17th Annual

The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music, celebrates its 16th year in 2000. 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.

2001 Los Angeles Champions

Sixth Wave

Sixth Wave is an a cappella jazz/pop/rock group that performs unaccompanied originals and novel arrangements of familiar tunes. The six singers in the "band" are all accomplished studio and concert singers who can be heard in venues ranging from local concert halls to opera stages, from rock and jazz clubs to movie theatres. Their wide experience allows them to sing a variety of styles, showcasing them as individual soloists as well as a tight jazz/pop/rock ensemble. Because all of the arrangements are created by members of the group, Sixth Wave's sound is fresh and original. The members of Sixth Wave are: Elin Carlson, soprano Cindy Bourquin, soprano Amy Fogerson, alto Gerald White, tenor Gary Rosen, baritone Eric Bradley, bass For more information, please contact Gary Rosen at (818)909-9977 or Amy Fogerson at (323)340-8113, or visit Sixth Wave on the web at www.6thwave.com

2001 Participating Groups:

Deadly Sins formed after a slothful six-month audition process in Los Angeles. Gluttons for collegiate a cappella and semi-professional singing, they hope to be the envy of the open mic scene in 2001. They pride themselves on a mix of catchy originals and lusty covers. They¹re greedy for your applause ­ love them or beware their wrath!

Members: Ben Evans, Jason Mayland, Nate Whitman, Jill Fenske, Andrew Portnoy, Dina Torok, Marni Vath.

L.A. Harmonics: The veteran foursome, all of whom can sing both the high and low parts, began singing together last summer as "Three Tenors and a Baritone". They mostly perform barbershop as well as modern jazz four part arrangements such as those of their idols, The Four Freshmen.

The Matz

Sixth Wave is an a cappella jazz group that performs unaccompanied originals and novel arrangements of familiar groups. The six singers in the "band¹ are all accomplished studio and concert singers who can be heard in venues ranging from local concert halls to opera stages, from rock to jazz clubs to movie theaters. Their wide experience allows them to sing a variety of styles, showcasing them as individual soloists as well as tight jazz/pop ensemble. Because all of the arrangements are created by members of the group, Sixth Wave¹s sound is fresh and original.

Members; Elin Carlson, Cindy Bourquin, Amy Fogerson, Gerald White, Gary Rosen, Eric Bradley

Venus Envy: After performing together with the USC Sirens, the members of Venus Envy decided to venture into the world of semi-pro a cappella. Within the male-dominated nature of a cappella today, Venus Envy sets out to prove that all-female groups are able to hold their ownŠ not only that but bring a refreshing style and flavor unique only to the double X chromosome.

Zhena Folk Chorus: The mission of the Zhena Folk Chorus is to perpetuate the rich village of Eastern European choral music and culture, to heighten awareness of this beautiful and vigorous heritage and to signify the primary role of women in preserving this important genre world music. Zhena means women or wife in Slavic languages. This all female group, four of whom are of Slavic descent, sing the folk songs of Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, Russia and the Ukraine.

Prizes

Winner represents Los Angeles in the Harmony Sweepstakes National A Cappella Festival

A set of Shure SM 58 microphones

A selection of compact discs from the Primarily A Cappella catalog

Free cassette tape duplication by Discmakers

Festival Background - Year 2000 schedule - Recordings - 1999 Results - Rules - How to enter

Boston - Chicago - Denver - Los Angeles - New York - Pacific North West - San Francisco - Washington DC

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