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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.

2000 Chicago Champions

Chapter 6

The group's boundless range and appeal has resulted in one of the most diverse touring schedules in the music industry. Whether at an opera house, symphony hall, campus, church, corporate or community event, or aboard a cruise ship, Chapter 6 is right at home. Opera houses are often repeat clients, while the Association for the Promotion of Collegiate Activities' audiences named Chapter 6 "Entertainer of the Year" (2005). Chapter 6 has performed theatrical pops programs with over ten major metropolitan symphony orchestras in association with The Symphonic Pops Consortium, yet returns to the intimate classroom where the group has conducted over a hundred master-classes for high school choirs. Finally, their Christmastime concert is a favorite among churches and arts venues offering holiday programming.

2000 Results
1st
Chapter 6
2nd
AC Rock
3rd
Blue Skies
Audience Favorite
Chapter 6
Best Original Arrangement
"Istanbul"


2000 Participating Groups

AC Rock
Ac Rock is one of America's great a cappella quartets, singing classic rock 'n roll favorites from the 1950s through the 1980s. Ac Rock sings boomer rock in stunning vocal harmony without instrumental accompaniment. It's an engaging mix of tightly-crafted music and freewheeling humor that pleases audiences of all ages. Ac Rock performs for corporate events, conventions, industrial shows, charity auctions and stunt marketing events all over the country. Centrally based in Chicago, Ac Rock has easy access to all parts of the US and Canada. Summer festivals, school shows and private parties, too. Ac Rock is the right group for your group.

Members: Paul Iams, JD Mathein, Chris Brown, Mark MacLean
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Blue Skies
Blue Skies, consisting of Patti Lupo, Susan Prischmann, Paul Zimmerman, and Greg Jasperse, has been performing in the Chicagoland area for 3 years. This versitile group has played the Taste of Chicago, festivals, corporate functions, Broadway nights and Oscar parties. Their love of vocal music and group singing brought them together, and during the month of December they sing with the acclaimed Christmas group, The Caroling Party. While not performing with Blue Skies, these singers work in all aspects of music...recording, arranging, teaching, theatre, bands and concert work.

Members: Patti Lupo, Susan Prischmann, Paul Zimmerman, Greg Jasperse
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Chapter 6
The group's boundless range and appeal has resulted in one of the most diverse touring schedules in the music industry. Whether at an opera house, symphony hall, campus, church, corporate or community event, or aboard a cruise ship, Chapter 6 is right at home. Opera houses are often repeat clients, while the Association for the Promotion of Collegiate Activities' audiences named Chapter 6 "Entertainer of the Year" (2005). Chapter 6 has performed theatrical pops programs with over ten major metropolitan symphony orchestras in association with The Symphonic Pops Consortium, yet returns to the intimate classroom where the group has conducted over a hundred master-classes for high school choirs. Finally, their Christmastime concert is a favorite among churches and arts venues offering holiday programming.

Listen to: Jump Jive ní Wail | Listen to: Istanbul

Members: John Musick, Jarrett Johnson, Brian Owens, Aarion D. Stonecipher, Charles Bosworth, Luke Menard
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The Dazzling Diamonds
Four young High School girls from Grand Ledge, Michigan have spent the last year on their U.S. "tour"--an experience never dreamed of when the quartet was formed just over two years ago. Since then, the girls have taken first place in a central Michigan high school barber shop competition (while still in middle school), won the 1999 International Rising Star, Young Women in Harmony competition in San Antonio, Texas last July and made guest appearances at the 1999 Sweet Adeline International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Kelli, Katie, Ashley and Kristen are all members of the Water Wonderland Chorus, active in their high school music program, participate in several sports and are all honor students.

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Delusions of Grandeur
Delusions of Grandeur is an all male septet hailing from Blooington, Indiana. The group has come a long way since it's humble beginnings in Fall of 1995. Undergoing massive reconstruction just this past year, D.O.G. only holds one returning founder. The younger members have vowed to keep the group strong at IU and with the same performance quality of the original, created five years ago. Delusions combines high-impact songs with vocal percussion and an award-winning stage presence. With shows all over the U.S., D.O.G. is available to travel at all times.

Members: John Flower, Mickey Seidenstein, Mike Landau, Micheal Jordan, Todd Gallet, Matt Scheaffer, Todd Pritts
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elmoTHUMM
elmoThumm formed in 97 as a gathering of a cappella lovers, has collectively been on the scene from Broadway to barbershop, cruise lines and major tours. Openings include: The Beach Boys, Ben Vereen, Bobby McFerrin, and numerous competitions under the names The Sound (Chicago) and Speakeasy (Detroit). elmo Thumm's first performance was as a national finalist in the Lever "Singing In the Shower" contest. As more requests arrive, ET continues to work on a full-length stage show as well as recording demo materials and jingles for local radio and TV.

Members: Greg Vaden, Adam Westmoreland, Ed Pendleton, Jason Miller
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Listen Up!
Listen Up! has delivered harmony, humor and vocal pyrotechnics for 22 years as the "house band" (sans instruments) of the Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival. The quartet brings warmth and sheer vocal power with a confident, easy manner that wins hearts (and ears) of audiences of all ages. "Our music creates a special connection", says musical director, Steve Singer. "We are building that relationship from the first note... to energize and inspire. By the end of the show, we're family." With wit, humor and diverse Jewish musical traditions, Listen Up! leaves no audience unaffected by their performance.

Members: Michael Mendelson, Rebecca Singer, Steve Singer, Moshe Mann
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Three Men and A Tenor
For 19 years, Paul, Chuck, Mark and Glenn, have been winning over audiences in so many ways. With almost 2.500 performances, including sharing the stage with American legends like Chuck Berry, Dionne Warwick, Bob Newhart, Peter Cetera, Pat Boone, Lee Greenwood and The Beach Boys, 3MT has also been featured national entertainment for corporate conventions and conferences, as well as major festivals and fairs.

Paul, Chuck, Mark and Glenn formed a vocal group expecting to sing only one song together at Michigan State University to help fill concert time in a men's chorus concert. Since that very humble beginning over 18 years ago, these guys have had some amazing musical moments. In 2006, Three Men and a Tenor was voted the "Best Entertainment in Michigan", and the group is loved all over the world.

Members: Glenn, Paul, Chuck, Mark
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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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