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The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.

1991 Chicago Champions

Back to Back

Back to Back sings a wide variety of a cappella vocal music from old standards to contemporary dance tunes. Their dynamic blend enhances their unique arrangements. The sound is topped off with a lot of charisma, which makes for a memorable performance. This Chicago-based group is compromised of six musicians whose professions range from student to teacher to businessman. Their love for music brought them together to form "Back to Back."

1991 Results
1st
Back to Back


1991 Participating Groups

Back to Back
Back to Back sings a wide variety of a cappella vocal music from old standards to contemporary dance tunes. Their dynamic blend enhances their unique arrangements. The sound is topped off with a lot of charisma, which makes for a memorable performance. This Chicago-based group is compromised of six musicians whose professions range from student to teacher to businessman. Their love for music brought them together to form "Back to Back."

Members: Doug Anderson, David Cannon, Karyn Carbray, Joyce Lyons, Kristy Smith, Mike Sparnhour
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Complete list of 1991 participants




Interested in Performing?

We are always seeking groups who would like to participate in our events.

Groups of any style are welcome, but you must have between 3 and 8 members. We have a rule book which explains many of the details of the event, which you can see by clicking here. All groups must audition in order to compete. Generally this is done by sending a current tape and photo, although live auditions are sometimes arranged. The purpose of the audition is to make sure the group is appropriate for the Festival and to help the Director determine the performance order. If a group has competed previously, the audition process may be waived.

How to enter

Please send music and photos to the regional director :

David Wilner (Chicago) David Wilner is a singer, songwriter, pianist and DJ who has been performing in the Chicago area for over two decades. David's a cappella career began with the University of Illinois Xtension Chords where he won a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for vocal arranging. David went on to sing professionally with the popular Chicago-based vocal rock band Blind Man's Bluff where he toured nationally for six years and recorded five albums. David competed in the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes with both Blind Man's Bluff and Fiveplay, winning First Place, Audience Favorite, and Best Original Song with each group. David twice took Third Place at the National Finals, once winning the award for Best Original Song. Today, David is on stage as often as possible: performing as a solo artist, leading events as a DJ, singing in the classic rock quartet Ac·Rock, spreading holiday cheer in The Caroling Party,, and releasing his inner "Jersey Boy" in the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute band The Four C Notes. Outside of music, David enjoys chasing after his two kids, coaching soccer, and cheering for his beloved Chicago Cubs.

P.O. Box 4502, Naperville, IL 60567
847-226-3366
david@davidwilner.com


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