The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the premier American showcase
for vocal harmony music, celebrates its 20h year in 2004. 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
Heebee-jeebees are two-time winners of the Canadian A Cappella
Championships--Northern Harmony. In 1998, they won First Place and Audience
favourite at the Pacific North West Harmony Sweeps, becoming the first Canadian
group to advance to the Sweeps finals. The Heebee-jeebees have released 4
CDs. "Hurry Up and Wait" is a collection of 50s classics. "Heebee-jeebeeTV"
is all original material, including a collection of Hj movies. "Waiting Under
the Mistletoe" and "Fa La La La La" contain fun new takes on holiday favorites.
The group s recordings have won 3 CARA recording awards, including Best Comedy
Album and Best Comedy Song.
Members - Chris Herard, Jonathan Love, Ken Lima-Coelho, Cedric Blary
Best Original Arrangement
|"Be My Oko Yono" arr. by Heebee-jeebees|
Baudboys are Microsoft's
premiere men's a cappella singing group. (Okay, maybe we're the only one. But
we're still pretty good!) We perform all styles of music, from rock to folk
to classical, with as much humor as we can inject. The group has been in existence
on the Microsoft campus for over 12 years. None of the original members remain
in the group, having long since retired when those stock option thingies were
still worth something. Currently, the longest tenure is about 7 years. When
we re not building the next generation of software, we perform on the Microsoft
campus, and for various charitable and non-profit organizations in the area.
Members - Jon Schwartz, Graham Sheldon, David Adelsman, Owen Braun, Dave McEwen, Tom Cooper, Mark Adolph
Heebee-jeebees are two-time winners of the Canadian A Cappella Championships--Northern Harmony. In 1998, they won First Place and Audience favourite at the Pacific North West Harmony Sweeps, becoming the first Canadian group to advance to the Sweeps finals. The Heebee-jeebees have released 4 CDs. "Hurry Up and Wait" is a collection of 50s classics. "Heebee-jeebeeTV" is all original material, including a collection of Hj movies. "Waiting Under the Mistletoe" and "Fa La La La La" contain fun new takes on holiday favorites. The group s recordings have won 3 CARA recording awards, including Best Comedy Album and Best Comedy Song.
Members - Chris Herard, Jonathan Love, Ken Lima-Coelho, Cedric Blary
In Voice is a six member a cappella group based out of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. It is a cappella that blends funk, groove, and melody to create an innovative style of music. They have been together for four years, singing at different events around the state of Washington
Members - Joel Cummings, Adam Utley, Dustin Smith, Matt Coughlin, Bryan Hinschberger, Dalton Shotwell
KlapaDooWopella features the soulful
romantic sounds of traditional Croation "Klapa" singing, while offering
a diverse repertoire of international a cappella genre; earthy folk songs from
Bosnia, Slovenia, Italy, Serbia and - as its name implies - American doo wop.
Klapas are the a cappella singing groups that hang out on the street corners
in towns up and down the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The passionate harmonic
blend of these Klapa songs evoking lost love, raging seas, and uncaught fish
is the core of KlapaDooWopella s work. Despite their delightful forays into
other acappella media, the quartet always returns to its first love, the moan
of the sea that is the primal chord of the Klapa song. KlapaDooWopella offers
the traditional klapa song along with more recent songs of the doo wop genre
in a unique blend that is sure to delight even the most begrudging concert goer.
The group is preparing for an upcoming Adriatic Tour presenting a series of
concerts in Italy and Croatia.
Members - Bill, Weis, Phil Parham, Jim Hoath, Ted Hunter
Notorious: What do you get when you combine a Starbucks manager/dance instructor, a traveling computer salesman, a Behavorial Specialist, a Human Resource Supervisor, a Restaurant Manager/bartender and a Massage Therapist/private music teacher? You get Olympia's newest a cappalla group - Notorious. Members of Notorious are all veterans of other performing groups such as the Akafellas, DoubleShot, Chanteuse, and The Silhouettes. Notorious is from the Olympia area and was formed about a year ago. Last year, four of its members competed in the Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes as Double Shot. This year, they gained an extra pair of voices to broaden their musical horizons. They enjoy singing many styles of music and are constantly trying to find unique songs to put through the "a cappella filter". Despite their many busy schedules, Amber, Jon, Stephanie, Michi, Tony, and Lee find time to get together, eat, drink, laugh... and sometimes even sing. Their love for music and warped sense of humor combine to make them Notorious... but in a good way.
Members - Jon Morgan, Amber Riley, Stephanie Claire, Tony Benjamins, Michi Imaura, Lee Tran
Realtime is an a cappella
vocal group dedicated to "music in the moment" that sings and performs a wide
variety of music from contemporary a cappella to barbershop and everything in
between. With roots in three countries, Canada, the United States and Australia,
Realtime is a group with an international flair that performs all around the
world. Home base is Vancouver, British Columbia, although one member lives across
the border in Lynden, Washington. Realtime loves an audience, and can accommodate
a variety of performance situations including concerts, barbershop chapter shows,
special events, serenades, or even drive-by singings. An amateur group (as in,
they all have day jobs), they perform for the love of performing, but strive
for nothing less than professional caliber in everything they do.
Members - Tim Broersma, John Newell, Mark Metzger, Tom Metzger
SoundDesign is all about a cappella great a cappella. SoundDesign met and sang together for the first time in November of 1998 and we've been at it ever since &with one change: we now have a new bass, Kari Metzger, from Vancouver, B.C. She's awesome and we're having fun getting acquainted, learning new music, laughing, and planning new shtick. We are Carolyn Huber (tenor), Katy Sansburn (lead), Sue Beck (baritone), and Kari Metzger (bass). We each have experience with other successful quartets and choruses but bringing this foursome together is magical. Please pick up one of our CDs in the lobby before you leave. It features a live performance of "Peal Me a Grape" - our signature song. Enjoy all the fine entertainment this evening! And keep on singing!
Members - Carolyn Huber, tenor, Sue Beck, baritone, Kari Metzger, bass, Katy Sansburn, lead
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