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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.

2009 Mid-Atlantic Champions

MAXX Factor

MAXX Factor, a Baltimore based quartet singing in the barbershop style, was formed in 2005. They are the 2011 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions. Other MAXX milestones include being named the 2009 Mid-Atlantic and 2009 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions as well as being selected as contestants on the very first season of NBC’s "The Sing-Off." Over the past ten years, MAXX Factor has been busy competing, performing and teaching barbershop style singing across the United States and internationally. They were invited to perform locally on the 2014 "The Sing-Off Live Tour." In 2015 they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and at The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, in Baltimore, MD.

2009 Results
1st
MAXX Factor
2nd
DoubleShot!
3rd
Cameron Station
Audience Favorite
Cameron Station
Best Original Arrangement
"Joy To The World"


2009 Participating Groups

Lustre
Lustre is a lovely award winning quartet out of the Baltimore area. Lustre's musical adventures began in 2005, and what a journey it has been! Kate, Lori, Lori, and Jenny met through Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus, and have been ringing chords together ever since. They have wowed their audiences at performances and contests around the country, from shows in Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania to international competitions in Houston and Denver. You may even have seen them singing at a Baltimore Orioles game or two! Lustre is proud to be the 2013 Sweet Adeline's International 7th Place Quartet Finalist.

Members: Laura Rivera, Lori Crouter, Lori Dreyer, Jenny Harris
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MAXX Factor
MAXX Factor, a Baltimore based quartet singing in the barbershop style, was formed in 2005. They are the 2011 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions. Other MAXX milestones include being named the 2009 Mid-Atlantic and 2009 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions as well as being selected as contestants on the very first season of NBC’s "The Sing-Off." Over the past ten years, MAXX Factor has been busy competing, performing and teaching barbershop style singing across the United States and internationally. They were invited to perform locally on the 2014 "The Sing-Off Live Tour." In 2015 they were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and at The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, in Baltimore, MD.

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Members: Molly Plummer, Leslie Wodday, Valerie Hadfield-Rasnake, Kim Hudson
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Cameron Station
A select male ensemble auditioned from the ranks of the world-renowned Alexandria Harmonizers, Cameron Station offers audiences a tight, seamless, vocal blend of rich harmonies in a multitude of musical genres, including jazz, blues, folk and Broadway. High-level vocal and visual performance skills are the hallmarks of this exciting a cappella ensemble.

Members: Eric Wallen, Steve White, Ken Ives, Troy Hillier, Tony Colosimo, Craig Kujawa, Carl Kauffmann, Dan O'Brien
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DoubleShot!
Since 2006, the guys have blended traditional and contemporary all- vocal music with energy and humor to create six decades of hits live on stage at every show. Every sound - vocals, bass, effects, even the drums - is created using only the voice. They have performed all over their native Pittsburgh, and nationwide from Washington, D.C. to the San Francisco Bay, as well as features on local news, television, and radio. In the Harmony Sweepstakes, they were Mid-Atlantic Champions and Audience Favorite in 2007 and have received two awards for Best Arrangement.

Members: Luke Clavey, Steve Donnelly, Dave Wilson, Nate Wildfire, Mike Yanchak
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Glorious
Glorious has been together since 1997. During this time we have become a group of tight knit, polished and professional performers. Our unique A Cappella style leaves very little room for imperfections in our sound. Drawing from our individual spiritual backgrounds, and combining tried and true spirituals with an upbeat tempo. We create a unique listening experience. Worship, Punctuality and Professionalism are the cornerstones to our organization.

Members: Eugene Gleaton, Barry Fleming, John Elliott, Wilson Cleary, Michael Lemon
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Skyline
Skyline's repertoire offers no limitations on style or genre. With beat boxing, soaring vocals, layered harmonies and highly unusual arrangements, Skyline produces a unique sound that blurs the genre line, garnering them fans from alternative, mainstream and vocal music worlds alike. You'll like what comes out of our mouths.

Members: Chris Wong, Marco Ovando, Eric Pilar, Derick Eng, Hugh Gee, Ward Ferguson
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Tonic & Gin
Tonic & Gin - In the spring of 2004, a group of musicians-at-heart gathered together in the hopes of creating a new, fresh mix of voices. What evolved from that first meeting was a collection of six singers ready to take on the DC a cappella scene. Rehearsals began, gigs presented themselves, and the group began to mesh. After endless discussions about what to call ourselves it finally hit us ‚ Tonic & Gin!Today, Tonic & Gin continues on as a vibrant co-ed group of seven members dedicated to sharing a wide variety of music with intriguing arrangements, amazing soloists, and a whole lot of fun!

Members: Nate Pipke, Alison Torrillo French, Marissa Hodgkins, Amy Fromm, Bruce Shim, Jeeves Murphy, Jeff Hayes
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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 :

Sara Rasmussen (Mid-Atlantic) Sara has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional production team for several years and a supporter of the Sweeps long before that. This year, she is stepping into the producer role. Sara enjoys many styles of music and was drawn to the Sweeps because it includes such a diversity of genres. Sara has been a member of Sweet Adelines for over a decade, has competed in numerous competitions both as a member of the Potomac Harmony Chorus and as a "baritone" in various quartets. In recent years she has been performing in the Washington, DC area with the Capitol Swing Quartet. In addition to helping out with production of various Sweet Adeline events, Sara has also been involved in the programing and production for several large DC area music festivals.


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