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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.

2000 Pacific Northwest Champions

Total Experience Gospel Choir

Total Experience Gospel Choir, (Pacific NW) under the direction of its founder and director, Patrinell Wright, bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm humanity! It is hailed as one of the Paciifc Northwests finest and most soulful ensembles. The group began in 1973 in SE Seattle, the heart of one of the nations most diverse neighborhoods. Today’s choir is of all ages.

2000 Results
1st
Total Experience Gospel Choir
2nd
Kickshaw
3rd
Studio One
Audience Favorite
Total Experience Gospel Choir
Best Original Arrangement
“Bald Headed Men”


2000 Participating Groups

Akafellas
Akafellas, from Olympia, WA, have enjoyed bringing their unique style of a cappella music and comedy to Northwest audiences for almost three years now. They have sung for Vice President Al Gore, produced and performed their own two-hour (whew!) a cappella show, and, one occasion, even induced labor (we sang at a baby shower and a few hours later, momıs water broke). Note ­ the Akafellas will not be held responsible for any children born as a result of tonightıs performance.

Members: Jon, Neol, Kurt, Scott, Greg
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Kickshaw
Kickshaw has been performing in the Northwest for about five years now. They have been involved in hundreds of shows, where each audience is a part of a unique mouth-music experience.

In early 1997, Kickshaw won first place in the Regional Harmony Sweepstakes competition. This is a title only awarded to nine groups throughout the nation each year. Following the 1997 competition, Kickshaw decided that they were ready to pursue music full time.

In search of their own sound, Kickshaw began working with some effects to extend their already eclectic repertoire. This addition was an instant hit with their audiences as they were able to create the sounds of a full band, effects and all, with just their voices giving Kickshaw a sound all their own.

Members: Jim Castaneda, Danny Figgins, Andy Marshall, Blake Lewis, Dan Scheumacher
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MeasureXMeasure
Hailed by critics as "a high-energy vocal phenomenon that'll simply knock your socks off!" (JazzBeat), measureXmeasure (measure by measure) is an a cappella sensation that proves the human voice is indeed the most versatile of all instruments. Despite what the listeners' ears may tell them, mXm uses no drum machines, synthesizers, pre-recorded material or instruments of any kind. Every sound - whether it be soaring five-part vocal harmonies, jaw-dropping vocal bass, or astonishing beat-box vocal percussion - is produced live by the voices of these five young men. Originally formed in the mid-1990's as a student group at the University of Kansas, the Kansas City-based quintet now travels coast-to-coast year-round headlining concerts halls, festivals and college campuses everywhere.

Members: Jeff Smith, Jon Stutler, David Stutler, Erich Timkar, Cardell Edwards
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Rapid Pulse
Rapid Pulse is a high energy A Cappella group based in Ellensburg, Washington. Since their formation in early 1999 these five guys have "Wowed" audiences all over the Northwest with only the power of the voice. So sit back and get ready to let The Pulse rock you with a little Jazz, Funk, and Pop, all without ever picking up an instrument.

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The SassyCats
The SassyCats are purrrfectly thrilled to be on stage for the Sweeps after watching from the back row last year as a newly formed group. With extensive backgrounds in musical theatre, Jen, Rebekka, and Monica love creating innovative presentations of great tunes from many genres and strutting their stuff in many settings.

Members: Jen, Rebekka, Monica
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Seattle Style
These four ladies have been together for three years this month. They earned the right to represent the Pacific Northwest Region, for the 3rd time at the most recent Sweet Adeline International contest held in Atlanta, GA.. last October. Not only are they the current 1999 Regional champions, but he have also won an a cappella contest at Freighthouse Squire in Tacoma competing against both men and women. They have performed at numerous community events and shows in the Pacific Northwest including being the first FEMALE guest quartet in years to grace the stage at the menıs Forest Grove competition weekend

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Studio One
Studio One is an a cappella quartet from the Pacific Northwest. Members hail from Seattle and Lynden Washington, and Calgary Alberta. Singing together since 1977, we enjoy singing a variety of music styles, including Doo-Wap, Vocal Jazz, Barbershop and Gospel. Studio One is also involved in conducting workshops for a cappella groups and musical youth outreach programs.

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Total Experience Gospel Choir
Total Experience Gospel Choir, (Pacific NW) under the direction of its founder and director, Patrinell Wright, bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm humanity! It is hailed as one of the Paciifc Northwests finest and most soulful ensembles. The group began in 1973 in SE Seattle, the heart of one of the nations most diverse neighborhoods. Today’s choir is of all ages.

Listen to: The Lord’s Prayer | Listen to: Pass Me Not

Members: Patrinell Wright, Gena Brooks, Tanisha Brooks, Mary Brooks, Lulu Strange, Tessa Studebaker, Leah Vladowski
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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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