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! Members: Sophia Manternach, Daria Derda, Joseph Kraemer, Malcolm Charles, Rachel Groth, Reese Bailey, Chloe Antrobus, Taylor Beck, and Isabel Dovale.
Crimson Cadence is a mixed vocal group hailing from Bloomington, Indiana. We aim to provide opportunities for a variety of majors to experience and grow in their love of close-harmony singing. An eclectic bunch, we love to communicate and share our unique stories through song, expression, and community. We are excited to appear again at Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes, and to spend the weekend in the place half our group calls home! The group places additional emphasis on supporting and learning from arrangers of both the vocal jazz and a cappella canon; this has led to opportunities to work with members of Accent, m-pact, and the late Steve Zegree. Additional performance highlights have included appearances at SingStrong Chicago, Kettering AcaFest, Raas Royalty, and a small group number for the Singing Hoosiers Australia Tour in 2014. Members: Sushmitha Suresh, Avery Scott, Katherine Bodor, Sarah Rauch, Ethan St. Germain, Lucas Debard, Jeremy Gussin, Jonathan Lutz.
Richton Park, IL
Final Melody is a five-man a cappella group from Richton Park, Illinois. 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 and 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 give them the Final Melody EXPERIENCE. Members: Shawn Denton, Darius Gleghorn, Josh Metoyer, Robert Downer Jr., Cornelius Garner.
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! Members: Noah Miller, Greg Lee, Loren Shevitz, Steve Schoultz.
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. Members: Kerry Speed, Alexandria Bennett, Taylor Manway, Alex Neal, Chris Hemsath, Sam Gyenes, Kat Smith, Carolyn Karutz, Katie Breslin.
Vocal Chaos has been an award-winning a cappella staple in Chicago since 1996. This group of half native Chicagoans and half Chicago transplants love putting their spin on everything from classic doo-wops to today’s top hits. The guys of Chaos also love to collaborate with other local a cappella groups throughout the year to put on benefit concerts for various charitable organizations throughout the greater Chicago area. Mostly the group loves being able to reminisce about their college a cappella days, have a drink during rehearsal, and making some music together. Members: Owen Stevenson, Ryan Naimy, Trent Snyder, Ross Matsuda, Nik Eden, Colin Commager, Richard Pridgen, Michael Novak, Zachary Watts, Daniel Meeks.
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 joy and humor. Get ready for the hijinks and harmony of…The Sound Exchange. Members: Nick Bailey, Caleb Lee, Christina Case, Paul Donnelly, Eric Buegler.
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.