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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.

2007 New York Champions

The Fault Line

The Fault Line - Infectious energy sweeps the stage as five powerful voices prepare themselves for their first note. And by that first note, audiences will know that they are in the presence of vocal rock's latest superstars.; Launching their own bid for national stardom, The Fault Line takes the leap into mainstream rock without the use of instruments. With their heavy hitting, vocal percussion driven music, spectacular harmonies, stunning arrangements, ranging from the likes of The Used to Bill Haley & His Comets to Fall Out Boy, as well as a variety of originals, their music is garnering fan reaction to rival some of the most popular musical groups of all time... ...while introducing those fans to the instrumental and vocal power of the human voice.

2007 Results

The Fault Line
Invisible Men
Audience Favorite
The Fault Line
Best Original Arrangement
"You're Daddy Don't Know / 80's Medley" Arr. Nicholas Fox - Undercover
Best Original Song
"Optimism" - Erik Levitt - Vocal Heights

2007 Participating Groups

The Fault Line - Infectious energy sweeps the stage as five powerful voices prepare themselves for their first note. And by that first note, audiences will know that they are in the presence of vocal rock's latest superstars.; Launching their own bid for national stardom, The Fault Line takes the leap into mainstream rock without the use of instruments. With their heavy hitting, vocal percussion driven music, spectacular harmonies, stunning arrangements, ranging from the likes of The Used to Bill Haley & His Comets to Fall Out Boy, as well as a variety of originals, their music is garnering fan reaction to rival some of the most popular musical groups of all time... ...while introducing those fans to the instrumental and vocal power of the human voice.

Members: Justin Adams, Jeff Bratz, Adam Decker, Matt Olmstead, Josh Logan

Invisible Men is a vocal band based in Manhattan, dedicated to performing tasty and propulsive arrangements of the choicest rock, pop and R&B morsels.  In visible Men uses its voices - including vocal percussion, well-amplified bass and the occasional audio effect – to create performances as exciting and energetic as an instrumental combo.  The band has existed in various forms since 2003, with the current lineup performing as a quintet since 2005.The group regularly performs at NYC clubs like Crash Mansion and Club Midway, and has taken honors at previous Harmony Sweepstakes, including audience favorite in New York and 3rd place in the Boston Sweeps.  In November 2006, the group released their first EP, The Feast.   

Members: Oliver Libby, Warren Bloom, Angel Rufino, Tyler Pennock, Justin Blanding

Mystery Date - Award-winning a cappella sensation Mystery Date sings to entertain and inspire.  This gay male a cappella group has roots as diverse as rock and roll, classical music, musical theater, soul, and collegiate a cappella.  They delight audiences with their jazzy sound and sweet, sassy ( and sometimes irreverent) stage presence.   Their repertoire defies categorization, ranging from Spike Jones and Gershwin classics to the B52s and contemporary songwriters like Alanis Morrisette and Desiree.  They have performed nationwide sharing stages with a cappella legends “The Bobs”, Sweet Honey and the Rock’s Y’saye Barnwell, Lea DeLaria, The Persuasions, Kate Clinton, and Naturally Seven, among others. From New York cabarets and concert halls to theaters and arenas across the country, their performances are fueled with uncompromising musicianship, explosive energy and offbeat humor.

Members: Ken Browne, Jeff Domoto, Joshua Koffman, and Bill Poock

Nu Millennium is an R&B a cappella singing group from Brooklyn, NY.? Their sweet, irresistible, street corner, gospel flavored, Doo Wop style harmonies and soulful melodic interpretations of groups like the Drifters, Temptations, Limelites and the Dells are winning fans world wide. Performing at street festivals, weddings, corporate events and benefits and opening up for legends of music from Bo Diddley to The Delfonics, Nu Millennium has dazzled audiences young and old who are swept away by their sweet soul music and Doo Wop style harmonies.  Currently recording an album of original songs in the style of our favorite artists of yesterday fused together with today’s hot new sounds, Nu Millennium is also quite content performing and singing at events up and down the east coast.  With a class act and years of musical experience, these four guys are forever ‘looking for an echo'.? They’ll bring you back to an era of great music and take you with them on a journey under the stars and through the Nu Millennium.

Members: Lenny, Bobby, Henry, and Mike

Spare Parts Vocal Band produces music using their hearts, souls, and voices. We perform an eclectic mix of pop music from whatever genre may catch our fancy. Spare Parts can perform unplugged for a casual atmosphere, or wired to really rock your house, garage, corporate facility, bar mitzvah, or wherever we happen to play. Spare Parts is always on the lookout for exciting gigs. We once sang outside Princeton University when it was only 10 degrees out (that's Fahrenheit degrees... really!). Please help us by booking us someplace warm.

Members: Big’ Steve, Julianna, Jordan, Dr. Mike, Amy!, Steve

Tools in a Cab? is a 7-member co-ed group which formed up in late 2006 as a spin-off group from Emerson College's Noteworthy.  Several alumnus and current students alike came back together to sing some sweet tunes and enjoy each others' company.  We enjoy good wholesome a cappella music, burritos, and riding around together in taxi cabs at all hours of the night.

Members: Caitlin Reid, Sarah Jane Yurek, Rita O'Connell, Jeff Marcus, Adam Shepard, Matt Starring, Ben Stockman

Undercover - Once upon a time, there were seven New Yorkers who were in the middle of their career and school rat races.  During the course of their journey towards fame and fortune, they all recognized that all work and no public singing made both jack and Jill very cranky and annoying to their co-workers and loved ones.  Rather than take a vow of silence (or get debarked!), they each decided to go on a covert mission: find people to sing with and make other cool noises.  They quickly found each other through pheromones, sonar, and internet boards and formed what is now known today as Undercover New York.  There are now many nights where you may walk by an office, apartment, or street corner, and hear their soulful and rocking sound!

Members: James Trani, Tari Suprapto, Kelly Goggins, Robert Corradi, Nick Fox, Jennifer Nycz, Di Zhang

Vocal Heights is an eight member, co-ed, New York a cappella group with an eclectic style, performing a wide range of music from the 60’s, all the way to the 2000’s.  With a repertoire that is predominantly rock and pop, We also like to mix it up with some doo-wop, jazzy standards, blue grass, non-secular selections, and even the occasional madrigal thrown in for good measure! While predominantly using original arrangements of covers we are psyched to now have several original songs in our repertoire as well.  Our mission is simple:  to put on a great show with great music!

Members: Ken Brady, Jim Longo, Laura Dunn, Erik Levitt, Andrea Levitt, Mindy Gordon, Susan Jeffers, Lauren Kuczala

Wizards of AH is a contemporary a cappella group from New Jersey that delivers harmonies that are both soulful and upbeat. Influenced by a wide range of styles and artists, they sing music from such greats as the Beatles, Queen, Indigo Girls, Rockapella, as well as selections from the legendary doo-wop era. The Wizards of AH are vocals...four friends who understand blend and know how to keep it fun for everyone.

Members: Chris Carey, Ken Hess, Tom Donelan, and Bob Lanza


Gerard Brown III is a screenwriter and former writer in residence with the New York Shakespeare Festival. He has written a number of screenplays and teleplays for the likes of Paramount Pictures and HBO among others. However, his most gratifying artistic accomplishment was PBS's Spike & Co: Do it A Cappella which he conceived, wrote, and co-executive produced and shot at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Composer, arranger, and singer Roger Treece has spent the past several years developing a new kind of choral music, combining traditional classical elements with jazz, funk, gospel, and the vocal innovations of his frequent collaborator, Bobby McFerrin. He has been commissioned by the Danish Radio Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Children's Choir and many others around the world. Roger has produced and arranged over 30 albums for artists such as the Bobby McFerrin, the Manhattan Transfer, the New York Voices, Mark Murphy, and Janis Siegel, as well as music for film and television, earning him two Grammy Nominations, fourteen downbeat awards, and industry accolades for his music education projects for children. Roger tours worldwide as a vocal soloist and a member of Bobby McFerrin's 12-piece vocal ensemble, “Voicestra”. In addition, he travels the world as a clinician and guest teacher, covering a wide range of topics, including improvisation and creativity, harmony and arranging, rhythm and groove, and solo-vocal technique. In 2007, Roger will tour world-wide with Bobby McFerrin and “Voicestra”, conduct his own solo clinics and master classes in the US and Europe, and will finish his work (as producer/arranger, co-writer, singer) on the upcoming Bobby McFerrin choral album, the ambitious brainchild of manager/producer Linda Goldstein. This project has, to date, recorded over 800 hours of 40 of the world's most intriguing musicians, including the Rolling Stones' Lisa Fischer, The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel, The New York Voices, Rhiannon, Luciana Souza, Theo Bleckman, members of Voicestra, Earth, Wind and Fire's David Whitworth, and many of New York's top session singers. Roger's compositions and arrangements for choir, orchestra, jazz band, jazz choir and combos are published through UNC Jazz Press, LINDALAMAMA MUSIC, and his own company, Audible Art.

Brooklyn born Lisa Fischer is one of the most accomplished, versatile and sought-after singers in pop music today. One can hear her voice on everything from Cool Aid commercials to Saturday Night Live, as well as every ROLLING STONES world tour since 1989. After attending the Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Queens College, Lisa became involved in the NYC session scene and was soon discovered by Luther Vandross, who mentored her and featured her on his tours over the next 15 years. Her expertise and exposure while touring with Mr. Vandross led to a deal with ELEKTRA and a collaboration with producer Michael Narada Walden which culminated in the release of her first solo album, SO INTENSE, which garnered her a Grammy for Best R & B Vocal Performance in 1991 for her hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain". Since then she has performed with Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Madonna, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Seal, and many others, sung on numerous movie soundtracks including “Casino”, “Made in America”, Home alone 2”, and recorded with producers David Foster and Arif Mardin, among others. In addition, Lisa has appeared on the David Letterman show, The Conan O'Brien show, the Kennedy Center Honor's, and the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards. Hard at work on a new solo project, Lisa is excited about judging this regional of the Harmony Sweepstakes.

John Burke has been actively involved with a cappella singing for over 50 years, notably as Music Director of the Yale Whiffenpoofs in 1972, and, continuously since then, as leader of alumni groups, ranking quartets, and various glee organizations on both coasts. A former AGMA member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, John is currently co-director of The 10, an 18-man (don’t bother counting) singing group, and a 20-year member of the University Glee Club of NY City.

Jonathan Minkoff has directed various a cappella groups since 1984. Six of those years were spent as the Founder and Artistic Director of the full-time men's a cappella rock quartet, Blind Man's Bluff. While directing and performing with Bluff, he toured nationally, recorded radio and TV commercials, shared the stage with national recording artists like All-4-One, headlined the Improv Comedy Club,and singing the anthem for the World Champion Chicago Bulls. He has received numerous musical awards including the National Harmony Sweepstakes' Best Original Song and Best Original Composition, Chicago's Sweeps Champion, and Chicago's Audience Favorite. Minkoff judged both collegiate and professional a cappella competitions including the New York and Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes, NCHSA and NCCA. For his own vocal compositions, Minkoff was selected as one of only two composers in the prestigious New York City Genesius Guild's Revolutionary Writers program.
Jonathan has been the Executive Director and Producer for the East Coast A cappella Summit since 2003 and he is currently serving his third term as the President of CASA - The Contemporary A Cappella Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the furtherance of a cappella music. In late 2004 Minkoff received national attention as a featured expert in a cappella music on The Jane Pauley Show where he also musically directed, arranged for, and performed with the Jane Pauley Singers. Minkoff runs a vocal-centered recording studio, "Minkoff Arts, LLC", where he records, writes and produces for various artists like: former Boston Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, Ball In the House, Vocal Percussionist Extraordinaire, Wes Carroll, Voiceover Queen, Diana Preisler and others. In 2005, Minkoff joined the pop funk a cappella band, Blue Jupiter as a pro temp member. He is now their producer. Personal Motto: sleep is for the weak.

Judith Douglas is presently Team Coordinator and Assistant Director of Metro Rhythm Chorus, Sweet Adelines, Int.'l. (SAI) She has been a member of SAI for 25 years and has her certification as a "Front Row" Director. Judy's expertise is in the area of vocal training. She Directed Golden Apple Chorus, SAI, in Westchester, NY for nine years. Judy has held positions as choreographer and Asst. choreographer for four choruses in the SAI organization and at present, is working toward her judges certification in the Expression Category for SAI. She is excited about this competition and hopes all the hard work will benefit our fine contestants!

David Buffum is a producer, arranger and award-winning director of A Cappella music in the Philadelphia and DC areas. For 8 years, Mr. Buffum produced the popular Philadelphia A Cappella Fest, which enables local secondary school vocal groups to sing with nationally renowned professional groups. Under his direction, the A Cappella group at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia was selected to the BOSHA (Best of High School A Cappella) compilation in 2001 and 2002 and won the CARA award for national song of the year in 2002. A founding member of the Vineyard Sound he has been singing A Cappella for over 15 years, has arranged dozens of contemporary pieces and has performed for and with celebrities internationally and at home. He has been a judge at the ICCAs and at the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes and is happy to be returning as a New York judge for a third time.

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