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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.

2002 Bay Area Champs

111 Of A Kind

111 of a Kind is a dynamic vocal trio from the Philippines formed in 1994 and is currently based in southern California. Comprised of soloists belonging to different music backgrounds. The three met when they joined the "UP Madrigal Singers"- a renowned Philippine choral group. With their deep passion for singing all kinds of music, from classical to jazz, R&B, mainstream pop and a cappella, they decided to form a "quartet". With a shortage of altos, they gave up looking for one and moved on as "III of a Kind". The union creates a memorable musical experience in each performance with their combination of high energy, powerful vocal chords and great passion for music.

Members: Gelo Francisco, Annie Nepomuceno, Edward Granadosin

2002 Results

1st
111 Of A Kind
2nd
Hookslide
3rd
THREE 5 AND 6
Audience Favorite
Three, Five and 6
Best Original Arrangement
"Don't You Forget About Me" - Jon Pilot. Hookslide
Best Original Song
"Anak" -Annie Nepomuceno, 111 of a Kind

2002 Participating groups

Aquanettas are four women whose mission it is to make the world more beautiful. They perform their magic in an establishment called Hair, Thair and Everywhair- the location in which they also enjoy days filled with good humor and singing. The proprietress of this fine establishment is Trixie, the Tress Trainer. In addition to her extraordinary knowledge of hair and fashion, she provides a stable environment for the girls to work and a place that is relaxing and fun-filled for their customers. The group has a guru of sorts called Venus De Stylo. Venus is not only known for her incredible up-do s, but she is also responsible for keeping the girls and the salon s entire clientele in touch with their inner selves. Not to be outdone, Bou Font, the Aquanettas answer to Marilyn Monroe, uses all her many attributes to their fullest advantage while performing incredible feats with hair spray. The fourth member of the group is the Duchess of Dippity Do. She is simply referred to as the "Duchess"  the practical stylist. Imagine  in this bunch! She does her best to keep the other three in line.

Members: Sydney Williams, Trish Sliter, Linda Kuester, Barbara Vander Putten

Bohica: 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: Ian Bell, Chris Ferejohn, Elena Krasnovsky, Sara LaBatt.

Clockwork is an a cappella sextet based in the San Francisco Bay Area; The group consists of friends who have been singing together in some cases since 1977. This group became Clockwork because of their collective desire to sing together and to sing challenging material and original arrangements. ›The individual members have a musical background that includes Chanticleer, Voicestra, the PM Singers, SF Harmony Sweepstakes champs Quintessence and The New Originals, work and studies with Phil Mattson, Kirby Shaw, Gene Puerling, Bobby McFerrin, Steve Zegree, Clare Fischer, Ward Swingle, Meredith Monk, Dave Brubeck, plus a variety of studio and commercial projects for TV, Radio and other media. In addition they all currently sing in the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, based in Berkeley, CA.

Members: Sara Nebeling, Angie Doctor, Eric Freeman, John Paddock, Jim Hale and Stephen Saxon

DILEMMA: is a 5-woman vocal band that challenges the traditional female a cappella sound. Their solid harmonies, impressive bass, vocal percussion and stand-out soloists combine to create a distinctive sound that successfully spans musical styles ranging from blues to ballads, disco to R&B, and swing to pop. Dilemma recently released a self-titled debut album. The 13 original and cover tracks on the CD have been well-received by the a cappella community (including a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nomination for Best Pop/Rock Original Song, "Wishing") and have even converted fans who used to think they didn't like a cappella. Dilemma has performed at cafes, stadiums, fairs, private parties and other venues all around the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. For more information about Dilemma, please visit their website:

Members: Rahela Abbas, Christine Chang, Denise Shepherd, Suzanna Smith and Tracey Van Hooser

Hookslide is a hard rockin' cool groovin' 4 man vocal revolution. Jon, Paul, George and Mayank will leave you breathless with their searing harmonies, booming bass and mind-blowing vocal percussion. Get Hooked at www.hook-slide.com

Members: Paul Anderson, Jon Pilat, George Hoffman, Mayank Thanawala

Irrationals 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 "caf» mocha for the ears." Singing together for almost twelve years, this five-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. For further information on the group, please call (510) 832-4005 or contact them via e-mail at Irrationals@att.net

Members: Ren»e Hayes, Tim Lukaszewski, Gwen McElwee, Sam Rogers and Linda Sanderson.

Suspended Six: Music nerds may say there is no such thing as a suspended 6... Well there is now. We are a group comprised of six friends and schoolmates, a soprano who doubles as a pitch pipe, a bass who doubles as a one man Abba, a tenor and three girls who very often feel that they should either be tenors or drum sets. We formed in October 2001 because the voice is the most pure instrument and we love to sing. We have fun making music and we hope you'll enjoy it!

Members: Stephanie Chu, Myung Kim, Becky Potter, Chris Jordan, Katie Kurtzwell, Beth Silberman

speedzoo The spirit of Speedzoo. It is what gives a peaceful and pleasant mind to the human race. All the time, man seeks romance in Speedzoo. We have been working hard and carefully, and work on. To weave the romance and the fancy into each effort. This, at last, we have made up the "Speedzoo Harmony Challenge." If you hear the feeling and the spirit of Speedzoo which values tradition and living in the times, there is no pleasure better than it. Joel Harris, Ken Purchase, Damon McCormick, and Lisa Trevorrow especially, are Speedzoo since two years and best of friends. Join us with harmony. Can you do any less?

Members: Joel Harris, Lisa Trevorrow, Damon McCormick, and Ken Purchase.

THREE 5 AND 6 is an Urban A Cappella group from Sacramento. They are the innovators of a new music style that incorporates gospel, hip-hop, funk and rap providing energizing vocal music that you can dance to. With its edgy brand of a capella and aggressive live shows, THREE 5 AND 6 has been on the cutting edge of the new music scene since the group debuted in 2000. In the last year alone, THREE 5 AND 6 has performed in front of thousands, providing them with the spice of racial and musical diversity. Check them out at Be forewarned! Their music can be addicting and habit forming.

Members: Dave Enns, Todd Halverson, Jason Isaac, Steve Pearce and Maximillian Reynolds

111 of a Kind is a dynamic vocal trio from the Philippines formed in 1994 and is currently based in southern California. Comprised of soloists belonging to different music backgrounds. The three met when they joined the "UP Madrigal Singers"- a renowned Philippine choral group. With their deep passion for singing all kinds of music, from classical to jazz, R&B, mainstream pop and a cappella, they decided to form a "quartet". With a shortage of altos, they gave up looking for one and moved on as "III of a Kind". The union creates a memorable musical experience in each performance with their combination of high energy, powerful vocal chords and great passion for music.

Members: Gelo Francisco, Annie Nepomuceno, Edward Granadosin

Complete list of 2002 national participants

2001 Judges:

David Duran is the founder of Bay Area favorite +4db, two time SF Regional champions. His vocal arrangements have awards both locally and nationally. Dave is currently writing and arranging›for a›CD›to be released by›Vocalese, Inc., a new vocal jazz group featuring members of +4db and many other local jazz artists.

Mary Ellen Geist has been a reporter with KGO Radio/ABC news San Francisco for the past eight years... but in her heart. she's a singer! Her father performs with the Detroit, Michigan a cappella group called "The Grunyons" and she grew up singing a cappella with her family. She has performed and recorded with jazz bands in the Midwest and on the West Coast and continues to sing with several groups in the Bay Area.

Holly Kennedy: Folks might remember Holly as the producer for the Denver Harmony Sweepstakes (8 years) and locally, as associate producer for the SF Regionals and Finals in 93  94 and she even spent one year as LA s producer. Since leaving the Bay area and the HSAF, Holly has been living and working in LA and while her background ranges from theatrical & music production to arts administration, the past six years have been devoted to producing, managing and/or coordinating corporate events. Holly has worked on live television & events including: THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS; PRIME TIME COUNTRY; Rollout of the 737 for The Boeing Company; American Honda s 50th Anniversary; Lexus Motor Co. and Lincoln/Mercury Dealer Meetings, and Bright Lights LA for dick clark productions. Outside the world of dick clark, her television/event credits include JOHN TESH-LIVE AT RED ROCKS; JERRY LEWIS-STARS ACROSS AMERICA (Labor Day Telethon); SHOWEST AWARDS; DIVERSITY AWARDS; MAYFEST (Scotland); JAMAICA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL and various series and pilots. Other corporate clients include Nike-Asia/Pacific, Xerox, Intel, Agilent Technologies, Candle Corporation and Mattel, Inc. Holly has worked throughout the U.S. and internationally (Jamaica, Scotland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Bahamas) but is thrilled to be right here at "home" this evening.

Roger Letson is Director of Vocal Activities at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. He has been a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Well known for his expertise with vocal jazz ensembles and pedagogy for the solo vocalist, he founded the vocal jazz program at De Anza College 23 years ago and it has become one of the premier college programs in the nation. Under his direction, Vocal Flight and Studio Singers are nine-time winners of the Down Beat Magazine award for College and University Vocal Jazz Groups. Mr. Letson also directs the Vintage Singers and teaches jazz solo voice, music theory, and classical voice classes. He has spent each summer since 1989 presenting jazz vocal workshops in Paris, Crest, and Grenoble, France and Frankfurt and Kōln, Germany. His ensembles have presented performances at the national conventions of A.C.D.A. and I.A.J.E., and numerous C.M.E.A. and M.E.N.C. conferences. This summer will mark the 8th performance tour of Europe for Vocal Flight with performances at the Nice and Toulon Jazz Festivals in France. Prior to his position at De Anza, he was Director of Vocal Activities at Foothill College, San Luis Obispo High School and Park High School in Livingston, MT. He also spent 4 years as Director of Publications for Hal Leonard Publishing. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music Performance degrees from the University of Montana. In 1991 he received the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, and in 1999 received the De Anza College PresidentŐs Award for outstanding professional contributions. In 1994 he was selected as one of two United States adjudicators for the 4th annual German Choir Competition in Fulda, Germany.

Mark "Spoonman" Petrakis With an extensive professional background in theater, circus, opera, comedy, and puppetry, Petrakis' s work focuses on the presentation of new ideas as forms of entertainment. Before he retired from the theater to pursue crazier things, he was producer of COBRA LOUNGE, an eclectic vaudeville revue hosted by his onstage alter -ego, "Spoonman." A committed collaborationist, who focuses on using digital and interactive technologies in the development of new entertainment and storytelling applications, he has been involved in the development and production of numerous websites, digital art projects, commercial interactive prototypes, virtual worlds, online communities, and consumer products. He has served as a creative consultant to a wide range of technology and media companies, and for the past four years, has served the Institute for the Future as a producer and director of conferences. For the past ten years, he has been a co-producer of ANON SALON (www.anonsalon.com), San Francisco's longest-running art and media party.

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