The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Presents

A Vocal Harmony Event

Saturday May 18th, 2019, 12.30 - 5.30 PM

MARIN COUNTRY MART

Larkspur, California

Choruses, vocal ensembles, quartets and more.

We will be singing under the very big tent.

Dry and plenty room for everybody!


2019 Afternoon Performing Groups

From our 1970s beginnings at a San Rafael pub, our Mayflower Chorus has kept its spirit of fun and fellowship as it has grown in musical excellence and community stature.  We are professionally directed, but all organizational tasks rely on multitalented member volunteers.

We perform two lively scripted shows each year at Marin Center, and sing at community events in Marin and beyond. Our captivating choral arrangements range from light classical through contemporary pop to comic novelty numbers. Soloists and ensembles from within the chorus enliven our programs. The chorus will visit Croatia this summer on its fifth international tour.

Our parent non-profit, Mayflower Choral Society, supports the chorus, honors leaders in the Marin Arts community and grants musical scholarships.

Type: Mixed Choral Community  Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: 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.”


Yes M'am made up of three dynamic female vocalists who teamed up in December of 2014 to create a trio with saucy, spicy and surprising harmonies. With roots deep in American folk traditions, Yes M'am! takes the stage with a capella songs that are at times funny, soaring, moving, and deeply powerful. They specialize in singing traditional folk songs, as well as music that wouldn't necessarily be thought of folk before they put our particular (if not peculiar) spin on it.

Type: Female World  Hometown: San Francisco


The Love Notes is a co-ed a cappella group based in San Francisco. We sing love songs, anti-love songs, and everything in between. We can be found singing spontaneously in coffee shops in Santa Cruz, harmonizing in car rides, belting it out at karaoke, or of course practicing at our weekly rehearsals. We are thrilled to be a part of the amazing a cappella community in the Bay Area, and are so grateful to be able to share music with each other and the public.

Type: Mixed Contemporary Semi-Pro  Hometown: San Francisco


Singers Marin, (Choral Singers of Marin) is an association of choruses that was founded to serve the community and preserve the integrity of the choral art. Singers Marin provides singers of all ages the opportunity to experience the joy of making music together and bring that joy to the community through our outreach program and public concerts. Most importantly, we strive for the highest level of musical standards in all of our presentations.

Type: Mixed Choral Adult and Youth Choruses  Hometown: Mill Valley

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


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


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 


The Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus is a group of a cappella singers who enjoy the exciting close harmonies of the unique Barbershop style. We provide a healthy and fulfilling hobby for people of all ages who love to sing. Membership does not require training in music and voice as we are skilled at teaching our members to learn and memorize the arrangements. We regularly compete in Far Western District and Division competitions. We provide chorus or quartet performances to civic and business groups as well as organizations such as sports teams, rehabilitation hospitals, and assisted living facilities. We offer holiday sing outs, Singing Valentines, and entertain the public once a year with a major concert held at a local theater. We cordially invite you to come and meet our exceptionally talented Director Deborah Benedict and to experience the joy and benefits of Barbershop harmony.

Type: Male Barbershop  Hometown: San Anselmo

Audition policy: Love to sing? Come join us on Monday nights.


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 Semi-Pro  Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: 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.


Led by Pollyanna Bush on the 3rd Saturday of every month, SoarSing unites people and offers soul nourishment through the magic of group singing. During the interactive session, participants are invited to connect with others through vocal expression, guided to sing in harmony with interlocking melodic and rhythmic parts and encouraged to explore their creative impulses in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Type: Mixed lesing  Hometown: Fairfax

Audition policy: Ecerybody welcome


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: 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.


"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


Marin Girls Chorus empowers girls to find and use their voices through exceptional music education and the joy of collaborative singing. By creating an inclusive and diverse environment, we provide a stage for our singers to build confidence, community, and a strong sense of self through practice, performance, and friendships that last a lifetime.

Type: Mixed Choral Childrens Choir  Hometown: Multiple rehearsal sites throughout Marin

Audition policy: Any girl who wants to sing can join! No audition required



2019 Schedule
12.30 – 12.50
Yes Ma'am
12.50 – 1.10
Marin Girls Chorus
1.10 – 1.30
Rita and the Cosmos
1.30 – 1.50
Marin Golden Gate Barbershop
1.50 – 2.10 Mayflower Chorus
2.10 – 2.30 Marin Harmony
2.30 – 3.15 Soarsing - Everybody sings!
3.30 - 3.50 Singers Marin
3.50 – 4.10 Dotter's Knot
4.10 – 4.30 Scales in the City
4.30 – 4.50 Love Notes


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!

Don't Miss the Big Evening Event

35th Annual

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 - 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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