Groups By Region
| Prime Time
The members of Prime Time met through singing with other groups. They recognized they had kindred voices, natural blend, and the same desire to sing challenging, tightly harmonized charts - and also the inclination to laugh a LOT while working hard. Their backgrounds range from vocal jazz to collegiate-style a cappella pop to barbershop, with those influences all audible simultaneously in most of their performances. A literal garage band, Prime Time rehearses in Sunnyvale, CA, and performs all over the Bay Area.
Members: Jennifer Ayre, Caia Brookes, Dan McQuigg, Wil Mathews, John Rae-Grant
| T Sisters
The T Sisters are an authentic family band based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Rachel, Chloe and Erika Tietjen are all songwriters and switch off on lead vocals. While their voices blend seamlessly, each has a distinct singing and writing style. The combination results in an eclectic repertoire unified by a landscape of close harmonies. The group's subtle throwback aesthetic calls to mind classic trios past, from the Andrews Sisters and 1960s girl-groups to the sirens from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Anchored by influences spanning folk, country, gospel, klezmer and early-90's R&B, each sister brings a unique vocal and lyrical style to a sound that is at once modern and timeless. Though the T Sisters sing and perform often with instruments, they are known to silence a crowd with their soulful and enchanting a cappella numbers.
Members: Chloe Tietjen, Rachel Tietjen, Erika Tietjen
| Mighty Men of Faith
Our music is a blend of traditional and contemporary gospel music. We are committed to producing gospel music of praise and worship that will evoke spiritual fervor, change lives, and have lasting spiritual effects. Be Blessed.
Members: Wendell Basey, Rev. Ed. Harris, Richard Hayes II, Vincente Mozell
| Ro Sham Bo
Ro Sham Bo is named after a popular hand game often used as a selection method in a similar way to coin flipping or drawing straws to select a person for some purpose. When Ro Sham Bo tours in Japan or Brazil, we're called Jan-Ken-Pon, but Philippinos call us Jack-n-Poy because they're cool. In England we're called Scissors-Paper-Stone because there's no Rockhenge, silly. In South Africa, the mildly offensive Ching-Chong-Cha. In Latvia we're called Akmens, skeres, papirits because of the catchy rhyme, "Akmens, skeres, papirits, viens, divi, tris." Caligula called us Saxum-Charta-Forfex, but in those days forfex beat everything because of the excitement over the newly invented scissors. Biologist Barry Sinervo from UC Santa Cruz discovered the Ro Sham Bo evolutionary strategy in the mating behavior of the side-blotched-lizard species Uta stansburiana. When we're not drinking during rehearsal, mating or playing Ro Sham Bo, we sing nicely.
Members: Bonnie Doyle, Audrey Kauffman, Lilan Kane, Seth Herring, Ben Fendel, Ryan Tomko
| Richter Scales
The Richter Scales are a bevy of gentlemen songsters, all residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. They perform selections from a wide variety of genres, including American standards, Broadway, Motown, and contemporary music..
Formed originally as a band of semi-organized scavengers in the wreckage of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the "Richter Scabs" (as they were then known) didn't actually "sing a cappella" until the Fall of 2000. The intervening period, known as "The Lost Years" by current group members, was filled with raucous enterprises involving menial labor and incarceration. Most of those "tall tales" are, unfortunately, wholly inappropriate for these pages..
Members: Dan McQuigg, Eric Borchers, Mark Casey, Sanjay Kairam, Brian Rosen, Vince Kim, Ephraim Swanson-Dusenbury, Jeff Hirschmann
| 38th Ave
Take a left, then turn right, here they are: it's 38th Ave! 38th Ave is a local a cappella group that started on the beautiful beaches of Santa Cruz. This group of friends, with a love for anything a cappella, sings a wide variety of music from top 40 hits to standard jazz to smooth indie. You might find them in Santa Cruz on the streets downtown, in coffee shops, or even at your local bar. After being together for a year, they are excited and ready to sing!
Members: Devon Magana, Danny Cavero, Adam Fixler, Jefferson Lam, Amanda Ross
| California Golden Overtones
The California Golden Overtones are a completely student-run musical group on campus. We are a lively group of girls who, with our music, love to spread joy and Cal Spirit. We can be seen performing at Cal football games, at University functions, as well as all over the Bay Area for private events and parties. We have been performing for our favorite fans -- Cal students -- every Friday at 1 PM in front of Sather Gate for more than 20 years!
Members: Sheila Rajagopalan, Sachi Holla, Jess Evaristo, Rachael Frank, Audrey Baker, Souma Kundu, Lyndsay Park,
Eli is comprised of choir members from Lafayette-Orinda-Presbyterian Church in Lafayette. They were formed 4 years ago to sing for Sunday services, concerts and special church events. They are comfortable singing a variety of genres including jazz, classical, country, and funk.
Members: Beverly Jane Peatross, Lindsay Ford, Julie Ford, Anne Whitelock
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: Bakari Holmes, Danny Olefsky, Cassie Greene, Tina Query, Ryan Cook
| Fermata Town
Founded in 2009, Fermata Town is now the newest member of the Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL). Inspired by the wealth of new talent in the a cappella world, we have worked hard to find our voice and put a unique stamp on the Boston a cappella scene. We pride ourselves in our original arrangements, the sound that we produce, and our ability to maintain a healthy balance between our music and active lifestyles.
Fermata Town was officially founded during the spring of 2009 stemming from the break up of the all male Boston based group The Testostertones (Boston). The founding duo of Dan Campagna and John Baptista recruited former Testostertones Dave Carr and Nathan Pierce to join forces and find other interested singers who shared the same passion for a cappella music. Be it through word or mouth, internet advertisements and craigslist posts - Fermata Town was able to quickly establish itself as one of Boston's freshest co-ed a cappella groups to hit the streets.
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Founded in 2001, The MetropoliTones is a New York City based a cappella group composed of graduates from the Seven Sisters colleges. When not working our day jobs (running conferences, crunching numbers on Wall Street or digging for fossils), we can be found adding musical pizazz to corporate, private and sporting events in the tri- state area. The MetropoliTones have performed at Cipriani, The New York Athletic Club, The Bitter End, The Pierre Hotel, Ronald McDonald House, The Bronx Zoo, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Madison Square Garden, Prudential Center and Giants Stadium.
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| Beast Mode
Beast Mode is a new vocal quartet from the Northeastern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Amongst the performers, they have 2 District Championships, 5 Division championships, and 10+ years of contest experience on the international BHS stage, including the international Collegiate Quartet championship in 2005. They are excited to take their boisterous vocal style into the Boston a cappella scene
Members: Nick Ruiz, Brandon Youngblood, Rodrigo Alvarez, Rhett Roberts
| Funkin' A
Boston-based Funkin’ A! is seven voices of irreverence offering up an eclectic mix of tunes, including some you’re not sure you’ve ever heard, from six decades of (mostly) popular music. Covering Passion Pit to Michael Jackson to Blossom Dearie, their repertoire is sure to confuse DJs but please everyone else for at least three minutes. Over the past several years they’ve been proud to perform at Harvard Square’s massive Mayfair and Oktoberfest street festivals, WERS’s All A Cappella Live competition, Ball in the House’s A Cappella Concert Series, Boston’s AIDS walk, and the swank Liberty Hotel.
Members: Dayna Brown, Mike Kadin, Kyle Lad, Mo Lotman, Nikole Luebbe, Joe Pierandozzi
| Grundy's Magic Shop
Welcome to the magic shop... That is Grundy's Magic Shop of course! We are an vocal quartet based in the Greater Boston Area bringing more than 25 years of combined experience to audiences of all ages. Even though Barbershop is where we all met and started singing together, we each bring our own style and unique vocal qualities to make music ring. We enjoy singing everything from Jazz and swing to classics and contemporary genres. Taking the Music to the top is our very own Jonathan Hinkle as Tenor, with the Leading role being played by Kadin-Seth Binkley. Laying down the foundation is Steve Moore as Bass and our mysterious guru of musical magic is Ben Brown, who occasionally doubles as a baritone. We look forward to seeing you soon and maybe singing a song with you or for you. Let the Show begin!
Members: Jonathan Hinkle, Kadin-Seth Binkley, Ben Brown, Steven Moore
How fitting the name Showcase is for this foursome! They love to sing, to show their best to audiences, and to present special events (songs) in order to tug on the heart-strings of their listeners! Showcase, an a cappella quartet, started singing together in March 2007 and just two and a half years later became the 2009 International Championship Quartet of Harmony, Inc. All are members of New England Voices in Harmony, an Internationally ranked fourth place women's barbershop chorus from Nashua, New Hampshire. Showcase released their debut cd "Birds Gotta Fly" in November of 2012. An eclectic mix of jazz, blues, Broadway tunes all done in the barbershop a capella style.
Members: Katrine Dickaur, Kathleen Macdonald, Renee Tramack, Kari-Lynn Knight
| Phonic Uproar
In the popular style of Take 6, Naturally 7, and the hit television show "The Sing-Off", Phonic Uproar is the newest group on the a cappella scene, combining the a cappella sound with a showtime experience! Phonic Uproar is the latest gem of an act from the Dayton, Ohio area - the same area that gave the entertainment world The Ohio Players, John Legend, Heatwave, Lakeside, Roger Troutman, Dave Chappelle, Slave, Shirley Murdock, and Zapp. Phonic Uproar is one of the newest and more exciting vocal groups to come along. Vocally trained at the University of Dayton, each member ranges in age from 18 to 30 years with over 25 years of experience between them.
Members: Joey Saliba, Jelani Connally, Josh Forman, Trevor Rosenbaum, Connor Higgins, Justin Padmore, Garrett Woods, Tyler McCormack
With the threat of the Mayan-predicted end of the world in 2012, these five singers from the Chicago a cappella community prepared to go out singing, in an attempt to change the apocalypse into the acapocalypse, thus saving the world! It looks like they succeeded, and now they're on a mission to fix the economy, end the war in the Middle East, and stop global warming, all with nothing but the power of their voices.
Members: David DeVries, Melissa Shubalis, Will Kazda, Ross Hammond, Dave Thomases
Boomslang is made up of musicians who have been making a cappella music long enough to want to ditch the Lady GaGa medleys and one-hit wonders in favor of making music that moves them - music that speaks to and resonates within the hearts of each member. Their repertoire couples a heavy emphasis on great, thoughtful songwriting with the unrivaled communicative, emotive, and downright "human" qualities of the voice. The various members' pedigrees include time with the House Jacks, Ball in the House, Vocal Chaos, the Colorado Buffoons, and the University of Miami vocal jazz program, among others. Boomslang is based in Chicago's North Side.
Members: Blair Baldwin, Tom Anderson, Anthony Martucci, Elliott Robinson, Eric Spiegel
| Cat's Pajamas Vocal Band
The Cat's Pajamas are 5 men who creates all the sounds of a band using only their voices. The group was formed in 2005 by Brian Skinner and Nate Mendl who both share a passion and drive for performing and music production. The two had previously worked together in college groups at The University of Wisconsin such as the Wisconsin Singers and a cappella groups the MadHatters and Redefined. The first time The Cat's PJs ever performed together was for the 2005 Oreo Cookie Jingle competition. They then recorded a demo and searched everywhere for gigs until their first big break when they were offered a 6 month stint on Celebrity Cruise Lines as the in house a cappella group.
Members: Brian Skinner, Nate Mendl, Nate Adams, Mike Hilliker, Brad Baker
| Innocent Men
The Innocent Men is a seven member a cappella group comprised of studs from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire's all-male choir, the Singing Statesmen. The group was formed way back in 1985 and has been running strong ever since. The Innocent Men have provided top-notch singing and below-average humor as entertainment to literally thousands, although not at the same time.
Members: Eric Conner, Mark Green Jr., Sebastian Armendariz, Phil Reilly, Dane Jaskowiak, Ryan Simmons, Andrew Steffen
| Other Option
What do you get when you mix a teacher, a software analyst, a tax specialist, a sailing instructor, and a graphics artist? You get The Other Option! The Other Option brings together the voice talents of Colin Gagnon, Ravi Manghnani, Eric Pantano, Matthew Porcelli , and Barry Rokusek. Formed in Madison, Wisconsin in early 2012, the group's eclectic sound mixes contemporary songs from the 70's and 80's, along with a dash of current music. Whether singing at open mics, birthday parties, or just out on the street corner, the group puts its emphasis on fun, harmony, and good music.
Members: Eric Pantano, Ravi Manghnani, Colin Gagnon, Matthew Porcelli, Barry Rokusek
| Sunday Afternoon
Based in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Sunday Afternoon's (SA) distinguished sound comes from the diversity of each member of the band. We strive to perform high energy, family friendly shows and we pride ourselves in our ability to incorporate a wide variety of music genres into all performances, including but not limited to: pop, R&B, rock, techno and even a little country. SA has performed for hundreds of people at various state fairs, ball games, wine tastings, and concerts in Iowa as well as Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. We aim for everyone to leave our performances satisfied.
Members: Stephen Banks, Sheila Wagner, Matt Bryant, Alicia Strong
VOCALITY is an a cappella quartet with a wide ranging repertoire from 60's and 70's classic rock tunes to gospel to musical theater to barbershop. They are an animated ensemble who love singing together and entertaining audiences with a passion for igniting the spark of music in young people everywhere. VOCALITY formed in January, 2007 and was immediately recognized as an entertaining quartet with flawless harmonies and exciting delivery. They were crowned District Champions in the Land 'O Lakes district of the Barbershop Harmony Society and quickly rose to the elite ranks of the Top 20 in the International Barbershop Quartet contest. Their debut recording was honored with two Contemporary A Cappella Recording nominations by the Contemporary A Cappella Society: Best Barbershop Album and Best Barbershop Song. In fall of 2011 VOCALITY released their second recording, Alleluia, which features gospel music.
Members: Tony Blackwood, Jay Althof, Tom Matchinsky, David Boyd
| Honey Whiskey Trio
Honey Whiskey Trio blends sounds and styles from folk, bluegrass and jazz. This trio found its roots in the vocal jazz department of CSU Long Beach where the members all studied with Christine Guter, though at different times. Years later, well into their own careers as musicians and educators, the need for a new outlet for musical exploration brought Courtney, Ann and Christina together and the Honey Whiskey Trio was formed.
Members: Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss , Christina Wilson
| Swing Shift
Swing Shift started life as an SSATB quintet in 2002. Shortly after, the group was invited to appear on local TV station KLCS as part of their “Mosaic” series’ special on a cappella groups. (A video of that appearance can be found on the Swing Shift web site.) Swing shift has evolved over the years and appears this year at the Harmony Sweepstakes as a sextet. The group has drawn over the years on local resources such as the SMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble from which three of Swing Shift’s present roster are current and/or past members. We are proud that many of Swing Shift’s alumni have gone on to advance their professional careers in such prestigious ensembles as the LA Master Chorale, Sonos, New Directions, and m-pact. The group’s signature sound is their rich harmonic treatment of jazz, pop, and Broadway standards. They appear locally at clubs and private parties. Recently they appeared at the Talking Stick in Venice and headlined an a cappella showcase at Monsoon Café in Santa Monica.
Members: Allison Butler, Laura Jackman, Janette La Bella, Dakota Lee Martinez, Phil Azelton, Richard Gilinsky
Arf is an independent avant garde pop vocal group based in Los Angeles. They started off in 2013 as a live a cappella re-imagining of Genevieve Artadi's solo music, and have evolved over the past year into a new beast, incorporating originals and arrangements by other Arf members, and adding synthesizers and drums to their live performances.
Members: Genevieve Artadi, Andrea Calderwood, Alexandra Domingo, Sean Fitzpatrick, Jessica Freedman, Katherine Hoye
Just like it takes the right combination of notes to make up great music, it takes the right blend of voices to make that music come alive! These folks had already been singing all over Southern California for many years when they decided to get together and pool their talents into one great sound. With a wide range of musical styles and a passion for those tight vocal harmonies, this group makes for a diverse, exciting, and extremely enjoyable a cappella experience.
Members: Kenny Kurtz (Bass), Colleen Cowley (Soprano, Jay Welch (Tenor), Linda Cicino (Alto)
| 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: Tessa VonderHaar, Jenny Gruen, Tiffani Call, Tyler Rivera Stein, Nate George, Christopher Thaxter, Matt Atkin
| Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam drives all over Southern California to perform for you at county fairs, farmers markets, festivals, competitions, coffee shops, open mic nights, holiday parties, and private functions. TJ's out-of-the-box arrangements and chill attitude make every show fascinating, fun, and always worth the drive.
Members: Joanna Silverman, Carmen Sicherman, Sara Steinberg, Tavis Larkham, Paul Mendoza, Ryan Berman, Richard Kennedy
| Unnecessary Breakdowns
Unnecessary Breakdowns is a mixed a cappella group performing Top 40 radio hits and classic pop standards. They have performed for the past 2 seasons at a well-known Southern California theme park and have become an entertainment staple in Hollywood and West Hollywood clubs and performance venues. They have recently released their first music video and are currently working on their first studio album.
Members: Kathleen Paul , Jessie Norman, Alyssa Grant, David Kenny, Tuck Atkins, Alex Smith
| Veritas A Cappella
L.A.'s hot new seven member a cappella vocal band - is here to entertain you! Veritas covers all styles of music, with a strong Indie pop/rock foundation. Their innovative arrangements coupled with an amazing combination of voices is something that should not be missed. Veritas will not only give you vivacious vocal solos, but your ears will be treated to a veritable variety of drums, electric guitars, trumpets, and a booming bass that will rattle the floorboards. This eclectic group of dynamic vocalists delivers a spectacular show you'll have to experience first-hand.
Members: Ashlyn Kindberg, Jessie Norman , Emily Morris, Jeremy Hitch , Nick Tubbs , Richie Ferris , Sean P. Goreck
| Voices A Cappella
Voices - is an a cappella singing ministry currently in it's sixth year. Of the many performances they have opened for Take 6, sung the National Anthem for the minor league baseball team the 66ers, and have worked with various charities and community events. They participate in the annual "Festival of Lights" Christmas celebration at Mission Inn, Riverside, California. The five member group sings a variety of styles such as spirituals, jazz, Christian contemporary, and gospel. They also do original pieces and arrangements of familiar songs.
Members: Reggie Paschal, Melanie Richardson, Kandace Fields, Hyomara Homs, Anthony Paschal,Sr.
| Breath of Soul
Cutting-edge arrangements, tight vocal percussion and spirited harmonies are just some of the phrases used to describe Nashville based vocal group Breath of Soul. Since 2006, the group has brought their unique a cappella tunes to festival, concert, and church audiences throughout the United States and abroad.
Before their relocation from the midwest to Nashville, TN, Breath of Soul was formerly titled 5one - so named for the familiar music cadence, V-I. The group originated at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and three of the five founding members of 5one still perform with the group today.
Members: Tony Marx, Jeff Trenchard, Lou Shafer, Matthew Sciara
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: Lori Crouter, Lori Dreyer, Jenny Harris, Kate Morrical
| Lake Effect
The Lake Effect is an award winning group of 5 men unified in one common goal; the promotion and performance of all-male a cappella music. The Lake Effect is the next step in the evolutionary process of a cappella music in the Western New York region. The group's focus is new, intricate a cappella songs of both original & popular tunes that can be appreciated by people of all ages.
Members: Ron Veiders, Jeff Trenchard, Lou Shafer, Matthew Sciara, Jamie Holden
BlueLine is an award-winning, mixed quintet that performs jazz, gospel and pop a cappella music from the DC Area. Started in the fall of 1999 by friends whose day jobs weren't providing enough time on stage, the group has achieved a tight blend and performed at competitions, music festivals and private events. Washington City Paper called BlueLine "exciting" and "exhilarating." BlueLine gets its name from the subway line and is a tribute to the great Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" - the kind of bluesy jazz that the group loves to sing
Members: Jocelyn Ulrich, Ashley Mattison, Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Brian Lewis, Joel Schneider
| Avante Vocal Jazz
Avante Vocal Jazz is eight accomplished singers, based in Raleigh, NC with a truly unique contemporary style. A bold fusion of jazz and contemporary a cappella singing, Avante performs repertoire paying tribute to the great masters of vocal jazz, while adding a new twist to many familiar standards. Their repertoire ranges from contemporary choral works to cutting edge jazz with a modern flair. Routinely praised for its high standard of musicianship and unique arrangements, Avante tours the United States, appearing in concert, corporate venues and on college campuses. Avante’s educational outreach provides workshops to students of all ages and boasts two nationally regarded clinicians within its membership.
Members: Kevin Badanes, Brad Yoder, Lacey Burt, Bill Adams, Kimberly Slentz-Kesler,, Bob Slentz-Kesler, Rachel Fitzsimons, Jenn Myers
Bling! is an award winning south Florida-based quartet affiliated with Sweet Adelines. Formed in 2009, this talented and beautiful quartet won first regional competition in 2010, and most recently placed 2nd in the 2012 national Sweet Adelines competition. They sing a wide variety of music including barbershop, contemporary, and show tunes. Brought together by their love of harmony and singing , the natural blend of their voices and infectious enthusiasm, has lead audiences to say “Bling! Baby, Bling!
Members: Dayve Gabbard, Angie Love-Callahan, Deanna Kastler, Kim Elger-Griffin
Sfourzando (S4Z) formed in 2012, after years of singing together with The Maryland State Boychoir. The members of this Baltimore-based quartet are tied together by a common love for music, the bring many years of singing experience, including choral, theatrical, operatic and barbershop. S4Z’s repertoire spans from traditional barbershop to pop, jazz, and classical music. Their chilling harmonies and youthful energy always produce show-stopping performances
Members: Vince Sandroni , Ben Hawker, Christian Hoff , Nunzio Cicone
| Vocal Heights
Founded in 2002, Vocal Heights is a co-ed a cappella group with a fun, eclectic style and a wide range of music. Our mission is to put on a good show for our audience.Our repertoire includes contemporary rock and pop, specialty pieces, doo-wop, gospel, 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! Based in New York's East Village, the group consists of singers with a wide range of experience and musical background. We have performed in a variety of venues, including R-Bar, the Underscore, Parkside Lounge, Central Park, the Madison Square Garden Theater, and Radio City Music Hall
Members: Mindy Gordon, Andrea Au Levitt, Chantel Mead, Erik Levitt, Jim Longo, Daniel Scribner, Cliff Archey
| 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: Marc Silverberg, Alex Forte, Andrew Duca, Christine Benedetti, Mara Stomber, Melanie Malusa, Andrew Fallu
| Low Key
Whether its classic doo-wop or current pop hits, Low Key loves to sing anywhere and everywhere, bringing that barrel aged, high hopped blend that gets people out of their comfort zones and into a new sonic experience. Since beginning in 2011, Low Key has grown in scope and artistry, winning third place in 2013s NY Harmony Sweepstakes and performing in a stream of private gigs and public performances across the NY Metro area. From Rockwood Music Hall to private celebrations to the Mulberry Street sidewalk, the Low Key Effect takes ahold of friends and strangers alike.
Members: Sam Orleans, Will Moller, Adam Zamora, Ben Piper, Josh Ruzansky
Six-man vocal band Six13 brings an unprecedented style of Jewish music to the stage. With songs that range from hip-hop dance tracks to rock anthems, their albums have been the recipients of five Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and selections to nine different "best of" compilations. This summer, they were chosen as finalists in the casting process for NBC's prime-time series The Sing-Off, and the group has also become an internet sensation, with over 500,000 views on YouTube; their new music video collaboration with NCSY recently went viral. Six13's recent performance highlights include the Chabad Telethon, NYC's Mayoral Chanukah party, and performances for 30,000+ at Citi Field (five times), Dolphin Stadium, Madison Square Garden and NYC's Salute to Israel Parade. They are currently touring to standing ovations at simchas, affairs and concerts at synagogues, schools and JCCs from Tucson to Toronto.
Members: Mike Boxer, Eric Dinowitz, Rob Operman, Craig Resmovits, Dan Singer, Mordy Weinstein
The Rainbows is a group from Quebec City started in 2007, comprised of six professional signers. The six voices brought together forms en explosive sound full of rich harmonies. They take their inspiration from Jazz, Pop music and always surprise their public with original arrangements that come to life after several jam sessions. Why are they called ''The Rainbows''? We'll let you figure it out.
Members: Julie Vandal, Genevieve Paré, Hera Menard, Alexandre Hudon, David Latulippe, Nicolas Grynzspan
The Bowties have been performing in the Rochester, NY area since 1997. The group sings a wide variety of music from jazz to doo-wop to rock and pop classics, and performances are laced with humor and fun. In 2006 they released their first CD "Untied". This was followed by their late 2012 release "Black Tie Optional" featuring jazz vocalist Madeline Forster, their first female member. A majority of The Bowtie's songs are arranged by group members.
Members: Madeline Forster, Tim Forster, Paul Howes, John Langfitt, Phil Marino, Chris Teal
Unique. Inviting. Joyful. Surprising. Fun. Simple, yet Complex. The Dolls are a fresh a cappella group making waves over the internet and across the world. The Dolls formed in 2008 at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with members Mary Anne Cleary, AJ Luca, Ariel Kerber, and Megan Wellman. With backrounds in Jazz, Doo Wop, Musical Theatre, and even Opera, The Dolls began arranging tunes of all genres. Today, The Dolls do all types of music, inlcuding Pop, Spiritual, Folk, and Indie. You name it, The Dolls can sing it--with style! Their unique musical backrounds help create dynamic sounds that are always surprising. Arranging their music organically, and always as a team, the girls find their best work comes from spontaneous, adventurous musical moments. They work together in harmony so well, it's hard to believe there are only 4 voices creating their rich sound. The Dolls draw creativity from percussion in new and unique ways, and they are known to use "unusual objects" to create dynamic sounds (i.e. utensils, plastic drawers, even a cheese grater!) In February and March of 2012, The Dolls became overnight YouTube sensations with their cover of Adele's "Rumour Has It." The video was featured on The Huffington Post, RyanSeacrest.com, Philly.com, AOL.com, and trending topics all over Twitter and blogs! Enjoying their present experiences and looking forward to those in the future, The Dolls relish every opportunity to make music together--and they do it with an invigorating flair that is all their own!
Members: Mary Anne Cleary, Ariel Kerber, AJ Luca, Megan Wellman
The LarKings were originally formed in 1961 in Williamsburg and Ridgewood Brooklyn, NY. They first performed at Eli Whitney High School After a few years of performing they reformed in 1993. Making their debut at the United Group Association, they are considered one of the most popular vocal groups which specialize in reproducing the sounds of the Moonglows and Nutmegs. Their Melliflous voices has won them the Lead East Vocal Group Acappella Competition twice. No doubt you too will be mezmorized by the sweet harmonic sounds of the LarKings. The LarKings repertoire consists of 50's, 60's and 70's music.They have won Veteran Group of the Year for 1997 and have a new CD available on the Clifton label, and now the LarKings have been inducted into the Doowop Hall of Fame 2009 at Boston Symphony Hall
Members: Gil Torres, Warren Tesoro, Nelson "Tino" Alverez, Cal Ng, Bernard BJ Jones
| Loose Interpretations New York
Loose Interpretations is an all female a cappella group hailing from New York City. We are made up of women from all types of professional and performing backgrounds with a common love for a cappella music, and have been making music together for 8 years. We perform throughout New York City, everywhere from public parks, to famous rock clubs like Cafe Wha? and Arlene's Grocery, to the Metropolitan Opera House. We arrange 95% of the music we perform and love looking for new and interesting ways to interpret contemporary music.
Members: Erin Byram, Stacia Woodcock, Dana Kragh, Emilie Bandy, Jen Kipley, Laura Campbell, Heather Glotzer, Reynetta Sampson
With their brand of R&B soul, The Tee-Tones are quickly making a name for themselves in the NYC tri-state area, The Tee-Tones are an amazing a cappella singing group from Brooklyn, NY who combine soulful, group harmony with passionate vocal performances in the classic Doowop, RnB and Motown genres everyone loves.
Members: Jerome "Rome" Cohen, Lee "Scout' Ford, George Ellington, Gerard Giddiens
Rezonate The premiere a cappella group from Eugene, Oregon, the gentlemen of Rezonate sing R&B, Gospel, Pop, Soul, Jazz, Funk, and even some Hard Rock, including deftly arranged covers and original songs. The group started singing together as Rezonate in December 2004, and have sung at many venues since. At the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals in May of 2009, Rezonate won both Third Place and the coveted award for Best Original Arrangement. With thick, lush, true six and seven part harmonies and a difficulty level second to none, Rezonate can evoke the smooth sounds of the Four Freshman, the rockin' edge of the Goo Goo Dolls, or the pop excitement of acts like Bruno Mars and Owl City.
Members: Tyson Biggerstaff, Jason T. Caffarella, Justin Diller, Chris Dobson, CJ Mickens, Jason Simms
| Uptown 4
The Uptown 4 - What started out as four friends singing in their backyards has become one of the fastest-growing A Cappella quartets in the Northwest. The Uptown 4, based out of Renton, Washington, has been described as "having a natural, raw quality and talent" and "one of the best quartets in a long time." The Uptown 4 is consistently working on new music, finding ways to bring unique style and personality to their arrangements. They perform an extensive repertoire of music, spanning a range of different styles from Fifties Doo-Wop and Standards to modern-day Top 40 hits. They have performed at events and venues across the country, from Seattle, Washington, to Los Angeles, California. They were even given priority auditions at NBC's "The Sing-Off" and "America's Got Talent". The Mission of The Uptown 4 is to bring the joy of harmony to people of all ages and prove that A Cappella will continue to be one of the best forms of music for generations to come.
Members: Chris Taylor, Jeffrey McGlinn, Jeff Weister, Jesse Lewis
| Bodacious Ladyhood
Bodacious Ladyhood is a Seattle-based trio of women who have been singing together since 2002. Carolyn, Loretta and Jenny are excited to be back for their fourth time at Sweeps, having placed in the top three in their prior three appearances! They have opened for The Baudboys and have performed at Chateau Ste. Michelle (and on live, national radio) as guests on "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor." They have been called "distinctive", "vibrant-voiced", and "show-stopping." Bodacious Ladyhood is three parts harmony, one part comedy and a whole lot of fun.
Members: Loretta Deranleau Howard, Carolyn Hastings, Jenny Buehler
| Shot in the Dark
In June of 2012, six transplants from all different corners of the US found a shared passion for singing in Seattle. Starting out as strangers who sometimes sing together, they quickly evolved into singers who will never again be strangers. In sharing a passion for music, a cappella and otherwise, they became Shot in the Dark. Singing everything from dance hits to country ballads, Shot in the Dark has made it their mission to not only share their love of a cappella, but to make everyone else love it, too! Individually, they are a doctor, a writer, a designer, a scientist, a soccer player and a redhead. Together, they have six voices that create one sound.
Members: Caitlin Nelson, Divya Mehta, Jessica Michele, Ann Trigg, Nathan Pierce, Van Lang Pham
| 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: Ramsay "RC" Cowlishaw, Eric "EC" Chung, Mike "MM" Mendyke, Roy "RR" Raser