34th Annual

New York 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.

Saturday, March 17th, 2018 - 7pm

MILLER THEATER, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

2960 Broadway at 116th, New York, NY 10027

Hosted by

2017 New York Champions

CONNECT

CONNECT is an award-winning professional a cappella group located in the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut. They are a mixed group of singers who wanted to continue sharing their love of music after attending school together at Central Connecticut State University. They combine lush harmonies, pure emotion, and clean riffs with a distinctly modern edge to bring you the sound of CONNECT. person group and will be rotating on stage.



2018 Participating Groups

Concrete

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

Feedback

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

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

Mezzo

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

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

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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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 12 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 :

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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Miller Theatre at Columbia University is a performing arts producer dedicated to developing and presenting new work from world-class artists. Acclaimed for its innovative programming, Miller Theatre provides an intimate exploration of the creative process and a look into the personalities and emerging trends in contemporary classical music, opera, dance, and film. Its adventuresome performances and elevation of advanced ideas have established Miller Theatre as a nationally recognized cultural center for artistic discovery. Established in 1988 with funding from the Kathryn Bache Miller Fund, Brooke Astor, and John Goelet, Miller Theatre is located on the Columbia University campus in New York City.Directions -Yelp reviews -


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