2018 Participating Groups
Based in New York City, Concrete was founded in 2015 by three friends. Performing anything from pop hits and classic rock to holiday carols, Concrete aims to bring three-part harmony and a fresh sound to everything they sing.
Members: Caitlin Nelson, Catherine Macaluso, Jason Unger, Lior Melnick, Melina Marini, RIZUMIK
New York City's Jazz R&B group, Feedback is a collection of professional musicians who have been seen and heard by millions around the world - both live and via broadcast. Turning artists like Usher and Beyonce on their head, the group pushes the boundaries of both jazz and R&B. With unique arrangements, tight harmonies, and world class vocals, Feedback has wowed audiences across the country. Feedback is thrilled to be returning to Harmony Sweeps!
Members: Mike Gullo, Sam Nulton, Doug Larsen
| Satellite Lane|
Satellite Lane is a Long Island-based a cappella group that currently belongs to the Contemporary A cappella League. Made up of seven teachers, Satellite Lane specializes in spreading a cappella education to music programs and performing spontaneous original compositions. In March 2013, Satellite Lane competed in the New York Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, where they won "Audience Favorite," "Best Arrangement," and a special "Honorable Mention" for originality. Currently, they are working on their first studio album and several original music videos.
Members: Christine Benedetti, Melanie Malusa-Wink, Andrew Duca, Andrew Fallu, Marc Silverberg, Christopher Hoffman, Deanna Albro
BLACKOUT is a New York-based a cappella group reinventing the genre of a cappella music with innovative arrangements and a distinct, signature sound; delivering high-energy performances with a contemporary twist. Currently, BLACKOUT is comprised of eleven singers with unique and diverse backgrounds, both musically and professionally.
Members: Carly Atto, Ryan Foley, Dave Soson, Noah Berg, Kelsie Smagler, Alexandra Machover, Chaz Cox, Adi White, Eric Stoll, Brad Booker
Established in 2015, Mezzo is a all-female a cappella group that has been performing all over the tri-state area. They pride themselves on cool arrangements of contemporary tunes, as well as reinventions of classic hits. To learn more about Mezzo, check out their website at www.mezzonyc.com or follow them on social media @mezzonyc!
Members: Erin Mazuera, Amanda Lim, Liz Chapman, Reynetta Sampson, Angie Kim, Jen Kipley
Quintet; delivers a mix of classic vocal jazz A cappella and contemporary harmony. Comprised of an eclectic and seasoned cadre of music professionals, the 5-voice group features first-class, modern arrangements of the Great American Songbook’s finest composers.
Members: Stephen Gleason, Marc Silverberg, Christine Tamer, Paul Greene-Dennis, Samantha Stevens
| Repeat Offenders|
Repeat Offenders is made up of four women who love to laugh, perform, and sing four-part harmony, mostly, in the barbershop style. We got together while singing with the deeply fabulous Sirens of Gotham, and are proud to represent both them and the Harmony Celebration Chorus.
Our repeat offenses range from parodying anything and everything, creative lyric delivery, very loud singing, and constant use of phrases like “your mom” and “totes”. While we specialize in the barbershop style (experience ranging from a few years, to more than 10 years, to since birth) we love to sing anything we can find in four parts – and sometimes things we can’t too!
Members: Laura Packer, Sabrina Doolittle, Kiara Contreras, Alexis DePersia-Norelli
Saffron formed in January 2015 and burst onto the Region 1 Sweet Adelines scene a few months later. In both 2016 and 2017, they won the third place medal in Sweet Adelines International Region 1 Quartet Competition. Their repertoire covers an eclectic variety of charts ranging from folk ballads, to toe-tapping jazzy standards, to southern rock melodies, all arranged in classic and tight barbershop chording that is sure to put a tear in your eye and a smile in your heart!
Members: Susan Berry, Amanda Fowski, Penny Schroeder, Christine Bulgini
2018 Judges TBA
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Colette Thompson (New York)
Colette Thompson has directed or performed in over eleven vocal ensembles, with her group, Stay Tuned, placing 3rd in the 1998 New York Regional of the Harmony Sweepstakes; Colette has performed/recorded with Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein, Jesse Norman, Peter, Paul & Mary, and James Levine A billboard-ranked singer/songwriter, she has also managed several events, including, Christmas at NYU, Complex at the Duplex, and An Evening with The Real Group at NYC's Symphony Space. With performances televised via major news programs including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, and NY1, she is a promoter, producer, adjudicator and an ambassador of vocal music worldwide.
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