18th 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.

2002 New York Champions:

2x2

2x2 The vocal ensemble Sixation first formed in Tbilisi ,Georgia in 1996. At first their program contained only jazz standards but later included folk and contemporary jazz. In 1997 the ensemble won the nomination "Best Vocal Group of the Year" on the Hit-Parade of National Radio in Georgia. In 1999 Sixation became the prize winner of the International Festival in Tampere, Finland and got invitations to Vienna, Moscow, Kaunas and Kiev. The same year the group won the grant of George Soros Foundation in the nomination "Modern Opinion of Folklore". In 2000, Chevron Corporation became the sponsor of the group and the first demo album was released. The same year Sixation was invited to Holland to collaborate with the famous artist Andre Rieu in recording his new album. In 2001 the group participated the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes. The same year the sextet was reorganized into quartet and took the name "2+2".

Members: Tamta Urushadze, Nana Korakhashvili, David Kiknadze and Buka Kartozia.

2002 Results

1st
2x2
2nd
Key of She
3rd
Moondance
Audience Favorite
Key Of She
Best Arrangement
"Tale of War" - 2x2

2002 Participating Groups:

The Exboyfriends are an award-winning ¤classic rock a cappellaË group from NYC. They have been featured on The Howard Stern Show, NBC, VH1, Nickelodeon and recently shared the stage with classic rockers The Marshall Tucker Band and The Edgar Winter Group. Their debut CD, A Cappella╠s Dead, has been called the ¤classic rock album a cappella has been waiting forË and their follow-up CD, Karaoke Bar Brawl, will be released next month.

Members Dave Curry, Xerxes Eclipse, David Kern, Jeff Liebert, Jeremy Lipkin, Ari Picker, Brian Reichelt

The Fonic
is a five-man vocal band based in New York City. Founded in 1999 and recently described as "a rock band who left their guitars in the van," The Fonic has appeared at area clubs including Triad, The Elbow Room and The Bitter End. On the road, The Fonic has performed at The East Coast A Cappella Summit in Boston, MA and The Arlington A Cappella Festival in Arlington, VA.

Members: Aaron Belinfanti, Bryan Johnson, Damon Maida, Orlando Powers & Jeff Smithson.

Founded in 1998, the Duwende (doo-WEN-day) performs all-vocal funk/rock originals and covers in New York City clubs as well as universities, music showcases, festivals and charity events along the East Coast. The six-member, co-ed band was voted Audience Favorite at the 2001 Boston Harmony Sweeps. Their debut CD of ten original songs is available at all their shows and online at their website.

Members Jason Baluyut, Edward Chung, Abbey Janes, Dexter Jones, Morgan Phillips, and Ari Picker.

Key of She is the latest pop-jazz startup on the a cappella horizon. These six dynamic women from Central New Jersey serve up a cappella a la mode in a style that is smooth, sweet, and sultry. Sprinkles are extra. When not singing, they heal the planet, do the corporate thing, fund-raise for non-profits, sell the gross national product, rear the next generation of singers, and make the world safe for democracy and dogs. Although new as a group, each member is a seasoned a cappella veteran. KEY OF SHE is always excited to "unlock" its vocal power for anyone who will listen.

Moondance is a barbershop quartet that has been singing together for a little over a year. Although classified as "barbershop," they sing many different styles of music. We love to sing songs we grew up with and therefore have a varied performance package ranging from Desperado by the Eagles to Queens' Bohemian Rhapsody.

Members Carol Bill, Sylvia Posso-Ecker. Harriette Walters, Karen Mullen

Formerly known as Sons & Lovers, Mystery Date performs at New York cabarets, concert halls, theaters and arenas across the country. Their repertoire defies categorization ranging from Spike Jones and Gershwin Classics to the B52s and other contemporary songwriters. Their critically acclaimed recording is available worldwide on CD and they recently finished their second recording, "Sweet Sixteen".

Members Ken Brown, Joshua Koffman, Bob Stern and John Whitley

NexTime NexTime is a mixed quartet comprised of two female Sweet Adeline members and two male SPEBSQSA members. NexTime has had the pleasure of singing at several Minor League Baseball Stadiums around the country. They are also very popular on Valentine 's Day with their Singing Telegrams. They are proud of their newest trophy for the Funniest Quartet at the Bolton Landing Barbershop Celebration; as well as taking 6th place overall out of 60 mixed quartets!

Members Tom Brucia, Gary Wilson, Marsha Baron, Bette Silver

2x2 The vocal ensemble Sixation first formed in Tbilisi ,Georgia in 1996. At first their program contained only jazz standards but later included folk and contemporary jazz. In 1997 the ensemble won the nomination "Best Vocal Group of the Year" on the Hit-Parade of National Radio in Georgia. In 1999 Sixation became the prize winner of the International Festival in Tampere, Finland and got invitations to Vienna, Moscow, Kaunas and Kiev. The same year the group won the grant of George Soros Foundation in the nomination "Modern Opinion of Folklore". In 2000, Chevron Corporation became the sponsor of the group and the first demo album was released. The same year Sixation was invited to Holland to collaborate with the famous artist Andre Rieu in recording his new album. In 2001 the group participated the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes. The same year the sextet was reorganized into quartet and took the name "2+2".

Members: Tamta Urushadze, Nana Korakhashvili, David Kiknadze and Buka Kartozia.

Complete list of 2002 national participants