2004 Participating Groups
Back around 1990, a couple of the founding members of the coed Microtones decided that they wanted to form a men's a cappella group at Microsoft so that they could sing the charts from their college groups. The original quartet consisted John Rae-Grant, bass and musical director, Bill Pope, baritone, Bob Gunderson, 2nd tenor, and David Olsen, 1st tenor. True to their profession, the group's chosen name, The Baudboys, referred to the method by which modem speeds were rated. The group performed only a few times in its first years of existence, doing lunch time gigs on the Microsoft campus.
As members left Microsoft over the years, they would also leave the Baudboys, prompting natural turnover in the membership. During the 1990's, the group expanded it's membership, aiming to have two full quartets within the group. Since that time, the group has remained at 7-9 members, but the expanded membership has allowed the group to sing more complex arrangements than the 4-part charts that the founders envisioned.
Members: Jon Schwartz, Graham Sheldon, David Adelsman, Owen Braun, Dave McEwen, Tom Cooper, Mark Adolph
Realtime has been together since March of 2003, when John Newell arrived in Canada and mutual friends helped bring the group together. Since then it's been a musical whirlwind of activity, with three recordings, hundreds of shows and a world championship and a whole lot of fun under their belt.
In 2008, Doug Broersma became the official lead singer, when John retired. Realtime became the 2005 International Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society in Salt Lake City. So having reached the pinnacle of the barbershop contest world, they have sung in their last contest, and received their final score in the barbershop genre.
Members: Tom Metzger, Mark Metzger, John Newell, Tim Broersma
The Heebee-jeebees are an a cappella quartet formed in 1993, and in the past 13 years have sung thousands of performances, appeared on local, national and international radio, television and print. The group has a reputation for being hilarious, entertaining and extremely talented. The Heebee-jeebees have released 6 recordings, all to international recognition including 4 CARA nominations and 2 CARA Awards. They have won the Canadian Championships of Harmony twice, as well as Championships in the USA. They continue to impress and entertain audiences with their voices, and are considered the best of comedic a cappella entertainment. .... The Heebee-jeebees are: Cedric Blary, Chris Herard, Ken Lima-Coelho and Jonathan Love. .... NOTE: Some incorrect spellings of the Heebee-jeebees are: .. ..heebie geebies.. ..heebee jeebies.. ..heebie jeebies.. ..heebee jeebees (needs the - ).. .. These are put here so the search engines pick up our profile.
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Members: Chris Herard, Jonathan Love, Ken Lima-Coelho, Cedric Blary
| In Voice|
a six member a cappella group based out of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. It is a cappella that blends funk, groove, and melody to create an innovative style of music. They have been together for four years, singing at different events around the state of Washington
Members: Joel Cummings, Adam Utley, Dustin Smith, Matt Coughlin, Bryan Hinschberger, Dalton Shotwell
| Klapa Doo Wopella|
Klapa Doo Wopella is one of the world's oldest ongoing musical ensembles devoted exclusively to singing a cappella. KlapaDooWopella specializes in traditional Croatian "Klapa" singing. Klapa singers are a cappella minstrels that hang out on boat docks and street corners along the Adriatic coast of Croatia.
The passionate harmonic blend of traditional Klapa songs evokes uncaught fish, raging seas, and lost love. Despite forays into other genres, the quartet always returns to its first love, the moan of the sea that is the primal chord of the Klapa song.
Members: Bill Weis, Phil Parham, Jim Hoath, Ted Hunter
What do you get when you combine a Starbucks manager/dance instructor, a traveling computer salesman, a Behavorial Specialist, a Human Resource Supervisor, a Restaurant Manager/bartender and a Massage Therapist/private music teacher? You get Olympia's newest a cappalla group - Notorious. Members of Notorious are all veterans of other performing groups such as the Akafellas, DoubleShot, Chanteuse, and The Silhouettes. Notorious is from the Olympia area and was formed about a year ago. Last year, four of its members competed in the Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes as Double Shot. This year, they gained an extra pair of voices to broaden their musical horizons. They enjoy singing many styles of music and are constantly trying to find unique songs to put through the "a cappella filter". Despite their many busy schedules, Amber, Jon, Stephanie, Michi, Tony, and Lee find time to get together, eat, drink, laugh... and sometimes even sing. Their love for music and warped sense of humor combine to make them Notorious... but in a good way.
Members: Jon Morgan, Amber Riley, Stephanie Claire, Tony Benjamins, Michi Imaura, Lee Tran
SoundDesign is all about a cappella - great a cappella. SoundDesign met and sang together for the first time in November of 1998 and we've been at it ever since - with one change: we now have a new bass, Kari Metzger, from Vancouver, B.C. She's awesome and we're having fun getting acquainted, learning new music, laughing, and planning new shtick. We are Carolyn Huber (tenor), Katy Sansburn (lead), Sue Beck (baritone), and Kari Metzger (bass). We each have experience with other successful quartets and choruses but bringing this foursome together is magical.
Members: Carolyn Huber, tenor, Sue Beck, baritone, Kari Metzger, bass, Katy Sansburn, lead
||Lisa Bordoff |
Lisa Bordoff is a clinical law professor at Seattle University School of Law and a professional musician. At Seattle University, she teaches courses and clinics in Elder Law, Administrative Law, Trusts and Estates, and Special Education, and rewards her students for singing back the answers to her questions. Prior to her teaching position, she was the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, Chief Review Judge for the Department of Social and Health Services, and a Staff Attorney at Puget Sound Legal Assistance Foundation (now Columbia Legal Services) for 13 years, practicing in the areas of Elder Law and Public Benefits. Professor Brodoff is also a Tribal Court Judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System. In her musical life, Lisa sings, plays bass, and writes music for the alternative feminist band, The Righteous Mothers. She also sings back up and plays bass for the legal services funk cover band, Func Pro Tunc
|Trist Ethan Curless
Trist Ethan Curless is a co-founder of the vocal group, m-pact, the 1996 National Champions of the Harmony Sweepstakes, and is now a full time member of The Manhattan Transfer. A native of Cheyenne, WY, Trist is no stranger to vocal harmonies! He attended the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in music education. In 1995, he co-founded the pop-jazz vocal group m-pact, with which Trist has performed in festivals and concert halls around the world. Heís also written, arranged and produced many of the groupís songs. www.m-pact.com
Trist can be found on the other side of the microphone as well, working as an audio engineer for several vocal groups and bands, including Straight No Chaser and Take 6.
When heís not performing and mixing, Trist also finds time to teach private voice and participate as a clinician and adjudicator in clinics and festivals worldwide.
Trist is having the time of his life making music with m-pact, Straight No Chaser, Take 6, Bobby McFerrin, New York Voices, Vox Audio, VoicePlay, and now The Manhattan Transfer!
||Scott Farrell |
Scott Farrell, A Northwest native, has been a professional actor, singer, music director and teacher for over 40 years. As a featured singer he has appeared in theatres and nightclubs around this world, including New York City, Miami, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, London and Bermuda, For sixteen years he was music director for Greg Thompson Productions, one of the largest producers of staged revue shows in the world, where he arranged and directed over 50 world-class productions He is a former music faculty member at The Evergreen State college, where he directed the collegeís choral group, The Evergreen Singers. Based out of Seattle, with an additional studio in Olympia, Scott currently provides private and group vocal experiences through his company, Harmonic Oasis LLC, helping people connect more deeply with their vocal selves.
Dan Schwartz is in his tenth year as choral director for Olympia High School. He is also a private voice instructor. As a member of ACDA and WMEA, he has adjudicated many choral contests and festivals. Dan has sung barbershop with the Schwartz Brothers since he was just a little guy (It's a family thing).
||Heather Stein |
Heather Stein graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Masters Degree in K-12 Music Education in 1994. After graduation Heather began teaching choral music in the Olympia School District. For the last seven years Heather has been the choir director at Capital High School. In addition to her high school choral responsibilities, Heather also teaches 4th and 5th grade music at LP Brown, Garfield and McLane elementary schools. At Capital, Heather conducts four choirs: a jazz choir, a women's choir and two mixed choirs. Heather also has worked with the drama department conducting the pit orchestra for the school's musicals. In the past Heather has enjoyed singing with the Pacific Lutheran Choral Union, and the Olympia Choral Society.
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