Best Original Arrangement
|Vocal Chaos "I Thought She Knew" arr. by Andrew Dahan|
Best Original Song
|Straight Company - "We Don't Need No Music"|
Four Bettys What's all the commotion? Why, it's Four Bettys! This exciting quartet has made a name for itself with an upbeat style. The Bettys began singing in February 2002, and have quickly become one of barbershop’s rising stars, winning 2nd Place only 3 months later at the SAI Region 3 competition, and the Overall Female Quartet Championship at the Buckeye Invitational in August. Four Bettys share a love of performing with an a cappella repertoire including doo-wop, barbershop and pop music.
Nightwatch was formed in December of 1998 as a result of a lost bet, or at least it seems that way sometimes. Matt (a fireman – ask him to show you his Dalmatian), Paul (international secret agent/sock garter model), Dan (the new voice behind that AFLAC duck) and Scott (not sure what he's doing this week) have been verbally berating each other ever since meeting in Greendale WI's Midwest Vocal Express, also known as the 2002 5th Place Bronze Medallist Barbershop Chorus. Their consistent refusal to sing any song seriously actually paid off in August of 2000, as they were crowned the Buckeye Invitational Funny Bone Comedy Quartet Champions after performing their now infamous (this means "more than famous", right?) Diner Set in front of tens of people in Columbus OH. Their latest achievement occurred in April of 2001, when they duped an esteemed judging panel just enough to capture the Land O’Lakes Division I Quartet Championship. No matter what the venue, you can expect high-quality singing and a wide array of musical styles from this group. What you can't expect is for them to go to bed early and to have serious conversations with each other, or anyone else for that matter.
Bill Kavanagh has been a singer and performer in the Chicago area longer than he cares to admit! He is the founder and director of the "non a cappella" vocal quartet, Rapid Transit, which performs at many venues throughout the city. He also is the director of the very a cappella Holiday Harmony Strolling Carolers, who can be heard during the Christmas season, all over the city, including nightly at Lawry's Prime Rib between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bill received his music and theatre training at both NU and NIU. He has worked extensively at the Theatre Building as a performer in the Workshop and Festival presentations of new musicals, including: Matteus in Boldface, James in Pastime, Baltus in Sleepy Hollow, Gepetto in Pinocchio. He has been seen in Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes and My One and Only on the Northshore, and acted as a producer for the Northstar Theatre Company's production of Don't Dress for Dinner. He can be seen on film in, among others; Baby's Day Out, Only the Lonely, and The Negotiator. He has been heard at The Roxy, Byfield's and Orphan's, and also as voice over talent on a number of training CDROMs and industrial films.
Jacquie Krupka is a Chicago-based actress,
singer, composer and director. She began her vocal ensemble career as a member
of The Del Fridginaires mixed doo-wop group and the female rock duo Scratch
'N' Sniff. More recently she has enjoyed trade shows with The Suits and holidays
with The Merry Maskers, both mixed quartets with DeVar Creative, Inc. As President
of Atomic Productions, Inc., Ms. Krupka is founder and director of The Turn
Of The Century SATB chorale and The Victorian Yuletide Ensemble Holiday Chorus.
Currently she can be heard across the country with The Plunging Necklines folk,
rock 'n' more duo, A Mighty Fyne Paire Irish Cabaret, and the female vocal trio
Joie de Diva. In addition to her performing duties, Ms. Krupka has enjoyed her
role as musical director/instructor for Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp,
Rock 'n' Roll Daycamp, and King Richard's Renaissance Faires.
A trained singer and guitarist, Ms. Krupka's "lilting soprano" and "superb musicianship" were hailed by the critics for her role as Brendan Behan's musical muse in The Irish Rascal at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Back in Chicago, she won a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding Original Music for Jungle Book and has scored such classics as James And The Giant Peach, The Rescuers and The Musicians Of Bremen for Lifeline Theatre; Love's Labours Lost for Equity Library Theatre; and Mrs. Coney for Bailiwick Repertory. Ms. Krupka celebrates her first anniversary with Chicago's Navy Pier Players vocal octet next month.
Patti Lupo keeps busy with...Patti Lupo Music, a musical services company providing entertainment for weddings, parties, and corporate events....Blue Skies (blueskiesmusic.com), an exciting 4-part vocal group that performs at concerts and special events....The Caroling Party, Chicago's premier Christmas caroling group....newly released cd entitled "Change Partners", a collection of jazz standards with a tasteful trio of splendid musicians....teaching yoga in Evanston at Banyan Tree Yoga (banyantreeyoga.com).
Jason Sperling is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has been singing a cappella for almost 15 years. He performed the world premiere of "A Touch of Your Hand" from the Nylons "Happy Together" album when he attended school with its composer. He has performed with Melodious Thunk, Blind Man's Bluff, The Navy Pier Players, and Lake Shore Jive, among others. Jason has also become an accomplished singer of a cappella religious music, having caroled with Redmink and The Carolling Party, as well as singing as a soloist with the Holy Day choirs at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El and Congregation Bnai Emunah in the Chicago area. Jason is an actor and singer around Chicago, and is an original member of Barrel of Monkeys, a childrens writing and theatre company.
Gary Stamm is an accomplished performance coach and certified Presentation category judge for barbershop competitions. Mr. Stamm has been master of ceremonies for numerous performances and is an experienced show writer, director and producer. He has also been active in community theater in California and Wisconsin as an actor, director and administrator. He currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Ruth.