2022 Participating Groups
| Riff Harmony|
Riff Harmony is an A Cappella Show Choir group representing Centreville High School, from Clifton, VA. They perform multiple styles varying from pop, all the way to musical theatre. This is their first year as a group, and are excited to see what the future holds in store for them.
Members: Haritha Pisupati, Kaitlyn Wood, Amber Addington, Claudia Bellotti, Nix Ponturo, Emily Thomas, Sanjana Varghese
| She Major|
She Major began as a break-off group from the a cappella jazz quintet Vocal Obsession. Having sung mixed a cappella repertoire for many years, the ladies wanted to try some treble charts for fun, and they quickly became a favorite act performing a variety of genres at local open mic nights and festivals, as well as presenting neighborhood holiday caroling. Current members are Donna Amoroso (sop 2), Veronica McCaffrey (alto 2), Marianne Pastelak (sop 1/director/arranger) and newest member Sarah Paxton (alto 1).
Members: Marianne Pastelak, Donna Amoroso, Sarah Paxton, Veronica McCaffrey
We are a small-but-mighty award-winning tiny a cappella family, who strives to change the world through music.
Formerly the Towson Trills from Towson University, our group is made up of six members who contribute to an explosive sound; all of whom want to make an impact in the world, evoke emotion, and tell a story through our music.
As a collegiate group, we are honored to have been 2017 & 2019 ICCA Finalists and Mid-Atlantic Champions! We can't wait for what's in store.
Members: Aaron Bayne, Leroy Hyson II, Nick Zuelsdorf, Kathryn Sacha, Missy Melkonian, Will Damanka Jr.
| Up All Night Quartet|
Up All Night Quartet is based in the DC area. While barbershop is the main style of music that they sing, they enjoy singing a wide variety of songs and genres. Up All Night enjoys having fun and spending time together outside of rehearsal with good food and good wine. They have represented Sweet Adelines Heart of the Blue Ridge Region 14 at International Competition in 2017, 2018, and 2019. They placed in the top 15 at the Sweet Adelines International competition in 2018. Most recently, Up All Night won Sweet Adelines Heart of the Blue Ridge Region 14's contest and will be representing the region at International in Louisville in 2023. Up All Night has also competed in the National Finals for the Harmony Sweepstakes placing 3rd in 2018 and 2022. They have been singing and competing together for six years.
Members: Sara Duffy , Kristen Thomas, Allison Lynskey, Heidi Wilson
||Reggie Moore |
Reggie Moore, member of a capella legends The Persuasions, is a native Washingtonian who began his long singing career in the DC area. Moore has performed at every cultural institution in our Nation's Capitol, including The White House, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, The Shakespeare Theatre and The Corcoran Gallery of Art Music Series. He has also been a featured performer at The National Folklife Festival of American Music, on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and has traveled internationally with several music ensembles. Charged with holding the musical torch of The Persuasions, Moore continues the a cappella/eclectic tradition that has made the group one of the most beloved in the industry.
Pam Rogers is a DC singer, songwriter, leader/member of In Process... (an African American Woman a cappella ensemble), former music director of Wesley UMC in DC for 15 years, a member of the DC Labor Chorus, and the founder of Jazz@wesley, a monthly community Jazz program in Chevy Chase, DC. Pam joined the In Process... a cappella workshop in 1980 shortly after it was organized by the world renowned Sweet Honey in the Rock, to connect with women in their home community. In 1984, the women moved on their own, with Pam as one of the leaders, to continue their social justice work in the DC community and beyond. They began to sing and tour as In Process..., creating their own repertoire of songs about Civil rights and freedom songs, HIV/AIDS, the South Africa Freedom Movement, Women's rights and other community issues. 40 plus years later, with over 50 women in the group, they are still singing about fighting for social justice in their community and beyond.
||Kris Adams |
Kris Adams got her Music education degree from Indiana State University but started her A capella musical adventures LONG before that. After her parents married at a barbershop singing convention, Kris’s life was destined to be filled with right harmony and an amazing extended singing family! She has two international barbershop gold medals with Harmony Queens Hot Topic, 2003 and Epic 2012 along with various other area and international awards. Most recently her quartet Rogue placed 8th in Harmony Incorporated’s 59th international competition. Kris also serves as the assistant director of the top ranking barbershop chorus Bella Nova out of Ashburn Virginia. She spends the rest her time teaching music privately, performing around the country and caring for her two beautiful children. She is happily married and living in Leesburg, VA with her amazing husband Rob.
Complete list of 2022 participants
We are always seeking groups who would like to participate
in our events.
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
How to enter
Please send music and photos to the
regional director :
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.
amanda (at) clearharmonies.com