Groups By Region
Intimate, witty and intelligent songsters, the award-winning Irrationals, are an a cappella ensemble acclaimed for their rich, complex vocal style. The delicious blending of their voices has been described as "cafe mocha for the ears." Singing together for almost twelve years, this six-member, Berkeley-based group is praised for its harmonic excellence and diverse repertoire. The Irrationals often perform songs about the unpredictable. They are dazzled by the irrationality of love, awed by the intuitive nature of life and intrigued by things that don't make sense.
The Irrationals' sound has an African American foundation that is used to explore pop, R&B, jazz, folk and rock. A core blend of three soulful women enhanced by bass, tenor and percussive vocal elements creates an exquisitely layered melodic mix. Whether it's Stevie Wonder with a rap twist, Annie Lennox, Talking Heads, the Neville Brothers or a romantic folk song, the Irrationals are playful, distinctive and sometimes irreverent.
Members: Renee Hayes, Tim Lukaszewski, Gwen McElwee, Sam Rogers, Eric Farmer, Linda Sanderson
Moosebutter is a four-man comedy a cappella group. They have won awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society(Best Comedy Song, 2004), The Harmony Sweepstakes (2003 International Finals runners-up), had their music included on compilation albums (Doctor Demento Basement Tapes 2005, Sing II 2005) and played live shows in front of audiences around the United States. Their tight harmony and eclectic humor have charmed audiences through two albums and countless live performances.
To handle all the performance requests they receive, moosebutter has several casts of performers. They perform with three, four, or five singers, depending on the show, and have done just about every kind of show you can imagine (Punk rock show? Check. National television? Check. Wedding reception? Check.).
Members: Tim Y. Jones, Glen Sawyer, Weston Wride, Chris Harris
| Copper Wimmin
Copper Wimmin are three obstreperous young women who set audiences on fire with their brilliant lyrics, haunting voices and fierce harmonies. They create a sacred hurricane of sound which leaves their audiences spellbound and often, in tears. Creating a buzz wherever they go, these vocal amazons have been singing together since they were twelve years old. They have evolved a sound so moving, so pure, that upon hearing them many recall a collective memory in which women sang together in caves and cathedrals before time began.
Copper Wimmin are a sonic epiphany. They weave their voices together so expertly that it is hard to know where one voice ends and the other begins. The combined impact of the arrangements, lyrical content and outrageous stage presence is that of a sublime sledgehammer effortlessly crashing through the door that separates the soulless from the sacred. Also appearing on the Bay Area Regionals stage in 1999, they were also finalists in the Lilith Fair talent search.
Members: Alyx Benham, Sophia Mallie, Tenaya Wallach
Solstice is a female vocal ensemble specializing in music written by women or for women's voices. Our music spans many different genres with an emphasis on world, classical, pop, and jazz. We are also committed to performing new works for women's voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs.
Solstice has performed in many Bay Area venues including Freight and Salvage, La Pena, the San Francisco Community Music Center, Music on the Hill, the Berkeley Arts Center, Trinity Chamber Music series, and Villa Montalvo. Solstice has also performed on KALW's Folk Music and Beyond On-Air Folk Festival.
Members: Becca Burrington, Krista Enos, Sheryl Kaskowitz, Joanna Silver, Kim Warsaw
In the beginning of human existence, there was no music. Stories were created, told, and forgotten. BOHICA looked down from their lofty perch in the heavens and were greatly troubled. Ignoring the protestations of the other gods, BOHICA reached to the earth and created music. The other gods were angry, and punished BOHICA, stripping the four-in-one of their divinity and forcing them to walk the earth as mortals.
Members: Chris Ferejohn, Elena Krasnovsky, Ian Bell, Sara LaBatt
Evolution is four talented and ambitious young men who found each other through their passion for song and determination to carry out their vision of global unity through music. Guy, Will, Tone and John are vocalists who have formed a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural group united by their similarities and strengthened by their diversity. Founded three years ago, Evolution has always incorporated songwriting , arranging and producing to their established repertoire of intricate harmonies and soulful interpretation. Individually, they represent a microcosm of today¹s world; collectively, they represent the future and all its possibilities; vocally, they capture the human experience.
Members: John “JB” Boyd, Anthony “Tone” Cherry, Will Nada, Guy Baruch
| One of Each
Four microphones. Three men (Two Balding). One woman (Not balding). One of Each, formed in July 2002, has been performing in coffee shops and bus shelters, spitting on and occasionally entertaining audiences around the Bay Area. Originally born Oswald Giraffe, One of Each cocooned, pupated, and emerged a terrifying creature of tremendous power and girth...emerged a force for truth and justice...emerged blinking in the harsh stage lights. Dubbed “pretty good” by a nameless, drunk local critic, One Of Each seems poised to take on the a cappella world.
Members: Scott Adler, David Bender, Lisa Gallien, David Taylor
This group is a newly formed vocal band all the way from Reno, Nevada. They have 5 talented singers from various musical backgrounds. Though their tastes differ, they've immersed themselves in 50's & 60's Doo-Wop with a splash of contemporary style. After drowning in an ocean of unacceptable names. they caught the wave that is......Tune-ami. A tidal wave of vocal harmony!
Members: Dave Margolis, Mikki Madison, Joseph Gonda, Jamie Arrington, B.J. Hill
| Six Appeal
Is Six Appeal a comedy group, a vocal ensemble, or a rock band? Audiences have been trying to answer that question for years. Swearing off instruments, Six Appeal uses a cappella singing to span decades of classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes. Featuring vocal dexterity and adventurous song selection, the group explores all genres with a far-reaching repertoire that will surprise and captivate audiences regardless of the setting.
Despite their cheeky group name, the antics of these six young gentlemen provide a good natured atmosphere for their electrifying performance. A Six Appeal show will split your sides, feed your musical sweet tooth, and leave you wondering how in the world they pulled it off just with voices.
Members: Irene Antonellis, Christy Colburn, Kim Armstrong, Ben Sigwarth, Julie Tucker, Matt Wrobel
| All About Buford
All About Buford is a pop-funk vocal band from Boston, New York City and Philadelphia who switch seamlessly between an a cappella format and an acoustic guitar format, delivering pure vocals, complex arrangements, and intricate harmonies. The rhythmic background of AAB is the complex vocal percussion (beatboxing) of Del Coy, who simultaneously does percussion AND bass. You might not believe the sound is being created vocally, but there are no drum tracks! Performing an eclectic mix of covers and originals, All About Buford has been described as both sexy AND sophisticated. They have performed steadily at venues large and small since their inception in 2000, and were the 2003 Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes champions (runner-up in 2002). All About Buford does a high-energy, surprising show that gets an audience involved.
Members: Wes Carroll, Amy Malkoff, Shah Salmi, Taunia Soderquist
Fretless made its debut in June of 1999 at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Bedford, MA. In 2004, we competed at the Eastern Regional Harmony Sweepstakes at Tufts University's Cohen Auditorium, winning third place. In 2005, we produced our first CD entitled "All the Things We Are".
Fretless weaves the soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass voices of five accomplished performers into a tapestry of lush harmonies and fascinating lyrics. Our repertoire includes an adventurous mix of lively pop songs, Broadway classics, demanding classical works, and off-beat selections from the great American songbook.
Members: Anna S. Choi, Sue Wellington, David Getty, Bill Reed, Charlie Hodges
| Faith in Action
Faith in Action is a women’s a cappella group, singing gospel and spiritual songs with touches of jazz. Founded in March of 1996, the ad hoc group sang the same song (Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “We Are”) over several months for church-related events, culminating in a performance at Madison Square Garden in August 1996. After Madison Square Garden, they decided maybe God had a plan for the group, and maybe it was time to learn more than one song. Since then, FIA has performed with the Boston a cappella community (at a cappella showcases, clubs, and East Coast A Cappella Summits), in gospel concerts, for a variety of benefit events, and on WGBH-TV with Bobby McFerrin. FIA placed third in the 1999 Boston Sweeps, and is thrilled to be back with new members and new names.
Members: Janet Appleby, Darlene Burgess, Christine Federspiel, Toni Franklin, Rebecca Harrold, Jessica Lewis, Sharon Metzger
| From the Edge
From the Edge is a female foursome that sings a variety of a cappella music--usually in the barbershop style. They have performed all over the New England area and have recently released their first CD. Lynne Morgan, tenor, from Fairfield, CT, is an illustrator; Penny Schroeder, baritone, from Trumbull, CT, is a medical transcriptionist; Sue Broudy, lead, from Weston, CT, worked in the field of advertising; and Marion Devokaitis, bass, from Farmington, CT, is a retired elementary school teacher. The group is presently the North Atlantic Regional championship quartet of Sweet Adelines International, and is honored to have been chosen to participate in tonight's event.
Members: Sue Broudy, Marion Devokaitis, Lynne Morgan, Penny Schroeder
| Integration by Parts
Integration by Parts is a six-member, co-ed group which has recently burst forth onto Boston a cappella scene. A merry band of a cappella veterans happy to have found a home, the group is quickly becoming known for its tight vocal harmonies and exuberant performance style. IBP has crafted a unique sound influenced heavily by jazz, breathing new life into everything from pop to folk to classic rock. Integration by Parts. a cappella without limits!
Members: Jeff Alderson, Melanie Armstrong, Liz Baraff, Michael King, Carolyn Schneyer, Greg Simpson
| Northeast Connection
Northeast Connection presents barbershop quartet music in a style reminiscent of the vaudeville era. Precise harmonies and beautiful old songs, wrapped up in an entertaining and folksy package are the trademark of this quartet. Since this foursome began singing together in 1996, they have won the Northeastern District Quartet Championship, and represented the Northeastern District four times at the SPEBSQSA International Contest and Convention. Their personnel comes to the table with a combined total of over 50 years of entertaining audiences all over the country. Be sure to take time to introduce yourself to Northeast Connection. They are, quite simply, four pretty good guys who love to meet new folks!
Members: Rob Lynds, Matt Mercier, Ralph St. George, Dan Washington
The Works is a five-part a cappella group, three men and two women, founded in 1994. The group is comprised of a public relations guru at a start-up company, a vascular surgeon, a stay-at-home Dad, a stay-at-home Mom, and a stay-at-home Mom that does marketing communications on the quasi-side. The Works perform an eclectic mix of contemporary close harmony, from the B-52s to Gershwin, from Ricki Lee Jones to James Brown. Based in Hyannis, Wenham, Sherborn, Concord and Wellesley, we’ve performed in a wide variety of settings, from intimate anniversary parties to business meetings with large gatherings of 3,000 people in a room to empty squash courts. The group is characterized by an intense rehearsal regimen (wine, chat, some singing), an absence of conflict when we all agree, and a shameless research-based, in-depth knowledge of tonight’s judges.
Members: Dan Gorin, Beverly Jaques, Fred Jordan, Sarah Lazarus, Patrick Rafter
| Vocal Chaos
Vocal Chaos is an award-winning a cappella group from right here in Chicago! They have been making incredible music all over the Windy City since 1996, from Soldier Field and Cellular Field to Chicago Public Radio. They can also be heard singing a cappella in the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn movie "The Break Up". To foster collaboration and promote the art form of a cappella, they founded ACappellaFest, which in its eighth year has grown into the Midwest's largest a cappella festival. Vocal Chaos is thrilled to be back at the Harmony Sweepstakes. Look for their new EP to drop later this year!
Members: Andrew Dahan
Rendezvous is a mixed a cappella quartet from the Chicago area. They have very diverse interests and careers, but share a common joy in singing a cappella music. All four are accomplished singers in the barbershop style, now they get together to sing in a style that is truly their own. Their repertoire ranges from popular songs to jazz, folk and gospel, and there is sure to be something for everybody in each of their performances. Rendezvous has performed in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Oregon, New Mexico, and as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia. They recently recorded a new jingle that will be airing nationwide on radio and television for Empire Today (formerly Empire) Carpets.
| Four Bettys
The Four Bettys are the 2008 Sweet Adelines International Champion Quartet. With a combined 40+ years singing and numerous national and international awards, they share a passion for performing. The Bettys just love an audience, and have enjoyed a wide variety of performance situations including concerts, barbershop chapter shows, special events, serenades, or even drive-by singings. The Bettys have sung for audiences in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Nevada, Kansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Canada, Maryland and can soon be seen in Oregon, California and Hawaii. Last May, the Bettys had the rare honor of headlining a show at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Members: Wendy Ahlgrim-Bellandi, Lynda Keever, Cori Albrecht, Heather Mears
| Marcoux Corner
The first thing you notice when you see Marcoux Corner is the sound, it's pure vocal extravagance. This four piece A Cappella group combines over 20 years of voice lessons and vocal study at one of the country's most prestigious colleges for vocal performance, Concordia College in Moorhead.
The sound they produce when they join in harmony will make you rethink your attitude about music. It is, at the same time, beautiful and full of so much energy you can't help but tap your toe and grin from ear to ear. That is what separates Marcoux Corner from everyone else on the scene today, toe-tapping FUN. Kevin, Brent, Josh and Dave step onto the stage and the audience becomes part of the show. These guys don't stand up there and just perform; they engage everyone through the sheer force of their individual personalities.
| Blue Jupiter
Blue Jupiter's all-vocal performance is nothing short of explosive! The world-touring a cappella quartet has been described as "The real deal," by rock legend, Gene Simmons; "Simply terrific" by Scott Conant of Food Network, "Incredible!" by Jane Pauly from NBC; "Nothing short of magic," by the Sands Casino Entertainment Department, and "Simply the best music act we've ever had at our schools," by the Connecticut Public Schools Board. Blue Jupiter's energetic blend of pop lead vocals, jazzy a cappella harmony and funky beatbox has garnered standing ovations in over 40 states and around the world.
Members: Marty Gasper, Chris Chatham, Toby Donnelly, Chris Thomas
Nightwatch was formed in December of 1998 as a result of a lost bet, or at least it seems that way sometimes. Matt (a fireman Ò ask him to show you his Dalmatian), Paul (international secret agent/sock garter model), Dan (the new voice behind that AFLAC duck) and Scott (not sure what he's doing this week) have been verbally berating each other ever since meeting in Greendale WI's Midwest Vocal Express, also known as the 2002 5th Place Bronze Medallist Barbershop Chorus. Their consistent refusal to sing any song seriously actually paid off in August of 2000, as they were crowned the Buckeye Invitational Funny Bone Comedy Quartet Champions after performing their now infamous (this means "more than famous", right?) Diner Set in front of tens of people in Columbus OH. Their latest achievement occurred in April of 2001, when they duped an esteemed judging panel just enough to capture the Land OÌLakes Division I Quartet Championship. No matter what the venue, you can expect high-quality singing and a wide array of musical styles from this group. What you can't expect is for them to go to bed early and to have serious conversations with each other, or anyone else for that matter.
Members: Dan Naumann, Scott Hettig, Scott Hettig, Matt Martin
| No Limit
No Limit, the hottest new vocal band out of the midwest, has been captivating audiences everywhere. With soaring, soulful lead voices; tight harmonies; killer percussion; energetic stage presence; exciting choreography; and contemporary, 98 Degrees/*NSYNC looks, No Limit has great audience appeal. Already being featured on regional U.S. radio with its debut single, "All My Love," and having appeared at schools, colleges, fairs, festivals and other public, civic and private/corporate events, the group is currently being considered for its debut in Japan. With a repertoire covering pop hits and original songs, there really *is* No Limit to how far this 5-man vocal band can go!
Shircago is Chicago's premier Jewish a cappella ensemble. They have performed everywhere from local synagogues to Philadelphia's Independence Square. Their high-energy performances and creative arrangements are accessible to audiences of all ages. Shircago has recorded an eponymous studio album and had one of its tracks featured on the recent Best Of Jewish A Cappella album. This is the group's third appearance in the Harmony Sweepstakes. They will be debuting two new arrangements tonight!
| Straight Company
Straight Company is like a musical magnet, drawing together diverse styles and transforming them into something uniquely there own. Although they have experimented with different musical styles and formats over the years, they remain true to their a cappella roots and continue to deliver vibrant, airtight harmonies reminiscent of nothing you have heard before. Straight Company began over twenty-five years ago as a concept to blend the sounds of the founders’ African heritage with the sounds of the world at large to create a new and exciting style. The group has performed all over America and in many foreign countries and for an impressive list of dignitaries and events. Events such as Hosanna, The ELCA National Convention, Jubilee, Evangelism Connections, several of the Six Flags theme parks, Winter Fest, The Crystal Cathedral, Vice President Gore, and many other dignitaries. Straight Company’s CD "So Excited" charted in many markets around the USA and their latest, "Courtesy of God" won Album of the year at the CAMAs (Contemporary A cappella Music Awards) for 2002.
| Swing Shift
Swing Shift is a vocal jazz mixed ensemble. The group's signature sound is heard in their rich harmonic treatment of pop, jazz, and Broadway standards. Over the years the group has drawn on local resources like the SMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble from which five of Swing Shift's present roster are current or past members. We are proud that many of Swing Shift's alumni have gone on to advance their careers in prestigious ensembles like the LA Master Chorale and LA Choral Lab. If you love lush sounds, complex harmonies, and creamy-smooth blend, you'll love hearing this group.
Members: Lisa Clark, Arlene Evans, Macain Treat, Courtney Lemmon, Richard Gilinsky
| Undivided Musical Group
With ten years of musical career, four albums, a Latin Grammy nomination, six CARA nominations and two awards this year 2010 for best religious album and best song of religion, among other numerous awards, combined with thousands of records sold worldwide, the charismatic and cheerful style Undivided continues to conquer hearts in the U.S. and Latin America.
Undivided is a vocal group made up of six young people who play music a cappella style. Breaking the language barrier, playing their songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The group enjoys a variety of musical influences such as gospel, R & B, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Salsa, Merengue and other Latin fusions are achieved by the skill and facility to play music with their voices.
These young people are not satisfied with what they have achieved, but are always looking for innovative and different ways to reinvent his style within the genre a cappella, a feature that allowed you to excel as one of the best vocal groups in the world. These young people have a musical talent that not only captures the ear with modern harmonies and musical arrangements, but they combine their voices with the visual aspect to provide a show without boundaries.
Members: Greg Gordon, Ruben Aponte, David Cortes, Hector Sanchez, Richard Aponte, Mel Ramirez
| Funk Divas
The Funk Divas are an a cappella force to be reckoned with. Hailing from all over the world, (Sweden, Chile, Russia, New Caledonia, and the United States) these five women are blending their voices as one with a fresh, contemporary sound. Each a dynamic soloist in her own right, these five artists represent the best vocal talent that Musicianis Institute has to offer. With custom tailored arrangements by Douglas Wood (formerly of the award-winning Chicago Voice Exchange) the Funk Divas will rock the house with soul, passion & air-tight harmonies.
Members: Mini Neufeld, Sonia Baicheva, Maiya Sykes, Natacha Volk, Shawna Basick
Grace is a Los Angeles based a cappella group of four women who are not actually named Grace - although their “Grace nicknames” have evolved over time. Lisa (alias “Baby Grace”) is the youngest and newest member of the group, and serves as their chief financial officer. Jeanette (alias “Crazy Grace”), groomed in Germany, provides on-going psychiatric evaluations (for free) as need arises. Paula (alias “Angst Grace”) serves as spiritual advisor and dutifully informs the group when the glass is twice as large as it needs to be. Marta (alias “Sassy Grace”) is their resident expert on feng-shui - despite the fact that, although close, they do not live together. Grace delivers tight harmonies, vibrant energy and an imaginatively reinvented mix of music from the 1920’s to the present. This group of seasoned performers shares a unique brand of blending that demonstrates the voice as an instrument like no other.
Members: Lisa Linehan, Jeanette Meyer, Paula McMath, Marta Weisskopf
| Liquid Hotplates
The Liquid Hotplates are in their third year of existence. Comprised of current and former students from the University of California at Davis, their repertoire extends throughout the pop music universe, including songs originally performed by Faith Hill, Metallica, Cake, Cher, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Brian Seltzer Orchestra and others, and they have recently begun to venture into performing group members’s original compositions. Their performance venues have included the 2002 California State Fair, shows in Berkeley, Sacramento, and Napa, and several prominent events in Davis. The Liquid Hotplates proudly recorded their first CD last spring, entitled “Told It Equals Hip”
Members: Steve Geller, Anna Brink, Sabrina Fong, Chris Nucho, Keith Rode, Jeremy Borum, Katy Williams
| Reverse Osmosis
Reverse Osmosis, in only its third year of existence, has quickly become the hottest co-ed a cappella group at the University of Southern California. The group normally features sixteen of the top singers at USC and tonight will perform with less than half of their normal personnel. Following their appearance at last year’s International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, RO hurried into the recording studio to lay down tracks for what would become their premiere album, “Aural Pleasure”.
Members: Jon Byron, Ryan Chun, Sue Connors, Hillary Fraser-Thompson, Brendan Jennings, Kathryn McGowan, Jason Monma
| Social Experiment
Probing the no-man's land between conventional hard rock and contemporary a cappella, Social Experiment rips through a wide range of rock music -- from classics like Van Halen and Pat Benatar to alternative and modern styles like Linkin Park and Ben Folds Five. Their contagious intensity combines with a playful, tongue-in-cheek style to make for a compelling stage show.
Members: Jill Burke, Patty Lund, Paul Vigil, Joe Cook, Scott Van Essen, Evan Dorn
The Garage Trio. Can a computing journal editor, a physics journal publisher, and a Unix systems administrator harmonize without re-creating the Big Bang? Bring duct tape & plastic sheeting just in case.
Members: Daryl Lubinsky, Sheila Coyazo, Stacey Morse
BlueLine is an award-winning, mixed quintet that performs jazz, gospel and pop a cappella music from the DC Area. Started in the fall of 1999 by friends whose day jobs weren't providing enough time on stage, the group has achieved a tight blend and performed at competitions, music festivals and private events. Washington City Paper called BlueLine "exciting" and "exhilarating." BlueLine gets its name from the subway line and is a tribute to the great Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train" - the kind of bluesy jazz that the group loves to sing
| Sound Celebration
Sound Celebration consists of two members of Sweet Adelines International and two members of SPEBSQSA, the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Formed in March of 2000, Sound Celebration has been entertaining the Southern Tier of New York at barbershop performances and shows, fundraisers, community concerts, corporate events, banquets, and private parties. Their repertoire includes country, blues, folk, spiritual, doo-wop and novelty selections. The quartet is a member of Mixed Harmony Barbershop Quartet Association, and in March of 2003 stretched their skills by competing in the Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella contest in Arlington, VA.
Members: Jerry Schmidt, Marcia O’Neil, Sheryl Allyn, Gerry O’Neil
| Key of She
Key Of She started in 2001 and a year later won the coveted "Audience Favorite" title and runner-up at the 11th Annual New York Harmony Sweepstakes. Since then, they've been on quite a ride. In May 2002, they opened for Ray Charles at the 1400-seat Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. In December 2004, they appeared on the nationally-syndicated Jane Pauley Show. In between, Key of She has performed at Philadelphia's Annual Paradigm Award Luncheon, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Women's Initiative, Philadelphia's Heart Ball Patrons Party, Phoenixville PA's A Cappella Jam, New Hope, PA's Bastille Day Celebration, Philadelphia's Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner, Montgomery Township's Cultural Arts Center. and annual fundraisers for Princeton Friends School and The Princeton Girlchoir. On New Year's Eves 2002, 2003 and 2004, Key of She took center stage at Newtown, PA's annual First Night.
| Cartoon Johnny
Cartoon Johnny is an energetic vocal band that pushes the limits of traditional a cappella. Drawing on influences from classic soul to modern alternative, they've crafted an exciting sound that is often mistaken for an instrumental band - but it's all vocal.
Based in the Washington DC area, Cartoon Johnny performs a variety of sure-fire audience favorites and their own original music, bringing audiences to their feet show after show. They are two-time National Harmony Sweepstakes finalsists, winning the title for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2005, and in New York in 2009.
Cartoon Johnny has shared the stage with some of the best in a cappella and beyond. Highlights include headlining ACappellaFest Detroit in 2010, and performing with Marvin Hamlisch in his Christmas special at the Kennedy Center in 2008. Hamlisch invited the group to join him for his July 4th concerts in San Diego in 2009.
Members: Kieran Daly, Kevin Dixon, Joseph Yoon, Mike Henrickson, Darcy Romano, Alan Tom
| High Five
High Five is an award winning, mixed voice, 5-part, a cappella jazz quintet from the Baltimore-Washington area creating music and fun wherever music lovers can be found. With more than a century of combined musical experience, this full-chord sound and tight harmonies are indicative of their unique style. This, combined with an undisputable jazz influence & champion arranger, makes Janet, Christy, Lori, Joe and Mike the ensemble that is unmistakably High Five.
Members: Janet Montrie, Christy Brannock, Lori Dreyer, Joe Mannherz, Mike Kelly
|The Idea of North
The Idea of North defies categorisation. As a quartet of musicians, their voices are their instruments: soprano, alto, tenor and bass, with a bit of vocal percussion thrown in. Their sound and style is distinct, yet they cross many musical genres: jazz, pop, folk, gospel, even comedy.
Their arrangements are extraordinary. They take songs you know and songs you don't and create songs you'll love. But it's not just about the music:
"A pitch-perfect ensemble negotiating complex modulations with ease, constant seamless transition between lead and accompaniment parts, and the whole thing strung together by low-key, humorous conversational patter..." The Courier-Mail
Members: Trish Delaney-Brown, Naomi Crellin, Nick Begbie, Andrew Piper
Cruisin' is an a cappella quartet that features a unique blend of voices and a variety of styles, especially the close harmonies of the 50's and 60's. Their backgrounds include rock, R&B, folk, glee club, barbershop and classical. They are busy entertaining audiences at association events, business promotions , civic celebrations weddings and private parties. They have also recorded for radio and television commercials.
Members: Gene Woolwine, Larry Duggan, Chip Brosseau, Allan Engler
Regency is a five man a cappella vocal group from Baltimore Maryland. They are often called the Temptation of the twenty first century. Their musical magic has fascinated fans throughout the United States. They sing everything from 40's Swing, Elvis, Motown and Classics and Pop Tunes in their own special a cappella style that is not quite doo wop, not quite R&B, but altogether wonderful. They have won Entertainer of The Year on the college market many times, have done national commercials and have opened for many of today's leading musicians. They have NEVER performed without receiving a standing ovation. Their biggest fans are musicians who marvel at their vocal ability. Regency won the New York Regionals several years back and have not competed in several years.
Members: Dewayne McNeill, Milton Ames, Aubrey Brown Jr., Charles Ballou
| Route 1
Route 1 is a brand new all-male a cappella group from the Washington, DC area. A little bit doo-wop, a little bit rock-and-roll, this 6-man group has recently performed at such DC venues as the historic Decatur House and Felix in Adams Morgan. Route 1 was the featured entertainment at the Washington, DC Heartsongs Gala Fundraiser, which benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America. For great a cappella in the nation's capital, just follow to signs the Route 1!
Members: Jordan Hirsch, Scott Welch, Anthony Simpson, Evan Reitmeye, Paul Bachmann, Chuck Apperson
Four men. Four microphones. No instruments. This is the formula for Canada's celebrated vocal band, Cadence.
Combining the lyricism of Stan Getz, the sophisticated harmonies of the Count Basie Big Band and the devil-may-care attitude of Louis Prima, this fabulous foursome has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over a decade with their innovative jazz arrangements, genre-hopping covers and eclectic originals. With an infectious energy and a good measure of wild stage antics, this cool cat rat pack of musical misfits is guaranteed to leave you shouting out for more.
>Wherever they are performing, incredulous audiences are left raving about Cadence's instrumental imitations, vocal acrobatics, and charismatic stage presence.
Members: Dylan Bell, Carl Berger, Keven Fox, Ross Lynde
| Pieces of 8
Powerful, entertaining and bursting with energy, this contemporary a cappella octet blends familiar sounds to create its own expression of American vocal music. The ensemble's voices -- pairs of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses -- combine in rich harmony to create a seamless blend of sound. Saluting the boundless and unpredictable American spirit, Pieces of 8 combines classical music influences with the sounds of jazz, pop, rock, Reggae, doo-wop, gospel and soul to create a multilayered, nearly orchestral texture. Pieces of 8 was founded by Charles Mead, the ensembles artistic director, with support from the Professional Studies Program at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School (formerly the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts).
Members: Kelli Shrewsbury, Wendy Whitby, Angela LeMar, Jose "Chach" Snook, Chris Lewis, Kevin Manning, Clayton Cromley
Six women, culturally and musically dynamic, create a unique convergence of voices and creative expression that is Voxy. Since its beginnings in 1999, Voxy has aspired to bring a new perspective and approach to contemporary melodies, performing in different languages (as almost all of the ladies are bi-lingual) and applying creative musical styles to popular songs. Recently described as having a lush, musically complex sound, Voxy also aspires to shock its audience from time to time with the unexpected.
Members: Aley Schoonmaker, Allie Shaper, Angel D'Antonio, Indu Raghuraman, Margaret Laszczak, Maria-Stella Fountoulakis
The Fonic is a five-man vocal band based in New York City. Founded in 1999 and recently described as "a rock band who left their guitars in the van," The Fonic has appeared at area clubs including Le Bar Bat, Triad, The Elbow Room and The Bitter End. On the road, The Fonic has performed for high school and university audiences, as well as The East Coast A Cappella Summit, The Arlington A Cappella Festival and the Maine Music Society's "Battle of the Blends."
Members: Aaron Belinfanti, Bryan Johnson, Damon Maida, Orlando Powers, Jeff Smithson
Moondance is a popular award-winning quartet in Region 15 of Sweet Adelines International a women’s barbershop organization. We have been performing together for the past four years, and have competed on the International Level in Orlando Florida. Sure we enjoy singing the barbershop standards, but we love entertaining audiences with our eclectic repertoire, which also includes songs from the 50’s through the 90’s. Our passion is to show you what a barbershop quartet can do with any style of music - have you ever heard a women’s barbershop quartet perform Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen?
Members: Sylvia Posso, Carol Bill, Karen Mullen, Harriette Walters
| Mystery Date
Award-winning a cappella sensation Mystery Date sings to entertain and inspire. This gay male a cappella group has roots as diverse as rock and roll, classical music, musical theater, soul, and collegiate a cappella. They delight audiences with their jazzy sound and sweet, sassy ( and sometimes irreverent) stage presence. Their repertoire defies categorization, ranging from Spike Jones and Gershwin classics to the B52s and contemporary songwriters like Alanis Morrisette and Desiree. They have performed nationwide sharing stages with a cappella legends “The Bobs”, Sweet Honey and the Rock’s Y’saye Barnwell, Lea DeLaria, The Persuasions, Kate Clinton, and Naturally Seven, among others. From New York cabarets and concert halls to theaters and arenas across the country, their performances are fueled with uncompromising musicianship, explosive energy and offbeat humor.
Members: Ken Browne, Bob Stern, Joshua Koffman, John Whitley
Mystique originated in 1996 and encompases diverse individual vocal backgrounds in pop, jazz, country, gospel and theatre. Their common love of the unique vocal blend found in street corner harmony has them performing in local venues and radio stations from central New Jersey to New York and Deleware.
| Sneaky Sis’
A rock/R&B combo of five veterans of the pro and college vocal circuit bent on grabbing audiences with high-energy jams and unexpected harmonic twists. Includes former members of Doo*Wa*Zoo, Six Day Week, The Hyannis Sound, Dobsonfly and numerous college groups; two are also currently with Minimum Wage and Columbia Univ.'s Clefhangers.
Members: Paul Ashley, Warren Bloom, Todd Daley, Jeff Sewell, Jon Spring
| Groove For Thought
Infectious grooves, stunning arrangements, and electrifying solos are just some of the phrases used to describe Seattle based vocal group Groove For Thought. Since 1998, GFT has brought their unique brand of jazz and R&B infused tunes to festival, concert, school, and nightclub audiences throughout the United States and abroad.
Members: Randy Taylor, Hannah Vierness, James Niles, Kelly Kunz, Kevin Kuna, Jeff Horenstein
| Double Deuce
Double Deuce was formed in 1998 by four experienced singers. In the beginning they concentrated on the barbershop style but as time went on they incorporated contemporary harmonies from groups like the Four Freshman and the gospel sounds of The Gaither Quartet. Working exclusively a cappella, they have entertained audiences throughout the Northwest thrilling audiences with their fast paced act that includes everything from music to choreography to comedy.
Members: Matt Yorkston, Rick Smith, Dan Evans, Jerry Potter
| Double Shot
Double Shot is Olympia’s newest quartet! We decided to start blending our voices merely days before the entry deadline for the Sweepstakes. We are having a great time and looking forward to making a bunch of music together. We have all enjoyed being involved in different musical and artistic activities over the years including singing a cappella music, playing the piano, dancing and rock-and-rolling in a Beatle Band. Mother/daughter combo, Stephanie and Amber, have enjoyed singing together most recently in a local, female, a cappella group called Chanteuse. Tony and Jon, formerly of The Akafellas, are thrilled to be singing a cappella music again.
Members: Tony Benjamins, Stephanie Claire, Jon Morgan, Amber Riley
Mockingbird is comprised of three good friends who have brought together their musical interests and diversity to form a blend of three-part a cappella harmonies straight from their hearts. They have been making music together for almost eight years and sing a delightful mix of songs, from the Shaker traditional “Simple Gifts” to 50’s “doo-wop” songs to lovely ballads to silly songs such as the audience favorite “Co-Dependent With You,” plus several originals. Each of the women has a wonderful voice, but when they sing together the combination of intricate harmonies and lovely voices and will send chills up your spine. Mockingbird has released three CDs—Drenched, Magic Everywhere and We 3. Last year they placed third at the Harmony Sweepstakes NW Regional A Cappella Festival.
Members: Robin Wallbridge, Sherrie Lutsch, Lesley Rigg
| Second Chance
Second Chance was formed in June of 2001 in Pendleton, Oregon. The group originally consisted of four members, but later added a fifth, bringing in vocal percussion. The membership of the group changed continually in a persistent search for the right combination of voices to produce the best sound. The group went through some more personnel changes during the 2001-2002 school year before arriving at the group you will hear tonight. In addition to local performances, Second Chance has performed in San Francisco, Hawaii, and all over the northwestern United States. They attended the West Coast Summit, an A Cappella conference in San Francisco, and are scheduled to debut there this fall. Second Chance has become one of the northwest’s fastest growing a cappella groups.
Members: Mike Telfer, Jeremy Miller, Chris Moore, Kevin Tesch, Micah Barton
| Sound Design
Sound Design is a barbershop quartet from the Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Pete sings lead, Doug sings bass, Tim sings baritone, and Dave sings tenor.
Members: Carolyn Huber, Katy Sansburn, Judy Widener, Sue Beck
| Tied A Cappella
Tied A Cappella was formed in October 2002. Their diverse style consists of modern contemporary and pop styles as well as original compositions. Members of the group originate from four states in the Northwest region: Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. Ryan Brierley, the vocal percussionist, finds himself with great job security since we can’t afford a drum set. James Case, “The Super Bass”, constantly seeks companionship through his Barry White impression. Todd Becraft, the baritone, thinks hair is overrated, and thus has none. Ben Wischmeier, the lead tenor, is single. Scott Tavares, tenor, is the glue that holds our sound together—at least that is what he tells us!. Finally, Branden McKnight, sings sky tenor and will gladly take on any soprano.
Members: Branden McNight, Scott Tavares, Ben Wischeimer, Todd Becraft, James Case, Ryan Brierley
Witherspoon was formed in 1993 by four sisters ages 7, 9, 10, and 13. Though originally an a cappella group, they have expanded their repertoire to also include instrumental accompaniment. Their fresh unique style appeals to all listeners. Their sound is fresh, exciting, and full of sweet harmony. Producing songs with a positive outlook, Witherspoon wants their music to be an inspiration to all who hear it. Witherspoon’s goal is to share their talent and positive outlook on life with as many people in as many places as possible. Wherever music is, Witherspoon wants to be there.
Members: Erica Witherspoon, Tasha Witherspoon, Tamara Witherspoon, Krista Witherspoon
| No Better Cause
No Better Cause is an award winning pop/soul/funk vocal band hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska. Through a combination of jaw-dropping performances and innovative studio musicianship, their music has put them on a national platform since their humble beginnings in 2002. With a unique assortment of both original songs and uniquely arranged covers, No Better Cause is guaranteed to deliver a show that people of all ages can appreciate and enjoy, whether it be of a rock, pop, funk, soul, jazz or gospel influence... and it's all done using NOTHING but their voices!
Whether it's the rumbling resonance of the bass, the spectacularly soaring high tenors, or the bold beatboxing of the incredible vocal percussion, No Better Cause is sure to catch your eyes and ears, as each unique component of this seasoned a cappella sensation works together to make their harmonized sound a sonic movement. As the group continues to perform, they have made tremendous strides with each new member, demonstrating that the current lineup is one that can be mentioned with the a cappella elites.
Members: Nate Kellison, Luke Kellison, Justin Runge, Drew Hoffman, Adam McCarville, Zakk Wooten
Face is a nationally recognized all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado, bringing a new edge and attitude to the human voice. Using just five voices and a vocal drummer, or "beat-boxer," Face creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. No other instruments or special effects - just six guys. Considered "among the top 10 singing groups in the country," (Norm Johnson, Las Vegas Leisure Guide) they regularly wow sold-out audiences throughout Colorado, including such classic venues as Boulder Theater and The Soiled Dove.
Face was recently named "Best Local Musician/Group" by Boulder Weekly's 2009 Best of Boulder Reader Survey. In addition, Face is a two-time winner of the National Audience Favorite Award at the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals, as well as National Runner-Up in 2005 and 2007. Face was also runner-up for Favorite Pop/Rock Group in the 2007 Contemporary A Cappella Society's Community Awards. Face has been headlining in Las Vegas periodically since 2007 to rave reviews, paving the way for even more national attention.
Members: Joseph DiMasi, Forest Kelly, John Lawrence, Ben Lumstad, Mark Megibow, Cody Qualls
| Groove Society
Groove Society, formed by Bianca Herbert & Joe Herbert, is an award winning vocal jazz sextet that is among the top rising stars on the world a cappella scene. In 2006, the group was named "Vocal Group of the Year" by the JPF International Music Awards, as well as being honored for "Best A Cappella Album", and "Best A Cappella Song". And in 2007, Groove Society received the prestigious "IAJE Award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education" at the International Association for Jazz Education convention in New York City.
With the release of their critically acclaimed debut CD, Groove Society is receiving airplay on major-market jazz and NPR stations from coast to coast and around the world. They have appeared at international jazz festivals across the Mainland U.S., Hawaii, and Canada, sharing the billing with, and/or opening for top artists including Bonnie Raitt, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, The Neville Brothers, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Freddy Cole, Patty Austin, The Rippingtons, Bobby Hutcherson, Jimmy Heath, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, The Bad Plus, Paul Taylor, Nelson Rangell, Soulive, Styx, and many more!
Members: Bianca Herbert, Jeremy Ruff, Cameron Chinatti, Joe Herbert, Damion Massey, Dave Sheehan
| 4Ever Young
4Ever Young is an all woman quartet that has been together for two years; although the newest member, soprano Lisa Capano has been with the group for three weeks. They have performed at the Boulder County Fair, Longmont Art Walks and for private functions. The majority of songs are standards from the 1920's through the 1960's and are arranged by Marilyn Penn.
| Proof Positive
Proof Positive is a five woman a cappella group. They have performed at the Botanic Gardens Festival of Lights, Annual plant Sale, and Birdhouse Bash Silent Auction. Other venues have included: Birthdays, Weddings, Open Houses and other Celebrations. They have also been featured on Channel 58, the local DCTV. Their music is diverse and ranges from contemporary to doo-op. Several of their members have been performing for years together as a group and have been a contestant in the Regional Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella competition.
Members: Cecily Barnard, Karen Kinner, Elizabeth Holman, Peg Thompson, Dee Marcotte
| Raging Harmonies
Under the direction of Lois Peterson, Raging Harmonies is from Westminster High School where they blend their unique personalities and styles to create their own a cappella arrangements. They have opened for such groups as Graffiti Tribe, M-PACT, and Toxic Audio. They’ve performed at the Soiled Dove, Governor Owens’ Summer Job Hunt, Colorado ADAD conference, Colorado Music Educators Association, the Boulder Kinetics Parade as well as for many local organizations. They have placed in the top three groups at the CHSAA Jazz Festival several years in a row.
Members: Winston King, Denine Lopez, Danielle Martinez, Shaun Nelson, Meggi Price, Chris Vasquez, Derrick Williams