Groups By Region
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
| 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, Leslie Baker, Michael Wang,
| 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, Arleen Salaver
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
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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
| 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
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
|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
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
AVE (Advanced Vocal Ensemble) is the highest level ensemble within the Central Coast Children's Choir. CCCC affords the youth of San Luis Obispo county the joyful experience of singing together in live choral performances while offering a high-quality music education. The after-school program provides weekly rehearsals, which include musicianship and vocal training. Repertoire is varied and includes songs from world music to established choral classics to contemporary, popular styles. CCCC singers were chosen to represent California in National and Western State honor choirs in Las Vegas, New York, Honolulu, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Florida.
Members: Cathryn Newlon
JIVIN' is the premiere vocal jazz ensemble at Santa Monica College. The group has been singing in its current formation since last September and is exited to give their first off-campus performance at the Harmony Sweepstakes.
Members: Galoran Amos, Mackynze Roten, Brittany Mellini, Allan Vasquez, Myungwan Kim, Byungsoo Kim
|The Over Tones
Over Tones was founded in early 2015 by our fearless musical director, Rachel Zumberge. We perform a mixture of a cappell styles to fit all occasions. Ranging from arrangements of the latest hits, classic rock standards, upbeat jazz tunes and even esoteric choir music, we adapt to our audience and have something fun for everyone.
Our 28-person choir features both male and female vocalists whose ages span five decades. Our individual resumes inclue pop/rock bands, musical theatre, award-winning collegiate a cappella, TV acting and studio production. Many of us pursue passions and careers outside of music as well.
Members: Laura Sgro, Charlene Papastephanou, Elyssa Helfer, Rachel Zumberge, Jeremy Matticks, Fritzgerald Tan, Daniel Graves, Jose Nebres
Premiere is a contemporary, all-female a cappella group in Los Angeles. Bringing a diverse repertoire and range of voices, the group sings with attitude, dynamic leads, and messages of female empowerment. Premiere has had the honor of performing at such venues as the House of Blues Sunset Strip, hosting the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival twice, signing with the AwesomenessTV Network, and collaborating with acclaimed groups from across the country. Each woman brings a unique musical background and balances commitment to Premiere with her individual professional career. As a group, Premiere seeks to create powerful music and raise the bar of all-female a cappella.
Members: Kirby Welsh, Kim Nguyen, Morgan Mrohs, Meron Mogos, Shaye Torres, Sara Steinberg, Leia Feazel, Lindsey Garrison
| Something Major
We are a collegiate a cappella group from the University of New Mexico. We love to sing current pop and R&B songs mixed with older classics as well improvisational jazz.
Members: Ellen Lusetti, Branden McCurley, Dakson Byle, Lindsey Stutz, Catherine Cole, Justin Ludwig, Ally Truby, Jacob Chavez
| Top Shelf Vocal
Formed in 2011, Top Shelf Vocal is a semi-professional a cappella group based in Los Angeles, California. We are young men and women from all different career fields brought together by a love for vocal music and performance. While we perform regularly around the Greater Los Angeles Area, Top Shelf continues to develop a diverse repertoire of off-the-beaten-path pop a cappella.
Members: Anthony "Ace" Galang, Jose Nebres, Chaka Jaliwa, Jeremy Matticks, Angela Huang, Leticia Gonzales, Aubrey Buchanan, Lindsay Zana
Hi! We are WestBeat and we are the a cappella group that you can find performing all throughout Downtown Disney. When we're not performing there, you'll find us performing your favorite contemporary, jazz, Disney, and pop tunes all throughout the SoCal area. We are excited to throw our hat into the ring for this year's Harmony Sweepstakes!
Members: David Sager, Richie Ferris, Ricky Wagner, Angelica Roque, Molly Stillens, Abby Carlson
| Bella Nova
Bella Nova is not your granddaddy's barbershop! With a diverse repertoire, a culture that celebrates the sisterhood of a cappella, and a goal to welcome women with varying musical experiences to its ranks, Bella Nova barreled onto the international barbershop scene with a 5th place finish at its first contest in 2015. This multi-generational group hails from throughout the greater Washington, D.C., region and weaves together traditional barbershop harmonies with contemporary charts to deliver the Bella Nova sound.
Members: Kristina Adams, Erin Cassidy-Whong, Tricia Pentz, Cat Lander, Allyn Powell, Morgan Lewellen, Kate Wright, Rachael Storey
New York City's Jazz R&B group, Feedback is a collection of professional musicians who have been seen and heard by millions around the world - both live and via broadcast. Turning artists like Usher and Beyonce on their head, the group pushes the boundaries of both jazz and R&B. With unique arrangements, tight harmonies, and world class vocals, Feedback has wowed audiences across the country. Feedback is thrilled to be returning to Harmony Sweeps!
Members: Mike Gullo, Doug Larsen, Garrett Philbin, Sam Nulton, Mark Martin
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: Kate Morrical, Lori Crouter, Lori Dreyer, Jenny Harris
| Mutual Agreement
In the fall of 1993, six young men formed and a capella sextet called Mutual Agreement, which means "A Covenant with God." Their intention is to spread the Word of God through song, bringing hope, strength and encouragement to all who will listen.
Each member brings his own individual gifts, talents and creativity to the group. The group uses the human voice as the chief instrument of their performance. Each member mutually agrees that their music ministry will not be kept confined within the traditional walls of the church, their mission field consists of ministering to the sick and shut-in, incarcerated youth and adults, hospitals, evangelistic meetings and wherever there is a need to provide encouragement through song.
Members: Mark Allen, Gerald Best, Lester Black, James Davis, Donald Jackson, Davis Simons
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: Jay Althof, Tony Blackwood, Tom Matchinsky, David Boyd
|The Columbia Clefhangers
9th member is Srinidhi Bharadwaj. The Columbia Clefhangers (aka the "Clefs") are students at Columbia University who form a contemporary co-ed a cappella group in New York City. Since 1988, the Clefs have been singing their hearts out from Rockefeller Center to Paris, entertaining audiences with their original arrangements of pop, R&B, and soulful music of every genre.
Members: Sophia Hill, Jungsoo Lee, Varshini Parthasarathy, Erin Cao, Deepti Varathan, Larri Li, Ben Eisenstadt, Katharina Thomas
Based in New York City and grounded in harmony, Concrete is a co-ed a cappella group that was founded in 2015 by three friends. Performing anything from pop hits and classic rock to holiday carols, Concrete aims to bring three-part harmony and a fresh unique sound to everything they sing.
Members: Melina Marini, Caitling Nelson, Catherine Macaluso, Tiago "Rizumik" Grade, Jason Unger, Lior Melnik
CONNECT is an award-winning professional a cappella group located in the Greater Hartford area of Connecticut. They are a mixed group of singers who wanted to continue sharing their love of music after attending school together at Central Connecticut State University. They combine lush harmonies, pure emotion, and clean riffs with a distinctly modern edge to bring you the sound of CONNECT. *Please note that we are a 9 person group and will be rotating on stage. The name of our ninth member is Kevin Walsh.
Members: Michael Brown, Kimberly Duncan, Brian Jacobs, Marcella Jalbert, Kaylah Smith, Lucian Varela, Matt Weisher, Giselle Ziegler
| Mighty Echoes of Charleston
A group of men that loves singing for the enjoyment of others.
Members: Robert Anderson, Michel Burnson, Bruce Fayall, Willam Wallace, Rudy Johnson, Harrison Holmes, Veron Johnson
Saffron formed in January 2015 and burst onto the Region 1 Sweet Adelines scene a few months later. Then in May 2016, they won the third place medal. All four members sing with award-winning Harmony On The Sound Chorus and have had the privilege of competing on the International stage. Baritone Penny has competed four times at International in quartet competitions. Saffron members include bass Susan Berry, baritone Penny Schroeder, lead Amanda Fowski and tenor Christine Bulgini. They love great harmony and delight in singing minor and dissonant chords. Other passions worth noting are their love of snow, stellar red wines, IPA’s, and a good vanilla porter.
Members: Christine Bulgini, Amanda Fowski, Penny Schroeder, Sue Berry
| The Quintessence
The Quintessence was founded in autumn of 2012, in the Republic of Georgia. The idea of creating such an amazing ensemble of young singers who perform outrageously complicated arrangements with surprising ease belongs to Buka Kartozia (artistic director and arranger, and a National Finalist of "Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2002".<
The repertoire of the group mainly consists of ancient Georgian folklore and classical music with jazz. Each and every piece stands out with rhythmical difficulty and harmonic complexity. The level of stage presence and performance of the group reaches the highest levels of professionalism and leaves audiences astonished.
Members: Lasha Murvanidze, Giorgi Toradze, Saba Chachanidze, Salome Dolidze, Elene Dolidze, Natia Svanadze
| United People
Hello! We are the vocal group "United People" (Kiev, Ukraine) We carry out compositions a-cappella in different jazz styles among that authorial jazz and folk-jazz. Our group exits 5 years and for this time we repeatedly became the laureates of jazz competitions and took part in different jazz festivals. In 2014 United People participated the best vocal show, X-Factor Ukraine, and became the favorite of the public, singing through the several broadcasts.
Members: Oleksandra Polovynska, Maria Tytova, Anastasiia Khyzhniak, Mariia Savenko, Daria Blyzniuk, Oleksii Proshchenkov
| Vocal Heights
Vocal Heights is a co-ed a cappella group with a fun, electric style and a wide range of music. Our repertoire includes contemporary rock and pop, doo-wop and jazz standards, with the occasional 16th century madrigal thrown in. We also perform original songs, including "Optimism" which won best original song in the 2007 Harmony Sweeps, and "Victory Road" which won best original song in the 2010 Harmony Sweeps.
Members: Lauren Rich, Erik Levitt, Abena Roman, Steve Croy, Ben Conlon, Dena Ayzikovich
20/20 is a collection of current and former music students from Central Washington University. Music brought them together and has created lifelong friendships. 20/20 is performing at their 4th Harmony Sweepstakes and are thrilled to present this set for the first time with their newest member, Emelia Blunt!
Members: Emelia Blunt, Theo Olson, Ben Rice, Isaiah Ragland, Jacob Cecil, Matt Mayrhofer
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, Mike Thomsen, Owen Braun, Graham Sheldon, Martin Puryear, Elliot Lewis, Mark Adolph, Paul Eng
| 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: Carolyn Hastings, Loretta Deranleau Howard, Jenny Buehler
| GIRL BAND
GIRL BAND is a contemporary women's a cappella group based in Seattle. The group performs regularly at small venues around Seattle including bars, cafes, farmers markets, and private venues. GIRL BAND strives to keep a fresh repertoire, rotating new music into the set every few months. Nearly all GIRL BAND members arrange for the group, and three members beatbox. The group was founded in 2014 by alums of Seattle U and UPS, and now also includes a WWU alum.
Members: Chynna Spencer, Gabriela Toledano, Lauren Kastanas, Laura Larson, Lindsey Long, Nancy Brasseale
| Renegade Quartet
Renegade is a brand new quartet based in the Seattle area. Between us we have two and a half music degrees, two teaching certificates, three cats, two goldfish, a hedgehog, and over 100 years of musical experience. Singing in the barbershop style brought us wacky, driven, goofball girls together. Our members are: Rachel Murphy (tenor), Alena Hemingway (lead), Holly Davis (baritone), and Bethany Frerichs (bass). We hope that singing new and diverse music, getting great coaching in many styles, and performing at amazing events like this one will inspire our audiences, and keep us together.
Members: Rachel Murphy, Alena Hemingway, Holly Davis, Bethany Frerichs
The premiere a cappella group from the Willamette Valley, 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 Funk flavor of Rare Earth, or the pop excitement of acts like Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson.
Members: Tyson Biggerstaff, Jason Cafferella, Justin Diller, Chris Dobson, Suzie Metzger, CJ Mickens, Jason Simms
| Shot in the Dark
Shot in the Dark found each other by individually answering the same craigslist ad, all with a common love for singing a cappella music. Hailing from all over the US and beyond, this is a truly unique group of musicians, with backgrounds ranging from college a cappella and opera, to touring chorales, barbershop, and musical theater.
Founded in 2012, they hit the ground running, placing as a finalist in the Lady Antebellum A Cappella Cover Contest in their first year. The following year, they received second place and best arrangement at the Harmony Sweepstakes Pacific Northwest Regional. The group continues to evolve, even around careers, families, and busy schedules. Our goal is for you to love what you hear! busy schedules. Our goal is for you to love what you hear!
Members: Chad Heise, Ann Trigg, Beth Davis, Kyle Yeversky, Lara McLeod, Mark Engelberg