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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.

1999 Pacific Northwest Champions

The Standards

True that it is rare to find such a talent like this among five brothers. A brotherhood that is sure to inspire, motivate and entertain anyone. The Standards - Music for everyone. The human voice, that's how it all started for five brothers who shared a passion for music. Singing together at an early age, they began the makings of this one of a kind vocal group, forging a relationship beyond brotherhood and taking harmony to perfection. Today, they are known as The Standards.The Standards have taken vocal music to a new dimension by creating their own unique style of music with an infectious harmony that speaks to all generations and cultures of music lovers.

1999 Results
1st
The Standards
2nd
Akafellas
3rd
Special Feature
Best Original Arrangement
"The Scotssman"


1999 Participating Groups

5-Track
5-Track was born out of an arranging and recording project that Jan and Martin put together. A constant lure for the two, they managed to pursue a cappella singing and arranging in forming an increasingly permanent group. Rehearsing together Since September '99 on evenings and weekends, the current groups plans include a tour of Japan in July.

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Acapella-Go!
Acapella-Go! Is composed of three exceptional women with extensive and varied performance backgrounds; ranging from nightclub singing, musical theatre, classical ballet, to jazz dance, grand opera, and sympho ny orchestra. They have joined forces to create an eclectic and exciting performance experience in the tradition of the great girl groups of the past; such as the Boswells, Dinnings, Maguire and Andrews Sisters.

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Impromp2
Impromp2 does not limit their music to any style or form. Jazz, Funk, Pop, the idea is to stretch the limits of A Cappella and with smooth p recision, bring our message that any instrument can be created with the natural voice. Impromp2 is Five part and based from Lynnwood, Washington.

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Me And The Boys
Me And The Boys have dazzled audiences for eight years with their style, creativity and showmanship becoming one of the very few performing "quote a cappella" groups in the Greater Vancouver area. With only high school bathroom furnishings as their initial audience, Me and The Boys have taken their sound out of the stalls and on to the stage.

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SoundDesign
SoundDesign met and sang together for the first time in late September 1998 but didn't start rehearsing regularly until November. Since that time, they have sung for several private parties and other special events. Each is a member of the Pacific Sound Chorus in Bellevue, Washington and each has years of experience singing in quartets. This is the first time, however, for this particular foursome to be singing together.

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Special Feature
Special Feature has been harmonizing across North America for more than ten years. Their unique brand of high energy a cappella has been applied to classics from the 50's and 60's as as well as original songs written by the group.

Members: Jamie Arrington, B. J. Hill, Paul Olguin, Raymond Davis
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The Standards
True that it is rare to find such a talent like this among five brothers. A brotherhood that is sure to inspire, motivate and entertain anyone. The Standards - Music for everyone. The human voice, that's how it all started for five brothers who shared a passion for music. Singing together at an early age, they began the makings of this one of a kind vocal group, forging a relationship beyond brotherhood and taking harmony to perfection. Today, they are known as The Standards.The Standards have taken vocal music to a new dimension by creating their own unique style of music with an infectious harmony that speaks to all generations and cultures of music lovers.

Listen to: Lean On Me | Listen to: I Believe

Members: Jordon Williams, Morgan Williams, Nicholas Williams, Nathan Williams, Quinn Williams
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VOCE

Voce's vision is to promote philanthropy and education through excellence in the performing arts. Art in all of its different forms represents the highest form of human creative expression - and Voce firmly believes that the arts can and must be used to help others. Voce, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 to realize this vision.



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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 :

Gary Witley (Pacific Northwest) The Pacific Northwest Regional Festival is sponsored and produced by Masterworks Choral Ensemble (MCE). Gary Witley is the Artistic Director & Conductor of MCE. MCE is a Southwestern Washington community chorus dedicated to performance, community service, music education and leadership in the arts. Our mission is to perform sacred and secular choral, orchestral and newly commissioned works; to participate in community service activities and to provide a leadership role in developing, sponsoring and broadening the vocal arts.

PO Box 1091, Olympia, WA 98501-1090
360-339-0532
info (at) mce.org


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