33rd Annual

Los Angeles Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival acapella singing competition

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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.

2017 Los Angeles Champions

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.

2017 Results

1st
Top Shelf Vocal
2nd
Mulholland Drive
3rd
AVE
Audience Favorite
AVE
Best Original Arrangement
"Jeepers Creepers", Richard Gilinsky, Swing Shift
Best Original Song
"I Just Wanna Dance", David Sager - Mulholland Drive


2017 Participating Groups

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

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)

AVE

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'

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

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

2017 Judges

M-Pact

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




Complete list of 2017 participants




Interested in Performing?

We are always seeking groups who would like to participate 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 music and photos to the regional director :

Will 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) roadrunner.com


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Hermosa Beach Theater

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.Directions -


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