CHICAGO HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES

2022 Performing Groups

Flannel Folk

Flannel Folk

Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Flannel Folk is a contemporary a cappella group based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, where they have become a household name due to their constant sharing of their passion for music. Their own unique arrangements showcase complex musicality and a fun, energetic flair. They have performed in the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, at local festivals, on local and international radio stations, and on a side stage prior to both Lee Brice and Trace Adkins. Founded in 2018, they look forward to many more years of performing!

Members: Renee Bilsborough, Hailey Bault, Robert Danner, Edward Sherman, John Sherman

Impromptu

Impromptu

Indianapolis, Indiana

Impromptu is a professional a cappella group based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed from Ball State alumni, Impromptu blends a unique sound from their fusion of jazz, soul, pop and R&B influences in their arrangements and performances, delivering fresh takes on current and throwback hits of the last 2 decades.

Members: Edric Mitchell, Derek Hutchinson, Johnnie Hughes, Trevor Barnes, Andrea Greene

Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, Illinois

Lake Shore Drive started in May, 2021 and on September 18th, 2021 was crowned the Illinois District of the Barbershop Harmony Society 2021 Quartet Champions. Lake Shore Drive’s musical variety encompasses the heart and soul of the Chicago music scene from Blues, Rock and Roll and of course Barbershop.

Members: Steve Davis, Jeff Lathom, Greg Lee, Steve Schoultz

Minor Mischief

Minor Mischief

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minor Mischief A Cappella is a new ensemble of old friends, formed in 2020. Though the quintet itself is new, all of its musicians have been singing together for almost ten years, beginning their musical journeys together within the Vocal Jazz ensembles at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. With UMD Vocal Jazz, they have performed in over 50 concerts together, including most prominently as an opening act at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York, and in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick, Ireland.

Members: Christina Case, Luke Ericksen, Ricky Pierce, Nathan Ringdal, Carolyn Schmitz

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Austin, TX

Noteworthy is an all-gender A Cappella group at The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 2014. Noteworthy is a competitive group, and they most recently competed in the ICCA 2022 quarterfinals. This group loves to perform for the Austin community as well as around UT. Members range from those with over 15 years of musical experience to those who have never read sheet music – the best “shower singers” from all across their campus. As a diverse group, where every voice is heard, each member is valued for what they bring to the table.

Members: Jessica Lam, Ella Moody, Ritu Karivaradasamy, Delaney Glosser, Madison Stork, Sachi Kulkarni, Ash Murali, Hanjing Chen, Rohun Rajaram, Spencer Simons, Liam Miller

Polarity

Polarity

Waverly, Ohio

Polarity, Waverly High School’s premiere a cappella ensemble, is excited to return to the Harmony Sweepstakes family! Polarity meets after school twice a week to provide a quality a cappella experience to Waverly High School’s students. This highly competitive group performs in the community, at school events, private parties, and local competitions. Coming from all paths of the high school, Polarity instantly clicked. The group includes varsity athletes, theatre enthusiasts, honors students, marching band members, and active community members. Though pop a cappella has not gained popularity in southern Ohio, these students demonstrate their love and commitment to the art of making music! Hey, we’re just a bunch of small-town kids that like to sing!

Members: Jayda Whitt, Sophie Thomas, Kaitlyn Miller, Jayden Steele, Grace Dickerson, Carson Kittaka, Carson Moore, Jack Pfeifer, Noah Clifton

Remedy

Remedy

Dayton, Ohio

Remedy A Cappella is a co-ed contemporary a cappella group from the University of Dayton, founded in 2013. Our members consist of undergraduates from a variety of majors, coming together to share their love of music and performance. Remedy performs in and around the Dayton area including on and off campus and we also participate annually in a cappella competitions. During the hiatus from competition due to the pandemic, they had the opportunity to record and release “The Compilation,” the group’s first release. Remedy is proud to be the 2015 and 2020 Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and 2020 Audience Favorite, as well as ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal champions in 2016, 2019, and 2020.

Members: Chris Hemsath, Angelo Knight, Andrew Villasenor, Jeremy Page, Cameron Page, Josalyn Abrams, Kayleah Shiland, Natalie DiPietro, Jennifer Rosio

Uprising

Uprising

Kenosha/Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Uprising is a contemporary a cappella group with a rock edge. Uprising was formed at the end of 2021 and is comprised of seasoned vocalists from across the Southeast Wisconsin area. They are here to share with you their take on familiar rock, indie, alt, and pop tunes.

Members: Chris Gallego, Stephen Lanza, Dave Zapp, Mei Chang, Julie Zhao, Genny Clements, Taylor May Bulanek

The Cat's Pajamas

The Cat's Pajamas

Special Guest Hosts

Winners of the 2013 Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes, The Cat’s Pajamas are a five person a cappella group that has been touring around the world since 2005.  The Cats have recently been featured on Next Great American Band, America’s Got Talent and season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off.  Founded by Brian Skinner, The Cat’s Pajamas entered the national spotlight when they placed in the top 10 while performing their Oreo Cookie Jingle for Randy Jackson.  After years of performing on Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Oceania, and Disney cruise ships as guest entertainers, The Cat’s Pajamas have performed over 200 shows per year at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre and Music City Centre Theatre in Branson, MO. They also perform at colleges and high schools across the Midwest as part of their Music In Schools tour. To date, The Cat’s Pajamas have raised over $120,000 for music education programs across the country.

Members: Shay Davis, Adam King, Mikey Vultaggio, Chris Marsh, and Skinner

David Wilner

David Wilner

Master of Ceremonies

David Wilner competed in the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes with Blind Man’s Bluff and Fiveplay, winning First Place, Audience Favorite, and Best Original Song with each group. During his six years in Blind Man’s Bluff, David toured nationally and recorded five albums. He also spent seven years with the classic rock quartet Ac•Rock, recording two albums. Today, David emcees events throughout the Chicagoland area and performs in the band The Four C Notes. He has been the regional producer of the Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes since 2017.

Former Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes Champions

Remedy

Remedy

2020 Champions

Remedy A Cappella is a co-ed contemporary a cappella group from the University of Dayton. Our members consist of undergraduates from around Ohio, from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and even the Netherlands! From many walks of life and representing a variety of majors, we enjoy making music and spending time together. We strive to captivate and entertain our audiences with our performances. Remedy is also proud to be the 2019 ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal Champions. Members: Kim Tielemans, Alex Golzynski, Katie Breslin, Alexis Taylor, Kat Smith, Sarah Yelsik, Cameron Page, Andy Villasenor, Angelo Knight, Chris Hemsath.

Polarity

Polarity

2019 Champions

Polarity, Waverly High School’s premiere a cappella ensemble, is excited to return to the Harmony Sweepstakes family! Recently formed, Polarity meets after school once a week to provide a quality a cappella experience to Waverly High School’s students. This highly competitive group performs in the community, at school events, private parties, and local competitions. Coming from all paths of the high school, Polarity instantly “clicked.” The group includes varsity athletes, theatre enthusiasts, honors students, marching band members, and active community members. Though pop a cappella has not gained popularity in southern Ohio, these students demonstrate their love and commitment to the art of making music! “Hey, we’re just a bunch of small-town kids that like to sing!” Members: Camrin Craig, Fabiola Corwin, Mattie Elliott, Kayleah Shiland, Andrew Pfeifer, Jack Pfeifer, Noah Clifton.

Due North

Due North

2018 Champions

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: Matt Laudenbach, Barry Bakunowicz, Kaynen Harris, Alissa Peanasky, Sam Bijou.
The Sound Exchange

The Sound Exchange

2017 Champions

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.