CHICAGO HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES
2018 Performing Groups
Counterpoint is Loyola University Chicago’s premier competitive co-ed a cappella group! We personally arrange and energetically perform a diverse range of music to feature at our concerts, competitions, and throughout the city of Chicago! We provide not only a creative musical outlet for members and listeners, but take pride in sharing ourselves with our city!
Crimson Cadence is a group which fights to continue the close-harmony tradition of vocal jazz and crossover a cappella artists. They enjoy Applebee’s and a good C13b9 chord any day of the week, and seek to provide a performance outlet for a variety of majors at Indiana University.
Richton Park, IL
Final Melody Acapella Group Is A Male Vocal Acapella Group Consisting Of 5 Members: Shawn Denton (Bass), Darius Gleghorn (Baritone), Josh Metoyer (Tenor), Robert Downer Jr. (Tenor), & Cornelius Garner (Baritone/Beatboxer). We Have Been Sharing Our Tight Harmonies And Melodic Sounds With Others since 2012. We Live By Our Motto “Creating Harmony Through Unity” Very Closely Because We Believe That Without Working Together As A Group And Group Members, A Great Sound Cannot Be Produced. No Matter What Troubles We May Face, We Remind Ourselves of that Motto. Final Melody has Made Multiple Appearances On Chicago Radio/News Broadcast Networks Including: ABC7 News, Windy City Live, Channel 9 News, The JAM, & WGN Radio. Every Appearance That We Make, We Strive To Give Our Audiences More Than Just A Show — We Strive To Give Them The Final Melody EXPERIENCE.
The Northsiders are Chicago’s hippest barbershop quartet. Last year’s regional runners-up to eventual national champs The Sound Exchange, The Northsiders are no stranger to the Harmony Sweepstakes stage. They perform traditional and contemporary favorites with a nod to the Rat Pack era. They have finished “on the podium” every time out on the barbershop contest stage. Sit back, sip a martini, and enjoy these cool cats!
Remedy, the University of Dayton’s premiere a cappella group, was founded in 2012 and is now comprised of 9 diverse members. They are an award-winning organization that competes all over the country, last year they placed third at the ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal. This contemporary, co-ed group strives to spread the pop a cappella culture to the University of Dayton community and beyond, as well as achieve excellence through performance and competition.
Vocal Chaos has been singing across the Windy City since 1995, from Soldier Field to Chicago Public Radio. The group was awarded Audience Favorite and 2nd place in the Midwest in 2014 and 2015 respectively at Harmony Sweeps. Nowadays, you may see the guys of Vocal Chaos singing everywhere from festivals around Chicago to weddings in the suburbs!
The Sound Exchange
special guest hosts
Meet your 2017 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions! From soulful ballads, to blistering rock anthems, from jazz standards to chart-topping singles, The Sound Exchange does it all. Based out of the Twin Cities, this group brings dazzling harmonies and wisecracking audience interaction to every show and do it with it with joy and humor. Get ready for the hijinks and harmony of…The Sound Exchange.
master of ceremonies
David Wilner is a singer, songwriter, pianist and DJ who has been performing in the Chicago area for over two decades. David’s a cappella career began with the University of Illinois Xtension Chords where he won a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for vocal arranging. David went on to sing professionally with the popular Chicago-based vocal rock band Blind Man’s Bluff where he toured nationally for six years and recorded five albums. David competed in the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes with both Blind Man’s Bluff and Fiveplay, winning First Place, Audience Favorite, and Best Original Song with each group. David twice took Third Place at the National Finals, once winning the award for Best Original Song. Today, David is on stage as often as possible: performing as a solo artist, leading events as a DJ, spreading holiday cheer in The Caroling Party, and releasing his inner “Jersey Boy” in the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute band The Four C Notes.