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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.

2005 Los Angeles Champions

Undivided Musical Group

With ten years of musical career, four albums, a Latin Grammy nomination, six CARA nominations and two awards this year 2010 for best religious album and best song of religion, among other numerous awards, combined with thousands of records sold worldwide, the charismatic and cheerful style Undivided continues to conquer hearts in the U.S. and Latin America.

Undivided is a vocal group made up of six young people who play music a cappella style. Breaking the language barrier, playing their songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The group enjoys a variety of musical influences such as gospel, R & B, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Salsa, Merengue and other Latin fusions are achieved by the skill and facility to play music with their voices.

These young people are not satisfied with what they have achieved, but are always looking for innovative and different ways to reinvent his style within the genre a cappella, a feature that allowed you to excel as one of the best vocal groups in the world. These young people have a musical talent that not only captures the ear with modern harmonies and musical arrangements, but they combine their voices with the visual aspect to provide a show without boundaries.

2005 Results
1st
Undivided Musical Group
2nd
Moosebutter
3rd
Vybration
Best Original Arrangement
"Down for the Count" Arr. Colleen Keene


2005 Participating Groups

Crescendo
Crescendo proves that the United States is a land of opportunity for people from all around the globe. Composed of five members from very different ethnic backgrounds, this ensemble introduces a new twist to the genre (which they refer to as "popjazz") by incorporating the polish and discipline of classical music, the accessibility of pop, and the improvisations of jazz into a cool, lush, and sophisticated sound that has earned them numerous honors, including the championship prize in the Crystal Palace Casino International Talent Search Contest (1999), the Virgo Award for Best Musical Group (2000), and the Celebrity Chronicle's Best Musical Artist Award (2001).

Members: Charmaine Clamor (alto), Grace Lieman (1st soprano), Amanda Martindale (2nd soprano), Michael Konik (tenor), Bobbie Garcia (bass/baritone)
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Down 4 The Count
Down 4 The Count began in 2003, when six CSU Northridge students in the University's vocal jazz ensemble found they shared a common interest: wanting to sing ensemble vocal jazz without those pesky instrumentalists: in other words, A Cappella! Since that time, Down 4 The Count has won multiple awards (including three song-arrangement awards and 1st place at the 2009 San Diego A Cappella Competition) and they have performed at venues all over the greater Los Angeles and San Diego area, including the Jazz Bakery, The Coach House, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, San Diego IndieFest, and many more.

They have opened for both Rockapella and for Sixthwave. Their debut album, released in 2008, is for sale at Singers.com, on iTunes, Amazon, and probably several more. Although the group line-up has changed significantly since its inception, D4TC still features original arrangements with a distinctly jazz flavor.

Members: Colleen Keene, Francesca Delfin, Genevieve Artadi, Lisa Dunn, James Adams, Matt Reynolds
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Moosebutter
Moosebutter is a four-man comedy a cappella group. They have won awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society(Best Comedy Song, 2004), The Harmony Sweepstakes (2003 International Finals runners-up), had their music included on compilation albums (Doctor Demento Basement Tapes 2005, Sing II 2005) and played live shows in front of audiences around the United States. Their tight harmony and eclectic humor have charmed audiences through two albums and countless live performances.

To handle all the performance requests they receive, moosebutter has several casts of performers. They perform with three, four, or five singers, depending on the show, and have done just about every kind of show you can imagine (Punk rock show? Check. National television? Check. Wedding reception? Check.).

Members: Tim Y. Jones, Glen Sawyer, Weston Wride, Chris Harris
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OnCue
A division of the Youth Singers of Calgary, is one of Canada’s premier a cappella ensembles, and was launched in 1996. Youth Singers is a 500-member choral organization that offers a comprehensive training program for young people in choral singing, dance, and drama. OnCue is a flagship for the Youth Singers program, incorporating harmony and showmanship in each dynamic performance.

Members: Jennifer Andersen (soprano), Lisa Ryan (soprano), Caroline Delaney (mezzo-soprano), Beth McLean Wiest (alto), Krista Strome (alto), Oliver Ho (tenor), Chris Thompson (tenor), John Edmonds (bass)
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Pacific Swingline
The sophistication of swing, the energy of jazz, the warmth of the human voice...this is Pacific Swingline - five voices with extensive backgrounds in the recording studios and on the stages of Southern California. Voices that can be heard on the soundtracks of films and television shows. Five voices singing unaccompanied, immersing the finest musical literature of the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's in intricate vocal arrangements that bring the soul of the music to the surface.

Members: Cindy O'Connor (soprano 1), Kim Switzer (soprano 2), Marta Weiskopf (alto), Perry Schjolin (tenor), Jim Raycroft (bass)
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Swing Shift
This stylish SSATB vocal jazz quintet was formed in Santa Monica in 2002. Swing Shift has performed at private parties, churches, and appeared as one of the featured a cappella groups on KLCS’s television series “Mosaic.” They specialize in jazz standards from the 30's on, with special attention to the richly harmonic songs of the stage and screen hits of the era. Their 2005 LA Regional Harmony Sweepstakes appearance will feature songs selected from the best of Broadway and Hollywood composers. Spirited songs and dazzling harmonies await you.

Members: Richard Gilinsky, Solomon Katz, Fletcher Sheridan, Lisa Dunn, Colleen Keene
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Undivided Musical Group
With ten years of musical career, four albums, a Latin Grammy nomination, six CARA nominations and two awards this year 2010 for best religious album and best song of religion, among other numerous awards, combined with thousands of records sold worldwide, the charismatic and cheerful style Undivided continues to conquer hearts in the U.S. and Latin America.

Undivided is a vocal group made up of six young people who play music a cappella style. Breaking the language barrier, playing their songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The group enjoys a variety of musical influences such as gospel, R & B, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Salsa, Merengue and other Latin fusions are achieved by the skill and facility to play music with their voices.

These young people are not satisfied with what they have achieved, but are always looking for innovative and different ways to reinvent his style within the genre a cappella, a feature that allowed you to excel as one of the best vocal groups in the world. These young people have a musical talent that not only captures the ear with modern harmonies and musical arrangements, but they combine their voices with the visual aspect to provide a show without boundaries.

Listen to: What’s Goin’ On | Listen to: Amazing Grace

Members: Gregory Gordon, Ruben Aponte, David Cortes, Jose Rodriguez, Richard Aponte, Melvinsky Ramirez, Aldino Parchment, Miramar
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Vybration
Vybration was formed in 2001 to perform at Disney's California Adventure under the name "Groove 66". The band quickly became the park's most popular atmosphere group. Its members are some of the most powerful, versatile, and in demand vocalists in all of Southern California with resume credits spanning from broadway, television, and film, to orignial rock bands, and pioneering modern music projects. Vybration is unlike many acapella sextets out there, covering a variety of music that includes traditional jazz tunes like Blue Skies and Fly Me to the Moon, rock n roll songs like Lenny Kravitz's Fly Away, pop hits such as Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin Something and many many more. All that have witnessed the magic in music that Vybration creates can tell you that, "Vybration is a force to be reckoned with!"

Members: Heather McMasters, Laura Dickinson, Tomasina Abate, Terron Brooks, Michael Washington, Bryan Chadima
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Complete list of 2005 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 :

Will Hamblet (Los Angeles) The South Bay Coastliner Chorus has been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) for over half a century. For the last 15 years, the Coastliners have sponsored the Los Angeles Regional Harmony Sweepstakes program. As such, they are the only BHS organization involved in this competition. During their sponsorship, the Los Angeles Regional is proud to have produced 5 National winners & 2 second place finalists.


323-660-0321
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