The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Presents

A Vocal Harmony Event

Saturday May 20th, 2017, 1 - 6 PM


Larkspur, California

Choruses, vocal ensembles, quartets and more.

2016 Afternoon Performing Groups

Founded in 1987 by Artistic Director, Jan Pedersen Schiff as a women's chorus, Wings of Song, Singers Marin today is an association of choruses for amateur and professional singers, including youth and adults, that provides expert training in vocal skills and musicianship, while presenting charitable performances and high quality concerts for the local community and beyond.

Type: Mixed Choral Childrens Choir  Hometown: Mill Valley

Audition policy: Audition Required. Audition times are available now, so don't miss out on your opportunity to explore the world with SingersMarin.

Rehearsal info: Adult Rehearsals are at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings,  and Youth Rehearsals are at the Mt. Tamlapais Church in Mill Valley on Monday afternoons and evenings. Other days and locations for the children’s chorus.

We explore and perform a cappella vocal music that broadly could be called “Americana”, including genres such as bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, spirituals, country and more. We are drawn to music that has heart and soul and joy and humor and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

Type: Mixed Contemporary  Hometown: Oakland

Specializing in doo wop and jazz arrangements, Marin Harmony has been in existence for 10 years, formerly known as Urban Harmony. A prize-winning contestant at the Marin County Fair in 2010, Marin Harmony is a fun loving community who brings joyous entertainment to families, friends, retirement communities and to each other.

Type: Mixed Contemporary Community  Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Non Audition.

Rehearsal info: The chorus meets every Monday night 7:30-9:30 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Terra Linda.

The Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus is a group of men who love to sing in the close harmonies of the Barbershop style.

Type: Male Barbershop  Hometown: San Anselmo

Audition policy: Non Audition. Love to sing? Come join us on Monday nights, 7:30 to 10:00 PM, 1st Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo (Duncan Hall), 72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo, CA

Rehearsal info: The chapter meets every Monday evening, 7:30-10:00pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo

Working local venues and events while honing their sound, Encore Vocalists has built their fan base with riveting performances and contemporary songs filled with hooks and memorable phrases. Meeting through mutual connections in choruses and ensembles throughout the SF Bay Area, Encore Vocalists has the talent, experience, and chops to perform. Encore Vocalists is influenced by Kirby Shaw, Deke Sharon, The King's Singers, Roger Wagner Chorale, and The Real Group, plus Bach, Mozart, and Handel.

Type: Mixed  Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. Ongoing by appointment.

Rehearsal info: Sundays, 6-8 pm

"Rita & The Cosmos" is a Marin based a cappella singing group of six sassy gals. Our group (as pictured left to right: Bobbi, Carolyn, Toni, Rita, Lauren and Gloria) was formed in 2005 when Rita assembled some musically inclined friends. Our repertoire includes a mixture of standards, jazz, pop and Broadway tunes, featuring original, upbeat, four part arrangements that will get your fingers snapping and your toes tapping! The songs reflect themes of friendship, spirituality, romance and love. Selections by Berlin and Gershwin are among the crowd-pleasing favorites. We perform at formal and informal events including cocktail and dinner parties, holiday celebrations, other special occasions, as well as at senior living centers in counties throughout the Bay area. Requests for personalized parodies are happily accommodated.

Type: Female Contemporary  Hometown: San Rafael

North Bay Youth Choir, founded in 2014, is a community youth choir for high-school-age singers based in San Anselmo. Healthy singing technique, ear training, musical expression, and a sense of community are emphasized through rehearsal and performance of choral music from many cultures and time periods.

Type: Mixed Choral Youth  Audition policy: Non-audition; director will contact you upon registration to learn about any prior singing/musical experience

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals are held at Brookside Elementary School in San Anselmo on Tuesday evenings.

We're Scales of the City, a San Francisco co-ed a cappella group that performs all around the Bay Area. Based on the model of a collegiate glee club, we're a group of performers who love singing pop music from our childhoods and today, with a sprinkling of showtunes just for kicks. We're all about making great music to share, and having a great time doing it.

Type: Mixed Contemporary  Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Scales of the City holds auditions at the beginning of each season (usually in January) and occasionally on an as-needed basis to fill vacant positions in the group.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals are Wednesday Nights at ODC in San Francsico.


Aca-word consists mainly of high schoolers from Clayton Valley Charter High School. As a group, we focus on producing beautiful music because of our love of singing. We have performed for many school events as well as our local community. We mainly cover pop songs, always adding on new ideas to the original arrangement and we love expanding our creativity and musicality with new arrangements. As young performers, we provide a fresh, unique outlook on our pieces that we hope to bring to this competition. Although we may be "Aca-word" teenagers, we do not sound "Aca-word" when we sing!

Type: Mixed Contemporary 

Singing with a group of friends is not only a fun, creative and rewarding way to spend some time but more and more studies are showing the various health, social and general well being of group harmony singing. Join a chorus today!


1.15 – 1.45
Singers Marin
1.45 – 2.15
Rita and the Cosmos
2.15 – 2.45
Marin Golden Gate Chorus
2.45 – 3.15
Marin Harmony
3.15 – 3.45 Larksdales
3.45 – 4.15 North Bay Youth Choir
4.15 – 4.45 Encore Vocalists
4.45 - 5.15 Aca-Word
5.15 – 5.45 Scales of the City

Places to eat while you listen

Don't Miss the Big Evening Event

32nd Annual

Saturday, May 14th, 2016 - 8PM
Marin Center, San Rafael, California
Tickets available at Marin Center Box Office - 415-499-6800
Note there is no service charge on tickets bought in person at the box office
The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.

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