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Aca-word

Aca-word consists mainly of high schoolers from Clayton Valley Charter High School. As a group, we focus on producing beautiful music because of our love of singing. We have performed for many school events as well as our local community. We mainly cover pop songs, always adding on new ideas to the original arrangement and we love expanding our creativity and musicality with new arrangements. As young performers, we provide a fresh, unique outlook on our pieces that we hope to bring to this competition. Although we may be "Aca-word" teenagers, we do not sound "Aca-word" when we sing!

Members: Mariana Jones, Dominique Medina, Amber Curley, Valeria Huaco, Nate Baumbach, Jake Lagrave, Ethan Sifferman, Rjay Molo
Aca-word - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Octet from Concord, CA, CA featuring Mariana Jones, Dominique Medina, Amber Curley, Valeria Huaco, Nate Baumbach, Jake Lagrave, Ethan Sifferman, Rjay Molo

Business Casual

Business Casual is a five-person powerhouse performing a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, and R&B. Their diverse musical backgrounds each lend something unique to the group. Fueled by a highly combustible mixture of hunger, talent, and passion for music, Business Casual brings the formal and the funk, the heart and the smart. Their recently released EP, "Eyes on Me" is available on Loudr, iTunes, and Spotify, and through their website: www.BCvocals.com.

Members: Cassandra Greene, Jacob Chamoun, Roshun Alur, Michael Cook, Emily Ross, Leslie Baker
Business Casual - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Sextet from Stanford, CA featuring Cassandra Greene, Jacob Chamoun, Roshun Alur, Michael Cook, Emily Ross, Leslie Baker

Encore Vocalists

Working local venues and events while honing their sound, Encore Vocalists has built their fan base with riveting performances and contemporary songs filled with hooks and memorable phrases. Meeting through mutual connections in choruses and ensembles throughout the SF Bay Area, Encore Vocalists has the talent, experience, and chops to perform. Encore Vocalists is influenced by Kirby Shaw, Deke Sharon, The King's Singers, Roger Wagner Chorale, and The Real Group, plus Bach, Mozart, and Handel.

Members: Dean Christman, Tim Salaver, Nanette Wehe, Kassidy Mayernik, Julie Lorentzen, Eric Hutchinson, Scott Schrader, Sarah Matthews
Encore Vocalists - Mixed Choral A Cappella Octet from Dublin, CA featuring Dean Christman, Tim Salaver, Nanette Wehe, Kassidy Mayernik, Julie Lorentzen, Eric Hutchinson, Scott Schrader, Sarah Matthews

The Larkdales

We explore and perform a cappella vocal music that broadly could be called "Americana", including genres such as bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, country and more. We are drawn to music that has heart and soul and joy and humor and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

Members: Lark Coryell, Dale Engle, Mark Shepherd
Larkdales - Mixed other A Cappella Trio from Oakland, CA featuring Lark Coryell, Dale Engle, Mark Shepherd

Musaic

Musaic's mission is to share beautiful men's a cappella singing with our Bay Area community. Our music is rooted in classical choral traditions, through a repertoire of many genres and languages. The members of Musaic are passionate about men's ensemble singing, and enjoy the artistic balance and musical fellowship it brings to our lives. Musaic was founded in 2000 as a few friends gathering to sing for our own pleasure. We took the name Musaic to represent a mosaic of song and voice. Since then we have performed over 100 concerts and produced five recordings.

Members: Tom Bailey, Christophe Hery, Rich Perlstein, Arie Perry, Chris Pilcher, Andy Rice, Matthew Schermerhorn
Musaic - Male Choral A Cappella Septet from San Francisco, CA featuring Tom Bailey, Christophe Hery, Rich Perlstein, Arie Perry, Chris Pilcher, Andy Rice, Matthew Schermerhorn

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: Caia Brookes, Miya Kanzaki, John Kelley, Dan McQuigg, Colleen Mahal, Jon Pilat, John Rae-Grant
Prime Time - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Septet from San Francisco, CA featuring Caia Brookes, Miya Kanzaki, John Kelley, Dan McQuigg, Colleen Mahal, Jon Pilat, John Rae-Grant

Side Note

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Fresh. Funky Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twentysomethings, from wildly different musical backgrounds, who draw draw their diversity to create an all-new sound. It's contemporary a cappella - pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some buzzin' beats, rockin' riffs and hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music!

Members: Gayelan Tietje-Ulrich, Meredith Johnston, Rebecca Holtz, Juan-Carlos Martinez, Philip Daniel Santos, Duncan Boehle, Richman Neumann
Side Note - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Septet from San Francisco, CA featuring Gayelan Tietje-Ulrich, Meredith Johnston, Rebecca Holtz, Juan-Carlos Martinez, Philip Daniel Santos, Duncan Boehle, Richman Neumann

Take Flight

Take Flight is Napa's premier a Cappella band. Comprised of 5 highly experienced vocalist, they take on hit songs from a wide array of genres and artists and perform them all without the use of any instruments! With smooth, tight harmonies and pleasing upbeat music, they can perform background for intimate dining or for larger groups focusing on entertainment.

Members: JourneyDay, Carlos Gonzalez, Emma Guerrierri, Ted Teynolds, Maddie Macloud
Take Flight - Mixed other A Cappella Quintet from Napa, CA, CA featuring JourneyDay, Carlos Gonzalez, Emma Guerrierri, Ted Teynolds, Maddie Macloud

Chicago


Crimson Cadence

Crimson Cadence is a group which fights to continue the close-harmony tradition of vocal jazz and crossover a cappella artists. They enjoy Applebee's and a good C13b9 chord any day of the week, and seek to provide a performance outlet for a variety of majors at Indiana University.

Members: Jeremy Gussin, Jacob Seo, Noah Nordman, Milan Babic, Melissa Krueger, Sarah Rauch, Ella Clary, Chelsea Bonhotal
Crimson Cadence - Mixed other A Cappella Octet from Bloomington, IN featuring Jeremy Gussin, Jacob Seo, Noah Nordman, Milan Babic, Melissa Krueger, Sarah Rauch, Ella Clary, Chelsea Bonhotal

Listen Up! A Cappella

Listen Up! connects audiences to the joy and pride of being Jewish and having a special connection to Israel. Chicago’s uniquely compelling Jewish vocal band has twice won Best Original Arrangement in the Harmony Sweepstakes and is a Best Religious Album nominee of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Their music videos have garnered more than a half-million views on YouTube and their “Hebrew Happy” cover of Pharrell Williams’ hit led the world-music charts on iTunes. Recent projects include a music video to raise funds for victims of terror attacks and an Avenue Jew-worthy musical collaboration with Chicago’s Puppet Mechanics. Listen Up! calls Chicago home as the house band (sans instruments) of the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival for the past 25 years.

Members: Shayna Elliott, Freddie Feldman, Steve Singer, Eli Taylor
Listen Up! A Cappella - Mixed other A Cappella Quartet from Skokie, IL, IL featuring Shayna Elliott, Freddie Feldman, Steve Singer, Eli Taylor

LUC Counterpoint

Counterpoint is Loyola University Chicago’s premier competitive co-ed acapella group! They personally arrange and energetically perform a diverse range of music to feature at concerts, competitions, and on albums!

Members: Rosie Bross, Malcolm Charles, Erinn Olszewski, Joesph Kramer, Isabel Dovale, Kathryn Habecker, Chloe Antrobus, Sophia Manternach
LUC Counterpoint - Mixed Collegiate A Cappella Octet from Chicago, IL, IL featuring Rosie Bross, Malcolm Charles, Erinn Olszewski, Joesph Kramer, Isabel Dovale, Kathryn Habecker, Chloe Antrobus, Sophia Manternach

No Big Deal

No Big Deal is a contemporary quartet that brings a refreshing change of pace to the idea of quartet singing. with roots in classic doo wop, we combine the old with the new, bringing an exciting and unique sound to both classic and contemporary music. Coming from Chicago's incredible theater community, every member can be seen acting around the city, and have performed with such companies as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Hypocrites, Pride Films and Plays, MINT, The Apollo, and Porchlight Music Theater. Their expertise on stage in all forms makes them one of Chicago’s most entertaining a cappella experiences.

Members: Nick Druzbanski, Andres Enriquez, Sam Button-Harrison, Jake Meyer
No Big Deal - Male Contemporary A Cappella Quartet from Chicago, IL, IL featuring Nick Druzbanski, Andres Enriquez, Sam Button-Harrison, Jake Meyer

The Northsiders

The reigning Illinois District silver medalists of the Barbershop Harmony Society, The Northsiders are a dynamic quartet delighting all audiences with old and new classics alike in the barbershop style and beyond. Their name reflects the fact that they are based in Chicago's North Side. They are equally comfortable at a formal service and a keg party. They are highly sought after for birthday celebrations, weddings, corporate events, and by the FBI.

Members: Noah Miller, Oliver Merrill, Loren Shevitz, Steve Schoultz
Northsiders - Male Barbershop A Cappella Quartet from Chicago, IL, IL featuring Noah Miller, Oliver Merrill, Loren Shevitz, Steve Schoultz

The Sound Exchange

From soulful ballads, to blistering rock anthems, from jazz standards to chart-topping singles, The Sound Exchange does it all. Based out of the Twin Cities, this group brings dazzling harmonies and wisecracking audience interaction to every show and do it with it with joy and humor. Get ready for the hijinks and harmony of...The Sound Exchange.

Members: Alicia Storkamp, Nick Bailey, Eric Buegler, Caleb Lee, Paul Donnelly
Sound Exchange - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Quintet from Minneapolis, MN featuring Alicia Storkamp, Nick Bailey, Eric Buegler, Caleb Lee, Paul Donnelly

The Uptones

The Uptones (originally Uptown Sound) was formed by young professionals in Chicago who wanted to start an adventure in the world of contemporary a cappella. Our members come from many walks of musical life, including musical theatre, choirs, and college a cappella groups. With humble roots in caroling around the city during the 2009 holiday season, the group got its first big break performing at a small cafeé called Lincoln Perk in the summer of 2010 to a capacity crowd. The group continues to host bi-annual concerts and is currently recording their very first album.

Members: Steve Boblak, Ian Mateo, Taryn Pryor, Ethan McMahon, Aaron Taylor Mays, Vi Chaundry, Hannah Kelly, Thor Rudebeck
Uptones - Mixed Contemporary A Cappella Octet from Chicago, IL featuring Steve Boblak, Ian Mateo, Taryn Pryor, Ethan McMahon, Aaron Taylor Mays, Vi Chaundry, Hannah Kelly, Thor Rudebeck




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