2004 Participating Groups
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: Sue Wellington, Anna S. Choi, David Getty, Bill Reed, Charlie Hodges
F'loom is an avant cappella vocal trio that presents cutting-edge programs of "language music" - original pieces that inhabit the fertile, mysterious realm that lies between pure language (speech) and pure music (song). F'loom performs original all-vocal compositions seething with satire, social commentary, pop diatribe, slap, zap, melody, poetry, and comedy.
Members: Bess Phillips, Robert Kulik, Rick Scott
| Road Show|
Road Show performs for Barbershop Chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), Sweet Adelines, Int. (SAI) Harmony Inc. (HI) as well as many non-barershop events and private occations. In addition to winning the Northeastern District Championship, Road Show won the N.E. Harmony Sweeps Acapella contest which is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music.
Listen to: St. Louis Blues | Listen to: Bye Bye Blues
Members: Mike Maino, Bob O’Connell, Mike Gabriella, Rick Spencer
The idea of 5-Alone was conceived in the fall of 1999. I approached four students about starting a jazz a cappella quintet with myself as the fifth member. Encouraged by the succss of our first performance, we continued singing throughout the spring and debuted officially as 5-Alone at the Iron Horse in June, 2000.
Now 5-Alone is an accredited performing arts class at PVPA. We've come a long way from the days of rehearsing at lunch and after school. 5-Alone has gained a considerable amount of attention in a very short time. Awards and honors have been piling up from DownBeat Magazine, C.A.S.A., A-Capella.com, The National Harmony Sweepstakes, R.A.R.B., Primarily A Cappella, Berklee College of Music, and the I.A.J.E. 5-Alone has performed all over the world, including New York, California, and The Netherlands, and has turned the world of high school a cappella upside down.
Members: Arla Berman, Erin Richardson, Emily Kaufman, Andrea Aguayo, O.J. Martori, Ian Littell, Rob Ventulett
| Acapella Serenade|
Acapella Serenade formed only a short time ago in the summer of 2003. They made their debut at the Bolton Landing Barbershop Festival on Labor Day weekend where they placed 2nd in a field of 64 quartets while also capturing the “Sexiest Quartet” Award! They like to do a wide variety of acapella music including pop, contemporary, and barbershop.
Members: Beth Green, Ruth Berman, Maria Gabriella, Laura Wonderlie
| Downtown Crossing|
Downtown Crossing (DTX) is one of the newest vocal bands on the Boston scene. Originally founded as an all-male group in January 2003, the men of DTX quickly realized they needed some female influence. Now mixed and six members strong, DTX specializes in original songs and innovative, high-energy covers of alternative, modern rock, and R&B tunes.
Members: Val Hildebrant, Eric Chung, Ben Jackson, Mike Linnetz, Erika Tower, Tehshik Yoon
| East Side Story|
A vocal band from the Boston area, ESS is an exciting new group of people who are looking to turn some heads in 2004. ESS's songs will have you up out your seat and eager to sing along! The group performs covers of pop, rock, and current Top-40 hits, and is looking to expand its repertoire with original tunes! Originally formed with six men during the Summer of 2002, East Side Story has seen several changes to its original roster. With the additions of Candice, Holeigh, Melanie, and Nic in the fall of 2003, and Sean a few months later, East Side Story has transformed into the group it is today - a young, enthusiastic, passion-for-a-cappella-filled group of musicians looking to make a name for themselves in the coming months. 2004 is going to be an incredible year for ESS - stay tuned for the next chapter in their story!
Members: Ken Bowers, Melanie Armstrong, Sean Dargie, Candice Gomes, Dan Huff, Holeigh Morin, Nic Tuttle
| Integration By Parts|
Integration By Parts is a six-member, co-ed group which as been performing in the greater Boston area since 2001. This merry band of music veterans has crafted a unique sound influenced heavily by jazz, and was awarded Best Original Arrangement at the 2003 Boston Harmony Sweeps. Known for their tight vocal harmonies, but never in danger of taking themselves too seriously, the members of IBP infuse their performances with exuberance and a healthy shot of humor. In recent months, IBP has headlined local venues including the Cantab Lounge and the Barking Crab, and been featured in a range of festivals as disparate as "The Tribe Presents." comedy showcase and the Mary Baker Eddy Library's "Circle of Song" concert series. Integration by Parts: a cappella without limits!
Members: Liz Baraff, Jeff Alderson, Mike King, Carolyn Schneyer, Anna Sergel, Greg Simpson
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has been a part of the a cappella community for over 10 years and is the co-founder and business manager of the Boston-based group, Fermata Town. Behind his leadership, Fermata Town has released two award-winning albums, performed at international festivals and appeared on network TV. In 2013, Fermata Town captured the Boston Harmony Sweepstakes championship before placing third overall at Nationals where they took home "Best Original Song" honors. He is a founding board member of the Contemporary A Cappella League and voluteer program manager for the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA). An active member in the Boston a cappella community, Dan enjoys attending local shows and volunteering for Varsity Vocals during ICCA season.
Prior to Fermata Town, Dan sang collegiate a cappella at Emmanuel College in Encore!, the college’s first-ever coed group which later changed its name to In Good Company.
Outside of a cappella, Dan works fulltime at Emmanuel College as the Director of Athletic Communications. Dan is also an Assistant Coach to the University of Massachusetts Boston Women’s Soccer Team and an adjunct professor at Lasell College where he teaches a sports journalism course.