2017 Participating Groups
AVE (Advanced Vocal Ensemble) is the highest level ensemble within the Central Coast Children's Choir. CCCC affords the youth of San Luis Obispo county the joyful experience of singing together in live choral performances while offering a high-quality music education. The after-school program provides weekly rehearsals, which include musicianship and vocal training. Repertoire is varied and includes songs from world music to established choral classics to contemporary, popular styles. CCCC singers were chosen to represent California in National and Western State honor choirs in Las Vegas, New York, Honolulu, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Florida.
Members: Cathryn Newlon, Hannah Fowler, Lauren Tarica, Lily Campbell, Elise Scheifele, Olivia Edmonds, Susan Roodsari, Layly Roodsari
JIVIN' is the premiere vocal jazz ensemble at Santa Monica College. The group has been singing in its current formation since last September and is exited to give their first off-campus performance at the Harmony Sweepstakes.
Members: Galoran Amos, Mackynze Roten, Brittany Mellini, Allan Vasquez, Myungwan Kim, Byungsoo Kim
|The Over Tones|
Over Tones was founded in early 2015 by our fearless musical director, Rachel Zumberge. We perform a mixture of a cappell styles to fit all occasions. Ranging from arrangements of the latest hits, classic rock standards, upbeat jazz tunes and even esoteric choir music, we adapt to our audience and have something fun for everyone.
Our 28-person choir features both male and female vocalists whose ages span five decades. Our individual resumes inclue pop/rock bands, musical theatre, award-winning collegiate a cappella, TV acting and studio production. Many of us pursue passions and careers outside of music as well.
Members: Laura Sgro, Charlene Papastephanou, Elyssa Helfer, Rachel Zumberge, Jeremy Matticks, Fritzgerald Tan, Daniel Graves, Jose Nebres
| Premiere A Cappella|
Premiere is a contemporary, all-female a cappella group in Los Angeles. Bringing a diverse repertoire and range of voices, the group sings with attitude, dynamic leads, and messages of female empowerment. Premiere has had the honor of performing at such venues as the House of Blues Sunset Strip, hosting the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival twice, signing with the AwesomenessTV Network, and collaborating with acclaimed groups from across the country. Each woman brings a unique musical background and balances commitment to Premiere with her individual professional career. As a group, Premiere seeks to create powerful music and raise the bar of all-female a cappella.
Members: Kirby Welsh, Kim Nguyen, Morgan Mrohs, Meron Mogos, Shaye Torres, Sara Steinberg, Leia Feazel, Lindsey Garrison
| Something Major|
We are a collegiate a cappella group from the University of New Mexico. We love to sing current pop and R&B songs mixed with older classics as well improvisational jazz.
Members: Ellen Lusetti, Branden McCurley, Dakson Byle, Lindsey Stutz, Catherine Cole, Justin Ludwig, Ally Truby, Jacob Chavez
| 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: Galoran Amos, Anne Palmer, Janette La Bella, Allan Vasquez, Phil Azelton, Richard Gilinsky
| Top Shelf Vocal|
Formed in 2011, Top Shelf Vocal is a semi-professional a cappella group based in Los Angeles, California. We are young men and women from all different career fields brought together by a love for vocal music and performance. While we perform regularly around the Greater Los Angeles Area, Top Shelf continues to develop a diverse repertoire of a cappella and accompanied songs with a modern twist.
Members: Anthony Galang, Jose Nebres, Natasha Laraway, Jeremy Matticks, Angela Huang, Grayson Villanueva, Aubrey Buchanan, Lindsay Zana, Kim Nguyen
WestBeat is comprised of the most incredible professional vocal talent in Southern California. The singers have accomplished a wide variety of work from releasing their own albums, contestants on American Idol, Broadway and Broadway tours, voiceover and session work, lead singers at several local theme parks, performing all over the world, cruise ships, award winning competition singers, and television! WestBeat performs all over Southern California and has also been seen performing at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. They can also have been seen performing throughout the year at the Disneyland Resort!
The repertoire consists of top 40 hits from the 1930's all the way to what you are listening to on the radio today and performed with their own unique flair. We also have a large Disney repertoire and a vast holiday repertoire for everything from Halloween to Christmas. The wide variety of music and styles are sure to please guests of all ages.
Members: David Sager, Richie Ferris, Ricky Wagner, Nick Tubbs, Lucas Cabantac, Jenna Gillespie, Emily Morris, Ashley Jones
2017 Judges TBA
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Tom Keyes (Los Angeles)
Tom is a passionate and dedicated a cappella facilitator, event producer, and music director. He is the Director of Operations for A Cappella Academy, and previously has served as the exec. producer of the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, and as director of the Contemporary A Cappella League (while still part of the Contemporary A cappella Society: CASA.org). With a considerable background in performance, vocal, and instrumental music, Tom was bitten by the a cappella bug in 2009 when he decided to create and direct his own group, the award-winning Frequency, and has been a strong advocate of all-vocal music ever since. Still music directing Frequency (vocalfreqs.com) as well as a spiritual center, he balances music, work, and family, and lives with his wife and three children in South OC.