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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.

2013 Los Angeles Champions

Honey Whiskey Trio

Honey Whiskey Trio blends sounds and styles from folk, bluegrass and jazz. This trio found its roots in the vocal jazz department of CSU Long Beach where the members all studied with Christine Guter, though at different times. Years later, well into their own careers as musicians and educators, the need for a new outlet for musical exploration brought Courtney, Ann and Christina together and the Honey Whiskey Trio was formed.

2013 Results
1st
Honey Whiskey Trio
2nd
Arf
3rd
Veritas A Cappella
Audience Favorite
Honey Whiskey Trio
Best Original Arrangement
"This Heart of Mine" by Richard Gilinsky
Best Original Song
"From Two Sides" by Genevieve Artadi


2013 Participating Groups

Arf
Arf is an independent avant garde pop vocal group based in Los Angeles. They started off in 2013 as a live a cappella re-imagining of Genevieve Artadi's solo music, and have evolved over the past year into a new beast, incorporating originals and arrangements by other Arf members, and adding synthesizers and drums to their live performances.

Members: Genevieve Artadi, Andrea Calderwood, Alexandra Domingo, Sean Fitzpatrick, Jessica Freedman, Katherine Hoye
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Flipside
Just like it takes the right combination of notes to make up great music, it takes the right blend of voices to make that music come alive! These folks had already been singing all over Southern California for many years when they decided to get together and pool their talents into one great sound. With a wide range of musical styles and a passion for those tight vocal harmonies, this group makes for a diverse, exciting, and extremely enjoyable a cappella experience.

Members: Kenny Kurtz (Bass), Colleen Cowley (Soprano, Jay Welch (Tenor), Linda Cicino (Alto)
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Honey Whiskey Trio
Honey Whiskey Trio blends sounds and styles from folk, bluegrass and jazz. This trio found its roots in the vocal jazz department of CSU Long Beach where the members all studied with Christine Guter, though at different times. Years later, well into their own careers as musicians and educators, the need for a new outlet for musical exploration brought Courtney, Ann and Christina together and the Honey Whiskey Trio was formed.

Members: Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss , Christina Wilson
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Red Harmony
Based in Los Angeles, California, Red Harmony tailors its selection of songs to the voices and personalities of its singers in order to present a fresh and original performance. Each member brings a very unique style, specialty, and energy to the table, creating a synergistic culture where ideas are shared and creativity is celebrated. From accompanying each other with rhythmic vocals to reveling in crunchy jazz chords, Red Harmony creates a personal experience with every note.

Members: Tessa VonderHaar, Jenny Gruen, Tiffani Call, Tyler Rivera Stein, Nate George, Christopher Thaxter, Matt Atkin
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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 evolved over the years and appears this year at the Harmony Sweepstakes as a sextet. The group has drawn over the years on local resources such as the SMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble from which three of Swing Shift’s present roster are current and/or past members. We are proud that many of Swing Shift’s alumni have gone on to advance their professional careers in such prestigious ensembles as the LA Master Chorale, Sonos, New Directions, and m-pact. The group’s signature sound is their rich harmonic treatment of jazz, pop, and Broadway standards. They appear locally at clubs and private parties. Recently they appeared at the Talking Stick in Venice and headlined an a cappella showcase at Monsoon Café in Santa Monica.

Members: Allison Butler, Laura Jackman, Janette La Bella, Dakota Lee Martinez, Phil Azelton, Richard Gilinsky
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Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam drives all over Southern California to perform for you at county fairs, farmers markets, festivals, competitions, coffee shops, open mic nights, holiday parties, and private functions. TJ's out-of-the-box arrangements and chill attitude make every show fascinating, fun, and always worth the drive.

Members: Joanna Silverman, Carmen Sicherman, Sara Steinberg, Tavis Larkham, Paul Mendoza, Ryan Berman, Richard Kennedy
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Unnecessary Breakdowns
Unnecessary Breakdowns is a mixed a cappella group performing Top 40 radio hits and classic pop standards. They have performed for the past 2 seasons at a well-known Southern California theme park and have become an entertainment staple in Hollywood and West Hollywood clubs and performance venues. They have recently released their first music video and are currently working on their first studio album.

Members: Kathleen Paul , Jessie Norman, Alyssa Grant, David Kenny, Tuck Atkins, Alex Smith, Chester McCurry
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Veritas A Cappella
L.A.'s hot new seven member a cappella vocal band - is here to entertain you! Veritas covers all styles of music, with a strong Indie pop/rock foundation. Their innovative arrangements coupled with an amazing combination of voices is something that should not be missed. Veritas will not only give you vivacious vocal solos, but your ears will be treated to a veritable variety of drums, electric guitars, trumpets, and a booming bass that will rattle the floorboards. This eclectic group of dynamic vocalists delivers a spectacular show you'll have to experience first-hand.

Members: Ashlyn Kindberg, Jessie Norman , Emily Morris, Jeremy Hitch , Nick Tubbs , Richie Ferris , Sean P. Goreck
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Voices A Cappella
Voices - is an a cappella singing ministry currently in it's sixth year. Of the many performances they have opened for Take 6, sung the National Anthem for the minor league baseball team the 66ers, and have worked with various charities and community events. They participate in the annual "Festival of Lights" Christmas celebration at Mission Inn, Riverside, California. The five member group sings a variety of styles such as spirituals, jazz, Christian contemporary, and gospel. They also do original pieces and arrangements of familiar songs.

Members: Reggie Paschal, Melanie Richardson, Kandace Fields, Hyomara Homs, Anthony Paschal,Sr.
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2013 Judges

Johnny D. Figueroa   

Johnny D. Figueroa is the founder, artistic director, and bass vocalist for NOTA, the Latin vocal band sensation and winners of the nationally acclaimed NBC/SONY a cappella competition "The Sing-Off". Introduced to the wonders of choral and barbershop music by his parents, Johnny became passionate for vocal harmony since an early age. He received formal training in Music Performance and Voice. During the past 20 years, he has had extensive experience singing, performing, voiceovers, radio, and touring with several award-wining choirs and vocal groups. His hobby is to manage a Neurophysiology Research Laboratory and teach medical courses at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Bradley Hampton   

Bradley Hampton is the music director, a singer, and arranger for the internationally award-winning a cappella group SoundStage. SoundStage was recently featured on Emerald City Productions album Sing a Song: Children’s Songs from around the World. He is also the director of the vocal jazz ensemble at California State University San Bernardino, and teaches courses in songwriting and arranging. Bradley’s arrangements are sung by numerous vocal groups including Voicemale on “Hims II”, and West Side 5 on their self-titled album (as well as Voices Only II). He arranged the theme song for the web series “Dead Grandma” hosted by Jon Header. You can hear his jingles played on The Tim Conway Jr. Show as well as his arrangements sung as promo for the hit a cappella movie “Pitch Perfect”.

John Sherburn   

John Sherburn has been in the entertainment business for over 40 years having had appearances on Cheers, Arrested Development, Johnny Carson Show, Neil Diamond’s Christmas Special, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Ferris Beullers Day Off and the list goes on. John has provided backup singing and voice over for Hannah Barbera, Neil Diamond, Ann Bancroft, The Diamonds for 3 years, and produced his own CD of Jazz favorites. John has appeared in productions of The Music Man, and Carousel. John has performed in England, Germany, China, Japan, Canada, South America, and at Carniegy Hall. John is currently studying acting in Los Angeles at the Gregory Solbeck-Berger Studio.

Fletcher Sheridan   

has been singing professionally since the age of 13. He has made a name for himself in the LA session scene and a jack of all trades. From baroque to pop, vocal jazz to French chanson, overtone singing to beat boxing, Fletcher provides a level of musical versatility that is rare. He has sung on over 200 projects for film and television, most recently for Zootopia, Sing, and The Jungle Book. He is a member of the vocal jazz quartet True North, and is music director of the a cappella group M-Pact.

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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 :

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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