Angeles, California. Combining performers from diverse vocal and theatrical backgrounds, they are excited to share their unique interpretations of contemporary and classic songs. Staying clear of the cut-and-paste style of a cappella, Mulholland Drive strives to put a unique spin on every song, making sure every arrangement takes you on an emotional journey.
Members: David Sager, Richie Ferris, Ricky Wagner, Nick Tubbs, Lucas Cabantac, Jenna Gillespie, Emily Morris, Ashley Jones
Premiere is a contemporary, all-female a cappella group in Los Angeles. Bringing a diverse repertoire and range of voices, the group sings with attitude, dynamic leads, and messages of female empowerment. Premiere has had the honor of performing at such venues as the House of Blues Sunset Strip, hosting the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival twice, signing with the AwesomenessTV Network, and collaborating with acclaimed groups from across the country. Each woman brings a unique musical background and balances commitment to Premiere with her individual professional career. As a group, Premiere seeks to create powerful music and raise the bar of all-female a cappella.
Members: Kirby Welsh, Kim Nguyen, Morgan Mrohs, Meron Mogos, Shaye Torres, Sara Steinberg, Leia Feazel, Lindsey Garrison
| Something Major|
We are a collegiate a cappella group from the University of New Mexico. We love to sing current pop and R&B songs mixed with older classics as well improvisational jazz.
Members: Ellen Lusetti, Branden McCurley, Dakson Byle, Lindsey Stutz, Catherine Cole, Justin Ludwig, Ally Truby, Jacob Chavez
|Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based sextet has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.
From the beginning, the "pact" of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to Music, regardless of style or genre. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, including "Vocal Group of the Year" from the LA Music Awards, an Indie nomination (the Independent GrammyTM), "Artist of the Year" (Seattle Music Awards), and Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition.
Members: Drew Tablak, Aaron Schumacher, Andy Degan , Jeff Smith, Jamond McCoy
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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.
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