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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 Rocky Mountain Champions

MouthBeats

No words, just rhythms, sound effects, and vocal percussion. MouthBeats explores the sonic barriers between vocal and instrumental music. Fusing pop, rock, jazz, world, and military styles, MouthBeats is on a never ending hunt for new beats, new sounds, new grooves.

2009 Results
1st
MouthBeats
2nd
Home Free
Audience Favorite
Home Free
Best Original Arrangement
"Stronger Bad" Arr. Matt Murphy
Best Original Song
"Street Beat #2" Tim Jones


2009 Participating Groups

Crimson
Red lipstick, great handbags, high heels and a pitch pipe…ready for action is Crimson! Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been proud to have this a cappella ensemble in their vocal music department since 2001. The group has thrice represented the West Region at the International Championship of High School A Cappella Finals at the Lincoln Center in New York, scored as National Champion in 2005, and recently won the 2009 West Semifinals! They have also won accolades for outstanding soloists and choreography and appeared on the Best of High School A Cappella compilation in 2005 and 2008. Crimson was selected for an honor performance at the 2005 and 2009 CO Music Educators Conference, and has received numerous awards at music festivals across the country under the direction of Dawn Wisdom.

Members: Tara Boyette, Renee Freyschlag, Maddie Garcia, Mackenzie Hahn, Katie Lee, Eve Jennings, Chelsea Ringer
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Home Free
A cappella. It's technically what we do. But we're not your bow-tie barbershop quartet. We're a vocal band. Which means we do more than sing - we perform - engaging audiences in a rich blend of harmonies while entertaining them.

Home Free has performed for a diverse and extensive clientele, ranging from the Minnesota Vikings, to Fortune 500 companies, Celebrity and Norwegian Cruise Lines, Allied Concert touring services, the Dutton Family from America's Got Talent and many, many more. It also devotes its time to educating and encouraging music in the public schools through innovative workshops and concert fundraising. To date, its programs have already raised tens of thousands of dollars for schools in Minnesota.

Members: Rob Lundquist, Jon Mclemore, Elliott Robinson, Adam Rupp, Chris Rupp
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MouthBeats
No words, just rhythms, sound effects, and vocal percussion. MouthBeats explores the sonic barriers between vocal and instrumental music. Fusing pop, rock, jazz, world, and military styles, MouthBeats is on a never ending hunt for new beats, new sounds, new grooves.

Listen to: Tron | Listen to: The Future Pt. 2

Members: Tim Jones, Matt Murphy, Chris Schenk, Richard Steighner
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Pandora Celtica
This ensemble got its official start in 2004 with just three vocalists: Chaz, Traveler and Traci. After a few songs, they had this crazy idea that they could be a killer a cappella Celtic band. That summer, Traci left the band and Amanda jumped in to add her unique spirit and sound. In January of 2006, PC added four more voices, two of which were Rion and Jen. Over the years there have been many twists and turns, but one thing has remained constant for five years . . . If it sank, we’ll sing about it!!

Members: Rion Bergquist, Amanda Efron, Jennifer Gardine, Traveler Hawk, Chaz Kemp
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Raging Harmonies
Our group is made up of juniors and seniors at Westminster High School in the Denver Colorado suburbs. This a cappella group, under the direction of Melissa Flail, is a very diverse collection of enthusiastic students from the Westy choral program. Raging Harmonies represents the High School and Adams County School District 50 at community and regional events, and they recently performed at the Colorado Convention Center for the Association of School Business Officials International Conference. The students enjoy creating and performing music that is important to them.

Members: Charlie Chang, Sandy Chang, Jeremy Hurtado, Katarina Lobato, Taylor Medrano, Geoffrey Padilla, Katherine Wemhoner
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The UCD 7
We are the University of Colorado at Denver’s premiere seven-member a cappella ensemble. As the University’s first competitive performing group, these elite singers and performers have many singing engagements throughout the semester both on and off campus. The UD 7 has been a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes, and do their best to perform an eclectic and humorous variety of a cappella music.

Members: Jeff Alvarez, Kirk Dugan, Erin Hackel, Kameshia Hazard, Janessa Ho, Lucas Reeves, Jamie Salgado, John Paul Sharp
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Wonder Voice
Four seasoned singers and one vocal drum-meister take on the great pop hits of yesterday and today. The members of Wonder Voice capture the energy and enthusiasm of an instrumental band using only their voices.

Members: Jason Guffey, Tim Jones, Matt Murphy, Bryce Robinson, Kai Robinson
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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.

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