CHICAGO HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES

2019 Performing Groups

Now accepting submissions for the 2019 Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes

Got a group?  Want to perform in the best a cappella show in the Midwest?  Maybe win your way to the National Finals in California?  Maybe become the next National Champions?  Why not you…?

Due North

Due North

2018 First Place and Audience Favorite

We are Due North. Hailing from the Twin Cities area, Due North is one of the Midwest’s newest a cappella ensembles. Founded in April 2017, the group’s name was inspired from Minnesota’s formally adopted French motto “L’Etoile du Nord” meaning “Star of the North”. Due North prides itself on being the perfect fit for any audience. Whether the setting is calm and mellow, or energized and wild; Due North will bring a refreshing taste to the music you know and love, while adding new songs to file away in your personal playlist. Available for weddings, corporate events, parties, fairs, national anthems; you name it! With a fresh outlook, immense passion, and a vibrant energy – there is only one direction to go – Due NorthMembers: Sam Bijou, Matt Laudenbach, Alissa Peanasky, Barry Bakunowicz, Kaynen Harris.
David Wilner

David Wilner

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.