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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 Mid-Atlantic Champions

Da Capo

The da Capo Vocal Band Born out of the Binghamton University a cappella community, da Capo is a high powered, raucous male vocal band founded in the fall of 2000 committed to bringing professional a cappella to central New York. Literally translated, da Capo means "from the beginning" and the group aims to stay true to its roots: award winning groups with an emphasis on entertainment and fun for their audience while expanding their sound to creative new heights. A full, rich sound, intense percussion, outstanding vocalists and an eclectic repertoire make da Capo a group to look for in the future.

2011 Results
1st
Da Capo
2nd
The Agency
3rd
DoubleShot!
Best Original Arrangement
"The Chain" by Stacia Woodcock


2011 Participating Groups

Da Capo
The da Capo Vocal Band Born out of the Binghamton University a cappella community, da Capo is a high powered, raucous male vocal band founded in the fall of 2000 committed to bringing professional a cappella to central New York. Literally translated, da Capo means "from the beginning" and the group aims to stay true to its roots: award winning groups with an emphasis on entertainment and fun for their audience while expanding their sound to creative new heights. A full, rich sound, intense percussion, outstanding vocalists and an eclectic repertoire make da Capo a group to look for in the future.

Members: Tony Colosimo, Wayne Adams, Joe Sawyer, Ryan Griffith
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4 The Record
4 The Record - Formed in 2009, 4 The Record is a six member contemporary a cappella group that focuses on bringing to life radio hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. The group is influenced by the diverse performance and music education background of its members, as well as being based at a cross-roads of American music, from the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame on Lake Erie's northern shore to the country and bluegrass influences of the Ohio River valley in the south.

Members: Kevin Child, Michael Frankart, John Garnes, Brittany Roszman, Wayne Rowe, Kiersten Bowmer
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DoubleShot!
Since 2006, the guys have blended traditional and contemporary all- vocal music with energy and humor to create six decades of hits live on stage at every show. Every sound - vocals, bass, effects, even the drums - is created using only the voice. They have performed all over their native Pittsburgh, and nationwide from Washington, D.C. to the San Francisco Bay, as well as features on local news, television, and radio. In the Harmony Sweepstakes, they were Mid-Atlantic Champions and Audience Favorite in 2007 and have received two awards for Best Arrangement.

Members: Steve Donnelly, Dre Johnson, Chris Rue, Mike Yanchak, Luke Clavey
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Harmonization Without Representation
Harmonization Without Representation is the premiere all-male a cappella group in the DC area whose twelve-syllable name is derived from a popular Revolutionary War era battle cry. We're six fun-loving guys whose ever-expanding repertoire ranges from Barbershop to Pop, Spirituals to Rock, and Soup to Nuts. Our mission is to rock people's faces off. Seriously. That goal is in our charter.

Members: John Cipriani, Scott Hecker, Brian Netter, Dan Freeman, John Russell, Derek Smith
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Justus
Justus - Newly established in 2011, the members of Justus have joined forces to create a sound that is unmistakably distinct. Bringing with them unique and diverse backgrounds that complement each other, the individuality connects with a dynamic synergy and brotherhood of musical unity. Their resonance, made up of individual voices, is in perfect harmony and stands for the common ambition to make great music, entertain audiences of all ages, and share a sound that is just them…or according to them…Justus!

Members: Mandell Loman, Nick Hamlin, Jeff Knapp, Eric Manalo, Chris Murphy
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Loose Interpretations
Loose Interpretations is an all female contemporary a cappella group who proudly call New York City home. The group was originally formed by several women who were recent college grads, who craved the fun and excitement of college a cappella. That experience inspired them to create a post-collegiate group for like minded young women...and Loose Interpretations was born. We pride ourselves on how we've grown over the years from performing in the park wherever we could find an audience, to selling out such amazing venues as Arlene's Grocery, Cafe Wha?, Crash Mansion, and even the Metropolitan Opera House.

Members: Erin Byram, Heather Glotzer, Jennifer Kipley, Jennifer Wexler, Laura Campbell, Reynetta Sampson, Stacia Woodcock, Dana Kraugh
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The Agency
The Agency is comprised of seven secret agents whose international exploits have transported them to stages across the globe, from Tokyo to London and New York to San Francisco. When not engaged in covert operations, The Agency enjoys creating crunchy chords and dabbling in genres from classical to classic rock. For intrigue and vocal adventure, come explore the more clandestine side of a cappella... with The Agency."

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Groups of any style are welcome, but you must have between 3 and 12 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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Amanda Cornaglia (Mid-Atlantic) Amanda Cornaglia is the manager for Acaville Radio, a 24/7 streaming service for a cappella music. Amanda is also co-owner of Clear Harmonies, a full service studio and management company for a cappella groups. She got her start in contemporary a cappella with Special K, an all-female ensemble at Hamilton College. She has since performed and directed groups around the globe. She is business director and primary arranger of the multiple CARA nominated group Euphonism. She also founded Snowday, a professional quintet that incorporates contemporary vocal music into education, visiting close to 100 schools each year. She has served in various capacities at the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) & turned the Contemporary A Cappella League into its own non-profit organization. Amanda has been a CARA nominator and judge since 2010.



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