Groups By Region
The Acafellas are eight middle-aged guys who met around 2003 in the Mendocino Community Chorus, discovered they had a nice blend, and have been singing together ever since. Their repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to gospel to doo wop. They perform regularly on the Mendocino Coast, and recently produced their first CD. They attended the Harmony Sweepstakes finals in 2009 and were thrilled and inspired by what they heard. They have built an enthusiastic local fan base, and seek to expand their horizons.
Members: Jim Ehlers, Dennis Freeze, Paul Friesen, Eric Hillesland, Jim Jackson, Jason Kirkman, Joe Rosenthal,
| Boyz Nite Out
No Instruments? No Problem! Specializing in cover, pop and rockin' upbeat music, this high energy group combines all-vocal drums, guitars, and horns with smooth 5-part harmony to make you think there's an entire band on stage!
For over 14 years, Boyz Nite Out has traveled throughout the world appearing at major festivals, corporate events and private performances. The group has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, ELO, Jay Leno, Kool & the Gang and Michael MacDonald and has released 3 full length CD projects selling over 20,000 copies in the United States and Japan.
Members: Bud Anderson, Jon Moore, Mark Baldi,, Eugene Rocha, Billy "Boom Boom" Craig
| Brass Farthing
Brass Farthing is a group of stalwart lads brought together to sing songs, raise good cheer, and otherwise make merry in the company of friends both old and new. We take our inspiration from many periods and enjoy performing historical, traditional, and contemporary compositions in traditional styles.
George started the group in August 2006. We first performed at the Dickens Chistmas Fair and have performed there every year. We cut our self-published CD "Brass Farthing" in summer 2007. We also perform at the Northern California Ren Faire, Steam Punk Conventions and local bars.
Members: Rory Alden, Daniel I. Briggs, Chris Callahan, George Chlentzos, Mark Donnelly, Jim Partridge, Tazz Richards, Ben Willson
"Fwee" is the word we imagined for the sound of the only instrument we use: a pitchpipe! We hail from the true north, strong and "fwee" in Calgary, Canada. And in song, we celebrate that Christ has set us "fwee"!
Members: Reid McLean Wiest, Becky Timmons, Torrance Airhart, Beth McLean Wies
PDQ is a 4-part a cappella group that enjoys singing in the barbershop style. We sing jazz, pop, Americana, comedy, traditional barbershop, gospel and anything else. Basically, if you want to hear it, we'd love to sing it! We are the current 2009 Region 12 Fifth Place Medalist Quartet
Members: Karrie Colette, Leah Brooks, Kathy Hebert, Laura Conners
| Radio Silence
Radio Silence is a group of 4 men and 2 women committed to innovation in a cappella music. The singers each began their a cappella careers in college a cappella groups: the Stanford Harmonics, the Cornell Key Elements, and the Cornell Class Notes and have continued singing in various vocal bands and local musical productions ever since. The members of Radio Silence have shared the stage with Kool and the Gang, Rockapella, the Nylons, M-Pact, the House Jacks, Vienna Teng, and Tower of Power. Their creative brand of a cappella music combines imaginative arrangements with driving vocal percussion and powerful vocals.
Members: Jon Pilat, Mayank Thanawala, George Hoffman, Ben Cunningham, Julia Berkley, Fiona Lawson
| San Andreas Singers
San Andreas Singers is a vocal jazz group based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in jazz standards such as: Stormy Weather, Just in Time, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, How Long Has This Been Going On, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Our performances include accompanied and a cappella arrangements, many original, that span from a full ensemble of musicians (five vocalists and three instrumentalists) to solo ballads featuring an individual singer with piano.,
Members: Julia Simo, Kitty Rae, Paul Spyksma, Deanne Tucker, Jim Puls
VOCAL -- of or pertaining to a vowel or voice sound; plus DELICIOUS -- delightful; greatly pleasing or entertaining; equals VOCALICIOUS -- scrumptious, appetizing, ambrosial, delightful, thrilling, captivating, delectable, tasty, luscious, savory, mouthwatering, yummy. When selecting the right vocal ingredients for Vocalicious, the same process was used as when creating any other high quality product: several trials and errors . . . a failure or two . . . but eventually, a successful recipe guaranteed to please even the most discriminate palates. The recipe for a VOCALICIOUS treat is as follows: Ingredients: Flour – Bassman Peter Govorchin Sugar and Spices – Harmony singers Celeste Decker and Anne Willis Flavorings – Lead singers Carol McMackin and Robert Lenoil Directions: In a comfortable room, add the first five ingredients and mix gently until well blended. Fold in several up-tempo songs and a couple of ballads. Then spread a mixture of friendship and laughter over everything and top with a layer of excitement. Sprinkle with fairy dust if desired. Rehearse at least 6 weeks before serving at room temperature. Bon appetit!
Members: Carol McMackin, Celeste Decker, Anne Wilis, Robert Lenoil, Peter Govorchin
| Voz en Punto
This exceptional ensemble, founded by its director Jose Galvan in 1990, has focused its artistic energy on the highly colorful arena of Mexican culture; nevertheless, it is capable of interpreting with equal success a wide variety of music, from pieces of Mexican colonial polyphony from the 16th and 17th centuries, songs in native tongues and/or with African influences, up to folklore and music of living Mexican concert composers. As if this repertoire weren't versatile enough, the group has also presented programs consisting of European composers, including motets and madrigals; Latin-American music, from tangos to Cuban music and Brazilian bossa-nova; negro spirituals, etc., etc.
It is within the context of this great talent, vocal aplomb, charisma, and interpretative flair, in which each member of Voz en Punto places his or her own seal. The end result is an audience which becomes-to quote the group's press notes-"Ecstatic", "On Fire", or "Delirious". Such adjectives would hardly seem to describe a vocal group which achieves its effects without the aid of microphones or other paraphernalia. Voz en Punto is, indeed, the irrefutable proof that the voice is the most glorious instrument which humankind has always had at its disposition.
Members: Jose Galvan, Mariana Lorenzo, Vanessa Millan, Sonia Solozano, Luis Martinez, Santiago Menedez
The idea of 5-Alone was conceived in the fall of 1999. I approached four students about starting a jazz a cappella quintet with myself as the fifth member. Encouraged by the succss of our first performance, we continued singing throughout the spring and debuted officially as 5-Alone at the Iron Horse in June, 2000.
Now 5-Alone is an accredited performing arts class at PVPA. We've come a long way from the days of rehearsing at lunch and after school. 5-Alone has gained a considerable amount of attention in a very short time. Awards and honors have been piling up from DownBeat Magazine, C.A.S.A., A-Capella.com, The National Harmony Sweepstakes, R.A.R.B., Primarily A Cappella, Berklee College of Music, and the I.A.J.E. 5-Alone has performed all over the world, including New York, California, and The Netherlands, and has turned the world of high school a cappella upside down.
Members: Kimaya Diggs, Elliot Hartmann-Russell, Maisie Dolan, Hannah Levy, Imani Devi-Brown
| Average Joes
Average Joes was formed in December of 2008. Since then the foursome has been working to build and hone an entertaining and varied repertoire to accomplish their stated goal of entertaining you, the audience. A dedication to the barbershop style and recognition of the hard work of the composer and arranger shapes the Joes’ presentation of the songs they sing. “The song’s the thing”
Members: Eric Ruthenberg, Matt Mercier, Dan Costello, Kirk Young
Formed in April 2004, The Honeymooners is a mixed quartet from the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire. Two married couples (you can guess who goes with whom based on vertical similarities!), The HM enjoy performing a wide variety of a cappella music, and audience interaction is always the main goal. Doo-wop, barbershop, gospel and novelty songs... lots of humor and some choreography, for good measure; audiences always seem to want more, because this group looks as though they are having so much fun together! You never really know what their next song might be, but when you hear it, you will be tempted to sing along. A pharmacist, a vice president, a director of manufacturing and a choral music teacher – can you guess who does what? Regardless of what The HM do in “real life,” singing with people they love is a passion, and it keeps that creative energy… and laughter… flowing.
Members: Lisa Henderson, Chris Henderson, Gaye Signor, Dan Signor
Founded in the spring of 2006 by current director Nicholas Girard, Overboard is a male a cappella group from Boston, MA. Although Overboard's repertoire consists primarily of contemporary pop/rock songs, including covers from such artists as Rascall Flatts, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, the group remains true to its a cappella roots and continues to perform classic selections such as "Blue Moon," "In The Still of the Night" and "Stand By Me."
First conceived as a street performance group intent on entertaining audiences around coastal New England during the summer months, Overboard has come a long way in a short time. The group's first album, Shipwrecked, was recorded in Nick's living room and was released during that first summer. Shipwrecked was distributed during frequent busking stops in Newburyport, MA; Freeport, ME and Burlington, VT, as well as around the group's hometown of Boston.
Members: Nicholas Girard, Joe, Josh, Scott, Stu, Dave
| Plumbers of Rome
While serving as court musicians/crepe chefs at the court of Charles VII in the 13th century (they were not allowed to serve as the Royal Plumbers, since plumbing was at that time considered to be a form of witchcraft) the Plumbers of Rome invented a device to hurl food and concert T-shirts into the starving peasant section of the King's Concert Hall. Adapted for military use, and named the Trebuchet, this modest invention lead the French army to many victories, as well as adding to the festive atmosphere of French wedding receptions and modern day Renaissance Festivals. While history has all but forgotten the inventors of the Trebuchet, the Plumbers are commemorated in the traditional French carol ballade de l'arme romaine aim'e de plombier.
Members: Randy Jackson, Ron Gilgamesh, Ernie Stuckowitz
Since its inception four decades ago, the New England Conservatory’s jazz program has been producing an impressive roster of young singers, largely due to the presence of JazzProject Recording Artist and virtuosic vocalist/composer, Dominique Eade. The newest crop of current students and alumni are no exception and they have decided to put their education and their voices together to create Prism, an all-star vocal ensemble featuring original arranging, masterful solo singing and lush harmonies. "Hearing any one of these innovative young singers live would be a treat, but to have their impressive talents combined in one group gives a glimpse of the future of vocal jazz group singing not to be missed," comments Eade, who served as a mentor to nearly every member.
Members: Aubrey Johnson, Tammy Scheffer, Katie Seiler, Laura Grill, Richard Saunders, Tomas Cruz, J.C. Coffey
| The Pinkertones
Originally created as a barbershop quartet, the Pinkertones are now Pinkerton Academy’s male a cappella group, from Derry, NH. They perform a mixture of original compositions as well as arrangements of well known songs. While they perform various styles of music, they would most easily be classified under the genre of pop/rock. Though relatively new to the a cappella scene, the Pinkertones have performed in a variety of venues and events; these include school performances, benefit concerts, weddings, and recently the opening act for Rockapella. They are excited to perform with so many experienced and talented groups, and hope to bring new energy and life to the stage.
Members: Kaleb Wells, Jeff Scott, Trevor Wells, Jameson Wells, Jon Gaines
| '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: T.J. Carollo, Jeff Glemboski, Wayne Grimmer, Larry Bomback
| An Octave Above
An Octave Above is a group of eight professional vocalists who blend years of experience and a love of a cappella harmony to every style of music they sing. From doo-wop to jazz, standards to pop, Bacharach to The Beatles, An Octave Above creates a new standard for excellence on the Chicago music scene.
Also members of prestigious Chicago-area choral ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Chorus, An Octave Above members hold degrees from Elmhurst College, Northern Illinois University, Bradley University, University of Illinois at Champaign, Western Michigan and the University of Miami.
Members: Jennifer Gingrich, Meredith McGuire, Amy Yassinger, Debra Wilder, Nick Falco, Chris Moan, Zach Benkowski, Kris Monn
|The Bradford Trio
The Bradford Trio is a female ensemble that has been inspiring audiences for the last five years. They have developed a uniquely distinct sound that can only be attributed to their close family harmony. The Trio consists of two sisters and their cousin, who started singing together as a trio in 2004 while attending an annual singing camp held in Vanleer, Tennessee. They perform regularly at many Song festivals, concerts, and events. Most notably, the Trio performed the past two years at the Fourth of July Singing In The Smokies Gospel Music Festival in Bryson City, North Carolina. They have also performed on numerous dates for the past two years at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Tim Gardner said in his feature article Introducing The Bradford Trio - A Cappella Masters, published in the December 2008 issue of Singing News magazine, "The Bradford Trio is establishing a standard of vocal excellence."
Members: Davette Bradford Dean, Mendell Bradford, Jennifer Bradford
| Home Free
A cappella. It's technically what we do. But we're not your bow-tie barbershop quartet. We're a vocal band. Which means we do more than sing - we perform - engaging audiences in a rich blend of harmonies while entertaining them.
Home Free has performed for a diverse and extensive clientele, ranging from the Minnesota Vikings, to Fortune 500 companies, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Lines, Allied Concert touring services, the Dutton Family from America's Got Talent and many, many more. It also devotes its time to educating and encouraging music in the public schools through innovative workshops and concert fundraising. To date, its programs have already raised tens of thousands of dollars for schools in Minnesota.
Members: Rob Lundquist, Matt Atwood, Troy Horn, Adam Rupp
| Jimmy and the Threats
Erected in 2001, signed by Elite Records, Jimmy and the Threats took the country by storm and quickly rose as one of the top acappella groups to be reckoned with. Leader of the pack, Jimmy Carmichael, highlighted the group's sound with a bad-boy attitude on-stage that soon began to affect the groups life off-stage. Numerous physical altercations and knife fights began to spread rumors of the hip-hop acappella group, as their private lives became public and consumed by mainstream media. Upon the night of Nov. 27th, singing to a sold-out audience in Boise, Idaho's prestigious Great Hall, an argument ensued between Jimmy and an audience member behind the building. The shouting turned to violence, and the violence turned to shooting. Jimmy Carmichael had spun out of control, leaving the group to scrounge for finances to fund a lawyer for the case, as Epic Records completely removed themselves from the group's name. Now, with Jimmy on the constant rocks, and their backs against a wall larger than that really big one in China, the trio strives to keep alive upon the furious streets of the United States of America. Truly starving artists, with attitude and arrogance beyond that of a doped up Robert Downey Jr's.
Members: Andrew Berkowitz, Matt Bissonette, Toussaint Morrison
| No Better Cause
No Better Cause is an award winning pop/soul/funk vocal band hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska. Through a combination of jaw-dropping performances and innovative studio musicianship, their music has put them on a national platform since their humble beginnings in 2002. With a unique assortment of both original songs and uniquely arranged covers, No Better Cause is guaranteed to deliver a show that people of all ages can appreciate and enjoy, whether it be of a rock, pop, funk, soul, jazz or gospel influence... and it's all done using NOTHING but their voices!
Whether it's the rumbling resonance of the bass, the spectacularly soaring high tenors, or the bold beatboxing of the incredible vocal percussion, No Better Cause is sure to catch your eyes and ears, as each unique component of this seasoned a cappella sensation works together to make their harmonized sound a sonic movement. As the group continues to perform, they have made tremendous strides with each new member, demonstrating that the current lineup is one that can be mentioned with the a cappella elites.
Members: Nate Kellison, Lucas Kellison, Michael Evans, Bill Catlett, T.J. Saddler
The Offbeats formed in late June last year as a group of 5 guys that loved to sing. We hoped that we might get a chance to compete in the Iowa State Fair Talent Search. With that in mind, our vocal group took on a Nylon-influenced, a cappella sound with "Kiss Him Goodbye". A month and a half later, we found ourselves the Iowa State Fair Bill Riley Talent Search Champions...and with less than two weeks before we went our separate ways to school. We try to sing a little bit over breaks, but mostly now do the college thing.
Members: Adam Bogh, Tenor, Alex Bogh, Tenor, Michael McAndrew, Tenor, Michael Penick, Baritone, Jeremy Gussin, Bass.
Formed during the summer of 2009, the members of Sundown are all alumni of Millikin University's award-winning vocal jazz program. The group performs music of all styles, both a cappella and with a combo. Arrangements in the group's repertoire include the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Stevie Wonder, The Martins, Take 6, Paul Simon, Jill Scott, Tracy Chapman, the New York Voices, Joss Stone, and the Dave Matthews Band. We are very honored to be selected for Harmony Sweepstakes and are looking forward to the show!
Members: Melissa Curtis, Molly Pufall, Amy Bearden, Shanan D'Agostino, John Stafford II
| Classic Souls 4 Christ
Classic Souls 4 Christ is an all male vocal quartet based in LA/Bakersfield who met in high school singing motown, etc. in various venues, competitions or anywhere including walking through airports or street corners. The switch to gospel was an evolution to share their gifts with the world and to see the influence that music and their lives can give. The group feels they were born to be together because each member’s voice is specific to their harmony. The group has opened for various gospel artists and believe that no venue is too big or too small.
Members: B.R. Thomas , Gregory Warren, Ellis Gupton, Darryl Thomas
| Down 4 The Count
Down 4 The Count began in 2003, when six CSU Northridge students in the University's vocal jazz ensemble found they shared a common interest: wanting to sing ensemble vocal jazz without those pesky instrumentalists: in other words, A Cappella! Since that time, Down 4 The Count has won multiple awards (including three song-arrangement awards and 1st place at the 2009 San Diego A Cappella Competition) and they have performed at venues all over the greater Los Angeles and San Diego area, including the Jazz Bakery, The Coach House, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, San Diego IndieFest, and many more.
They have opened for both Rockapella and for Sixthwave. Their debut album, released in 2008, is for sale at Singers.com, on iTunes, Amazon, and probably several more. Although the group line-up has changed significantly since its inception, D4TC still features original arrangements with a distinctly jazz flavor.
Members: Penny Watson, Colleen Keene, VJ Rosales, Andreas Preponis, Francesca Delfin Preponis
Award-winning Frequency is a vocal band founded in 2009 and dedicated to performing songs from the 70s to today with a focus on the story in the music. Music is part of the living soundtrack of our lives-the music that plays in the background of important moments and that we associate with our most important memories. With a passionate and thoughtful delivery, we take the audience on a personal trip through music they know and grew up with, inviting them to remember the moments and experience the emotions all over again. Like the old analog radio frequencies that first delivered many of these songs, all-vocal Frequency brings the audience a reminder of some of their favorites.
Members: Christine Li , Marleena Coulston, Lena Ani Rakijian, Evan Frasier, JR Calilung, Tom Keyes
| Pitch, Please!
In 2010, Pitch, Please! erupted onto the a cappella scene in response to growing “anti-instrument” sentiment in the greater Los Angeles area. Made up of occasionally hard-working professionals in TV, film, market research, studio recording, advertising and teaching arenas, Pitch, Please! has a collective 56 years of a cappella experience. So unofficially speaking, our first performance took place in 1954, when vocal percussion was still considered some type of witchcraft. Pitch, Please! aint yo’ daddy’s a cappella. It aint yo mama’s neither. But it might be your sister’s…and that’s the way we like it.
Members: Stephanie Chan, Sara Collins, Ben Fuller , Arathi Govind, Ian Koff , Adam Shepard, Scotty Pierce, Cate Wright
| Prime Note Ensemble
Prime Note Ensemble - was the 1st all male Filipino choral group based in Saudi Arabia, where it was founded in 2001. Originally 25-strong, the 17 members now call Southern California home since 2009. The group's first international competition was in Xiamen, China in 2006, and Graz, Austria in 2008 at the World Choir Games. Prime Note was awarded the bronze & silver medals respectively, in the male chamber choir category. In 2007, the group was among the 15 invited participating choirs at the 14th Festival International Chant de Choral in Nancy, France. Participated in last year’s LA Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, where they placed 3rd and was voted “audience favorite”.
Members: Novem Cabios, Jonar Sara,, Efren Cardoza, Leo Abalos, Joel Macapas, Yagi Brisenio, Eric Yabut, Hero Emolaga
| Red Harmony
Based in Los Angeles, California, Red Harmony tailors its selection of songs to the voices and personalities of its singers in order to present a fresh and original performance. Each member brings a very unique style, specialty, and energy to the table, creating a synergistic culture where ideas are shared and creativity is celebrated. From accompanying each other with rhythmic vocals to reveling in crunchy jazz chords, Red Harmony creates a personal experience with every note.
Members: Cali Zimmerman, Laura McCorkle, Sydne Sullivan, Anthony Starble, Nate George, Christopher Thaxter
SoundStage constantly impresses audiences both at home and abroad with their tight, unexpected harmonies and passionate delivery. Founded in 2006, their 2008 win of the LA Regional Harmony sweepstakes has catapulted them to appear on ABC's "The View" as well as a touring headline performance for the 2009 International Contemporary A Cappella Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. Their consistent jazz sensibility (with an infusion of funk) has taken them from shopping malls, to professional sporting events, to international conferences, to high school auditoriums, to county fairs, and local churches, where they have been described as "the white, suburban step-child of Take 6 and Earth, Wind, and Fire."
Members: Jammie Hampton, Kim Reed, Bradley Hampton, Joseph Livese, Kyle Bowen, Ryan Williams
| Swing Shift
This stylish vocal jazz group was formed in Santa Monica in 2002. Swing Shift focuses on jazz and re-harmonized pop and Broadway standards from the 30's to the present. The group sings mostly its own arrangements, with Phil and Richard providing them. Swing Shift performs at private parties, churches, malls, and clubs. They also appeared as one of the featured a cappella groups on KLCS’s television series “Mosaic.” Swing Shift was honored at the 2004 Los Angeles regional Harmony Sweepstakes, where they won the best arrangement award for their 6-part version of “Where is Love?” from the musical Oliver! The current group appeared publically for the first time on January 31 of this year at the Coffee Gallery Backstage. They performed old and new repertoire to a room packed with a warm and appreciative audience.
Members: Holly Pitrago, Dina Torok, Janette La Bella, Joel Dalton, Phil Azelton , Richard Gilinsky
Since 2006, the guys have blended traditional and contemporary all- vocal music with energy and humor to create six decades of hits live on stage at every show. Every sound - vocals, bass, effects, even the drums - is created using only the voice. They have performed all over their native Pittsburgh, and nationwide from Washington, D.C. to the San Francisco Bay, as well as features on local news, television, and radio. In the Harmony Sweepstakes, they were Mid-Atlantic Champions and Audience Favorite in 2007 and have received two awards for Best Arrangement.
Members: Luke Clavey, Steve Donnelly, Dre Johnson, Nate Wildfire, Mike Yanchak,
Euphonism - is a Washington, DC based vocal band with a diverse musical background. Members share a passion for the pure, electrifying blending of voice. Euphonism brings a mixture of angelic harmonies, driving beats and moving rhythms to audiences in the capital area and beyond.
Members: Amanda Aldag, John Baer, Theresa Bowman, Joe Kang, Laura McCann, Charlie Meininger, Rachel Tepper
| Fleur de Lisa
Fleur de Lisa - is based in Durham, North Carolina. We write and perform original a cappella music, often based on poetry. Individually we bring many disciplines together, including jazz, rock, classical and country. Our diverse musical experiences blend into a versatile style of our own.
Members: Andie Piddington, Sarah Shunk, Sylvia Freeman
Glorious has been together since 1997. During this time we have become a group of tight knit, polished and professional performers. Our unique A Cappella style leaves very little room for imperfections in our sound. Drawing from our individual spiritual backgrounds, and combining tried and true spirituals with an upbeat tempo. We create a unique listening experience. Worship, Punctuality and Professionalism are the cornerstones to our organization.
Members: Eugene Glato, Barry Fleming, Wilson Cleary, John Elliott, Michael Lemon
Lustre is a lovely award winning quartet out of the Baltimore area. Lustre's musical adventures began in 2005, and what a journey it has been! Kate, Lori, Lori, and Jenny met through Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus, and have been ringing chords together ever since. They have wowed their audiences at performances and contests around the country, from shows in Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania to international competitions in Houston and Denver. You may even have seen them singing at a Baltimore Orioles game or two! Lustre is proud to be the 2013 Sweet Adeline's International 7th Place Quartet Finalist.
Members: Laura Colozzi, Lori Crouter, Lori Dreyer, Jenny Harris
| Tonic & Gin
Tonic & Gin - In the spring of 2004, a group of musicians-at-heart gathered together in the hopes of creating a new, fresh mix of voices. What evolved from that first meeting was a collection of six singers ready to take on the DC a cappella scene. Rehearsals began, gigs presented themselves, and the group began to mesh. After endless discussions about what to call ourselves it finally hit us ‚ Tonic & Gin!Today, Tonic & Gin continues on as a vibrant co-ed group of seven members dedicated to sharing a wide variety of music with intriguing arrangements, amazing soloists, and a whole lot of fun!
Members: Nate Pipke, Alison Torrillo French, Marissa Hodgkins, Amy Fromm, Bruce Shim, Jeeves Murphy, Jeff Hayes
| Voices of Truth
Voices of Truth - Voices Of Truth was created in 2008 as an expression of love of a cappella and Contemporary Christian music. Since then, they have been working toward their goal of taking their message of joy to people both inside and outside the church. With original arrangements showcasing their unique vocal blend and tight rhythms, Voices Of Truth will entertain you, inspire you, and lift you up!
Members: Kevin Barrett, Sarah Barrett, Joe Waeyaert, Natalie Stephenson
| West Side 5
West Side 5, an award-winning vocal jazz ensemble based in New York City, is known for its refined sound and sophisticated approach to jazz. Inspired by greats like Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, and The Real Group, WS5 has crafted its own unique sound, characterized by highly original arrangements, complex harmonies, and outstanding musicianship.
The group formed in the summer of 2009, bringing together five old college friends on the west side of Manhattan. They immediately garnered acclaim, winning the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes while being voted Audience Favorite and winning Best Arrangement for "Pure Imagination". They went on to be featured artists at the SingStrong A Cappella Festival, and have performed alongside groups including Blue Jupiter, Streetcorner Symphony, and The Bobs, as well as for Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in New York.
Members: Lara Hirner, Sara Wajnberg, John Shumway, Eric Hughes, Will Fithian
| B Vocal
The group b vocal has been working for the last fifteen years in a surprising and innovative style: using just their voices, these five Aragonese musicians are able to recreate the soundscape of any musical piece (drums, guitars, brass, rhythm, etc.). With their entertaining shows, they have managed to popularize a cappella as a musical style in Spain through a perfect combination of songs and humour and a repertory of high quality music from both national and international sources
Over the course of their career, they have often appeared on Spanish television: "The season's nationwide programme presentation gala" (Antena 3 Television), "Gala for the draw of the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) for the ACB (basketball)", El Conciertazo, La 2 News (TVE 2 and International Channel), "This is my story" (TVE 1 and International Channel), "Nighttime with Fuentes & co" (Tele 5), "Channel 4 Christmas Eve Gala" (Channel Cuatro), Programme Presentation Gala (Popular TV), Madrid Live and Madrid News (Telemadrid), Aragon Autonomous TV End of Year Gala, Aragon Decoded (Aragon TV), etc.
Members: Fermin, Juan Luis, Alberto, Augusto, Carlos
Choice - THE CHOICE CONCEPT...Choice emerged out of the Greenville section of Jersey City, NJ as a hobby for five young men looking for a fun way to occupy their spare time. After attracting much local attention and interest, they began performing professionally. With their extensive rehearsal and research schedule, Choice has earned their reputation as one of the hardest working groups on the acappella circuit, and has performed at such venues as Nassau Coliseum, Continental Airlines Arena and Radio City Music Hall. Among Choice's most notable achievements is their 2007 appearance on ABC News' Speak Freely, recording with our good friend, Dennis Gruenling, and his band, Jump Time, and participation in two Japanese film documentaries on the history of acappella and rock & roll which have aired on the Fuji television Network in Japan, and a commercial for Diet Pepsi.
Members: E-Z, Ira, Sha-Dee, Malik, Rahim
| Frenemy of the State
Frenemy of the State - is a rock-focused, high energy mixed a cappella group from right here in NYC. As the shorter, larger, better half to the NYC based Red States, they have a brand of angsty rock music all their own. And with their diversity of life experiences from school teacher to music exec to American Idol to lingerie exec, the Frenemies are a true motley crew of fun. But as they were quoted in a recent Time Out New York best of NYC a cappella article, you'll never catch them wearing glittery vests.
Members: Janifer Cheng, Brian Chambers, Kyron Rodgers, Jack Bender, Nicole Scavone, Brad Akin
| One Guy Upstate
One Guy Upstate is what happens when collegiate, frat-style a cappella guys grow up -- or, perhaps, refuse to. Individually, the members of this all-male vocal band have performed hundreds of shows, but first met back in the day at Binghamton University, where they made multiple visits to the ICCA Finals as members of the Crosbys. Still great friends and reunited a few years later for the sheer love of making great music together, they hope to acheive similar success on the professional stage at the Harmony Sweepstakes.
Members: Jesse Afriyie, Mike Boxer, Brian Frankel, Al Orbinati, Angel Reynoso, John Soto, Di Zhang
| Penthouse H
Penthouse H - Formed in 2008 based on the philosophy that college students shouldn't be allowed to have all the fun, Penthouse H is a group of New York City based young professional who share a passion for the human voice (as well as a strong distaste for musical accompaniment). Their members previously hail from collegiate a cappella groups, including The Colgate Resolutions, The Princeton Nassoons, The Princeton Tigerlilies and The Yale Whiffenpoofs, and are proud to be a part of the strong tradition of a cappella in this country. Taking advantage of the unique opportunities of New York City at their fingertips, the group has performed at professional sporting events, art openings and private clubs; they also enjoy giving back to the community, by bringing their special brand of jazz, contemporary and pop music to hospitals, nursing homes, and other community services.
Members: Dane Hoyt, Mark Huerta, Dave Jangraw, Jake Saper, Kristin Kelly, Ayn-Monique Klehre, Dunham Townend, Astrid Werner
| Rainbow 5
Rainbow 5 is an a cappella musical combo comprised of 5 singers/musicians from Quebec. The great passion these 5 graduates of Quebec's prestigious Laval University share for the vocal music was the architect for the merger of their talents. Each member adds to the mix his or her own spice to create most flavorful compositions of Jazz, Pop, barbershop, blues, & electronique music of all kinds ...Tout y est!
Members: Geneviève Paré, Julie Vandal, Héra Ménard, Éric Lemelin, Jean-François Aubin
REDux - is a subset of the award winning, CARA (Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards) nominated and charter member of the CASA A cappella League, the Red States. Like the flip side of a Frosted Mini-Wheat, REDux brings a sweeter take to life. They focus on relaxed, understated contemporary pop charts as well crowd-pleasing dance tunes. Jim's arrangement and Sarah's lead on the Red States' cover of Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" was not only included on the CASA compilation, Sing VI, as one of the best tracks of the year but led to a 2010 CASA nomination.
Members: Jared Sampson, Meg Tirrell, Candice Helfand, Mardie Cohen, Sarah Bills, Jim Diego, Jason Gong
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that...RUB! In the jazz corner, weighing in at 6 members, RUB packs a mean punch, & sounds like...well, imagine if Lalo Schifrin had a modern acappella group. As last year's 'Sweeps', RUB's 'Best Original Song' goes, "We're RUB...cuz we rub!"
Members: Gweneviere Mann, Melissa Munn, John McMahon, Craig Eckhardt, Randy White, Nicholas Fox
| Vocal Heights
Founded in 2002 by Erik Levitt and Jessica Sher, Vocal Heights is a co-ed a cappella group with a fun, eclectic style and a wide range of music. Their repertoire includes contemporary rock and pop , specialty pieces (Weird Al's"Frank's 2000 Inch TV"), doo-wop, gospel, and jazz standards , with the occasional 16th-century madrigal thrown in. They also perform original songs, including "Victory Road," and "Optimism," which won Best Original Song in the 2007 Harmony Sweeps! Based in New York's East Village, the group consists of eight singers with a wide range of experience and musical backgrounds. Having performed in a variety of venues, including R-Bar, Bar East, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, and the Madison Square Garden Theater, their mission is to put on a good show for their audience!
Members: Andrea Au Levitt, Elizabeth Boskey, Mindy Gordon, James Greenspan, Cara Joyce, Erik Levitt, Jim Longo, Melina Marini
The five women of Absolute believe in music with a message. Their tight vocal harmonies create an a cappella sound sometimes reminiscent of Sweet Honey in the Rock. From South African freedom songs to folk music, from doo-wop to choral arrangements, Absolute's performances take you from the familiar and silly to the poignant and soulful. Gigs at performance at issues-oriented events have included Calyx Publishing, Water For People, LunaFest, as well as shows for Amnesty International, OSU Brown Bag Lunch Series, and Da Vinci Dayus-Corvallis. For these five busy women, taking time out of the week to make music together is Absolute-ly what they want to do.
Members: Robin Patterson, Micki Reaman, Julie Williams, Shelley Willis, Elizabeth Wyatt
Back around 1990, a couple of the founding members of the coed Microtones decided that they wanted to form a men's a cappella group at Microsoft so that they could sing the charts from their college groups. The original quartet consisted John Rae-Grant, bass and musical director, Bill Pope, baritone, Bob Gunderson, 2nd tenor, and David Olsen, 1st tenor. True to their profession, the group's chosen name, The Baudboys, referred to the method by which modem speeds were rated. The group performed only a few times in its first years of existence, doing lunch time gigs on the Microsoft campus.
As members left Microsoft over the years, they would also leave the Baudboys, prompting natural turnover in the membership. During the 1990's, the group expanded it's membership, aiming to have two full quartets within the group. Since that time, the group has remained at 7-9 members, but the expanded membership has allowed the group to sing more complex arrangements than the 4-part charts that the founders envisioned.
Members: Jonathan Schwartz, Ric Lewis, Graham Shelson, Owen Braun, Mark Adolph, Elliot Lewis, Dave McEwen, Paul Eng
Crosspoint is a vocal ensemble made up of church members of Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, WA. They are a diverse group of people, but are unified in the vision of providing a musical experience that brings hope and encouragement. Crosspoint was originally formed in 2003 but its current member lineup has been singing together for only a few months. They have performed in churches, malls, and other local venues, singing intricate and fun jazz and gospel arrangements of church music.
Members: Tim Anderson, Colleen Hickman, Drew House, Cindy Lucas, Arlene Madrid, Cheri McDonald, Dave McEwen, Jim Stocker
Realtime has been together since March of 2003, when John Newell arrived in Canada and mutual friends helped bring the group together. Since then it's been a musical whirlwind of activity, with three recordings, hundreds of shows and a world championship and a whole lot of fun under their belt. In 2008, Doug Broersma became the official lead singer, when John retired. Realtime became the 2005 International Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Salt Lake City. So having reached the pinnacle of the barbershop contest world, they have sung in their last contest, and received their final score in the barbershop genre.
Members: Tim Broersma, Doug Broersma, Mark Metzger, Tom Metzger
| Shadywood Boys
Shadywood Boys are four guys who get together to sing. We graze freely through the pasture of quartet styles: a little Jubilee Quartet here, a little Doo-Wop there, maybe a bit of Barbershop. Sometimes we wander into the back forty and browse 19th century styles such as Antebellum Spirituals - or even some Shape-Note Singing. But there is one patch of grass we keep coming back to: a style of singing that emerged from the Southeastern U.S. in the 1930's and 40s that would become known as Southern Gospel. This style carries through the early recordings of bands like The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs. It's retro-phonic, and we like it.
Members: Larry Statland, Tim Cullen, David Brook, Phil Shaver
Six4One is a group of five men from Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington, who love to sing and are highly committed to the choral music program. Their underlying purpose is to joyfully express their faith in God through music by blending a variety of worship songs, hymns, gospel, a cappella and contemporary musical styles.
Members: Laurey Berteig, Steve Howe, Dan North, Gerald Redding, Don Walkup,
| Strangers In Harmony
Strangers in Harmony is a vocal quintet from Portland, Oregon. Since 2009 The Strangers have been delighting audiences all over greater Portland with their memorable original music and classic crowd-pleasing covers. In 2010 Strangers in Harmony took top honors in the prestigious "Portland's Got Talent" contest. Five guys from different musical and geographical backgrounds come together to make music. That's Strangers in Harmony.
Members: Eric Chung, Ramsay "RC" Cowlishaw, Shawn Dudley, Mike Mendyke, Roy Rasera
V-Chords is an a cappella vocal band made up of six talented performers performing a wide variety of pop, rock, jazz, gospel and country accompanied by live vocal percussion. Each member has significant performing experience and contributes to the combined flare and flavor for which V-Chords has become known. In 2007, V-Chords was proud to represent the Pacific Northwest Region at the National Harmony Sweepstakes Competition in San Rafael, CA.
Members: Mike Telfer, Jeremy Miller, Chris Moore, Bryan Podwys, Dave Edwards, Darin Wirth
| Clearly Vocal
Clearly Vocal is a five-member a cappella vocal group from Tyler, Texas, performing a wide range of musical genres including jazz, pop, holiday, love songs, classical, secular and sacred. The group provides music for all occasions, such as private parties, corporate functions, weddings, birthdays, etc., with a varied repertoire in the style of The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, The Real Group, Singers Unlimited, The Swingle Singers, Take Six and others.
Members: Stefanie Albright, Danny Burgess, John Hodges, Kimberly Hodges, Don Neal
Something Old. Something New. Something Else. Great talents from the area's award-winning groups come together to pay homage to Denver's great a cappella history. Listen for funk and R&B influences from the old-school where Confidential brings original pieces, cutting-edge sounds, and modern style for a sweet sound that aims for the future of a cappella.
Members: Peter Driscoll, Marc Johnson, LaDamion Massey, Matt Murphy, Richard Steighner, Isaac Troiano
| Cool Shooz
Cool Shooz has been entertaining Colorado crowds for over ten years since their beginnings as The Fabulous Fairlanes. Their a cappella rock and roll has twice won them the Rocky Mountain Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, and they have opened for acts as diverse as Marvin Hamlisch and Firefall. With the addition of newcomer Juli Redson-Smith, the group is exploring new avenues of vocal expression and pushing the traditional boundaries of the genre.
Members: Jeff King, Dutch Miller, Dave Small, Joe Sanford, Julie Redson-Smith, Doug Tisdale
| Mountain Blue
The musicians of Mountain Blue bring a new blend of music that has been called fresh, alive, and heartfelt. The unique a cappella quartet of three men and one woman harmonizes a variety songs in the bluegrass, southern gospel tradition. Their foot-stomping renditions of songs like "Gospel Train" and "Roll Back the Stone" make it nearly impossible to sit still in your seat. Other favorites like "Abide with Me" and "Amazing Grace" with their simple but stylistic arrangements will stir your soul and evoke a spirit of peace. Mountain Blue will breathe a breath of fresh air into any music library.
For those who like to shout "Hallelujah!"
Mountain Blue was formed in the fall of 2003 when two choir conductors from Brigham Young University got together to perform a piece of southern gospel music "just to hear how it sounds." The two searched among their musically talented friends until they felt they had formed the perfect bluegrass quartet--a unique a cappella combination of three guys and a gal.
Members: Todd Horne, Drew Norton, Julie Sanders, Spencer Whitham
| The UCD 6
The UCD 6 is the University of Colorado at Denver’s premier a cappella ensemble. Five women and 1 man strong, this all student group sings an eclectic and sophisticated mix of world music, pop and jazz. Two-time finalists in the Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes, the UCD 6 performs at several on and off campus events every semester. Their most recent honor was to be named Runner-Up in the collegiate division at the 2009 Mile High Vocal Jam.
Members: Janessa Ho, Jaimee Salgado, Sarah Campos, Danielle Becerra, Kameshia Hazard, Daniel Bailey
VoxBom is writing and performing original a cappella music. The singers, songwriters, and vocal mouth-sound-makers of VoxBom come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and bring a modern sensibility to the creation and sharing of their all-vocal music.
Members: Mister Tim, Matt Murphy, Richard Steighner, Peter Driscoll
Embracing the high-energy, happy harmonies of mainstream a cappella music, Wonder Voice performs an eclectic blend of the top radio hits from the past sixty years. Wonder Voice shows are full of the songs audiences love to hear, sung with a giddy, infectious verve that makes toes tap, faces grin, and wilting plants revive.
Members: Lauren Woodbury, Ben Meis, Ron Gilgamesh, Chris Schenk, Christopher Carey