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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 18th, 2017 - 7pm

MILLER THEATER, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARTS

Box Office: 212-854-7799

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2016 National Champions

Stiletta

Stiletta is a NYC-based, all-female sextet combining pop leads, dance beats and hip-hop choreography. Winners of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, Stiletta also took Audience Favorite and Best Arrangement. Stiletta members boast multiple Off-Broadway and voice-over credits, WAMMY and CARA awards, original cast recordings for “Memphis” and “Dora the Explorer,” a top rank at the Beatbox World Championships and a half-decade directing the Single Singers at SingStrong A Cappella Festival. These ladies have the moves, the grooves and even the shoes. So get pumped!


2017 Participating Groups

The Columbia Clefhangers

9th member is Srinidhi Bharadwaj. The Columbia Clefhangers (aka the "Clefs") are students at Columbia University who form a contemporary co-ed a cappella group in New York City. Since 1988, the Clefs have been singing their hearts out from Rockefeller Center to Paris, entertaining audiences with their original arrangements of pop, R&B, and soulful music of every genre.

Members: Sophia Hill, Jungsoo Lee, Varshini Parthasarathy, Erin Cao, Deepti Varathan, Larri Li, Ben Eisenstadt, Katharina Thomas

Concrete

Based in New York City and grounded in harmony, Concrete is a co-ed a cappella group that 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 unique sound to everything they sing.

Members: Melina Marini, Caitling Nelson, Catherine Macaluso, Tiago "Rizumik" Grade, Jason Unger, Lior Melnik

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. *Please note that we are a 9 person group and will be rotating on stage. The name of our ninth member is Kevin Walsh.

Members: Michael Brown, Kimberly Duncan, Brian Jacobs, Marcella Jalbert, Kaylah Smith, Lucian Varela, Matt Weisher, Giselle Ziegler

Mighty Echoes of Charleston

A group of men that loves singing for the enjoyment of others.

Members: Robert Anderson, Michel Burnson, Bruce Fayall, Willam Wallace, Rudy Johnson, Harrison Holmes, Veron Johnson

Saffron

Saffron formed in January 2015 and burst onto the Region 1 Sweet Adelines scene a few months later. Then in May 2016, they won the third place medal. All four members sing with award-winning Harmony On The Sound Chorus and have had the privilege of competing on the International stage. Baritone Penny has competed four times at International in quartet competitions. Saffron members include bass Susan Berry, baritone Penny Schroeder, lead Amanda Fowski and tenor Christine Bulgini. They love great harmony and delight in singing minor and dissonant chords. Other passions worth noting are their love of snow, stellar red wines, IPA’s, and a good vanilla porter.

Members: Christine Bulgini, Amanda Fowski, Penny Schroeder, Sue Berry

The Quintessence

The Quintessence was founded in autumn of 2012, in the Republic of Georgia. The idea of creating such an amazing ensemble of young singers who perform outrageously complicated arrangements with surprising ease belongs to Buka Kartozia (artistic director and arranger, and a National Finalist of "Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2002".<

The repertoire of the group mainly consists of ancient Georgian folklore and classical music with jazz. Each and every piece stands out with rhythmical difficulty and harmonic complexity. The level of stage presence and performance of the group reaches the highest levels of professionalism and leaves audiences astonished.

Members: Lasha Murvanidze, Giorgi Toradze, Saba Chachanidze, Salome Dolidze, Elene Dolidze, Natia Svanadze

United People

Hello! We are the vocal group "United People" (Kiev, Ukraine) We carry out compositions a-cappella in different jazz styles among that authorial jazz and folk-jazz. Our group exits 5 years and for this time we repeatedly became the laureates of jazz competitions and took part in different jazz festivals. In 2014 United People participated the best vocal show, X-Factor Ukraine, and became the favorite of the public, singing through the several broadcasts.

Members: Oleksandra Polovynska, Maria Tytova, Anastasiia Khyzhniak, Mariia Savenko, Daria Blyzniuk, Oleksii Proshchenkov

Vocal Heights

Vocal Heights is a co-ed a cappella group with a fun, electric style and a wide range of music. Our repertoire includes contemporary rock and pop, doo-wop and jazz standards, with the occasional 16th century madrigal thrown in. We also perform original songs, including "Optimism" which won best original song in the 2007 Harmony Sweeps, and "Victory Road" which won best original song in the 2010 Harmony Sweeps.

Members: Lauren Rich, Erik Levitt, Abena Roman, Steve Croy, Ben Conlon, Dena Ayzikovich

2017 Judges TBA



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 :

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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colette.thompson (at) mac.com


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