38th Annual

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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.

2022 Bay Area Champions

Side Note

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Fresh. Funky Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twentysomethings, from wildly different musical backgrounds, who draw draw their diversity to create an all-new sound. It's contemporary a cappella - pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some buzzin' beats, rockin' riffs and hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music!

2022 Results

1st
Side Note
2nd
Acanonymous
3rd (tie)
Vocal Music Workshop
3rd (tie)
VOENA
Audience Favorite
Side Note
Best Original Arrangement
“SF Medley” - Richman Neumann - Sidenote
Best Original Song
“You Can’t Have Me Back” - Yes M’am!


2022 Participating Groups

Aca-word

Yes we are. Formed in 2012, we have been performing original covers of everything from classic rock hits to contemporary pop tunes. As a 13 person a cappella group, we achieve a unique sound by fusing new and old music in sophisticated arrangements. We strive to bring joy to our audience and hope to share our Aca-love of singing to everyone within earshot!

Members: Juli Fong, Sophia Guastucci, Jazlyn Lopez, Sarah Brumfield, Sam Michael, Adrienne Johnson, Marizel Mendoza, Eddie Ayala, Diego Lopez, Jake Lagrave, Daniel Jones, Rjay Molo

Acanonymous

Acanonymous is a 9-person a cappella group, originally formed from Concord High choir members looking to expand their music. With high energy pop tunes and familiar classics, they always put on a fun and engaging performance for their audience. Although the group was recently formed, most of the members have been singing together for 7 years.

Members: Courtney Lucas, Lana Neal, Chloe Short, Rachel Lloyd, Bea Cruz, Jonathon Down, Jaden Talosig, Dennis Dunn, Samir English

Beyond Zebra

Beyond Zebra is a newly formed a cappella group who enjoys expressing unique, intricate arrangements with heartfelt emotion. Like the Dr. Seuss book On Beyond Zebra about an alphabet beyond Z, the music of Beyond Zebra takes audiences beyond what they might know and expect. When you go Beyond Zebra, who knows what wonderful things you might hear?

Members: Fiona McCrae, Zareen Levien, Miya Kanzaki, Jon Pilat, John Kelley, John Rae-Grant

Dotter's Knot

Dotter's Knot brings a fresh approach to some old familiar ren faire favorites, as well as introducing the audience to some little known material drawn from traditional folk music, with a smattering of original pieces. We feature memorable, sing-able, audience-pleasing melodies, and intricate harmony.

Members: Kathleen MacKay, Pam Shugarte, Alanna Fairbairn, Faith Michele, Jennifer Bristow, Liesl Buchbinder, Deborah Black, Vonnie Galusha, Vicki Solomon, Jerusha Simon, Karen Scarborough, Chris Fairbairn

Lullabies and Honey

Lullabies and Honey is a Bay Area vocal quartet spontaneously created in 2019 out of a love of harmonizing and performing meaningful music. They draw from a wide swath musical experience from classical piano and violin to modern collegiate a cappella and glee clubs, bringing together an eclectic mix of genres mashed up in their whimsical, soulful, and beautiful arrangements.

Members: Michael Khor, Hahns Shin, Selina Sun, Wenley Tong

Side Note

Hip. Imaginative. Fun. Fresh. Funky Fresh. Side Note is a group of seven twentysomethings, from wildly different musical backgrounds, who draw draw their diversity to create an all-new sound. It's contemporary a cappella - pushed to the limits of pop, R&B, funk, rock, musical theater and jazz. Get ready for some buzzin' beats, rockin' riffs and hot harmonies as Side Note delivers a show unlike nearly anything else in vocal music!

Members: Katie Ponce, Reina Galhea, Priya Vijaykumar, Alex Briner, Juan Carlos Martinez, Roi Matalon, Ben Cachapero, Jefferson Lam, David Galhea, Richman Neumann

Vocal Music Workshop

Vocal Music workshop is a 12-member, co-ed a cappella group, exploring the music of all genres and time periods. Year-round they are called upon to entertain and inspire the community, performing at sports events and private special events. Over the years Vocal has been fortunate to share the stage with amazing performers such as Bobby McFerrin, Dick Van Dyke, The House Jacks, OC Times, Straight No Chaser, Rockapella, VoicePlay and The Filharmonic.

Members: Marin Hartless, Isabella Hurst, Noah Goldman, Juliette Moschetti, Liam Wallace Harper, Jenny Leighton, Micah Eisenberg, Keaton Flynn, Ben Stewart, Lucy Rocah, Atticus Fisher, Jasperina van Stuijvenberg, Matthew Corrigan

VOENA

Voena (Voices of Eve 'N Angels), founded in 1994, has performed for Presidents Clinton and Bush in Washington D.C. and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. As goodwill ambassadors, they have toured with their message of celebrating global diversity to China, Mexico, Italy, Greece, and Japan - from the White House, Mondavi Music Festival, Davies Hall to Carnegie Hall. With 100 + voices ranging in age from 6 to 18, VOENA achieves rich and inventive a cappella vocal arrangements by using multiple percussion instruments, dance, and theatrical elements, performing in a splash of color, and embracing our many cultural differences.

Members: Valentina Badano, Sybelle Bradley, Emyleigh Hayashi, Arianna Lohrer, Zoe Marinos, Ella Martin, Grace Martin, Elleanor Martin, Macayla Sedeno

Yes M'am!

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Members: Margaret Miles, Mary Hill, TBA

Your Emcee for the Evening

Angie Doctor

Angie Doctor, a studio singer and live performer who began her career in Chicago doing commercials, voice-overs and recording projects, and has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area vocal music community since 1995. She is currently the Vocal Jazz Ensemble instructor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, and busy creating new arrangements with Clockwork and getting back to singing live!

Angie is a songwriter and arranger, vocal coach and clinician for school music ensembles and solo singers, background singer for groups such as The Manhattans, Heatwave, Gene Chandler, Barbara Lewis, Billy Paul, and many others, studio singer and voice-over talent, is the soprano in the jazz vocal quartet Clockwork, and was in the wackiest of all a cappella groups, The Bobs, for the last 6 years of their 36 year run. In addition, she has been singer and soloist for music projects with Bobby McFerrin, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey in the Rock, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, performing at venues that include Zellerbach in Berkeley, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Philharmonie Berlin. Her vocal work can be heard on many recording projects, including as a featured soloist on the Grammy-nominated recording of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” (Harmonia Mundi), Clockwork's "Every Voice Counts", The Bobs "Biographies", and two albums full of jazz a cappella duets with Dan (Bob) Schumacher, "He Said, She Said: Duets For Two Voices" and "Two, Vol. 2", produced and arranged by Richard Bob Greene.

Angie is also a founding member of the Grammy-nominated PM Singers and has brought her extensive experience in solo and small group harmony singing to workshops and festivals as a judge and clinician since 1996.

2022 Judges

Bryan Matheson   

Bryan Matheson is the owner of Skyline Studios, one of the Bay Area's longest continuously operated recording studios. During the past 30 years, Bryan has had extensive experience on both sides of the glass, as a recording engineer/producer and as a session singer, and has won numerous awards for his film, TV, and radio work, including a 2006 Grammy nomination for his performance with The Pacific Mozart Ensemble in the Leonard Bernstein Mass,performed and recorded with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. A Cappella groups he's worked with include The Edlos, Solstice, Clockwork, Ro Sham Bo and The Bobs. Most recently, he recorded the harmony vocals on Esperanza Spalding's 2022 release Songwrights Apothecary Lab, for which she was awarded a Grammy for best jazz vocal.

Bryan is also the founder and CEO of iMusicast , which from 1999 to 2005 produced live webcasts from its concert venue in Oakland. Through six years of concerts, iMusicast became the epicenter of a vital East Bay music scene, enjoying enormous support and goodwill from fans, local bands and national touring acts. He is faculty emeritus at San Francisco State University, Chabot College and Diablo Valley College, where he taught music recording technology.

Barbara Vander Putten   

Barbara Vander Putten, a Bay Area native, began her vocal music career in 1977 joining the West Valley Masterworks, with whom she sang a diverse repertoire including Mozart & Verdi's Requiem (with a performance at Carnegie Hall), Bach B minor Mass, Rutter's Gloria, etc, as well as a variety of folk music, madrigals, show tunes and spirituals. Since joining Sweet Adelines Intl (SAI) in 1995, she was the Assistant Director of the award-winning Mission Valley Chorus and its Interim Director in 2005.  Barbara was named Director of the Harmony Fusion Chorus in April of 2007. She is a Certified Director, a member of the SAI Region 12 coaching faculty and served three terms as the Regional Directors Coordinator. She is also a professor for the regional L.A.W. (Learn Arm Waving) School. More recently she was invited to serve as judge for the Western Writers of America/Western Song category.

In addition to singing and directing, Barbara used her speaking voice as one of the enthusiastic hosts of The Human Voice Show, featuring a cappella harmony, on People’s Radio KKUP – Cupertino.


Juliet Green   

Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Juliet Green is a singer, songwriter and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Juliet has performed in various vocal jazz ensembles, winning the SF Regional Harmony Sweepstakes competition in 1998 and 2000 (+4db), 2005 (Moodswing) and 2012 (Sing Theory). She currently sings alto in the award-winning jazz a cappella quartet Clockwork, who were selected to perform at the 2011 JEN Conference in New Orleans after the release of their acclaimed album Every Voice Counts. Juliet's other passion is working as an educator, clinician, and director. She has taught at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, Jazz Camp West, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and directs the Downbeat award-winning Panache vocal jazz ensembles at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley.

Walter Zelnick   

Vice-President of the legendary City Hall Records -- one of the last truly independent music distributors in the nation and distributor of the Primarily A Cappella imprint-- has been a pillar of the Bay Area music scene for the last thirty five years. During his tenure, Mr. Zelnick has overseen the distribution of a wide variety of talent across the musical spectrum, from Bay Area Rap legends, Too Short, MC Hammer and the late Mac Dre to such artists as Paula West, The Two Live Crew, NWA, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Salt-N-Pepa, Lavay Smith, Charo, Doris Day, The Jingle Cats and many more. He has witnessed the evolution of the music delivery system from LP to cassette to CD to digital to LP. One of his proudest achievements is his unsought credit as a background vocalist on the 1995 recording, "Christmas Unleashed" by the Jingle Dogs (actual dogs).

Daniella Caveney   

Daniella Caveney is a lyric soprano, pianist and music educator who has performed in Europe and America as a concert soloist as well as having performed operatic roles with such companies as San Francisco Lyric Opera, Tyrolean Opera, Berkeley Opera and Florence Opera. She is the founder of HEAL (Harmony Emerging As Love), and directs the HEAL Choir, HEAL Chamber Singers and HEAL Glee Club. She also directs the Novato Music Association Chorus, and vocal department at San Francisco Waldorf High School. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Artists' Salon, which brings classical music concerts into the home. She leads masterclasses for high school and collegiate vocal ensembles and serves as the music director at UCC in Petaluma.


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John Neal (Bay Area) Beginning as a local event the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, under Neal’s guidance, has grown to become the most significant live showcase for a cappella music in the nation and attracts hundreds of groups and thousands of audience members every year. The Harmony Sweepstakes was the original inspiration for the NBC prime time series The Sing-Off and Neal was hired as a consultant to the series. Neal is president of Primarily A Cappella - (www.singers.com) which is the nation’s leading vendor of a cappella music including recordings, arrangements, DVDs, songbooks and instructional material for singers. Neal writes the informative blog at www.acappellanews.com which has a large and loyal readership.

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