The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Presents

A Vocal Harmony Event

Saturday May 20th, 2017, 1 - 6 PM

MARIN COUNTRY MART

Larkspur, California

Choruses, vocal ensembles, quartets and more.


2017 Afternoon Performing Groups

Pacific Empire Chorus is the premier northern California women's, 4-part a cappella, award winning mid-sized chorus. PEC is a 501c(3) organization, dedicated to bringing a cappella harmony, to women of all ages throughout Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. Come visit the Pacific Empire Chorus and experience for yourself the love of harmony, friendship and singing that we share each week.

Type: Female Barbershop  Hometown: Petaluma

Audition policy: Audition Required. Pacific Empire Chorus welcomes women who love to sing and are striving for excellence. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join our rehearsal any Wednesday evening.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7pm., First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma - in the hall behind the church, 939 B Street, Petaluma, CA 94952


The Mayflower Community Chorus is the performing ensemble of the Mayflower Choral Society, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting the educational and cultural benefits of musical performance to its members, the Marin community, and general public. The Mayflower Community Chorus has no formal auditions, but members must meet certain musical qualifications. Being a member of the Chorus requires regular attendance to build both shared choral experience and knowledge. We become an ensemble when you go from "I know this" to "We know this together" and from "I can do this" to "We can do this together."

Type: Mixed Choral Community  Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Non Audition. The Mayflower Community Chorus has no formal auditions, but members must meet certain musical qualifications. Being a member of the Chorus requires regular attendance to build both shared choral experience and knowledge. We become an ensemble when you go from “I know this” to “We know this together” and from “I can do this” to “We can do this together.”

Rehearsal info: Rehearses at Hendrix Hall, 326 Mission Ave., 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.


Take Flight is Napa's premier a Cappella band. Comprised of 5 highly experienced vocalist, they take on hit songs from a wide array of genres and artists and perform them all without the use of any instruments! With smooth, tight harmonies and pleasing upbeat music, they can perform background for intimate dining or for larger groups focusing on entertainment.

Type: Mixed Contemporary 


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.


Based in San Rafael, CA, 'Til Dawn is a 15 piece a cappella group made up of teens from different high schools around Marin. We perform at a variety of concerts, festivals, elementary schools, public events, private parties, and business functions in and around the bay area. We love to sing, performing on average 40-50 times a year.

Type: Mixed Contemporary High School  Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts.


"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


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 Adult and Youth Choruses  Hometown: Mill Valley

Audition policy: Non Audition. Auditions not required for every chorus. Please see website for details

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.


Specializing in doo wop and jazz arrangements, Marin Harmony has been in existence for 13 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 7:15-9:15 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Terra Linda.


Dotter’s Knot

Dotter's Knot brings a fresh approach to some old familiar ren faire favorites, as well as introducing the audience to some little known material drawn from traditional folk music, with a smattering of original pieces. We feature memorable, sing-able, audience-pleasing melodies, and intricate harmony.

Type: Female World 


Jazz @ 8

Jazz @ 8 is a select group of advanced singers from Summerville High School and Connections Academy. The group started in 1989 with members of Summerville High's Jazz Choir, brought together and directed by Jim Wells. The group has received many awards over the years, including 1st place finish in the Reno International Jazz Festival, the Folsom Jazz Festival, and the R.A.V.E.S Festival in Redding. They have received Superior Ratings in Festivals throughout the Western United States, including: Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and California. They have additionally received a Command Performance award at the Santa Cruz Vocal Jazz Festival the last three years. Furthermore, they were invited to perform at the White House at the Christmas tree lighting in 2011. They most recently place 2nd at the Reno International Jazz Festival.

Type: Mixed Vocal Jazz High School 


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  Hometown: Concord



2017 Schedule
1.00 – 1.25
North Bay Youth Choiry
1.25 – 1.50
Singers Marin
1.50 – 2.15
Take Flight
2.15 – 2.40
Rita and the Cosmos
2.40 – 3.05 Jazz @ 8
3.05 – 3.30 Mayflower Community Chorus
3.30 – 3.55 Marin Harmony
3.55 - 4.20 Dotter's Knot
4.20 – 4.45 Pacific Empire Chorus
4.45 – 5.10 Aca-Word
5.10 – 5.35 'Til Dawn
5.35 – 6.00 Scales of the City


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!

Places to eat while you listen

Don't Miss the Big Evening Event

33rd Annual

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 - 8PM
MARIN VETERAN'S AUDITORIUM
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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