It's not too late to get into the holiday spirit by
planning to come & enjoy the first-ever holiday show
presented by the North Wave Chorus of Chicagoland
North (formerly North Shore)
Chapter, Barbershop Harmony Society.
Titled "This Is Christmas 2005 . . . and Home for ALL
the Holidays!," this presentation will take place at 3
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Edgewater Presbyterian
Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (at N. Kenmore Ave.),
Chicago, IL--5600N between Lake Shore Dr. & Sheridan
Rd.. The show emphasizes variety: in addition to the
North Wave Chorus, performers will include the
Evanston Township High School student handbell choir,
the Edgewater Presbyterian Church choir, instrumental
soloists from within & outside the North Wave Chorus,
& a magician . . . Santa himself may even make a cameo
appearance! The grand finale will be a special,
newly-commissioned arrangement of "Adeste Fideles" for
six vocal parts, handbells, & various instrumental
accompanists, by local church organist, composer,
pianist, & semi-pro singer Jim Carson.
As you can see, this is entertainment for all ages, so
bring the kids & the grandparents, too. Tickets are
just $15 for general admission, $12 for senior
citizens (children accompanied by an adult will be
admitted free of charge). You can purchase tickets
from me (my contact info is in my sig below) or order
them online via our Web site
(www.northwavechorus.com), where there is also a flyer
that provides all the pertinent info. I suggest you
don't wait till the last minute.
And if you're curious about what goes on at our weekly
meetings/rehearsals, come on by any Wednesday night
(except Dec. 7, when we'll be rehearsing at our show
venue) & prepare to be delighted! We meet 7:30-10:00
at Elliott Hall, Presbyterian Home, 3131 Simpson St.
(Golf Rd.), Evanston, IL. Any questions?? If so, go
ahead & ask me.
Happy holidays & a prosperous & HARMONIOUS new year to
you & yours!
zinger99 @ juno . com (backup: schlesmail @ yahoo .
member North Wave Chorus (www.northwavechorus.com)
member New Tradition Chorus (www.newtradition.org)
founder Barbershop Harmony Chicagoland
Hello everyone -
If interested, pictures from our recent holiday show are now available
on our website
Enjoy! I know we did!
New Tradition Chorus
VP of Marketing & PR
The 2006 Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes is
coming up in March, and the entry deadline is right around the corner: January 6th, 2006.
The show is Saturday, March 25th, 2006 at the NorthShoreCenter for the Performing Arts in
Skokie, IL, at 7:30 pm.
All groups will need
to submit an audition recording with
at least two songs. (CDs or MP3s strongly preferred)
Groups must have at least three and no more than seven members.
About 8 or 9 groups will be selected from the entries to perform
in the March regional contest. If your entry is selected, we will need a
picture of your group, and an entry fee of $10 per person per group.
If you haven't received an entry form, e-mail us at sweeps@..., and we'll send
you one right away. Get those entries in - we're looking forward to a
great show in March!
By any chance, does anyone have a video recording of the 2005 Chicago
Harmony Sweepstakes or the 2005 National Harmony Sweepstakes Finals in
San Rafael? If so could you please email me directly at
Groove Society, a Denver-based professional jazz/R&B sextet with a
growing national reputation, is looking for a new alto. We work
extensively in Colorado and are scheduled to headline at major jazz
festivals around the mainland U.S. and Hawaii.
Interested candidates must have a superior solo voice, a strong
understanding of all jazz styles, be capable of singing dissonant
harmonies, and be willing to relocate to Denver. At least some
college experience is required.
Please visit our website at www.groovesociety.org for more information
about the group and email us at groovesociety@... to
Soprano and baritone/bass needed for established amateur (but serious)
classical a cappella group. Mixed group performs sacred and secular
music, with a particular focus on 20th century works. The men of the
group also sing separately: classical, jazz, English folk. Need
straight tone, and ability to blend and sightread. Rehearsals Monday
nights, Evanston. Contact 847-648-6884 or asanich@..., or view our
website at www.skalinder.net/coriolis
Is there anyone who just wants to get together to try out music, hear
some other voices, get ideas, "network" in suit speak, and SING! I'm
still looking for that "thing" that's the perfect combination of
classical/gospel/rock/jazz/etc. in a small group package, but can't
figure out how to put it together. In the meantime, I want to sing a
cappella and have a good time doing it.
I can find a place if I can get a few people together. Wednesdays or
Thursdays are what I have open. I'm tired of singing harmony all by
Lake Shore Jive
LSJ's repertoire includes pop, jazz standards, Motown, oldies and the
best of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. Their members have sung with
collegiate a cappella groups from around the country.
Sunday, 1/29/2006 at 6:30pm.
Prairie Moon Restaurant
(No Cover Charge. If you print out their website they'll give you
fifteen percent off your food order.)
1502 Sherman Ave.
If you tuned in to the East Coast A Capella Review Show, last Wednesday, 1/25/06 on The Harmony Network (THN), the following is a list of songs that were broadcast:
Streets of the Bronx/Cool Change
To Be Loved/3rd Edition
You're So Fine/Alexx
Sh Boom/Alley Cats
Drive Time Blues/The Bobs
I Can't Go for That/Magnets
Family/Five in Time
My Memories of You/GoldTones
At This Moment/Reunion
Up on the Roof/Mighty Echoes
Heart's Desire/Five Boroughs
Mack the Knife/Voice Male
Lullabye for Hannah/Cadence
Long Black Train/Tonic Sol Fa
Wisdom of a Fool/Just Friends
Travelin Stranger/Eddie Pardocchi and The 5 Discs
Lovers Never Say Goodbye/Blue Stars
Pretty Little Angel Eyes/BQE
Don't Turn Around/Flying Pickets
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Persuasions
Earth Angel/Gus and The Invisibles
Be Sure My Love/A Moment's Pleasure
Oh Gee, Oh Gosh/Boulevards
At My Front Door/Brooklyn Bridge
I Need You/36 Madison Ave
It's for You/AC Rock
Mr. Pinstripe Suit/Blue Jupiter
Hard Times Come Again No More/Eclipse
Rockin the Neighborhood/Brylcream
If I Ever Fall in Love/Cool Change
If I Didn't Care/Little Big Men
Minimum Wage Theme/Minimum Wage
Nothing is Written/Spiralmouth
Heaven on Earth/Delmonicos
Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go/Doo Wop Cops
My Baby Loves Me/Encounters
Chicago/Frankie and The Fashions
Honey I'm Home/Key of She
Hard To Say Goodbye/Boyz II Men
As you can see, both Linda and I choose our program play list with the listening audience in
mind. On The East Coast A Capella Review you will have an opportunity to hear some of the great Doo-wop/Streetcorner a Capella tunes as they were done in the 50's, 60's and you will also hear newer contemporary A Capella groups singing their interpretations of many of the songs of today, A Capella of course! I truly enjoy sharing musical knowledge with the audience and enjoy providing
some of the history behind the music and artists.
Feel free to join us in the chat room, or call in on our Toll-Free number (1-877-846-7664) during the show. Linda and I will do our best to honor every and all requests during the broadcast and would love to hear from our listeners. So tune in Wednesday evenings 7 to 11 PM (EST) on THN (The Harmony Network) to sit back and enjoy some great Doo-wop/Contemporary A Capella tunes and hear some of the music that made the east coast sounds so memorable.
HELLO, MIDWESTERN BOBS FANS!!!!!
Fresh from two amazing concerts in Berkeley, California celebrating
their 25th Anniversary, THE BOBS head for the midwest next weekend.
Friday 2/10 Carbondale, IL - Southern Illinois University,
Shryock Auditorium 7:30pm RHAPSODY IN BOB
http://www.siuc.edu/shryock/events.html Tix: 866-646-8849
Thursday 2/16 Waverly, IA - Wartburg College, Neumann Auditorium
7:30pm RHAPSODY IN BOB
http://www.wartburg.edu/artist/ Tix: 1-800-772-2085 ext 8286
Friday 2/17 Glen Ellyn, IL - College of DuPage, MacInnich Arts
Center 8:00pm RHAPSODY IN BOB
http://www.cod.edu/ArtsCntr/05_The_bobs.htm Tix: 630-942-4000
Saturday 2/18 Elgin, IL - Hemmens Cultural Center 8:00 pm
RHAPSODY IN BOB
http://cityofelgin.org/index.asp?NID=17 Tix: (847) 931-5900
Sunday 2/19 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center 7:30pm
http://thecedar.org/ Tix: 612-338-2674
Tuesday 2/21 Hays, KS - Fort Hays State University, Schmidt PAC
8pm RHAPSODY IN BOB
http://www.fhsu.edu/perf_arts/bobs.shtml Tix: (785) 628-5308
The CD, RHAPSODY IN BOB is available here:
VISIT WWW.BOBS.COM FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF BOBS CONCERTS AND
RHAPSODY IN BOB SHOWS
IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE ON THE BOBS' CONCERT NOTIFICATION LIST, SEND ME AN
E-MAIL SAYING SO!
Brynne Bob Whitney, Assistant Bob
Fiveplay Live @ Speakeasy Supper Club 1401 W. Devon Ave. Wednesday, February 15th at 8 PM with opening act Steven Hackman
Come see Fiveplay at the Speakeasy Supper Club on 2/15!
You are cordially invited to see Fiveplay, the Midwest Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, in a live public performance at the Speakeasy Supper Club on Wednesday, February 15th. A night of fun and music is guaranteed for all, along with smiles, laughs, and shrieks of joy. Fiveplay will be filming this set for a promotional video, so be ready to show some enthusiasm. And be sure not to shriek too loudly.
The show will begin at 8pm and there will be a $5 cover. Opening the evening will be Fiveplay friend Steven Hackman, a talented singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, who will perform a mix of his original songs and covers. You can hear more of Steve at www.stevenhackman.com.
The Speakeasy Supper Club, a neighborhood restaurant and cabaret, is located at 1401 W. Devon at the corner of Devon and Glenwood. Their menu is composed mostly of tapas-sized selections, though half and whole entrees are also available. See www.speakeasysupperclub. com for more details. Best of all, the Speakeasy Supper Club is BYOB with a liquor store conveniently located across the street. There is a free lot for parking and the Loyola Red Line el stop is just a few blocks east. A number of accessible bike racks are also located nearby. As usual, Fiveplay will be arriving via chartered helicopter.
Attention singers and music lovers! Audition for Underground Sound,
co-ed acappella group. All voice parts. Weekly practices Sunday
nights. Perform our own arrangements of music by Queen, Gavin DeGraw,
Louis Armstrong and more. Underground Sound currently performs in and
around the Chicago area for a variety of events/functions. For more
info about auditions, email unsochicago@...
Stripped, Chicago's premier progressive jazz vocal band, is opening
for Do No Dawn at Wise Fools Pub on Monday, February 20th.
We go on at 9pm and we're hoping for a good turn out because it's our
first time playing there. So, come see us and tell them that you're
there to see Stripped. Unless you're there to see both, in which
case tell them that.
Wise Fools is at
2270 N. Lincoln Ave in Chicago.
You're coming because it's President's Day, and you need one last
night of revelry before you go back to work. And there's no revelry
like Stripped revelry.
Other gigs coming up:
March 9th - Millikin University (if you're as far South as Decatur,
or feel like a roadtrip)
March 25th - Harmony Sweepstakes at the North Shore Center for
April 2nd - Chicago Center for Spiritual Living
Stay tuned as always, and come say hi to us on Myspace if you're
The URL is http://www.myspace.com/strippedband
Sean (self appointed email mascot of Stripped)
Breaking Boundaries Inc.
Freedom through Music
Come & enjoy a benefit show in Evanston April 1 to
help fund the Illinois Youth in Harmony program &,
more specifically, the Festival of Stars for
high-school a cappella singers throughout greater
The show, "Barbershop Live--A Quartet Extravaganza,"
will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Weinstein
Auditorium, National-Louis University, 2840 Sheridan
Rd., Evanston. Tickets are $20 (VIP reserved seating)
& $18 (all other seats), with a $3 discount for
students & senior citizens age 65+.
Order tickets from me (see contact info in my sig) or,
if you feel lucky, you might be able to purchase them
at the door.
The annual Festival of Stars provides vocal group
coaching, training in voice production & presentation,
& a talent show for participating high-school
students. There will be a Festival in Fox Lake in
October, & an additional Festival is planned for some
time in the fall in Evanston.
zinger99 @ juno . com (backup: schlesmail @ yahoo .
member North Wave Chorus (www.northwavechorus.com)
member New Tradition Chorus
founder Barbershop Harmony Chicagoland
InPulse, a professional a cappella vocal band from Minneapolis/St.
Paul, MN is accepting audition materials for the part of TENOR.
INPULSE: InPulse is a full-time, professional, a cappella vocal band
which performs throughout the country in a variety of venues. Members
include: Gabe Koxlien, Tenor (Strum, WI), Matt McDonald, Bari-tenor
(Sydney, Australia), Marcus Hanson, Bass (Billings, MT) and Paul
Donnelly, Vocal Percussion (Petaluma, CA). InPulse plays
approximately 250 dates per year as guest-artist/clinicians at
colleges & universities, high schools, community fine arts halls, and
professional athletic events. Winners of the 2004 Rocky Mountain
Harmony Sweepstakes, InPulse also took home awards for Best Original
Song (for "Obsession") and Best Soloist (Matt McDonald). Their debut
album, "Alone and Above" (nominated for 2 CARA awards in 2003) has now
sold over 10,000 copies, and their CARA nominated Holiday Album, "Shed
a Little Light" has sold 4,000 copies in just 2 years. In 2005-2006,
InPulse was most booked a cappella act in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and
showcased at the Mid-Atlantic NACA Conference, the Association for
Performing Arts Presents Convention and Arts Midwest to secure
bookings for the 2006-2007 Concert Season. InPulse is represented by
The College Agency (MN) and Dow Artists Inc. (IA).
JOB DESCRIPTION: Salaried position with full medical/dental benefits
packages as a full-time, touring/performing musician. Other duties may
include: Band Promotions and assistance with general operations.
Applicant must demonstrate unique ability to sing both lead and backup
tenor in a variety of musical styles including: pop, rock, R&B,
country and soul. Demonstrating vocal control in all registers of the
instrument with special emphasis on upper register and falsetto singing.
Applicant must demonstate ability to blend with other singers, as well
as articulate vocal techniques used in doing so.
Applicant must move fluidly on stage.
Applicant must be willing to relocate to Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
*Ability to write and arrange music, a plus.
*Previous professional experience, a plus.
SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY can submit a demo DVD or CD, resume and
photograph to the following address:
5741 Bloomington Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
For more information:
or call: Matt McDonald, 612-600-6288
Thank you and best for luck!
Acapella Gospel quartet seeking a Christian Female alto voice. Female
must be between the ages of 25-35. Must be serious about ministry thru
song. Must be an active doer of the word of God. Must be able to sing
both lead and backup. Must be able to blend vocally with other
singers. Must move fluidly on stage and be able to interact with the
audience. Must live in Chicago IL or neighboring community.
Style of music resembles: Take 6, Glad, Boyz to Men (It's so hard to
Acapella Group is a Christian based group that ministers at all Church
events, Programs and gatherings including but not limited to:
Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Pastor/ church Anniversaries,
Concerts, Fund Raisers, banquets, Luncheons, athletic events, and
If SERIOUS please forward an email to 2cor3d@...
Thank you for your consideration and Good Luck!
If you like live theater and enjoy a good barbershop quartet, too,
have we got an event for you! The Spring of Life Partnership is
sponsoring a fundraiser for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY on Sunday, March 26.
The event begins with a Neil Simon play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, at 3
PM at the Metropolis Theater in Arlington Heights, followed by a
dinner at 5:30 at one of the member churches in Arlington Heights.
After dinner, Talismen, the current Illinois District Senior Quartet
champions, will be performing.
The Spring of Life Partnership is a consortium of 11 churches that
attracts people, funds, and resources to carry out the Habitat For
Humanity mission in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. For more
information, go to: www.springoflifehabitat.org.
Support Habitat and enjoy the event. Tickets for the theater ($35)
and dinner ($15) can be purchased separately. Contact Lee Kingdon at
847-934-1171 or kingbird1 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.
This is the nearest ACappella posting for Louisville Area....just would
post my availability...Tenor/Falsetto voice available for an cappella
group. Willing to do some travel and available...for informationm,
please contact me....
Contact: Jeff Swearingen PR Director / Vocal Chaos 847.975.2601 jeff@...
AWARD-WINNING A CAPPELLA GROUP VOCAL CHAOS RELEASES DEBUT EP MARCH 25, 2006
"Taste the Chaos: 2006 EP" is the band's first release
CHICAGO, Ill. (March 21, 2006) – Award-winning a cappella pop/rock artist Vocal Chaos announces the release date for their debut EP, "Taste the Chaos: 2006 EP." On Saturday, March 25, 2006, the highly anticipated "Taste the Chaos: 2006 EP" will be available for purchase on the group's website and at the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Chicago Regional.
Vocal Chaos is one of Chicago's most exciting and unique a cappella bands. Always fresh and fun, their arrangements include classic rock songs from artists like The Jackson 5, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello, as well as hits from current groups like Tonic, *NSYNC, Counting Crows and The BoDeans.
Celebrating their 10-year anniversary in 2006, this semi-pro group of actors, consultants, marketers, students, computer geeks, a playwright and a cartographer performs throughout the Chicagoland area at sporting arenas, corporate events, school assemblies, charity functions, a host of other public venues and even on the big screen. You might have seen them performing at Soldier Field exclusively for the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer team), entertaining at SeptemberFest in Schaumburg, IL, or singing the National Anthem for the World Champion Chicago White Sox. (If you look quickly, you can even see some of them in the upcoming Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn movie, "The Break Up.") These guys live to sing the songs you know and love, in a way you've never heard before! It's all you would expect from your favorite band, minus the instruments!
Their first single, an arrangement of "Accidentally in Love" by the Counting Crows, has garnered attention and credibility for the group and has been consistently rated in the Acoustic Vocals Top 30 list of SoundClick.com.
If you'd like more information, or to discuss gig opportunities with Vocal Chaos, please call Jeff Swearingen at 847.975.2601, or send an e-mail to jeff@....
A new discussion group is forming in the Northern Midwest for those
interested. So far, members from at least 6 collegiate a cappella
groups have signed on looking to network with like-minded groups, pros
Please pass this along to those who may be interested.
What an intense show! The
judging was very close - even our Audience Favorite was close (moosebutter
beat An Octave Above by five
votes!). Thanks to all the incredible competing groups, the amazing
hosting of Fiveplay, and to the a cappella fans who gave us another sold out
show! We'll see you next year!
Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Chicago
Greg Vaden from the a cappella group elmoTHUMM here. Needless to say,
we are very excited about our win in Chicago this past Saturday and we
look forward to the challenge of representing the Midwest in California
Thanks to all those that participated. It was nice getting to know
some of you a little bit better. We'd also like to send out a special
thanks to all the fans. Not just THUMM fans, but ALL the fans.
Without you, we'd all just be singing in a really big theater.
We hope you all had as much fun as we did and that it won't be an
entire year before we see most of you again.
Again, thank you.
To all the fans, performers, security guards, stage crew and the bar
mitzvah dancers we met outside the theater Saturday night (long story):
THANK YOU all for such a magnificent time. From the excellent venue,
to the classy audience, to the excellent talent, it was an outstanding
experience for us. We'd love to get feedback from you in our guest
book at moosebutter.com; or you can contact us personally at
daboyz@.... Regardless, we hope to see you all again soon
- we'd love to team up on concerts, visit your school or employment to
perform for your friends and family, or make an appearance at your
local festival or concert series. Send us details of who we should
contact so we can get out to visit you again soon!
Congratulations to all the participants and award winners, and
especially to ElmoThumm - have a great time at nationals!
P.S. for more details about the bar mitzvah dancers, see the front page
of our web site.
To the Chicago
Harmony Sweepstakes audience, and the Midwest
a cappella community:
A week has passed since the 2006 Chicago Regionals of the
Harmony Sweepstakes. We had a full house, and in my opinion, a great show
and a good competition. But in the last week, I have received several
e-mails from members of the audience, with a wide range of criticisms of the
show, the groups, the judging, the hosting, and even the audience. I
would briefly like to address these criticisms, and offer my take on everything
that happened on March 25th. I will quote a few e-mails, and
then respond to each.
appalled that an art form as sophisticated and respected as 'a cappella' singing
must be judged by people who are not themselves experienced in the art
form. Jingle singers, cabaret singers, and high school choir directors
may know their respective crafts - but those crafts are not connected to 'a
cappella' singing - and shame on you for not affording the participants the
respect they deserve.”
I chose these judges because of their connections and experience both in the a
cappella community and in the
musical community in general. My jingle singer (Judy Storey) has
extensive experience as a background singer (read: harmony), and a vocal
instructor. My cabaret singer (Jennifer Chada) sings with a very talented vocal jazz group,
Tonic. And my high school choir director (Dan Gregerman) is incredibly
active in the a cappella community, supporting concerts by such groups as The
Real Group and Sixth Wave, and is an accomplished vocal competition
judge. My judging panel was more than qualified.
beyond the allotted time and were still pounding their stick far beyond the
time when the red light appeared.”
There has been much discussion about the policy on timing for the groups.
Each group is given a ten-minute time allotment, and it is common knowledge
that a red light appears at the ten-minute mark. We try and keep groups
as close to the ten-minute limit as possible, but we *do* allow a certain
amount of leeway. A group is not automatically disqualified for going
over the ten-minute mark, and it is up to the judges discretion how to treat a
group that goes over time. If a group blatantly disregards the time (you
may remember Blue Jupiter clocking in at about 12 and a half minutes), of
course that will be taken into consideration, but groups going up to 30 seconds
over is the norm, not the exception. Only two out of the 8 groups performed under 10 minutes.
[elmoTHUMM] in fact not abide by the rules?” "Incidental"
is not the way to categorize two freestanding drum kits and a percussion stick”
“Their usage of TWO cymbals, tambourine, and woodblock, as well as the
pounding stick ABSOLUTELY DISQUALIFIED them from the competition. “
From our rules: “Some
hand-held percussion enhancements may be allowed, such as tambourines, maracas
or the occasional kazoo. The basic guideline here is that, if the instrument is
an integral part of the number as opposed to an incidental enhancement, it
would not be acceptable. “
I come down on two
sides on this issue. elmoTHUMM has been in our competition before, and
has used the percussion stick (a broom handle with a tambourine on the end)
before. I have allowed it, because I considered it a glorified
tambourine. The other percussion they used (not “drum kits”,
but otherwise accurately described) was used in one number, and in my opinion
was *not* an “integral” part of the performance (there were no drum
solos, and no percussion hits that substituted for vocals).
elmoTHUMM did not
break the rules, but they bent them about as far as possible. In
retrospect, I should not have allowed the extra percussion, although I still
will allow the floor stick. After speaking with John
Neal, the Sweeps National Producer, elmoTHUMM will not be
allowed to use their extra percussion in the National Finals – the floor
stick will be allowed.
second place group from Utah competing in the Midwest regional who sung for
four of their ten minutes (when they weren't clucking like
chickens)” “Two of the groups reminded us of being at the
Gong Show. We would have given them the gong--you gave them
First of all, as far as moosebutter not being from the Midwest – any
regional is open to any group from anywhere (examples: The Idea Of North
is from Australia, Minimum Wage (New York) won in DC, and the Midwest’s
own Octane won the Denver Regional in 1999). The only restriction is that
a group who wins the Nationals cannot compete again, in any regional.
No one can deny that moosebutter is unique. Their humor was amazing, and
their use of a fifth member (airhorn only) was inspired, and will go down as a
unique moment in Chicago’s
history. But are they a cappella? Certainly. I would describe
them as a comedy group performing in the a cappella medium – but
what’s wrong with that? Groups are judged on musicality *and*
performance, and moosebutter put on an excellent show. The Harmony
Sweepstakes exists to promote and support *all* kinds of a cappella music, from
the oldest and most traditional (barbershop, jazz, gospel) to the newest and most
innovative (“vocal bands”, percussion, and yes, comedy). I
would *love* to see a vocal group who did nothing but vocal percussion –
aren’t classical percussion ensembles accepted in the classical music
AN OCTAVE ABOVE’S CHEERING SECTION
“If groups are performing
that are teachers and having kids come, they should be told to tell
their kids it's not a high school talent show.” “An Octave
Above almost won the audience vote…because they brought their own
cheering section. This is the second year in a row they have done so and
both last year and this year, I had to plug my ears every time the cheerleaders
shrieked. Although I don't feel that ticket sales should be restricted,
if An Octaive Above makes it to next year's show I submit that the group they
will inevitably bring should have only limited voting capabilities so as to
prevent them stacking the vote.”
What? Why shouldn’t groups invite their enthusiastic fan
base? Why shouldn’t you encourage every one you know to come to
this show? In my opinion, every group should fill the house and stack the
vote with as many fans as they can. Yes, the shrieking was a bit
overboard, but I’m just excited that not only do we have a cappella
groups with actual fans, but
these are high-school students
– each one choosing to drop almost 20 bucks and come to an a cappella concert on a Saturday night,
instead of going to the latest movie! More power to ‘em.
although they are a great a cappella group, were an embarrassment onstage as
hosts. Who writes their stuff anyway?” “Does the concept of 'a cappella'
music necessitate slapstick and pratfalls? It was truly
embarrassing - especially for a fine vocal group like Fiveplay to be forced into
the stupidity that was created all evening. “
I won’t deny that Fiveplay had some dead spots. They had some good
material prepared, but it could only be stretched so far. Our judges had
a lot to write about each group, so what we hoped would be about two minutes
between groups invariably turned into five, and Fiveplay was forced to
improvise on the fly. Most hosts in the past (CVX, Nightwatch, and even
Chapter 6) have had to do the same thing. I am becoming more aware of
this dilemma as a producer (just not knowing how long the breaks will be), and
I’m taking steps to address it with future hosts.
Harmony Sweepstakes is a unique event showcasing all the different forms of a cappella,
from jazz to rock-and-roll to barbershop to comedy to Kabuki shape-note throat
singing. Groups are judged on how well they deliver their concept, both
musically and artistically.
“When we think of a cappella, we think of harmony to the point of closing
our eyes and being able to hear unity and beautiful sounds…”
Yes, of course we look for “musical content, vocal blend, quality of
arranging”, and the beautiful sounds that the
human voice can create. But sound is only one,
albeit important, aspect of a live show – stage presence and performance
The Sweeps are also heavily
dependent on the groups that voluntarily participate in our competition.
Every year is different, with a different selection of groups and styles - one
year we’ll have three college groups, the next year we’ll have
three barbershop groups, and it’s all dependent on the entries we
receive. The more groups that are out there, and hear about our show, and
participate, the better each year’s show will be. The goal of every
year’s show is to entertain the audience, and to present the variety of
different styles under the wide umbrella of a cappella. I’m sorry
there were audience members disappointed in this year’s Sweeps show, but
I have also received comments that this was the best show in years. I
appreciate all feedback, as I strive to make each year better than the last.
Thank you, and I hope we can all
look forward to next year’s Harmony Sweepstakes.
Plan A: I am a bass trying to start a contemporary, a capella, 4-5
member group started in NW OH. Preference would be all male group, in
their 50's, interested in singing and having a good time.
Plan B: Is there a contemporary, a capella group in NW Ohio needing a
moosebutter seeks bass for full-time position beginning June 2006
maybe a different voice part 'cuz one of us can sing bass, too, but he
doesn't really want to. So I guess you can inquire if you are not of
the bass persuasion. Or if you're a bass in The Persuasions.
You: Bass singer, a cappella experience, preferably able to percuss
(limited) at the same time, and of course you are an acutely
intelligent person who will look smashing in a red jumpsuit and
headband. Formal vocal training good, real-world performing experience
nice, cooking skills a definite plus, comedy experience might be cool
but it was probably just you doing an old Bill Cosby routine at your
school talent show so that doesn't count, comedy and music
improvisation skill also kosher, writing and arranging abilities blah
blah brilliant sight-reader yada yada perfect pitch sumthin mumble
michael bolton. If you are deft at live-animal eating or
double-jointed-ness please keep it to yourself.
Submit resume and audio samples by May 15, sooner if possible
Please include a detailed list of experience and skills - list any all
things you can bring to the group, including business areas.
Instruments played, etc. Also, personal experience and favorite
musical topics you would most like to present in context of an
educational program, and how you would present them (musical examples
singable by 3-4 dudes would be good here).
Oooo! Oooo! Ooo! Also, yeah, if you are proficient at setting
up/working sound equipment and/or recording and editing recordings,
then we shall hug you tenderly, brush you with olive oil, and staple
you to the wall so all generations can adore your skills.
If we schedule an audition we'll expect you to learn a bunch of songs
and come sing with us to see if we like you.
More: We are clean-living (no drinking, no smoking, no drugs, no loose
women, no kung-fu movies unless from the 70's) and expect our show and
our business lives to reflect this. Foul humor, unethical behavior,
poor role-modeling for kids will not be tolerated. There will be small
kids on the road with us, and we'll be performing for lots of kids as
well as families in addition to our sold-out arena shows with our
opening band IRON MAIDEN. We don't even swear, so don't apply if
that's too weird for you.
You'll be expected to learn a lot of music and do a lot of shows
quickly, jive with the chemistry and direction of the group, and
occasionally prance like a noble antelope if that's what the paying
public wants to see. Health and personal commitments should allow for
rigorous touring regime.
If hired, you will be asked to relocate to the Boulder, Colorado area,
learn a ton of music on your own, take part in continuing voice lessons
and musical study, and maintain your own happy life when not on the
road or performing.
Further details can certainly be discussed.
www.moosebutter.com shows at moosebutter dot com (how you like THAT
crafty dodging, spambots!!!!!)
if there are any typos in here they're Glen's fault.
An Octave Above, a semi-professional a cappella vocal group from Chicago, IL is searching for a tenor in the Chicagoland area. We perform, on average, once a month. We rehearse once a week in the evenings in the surrounding suburbs of Chicago. Applicant must have transportation.
Applicant must demonstrate ability to sing both lead and backup tenor in a variety of musical styles including: pop, rock and jazz. Applicant must demonstate ability to blend with other singers and be comfortable performing on stage. *Ability to write and arrange music, a plus. *Previous a cappella experience, a plus.
SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY can submit a demo DVD or CD (if available), resume and photograph (doesn't need to be a professional headshot) to the following address:
Hi, my name's Travis, and some of my friends and I are looking to put
together a new co-ed a cappella group in Chicago. We all have
experience in collegiate a cappella as well as Chicago groups, and
since we haven't found exactly what we're looking for, we are hoping
to create it.
Our goal is to create the ideal, well-rounded group of talented and
fun singers. We have all gone pro in something other than a cappella
(i.e. we all have jobs), but we are looking to rehearse once a week,
with occassional gigs and concerts as they arise.
We are looking for experienced singers of all voice parts. If this is
something that you're interested in, please email me at
tatkinso@.... We are hoping to start up sometime in May.
Thanks, have a great day!