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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.

2011 Rocky Mountain Champions

Throat

Throat is a collective of singer-musicians that perform original music. Hard-rocking beats, cerebral songwriting and a full, in-your-face band sound...that just happens to all be produced without instruments. Throat is a vocal band that sings 100% original music. Influenced by great rock groups of the past 50 years, as well as the pioneers of the contemporary a cappella vocal band movement, THROAT is dedicated to performing fresh, rocking music for the masses.

2011 Results
1st
Throat
2nd
McPhly
Audience Favorite
McPhly
Best Original Arrangement
"DU" - Paul Lannon
Best Original Song
Emily Bede - "Monsters and Animals"


2011 Participating Groups

Eclipse
Eclipse is a vocal group of six creating explosive sound, driving rhythms, and lush harmonies using only one instrument: the human mouth.

The six members of Eclipse originally met while performing in a public relations /ambassador-oriented group that was part of the department of Programs and Entertainment at Utah State University. They began by arranging their own vocal covers of popular songs and performing them on campus and in the Logan area. Increasing public interest and performance opportunities led to the recording of their first album, "Once," which was released in April 2001.

Members: Molly Bedard, Karin Bennett, Henry Bradford, Amy Brinkman-Davis, Dan Caprera, Cody Carbone, Brett Conrad, Ali Fanucchi
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Throat
Throat is a collective of singer-musicians that perform original music. Hard-rocking beats, cerebral songwriting and a full, in-your-face band sound...that just happens to all be produced without instruments. Throat is a vocal band that sings 100% original music. Influenced by great rock groups of the past 50 years, as well as the pioneers of the contemporary a cappella vocal band movement, THROAT is dedicated to performing fresh, rocking music for the masses.

Members: Kate Spencer, Emily Bedal, Peter Driscoll,, Mister Tim, Matt Murphy
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IdioSINGcrasies
IdioSINGcrasies - A select group of beautiful and talented men and women who just canít help but frequently burst into song. The IdioSINGcrasies pride themselves on being entirely self-operating group at the University of Denver whoís members all have diverse strengths and experience singing together. Never complete without both new talent and some veterans, they are prepared to tackle any vocal challenge that comes our way. So bring it! IdioSINGcrasies is influenced by all musical genres, with recent inspirations ranging from Janelle Monae to Drake and from Guns 'n' Roses, to Stevie Wonder - they cover it all. With plans to lead Collegiate A Cappella regionally by consistently raising the standard - their performances are a reflection of everything they value: family, a passion for music, and enjoying themselves. Check them out. There is no room for disappointment!

Members: Galen Jacobs, Katie Turley, Kirby Page-Schmit, Marcus Yetter, Maryclaire Costello, Meg Kardos, Nate Pearson, Paul Lannon
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King4
King4 - Elvis is back in the building! The #1 hitmaker in QUADRUPLICATE! Four Elvises (Elvi?) croon a cappella versions of the Kingís most beloved numbers, as well as modern P.E. (post-Elvis) classics in the King's style, in this fun but loving tribute.

Members: Brandon Anderson, Jay Jones, Jared Allen, Todd Eccles
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McPhly
McPhly - In the fall of 2008, the four members of McPhly came together to create a new sound in a cappella. After only 5 rehearsals in 3 weeks McPhly won the RMD District Championship by decisive margins. The new foursome came together with a wealth of vocal music experience and is currently taking the Denver a cappella scene by storm. All four coming from different popular groups, McPhly is quickly becoming a new standard of a cappella. Since their inception, the groupís repertoire has been ever expanding - with music ranging from jazz, pop, barbershop, country and more, they have been wildy popular with audiences. They have performed in over 20 states nationwide and continue to perform nationally and recently placed 15th at the BHS International Contest in Philadelphia, PA. Get ready for McPhly!

Members: Brian Fox, Andrew Hoag, Curtis Terry, Travis Tabares, Ryan Gallatin Wilson
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Pandora Celtica
Pandora Celtica - Hail to thee Bright Beings! We are Pandora Celtica, a dark faerie acapella band from the lands of dream and myth. We've been brought together by the Queen of the Fae for your entertainment. We bring you rich harmonies, tribal drumming and ancient songs of sorrow, loss and longing. Let us move you. Let us thrill you. Let us free you.

Members: ShadowCat, Discordia, Requiem, Rubiee, Nessa
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Renegade
Renegade is a six-part male a capella group and was formed in the Spring of 2009. Their entire repertoire consists of a cappella music from many different genres - including Rock, Jazz, Choral and Pop. Renegade hails from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO and is continuously expanding its repertoire and performance opportunities. Its members come together from across several disciplines, and include several future teachers: Alex Hill-Music Composition and Performance, Joey Revier-Musical Theater, Jacob Rivera-Philosophy, Mark Petersen-Music Education, Zach Wilson-Music Education, Nathan Wubbena-Music Education. Renegade entertains its audiences with quality arrangements and compositions, and sets a standard of excellence with every performance.

Members: Alex Hill, Joey Revier, Jacob Rivera, Mark Petersen, Zach Wilson, Nathan Wubbena
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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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