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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.

2011 Los Angeles Champions

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!"

2011 Results
1st
Vybration
2nd
Clockwork
3rd
The Crush
Audience Favorite
Evolution
Best Original Arrangement
"Rhode Island Is Famous For You" Arr. Angie Doctor
Best Original Song
"Run" Written Rono Smith


2011 Participating Groups

Clockwork
Clockwork is a vocal quartet who sing mostly close-harmony jazz but also our own twists on pop and rock tunes.

Clockwork, an award-winning San Francisco based vocal ensemble with a signature sound and style, performs a banquet of music from funk to gospel and R&B to standards. Rooted in the tradition of great vocal jazz groups such as the Hi-Lo's and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, the Clockwork "sound" draws inspiration from all styles. As the great Duke Ellington said, "If it sounds good, it is good."

Experienced in both accompanied and a cappella performing, the group has arrangements for duos, trios and an 18-piece big band. Members of Clockwork have performed live with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, The Hi-Lo's , Meredith Monk, Don Shelton, Gene Puerling, Barbara Lewis, Sufjan Stevens, John Zorn, Barbara Morrison, Kent Nagano with the Deutches Symphonie Orchester and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The PM Singers, Heatwave, GQ, Barbara Lynn, Richie Cole, M-Pact!, the House Jacks, Boyz Nite Out, InFusion, Vocal Flight, and on Ward Swingle's Instructional video "Swingle Singing."

Members: Angie Doctor, Dave Duran, John Paddock, Juliet Green
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The Crush
The Crush is a young, exciting barbershop quartet from the Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society compiled of four energetic young men in their 20s. Formed in 2006, this foursome is based out of Orange County, CA, and has entertained audiences at competitions, shows, and private parties near and far. In 2010, The Crush captured the Far Western District Quartet Championship! Known for their tight, bright harmonies and youthful, toe-tapping energy, The Crush hopes to become a household name with barbershop and a cappella fans throughout the country! Music performed by the group consists of barbershop, swing and vocal jazz arrangements influenced by the Big Band Era of 20's, 30's and 40's. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the jazzy feel and swingin' sound of The Crush!

Members: Matt Gray - Tenor, Josh Szolomayer - Lead, John Brockman - Baritone, Paul Tabone - Bass
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Evolution
EVOLUTION - is, astonishingly fun and creative… a clear winner for the Audience!” proclaims Amy Engelhard of The Bobs . “Good Singing (dawg)” says Randy Jackson of American Idol. And, The RAY Magazine described EVOLUTION as “Inspiring, funny, and super hip”. “With amazing, rock solid, monster vocals and mad sex appeal” (Karman Kruschke, Actress/Image Consultant), EVOLUTION has moved audiences from laughter to tears with their harmonies and performance antics. EVOLUTION takes traditional A Cappella to new amplitudes. EVOLUTION is always excited to share their music with the listeners of the world. They are thrilled to be back once again on the Harmony Sweepstakes stage. As always, they wish to leave you with a smile on your face, a skip in your step, and a tune in your heart.

Members: Michael Maury (Bari), Rono Smith (Lead), Seth Shapiro (Tenor), Adam Sears (Bass), Joshua Silverstein (Beats & Rhythm)
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Prime Note Ensemble
Prime Note Ensemble was the 1st all male Filipino choral group based in Saudi Arabia, where it was founded in 2001. Originally 25-strong, the 17 members now call Southern California home since 2009. The group's first international competition was in Xiamen, China in 2006, and Graz, Austria in 2008 at the World Choir Games. Prime Note was awarded the bronze & silver medals respectively, in the male chamber choir category. In 2007, the group was among the 15 invited participating choirs at the 14th Festival International Chant de Choral in Nancy, France. After participating in the 2nd California International Choral Festival & Competition in San Luis Obispo in June 2009, the choir has had performances in the Bay area and continues to hold performances in Southern California.

Members: Novem Cabios, Jonar Sara,, Efren Cardoza, Leo Abalos, Joel Macapas, Yagi Brisenio, Eric Yabut, Hero Emolaga
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Scatitude
Scatitude - is a talented group of teenage and adult singers who enjoy singing a variety of vocal arrangements ranging from pop to jazz standards. The group is based in Hermosa Beach, California and is directed by Beth Rohde at Coast Music Conservatory.

Members: Faith Memmo, Beth Rohde, Cierra Sample, Kieran Moriah, Patrick Storey
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Swing Shift
Swing Shift - started life as an SSATB quintet in 2002. Shortly after, the group was invited to appear on local TV station KLCS as part of their “Mosaic” series’ special on a cappella groups. (A video of that appearance can be found on the Swing Shift web site.) Swing shift has had many incarnations: sometimes six, even seven singers. This year, the group will appear at the Harmony Sweepstakes as an SATBB quintet. The group’s signature sound is their rich harmonic treatment of jazz, pop, and Broadway standards. They appear locally at clubs and private parties. In 2010 Swing Shift performed twice at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena to standing-room only crowds. If you love lush sounds, complex harmonies, and creamy-smooth blend, you’ll love hearing this group.

Members: Holly Pitrago, Janette LaBella, Joel Dalton , Phil Azelton, Richard Gilinsky
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These Guys A Cappella
These Guys - have been Thrilling audiences since 2005. They have made network T.V. appearances, opened for platinum recording artists, and been awarded in numerous music competitions. This all male ensemble sings Jazz, Hip Hop, R and B, Barbershop, Doo Wop, Rock , and Boogaloo. "These Guys" spent all of 2010 performing on Celebrity cruise lines, and are happy to be back in Southern California!

Members:
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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 Orosco,, Jill Burke, Bryan Chadima, Trist Curless, Laura Dickinson, Jeff Smith
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Who's Your Daddy!
"Who's Your Daddy!": A Playlist For Today's Rock & Roll Fathers

For better or worse, we've come a long way from the days when rock & roll was an entirely pure form of generational rebellion. Even in my lifetime, I've seen fathers go from older dudes who yelled, "Turn that racket down!" to roving bands of aging dads in jeans and t-shirts who are more likely to ask the kids if they can sit in and jam with their emo bands. Where I live, when a dad tells you that he's taking his kid hunting, he generally means record hunting at Amoeba Music.

Members: Freddy Curci, Rick Neigher, Adam Gorgoni, Chris Cote
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2011 Judges

Eric Bradley   

Eric has performed in dozens of a cappella groups over the past 25 years including the 2001 Los Angeles/National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, Sixth Wave. For the past 15 years he has sung in a quartet with Dick Van Dyke called The Vantastix. He's appeared in on-screen groups "The Tone Rangers" (The Break Up), "The Shagarats" (How I Met Your Mother), and Andy's college group (The Office). He’s lent his voice to over 100 Films and TV shows including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pitch Perfect 2, The Jungle Book, Jurassic World, Minions, Jersey Boys, Toy Story 3, Avatar, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Voice, Glee, and The Academy Awards. He's performed or recorded with Lady Gaga, Fall Out Boy, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Adele, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, and Neil Young. As a whistler he’s been featured in the films The Muppets, The Smurfs, Savages, as well as the theme song for Disney’s Mickey Mouse Shorts.

Cindy Bourquin   

Cindy Bourquin is a full time musician in Los Angeles, CA, whose career spans many aspects of the business. She is a session singer that has worked on over 50 films such as Star Trek, Wall-E, Raiders of the Lost Ark 4, and Ice Age, and is currently featured on the a cappella score of the TV show Glee. She has also been featured on TV shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Drew Carey Show and Ally McBeal. She has sung on commercials for Visa, True Value Hardware, Burger King and The Walt Disney Company. She is also a member of the award winning vocal sextet, Sixth Wave. Cindy is also a songwriter and is currently working on her first solo project. Cindy is also a busy educator, adjudicator and clinician. She teaches jazz at Santa Monica College, where her vocal group won a DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance in 2007, and had the honor of performing at the 2008 International Association of Jazz Education International Convention in Toronto, ON.

Linda Kelly   

Linda Kelly is a renowned vocal coach and Master Director who has directed and coached numerous award-winning a capella groups for over 35 years. She is currently directing the Golden Sands Sweet Adeline Chorus in Long Beach. Her love and knowledge of acapella music started at a very early age as her Father was a member of a Gospel Quartet that performed through the Southern United States. She was active in music ensembles all through her school years, majoring in vocal performance and marketing. "My passion for music, especially a cappella, is the driving force in my life that has brought me countless hours of joy PLUS many treasured friendships. It is my distinct honor to teach what I know and be given the opportunity to encourage and help others discover their own musical passion."

Megan Lyne   

Megan Lyne - received her Bachelors degree in 2007 from Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) where she earned her degree in Voice Performance and studied with Dr. Richard Sjoerdsma, editor of the National Journal of Singing. Megan recently finished a Master’s degree at the Cole Conservatory, California State University- Long Beach in Opera Performance. While completing her degree, she had the honor of winning the Cole Conservatory Concerto Competition and performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the University Orchestra. In addition to her operatic interests, she has taught enrichment classes in both public and private schools in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Westchester, and Hermosa Beach. She has directed numerous children’s theater shows including Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods. Megan began teaching ten years ago and has been blessed to work with a premiere South Bay Children’s Theater company called Puttin’ On Productions as well as privately trained students in her own studio.

Niké St. Clair   

Niké St. Clair was born and raised in Hungary. She holds a BM degree in Choral Conducting, Theory and Music Education from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary. Niké pursued her dreams to continue with higher education at the USC Thornton School of Music where she received her MM degree in Choral Music and currently is a thesis away from finishing her doctorate in Choral Conducting. She teaches musicianship (ear training) classes with the Hungarian Kodaly method at Azusa Pacific University, conducts choirs at Cal Poly Pomona, choirs and bells at the La Verne Church of the Brethren and at Santa Monica College. In addition to her teaching and conducting duties, Niké sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, which performs in Disney Hall, and on some film soundtracks (Avatar; Battle: Los Angeles; 2012; Rite).

Complete list of 2011 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.


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