2020 Participating Groups
| 'Round Midnight|
'Round Midnight is an award-winning "a cappella" quartet of music educators from the Long Island/Manhattan area of New York. While they sing primarily in the barbershop style, their eclectic influences range from jazz to classical and everything in between. The group is a two-time Semi-Finalist in the Barbershop Harmony Society's (BHS) International Barbershop Quartet Contest and they are also the BHS 2010 Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Champions. In addition, the foursome won the New York City Harmony Sweepstakes Championship and was bestowed with the coveted "Audience Favorite" award by overwhelming crowd vote. The quartet has received praise for their self-titled debut recording too, receiving a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nomination in the category of "Best Barbershop Song" for their rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness". 'Round Midnight has been featured in an array of showcases, contests, and educational workshops spanning the United States from New York to California.
Members: Larry Bomback, Wayne Grimmer, T.J. Carollo, Jeff Glemboski
| Highline Vocal Jazz|
Highline is comprised of five best buddies who love to sing! Our vocal jazz quintet was founded in December 2017 and we have since been creating music videos and performing at events like the 2018 CT ACDA Fall Conference.
We are committed to continuing the vocal jazz tradition established by groups like Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, The Real Group, and New York Voices. We believe in modernizing the art form these artists championed and making it fun and accessible for all audiences.
At the center of our philosophy is education of the next generation of singers through workshops and masterclasses in jazz singing and arranging. We believe that the world would be a better place if everyone would sing together!
Members: Mark Farnum, Emily Gaggiano, Jared Graveley, Chester Martin, Alyssa Venora
Formed in the fall of 2012, Quintessence is a group of young, passionate singers with a soulful sound and innovative arrangements. Covering every genre from K-Pop to funk, these five performers are struggling to fill out the 50-word requirement of this form. Quoth Wikipedia: "In physics, quintessence is a hypothetical form of dark energy postulated as an explanation of observations of an accelerating universe. It has been proposed by some physicists to be a fifth fundamental force. It is suggested that quintessence can be either attractive or repulsive depending on the ratio of kinetic to potential energy in the universe. Specifically, it is thought that quintessence became repulsive about 10 billion years ago (the universe is approximately 13.7 billion years old).
Members: Natia Svanadze, Natia Okruashvili, Tatia Okruashvili, Saba Chachanidze, Giorgi Toradze, Lasha Murvanidze
The Riffrunners are a leading co-ed contemporary A Cappella group at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. Since its conception in 2011 every aspect of the group has been managed by the students from business managing to arranging music.
Members: Kiara Liwag, Caiti Mulligan, Nicole Cebulko, Alfonso Gonnella, Anna Perpignan, Courtney Ober, Jesse Hann, Kat Riggins, Kenzie Castle
| 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, Deanna Albro, Melanie Malusa-Wink, Marc Silverberg, Andrew Duca, Andrew Fallu, Christopher Hoffman
Spiderhorse is an award-winning vocal duo. Chris Celiz and Gene Shinozaki look to bring their style of vocal music to mainstream culture. They have won the 2018 world beatbox championships, 2018 grand beatbox battle, and the 2019 varsity vocals a capella open
Members: Chris Celiz, Gene Shinozaki
| Vice A Cappella|
We are proud to introduce VICE, a 5-woman vocal band based in New York City! Comprised of ICCA finalists, award-winning arrangers and choreographers, audio engineers, educators, and an internationally-ranked competitive beatboxer, the women of VICE have come together to blend their diverse skillset into one powerful experiment.
Members: Nicky Brenner, Mason Van Gieson, Jennifer Lancaster, Denise Nalibotsky, Karine Bruce-Doe
| Vocal Motion Six|
Anyone who has not experienced the phenomenon of VMSIX (Vocal Motion Six) cannot imagine the profound effect the spirit of this group will have upon them. Nor can it be described. As they say, you have to be there! All we can do is describe their effect on others! The group is represented with one Female and Four men.
In 1999 the group was among the 537 groups nationwide who auditioned for the Namibia National Music Makers Competition. Chosen as one of the 37 finalists, they traveled 700km southwest to the capitol, Windhoek. There, in a televised broadcast, they won 2 awards for Best Vocal Group and First Place overall Artist of the Year, winning the opportunity to record their first album in 1999.
VMSIX journey is remarkable
Members: Jones Mandes Mario, Vasco Mandavela Mario, Markus Mwaka Chizyuka, Miyoba Kapembwa Chizyuka, Paulo Nhanga Correia, Reagen Chimine Chimine (Sound engineer)
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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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