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A Cappella: Semi-Pro

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Amateur and semi-professional a cappella groups

  • +4dbSunnyvale (David Duran, 408-732-8158, fax: 408-516-9983), S. Peninsula. Dig the a cappella quintet that swings and surprises with a repertoire that ranges from straight-ahead jazz to contemporary pop.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • The Bettys (Lisa, 650-726-0446), female quartet based in Half Moon Bay covering all styles of music--jazz, madrigals, R&B, pop, World Beat, etc. Perform a lot in HMB and Palo Alto areas.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • BophademSan Jose (Chris Wilder, (415) 922-3335), "the Epitome of DooWop".  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Boyz Nite Out1995 Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes Champs from Sacramento  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Business Casual2015 Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes Champs. Featuring powerful leads, floor thumping bass, and sizzling vocal percussion, Business Casual explores a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B through the medium of a cappella singing. Active in 2016 and available for parties, corporate events, and any other occasion that would be improved by a cappella! businesscasualofficial@gmail.com
  • Dilemma -- Take the power of rock, the grit of blues, and the smooth groove of R&B. Add commanding vocal percussion, an impressive bass line, a compelling vocal and stylistic range and you have the 5-woman group -- DILEMMA!Rahela Abbas, 650-327-8728.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • The Eclectic Company, a 9-voice multi-style (rock, jazz, E. European, classical, originals...). Features four writer/arrangers, four music teachers, two members blest with perfect pitch. Call Santa Cruz (831)457-0910 or e-mailjpaul@ix.netcom.com  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Ellusive, (ellusivefan@hotmail.com), a young a capella singing group (ages 14-17) in the San Jose area.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • ESTHER, 20-member women's ensemble blending a refined musicality with a zany attitude.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Flying Without Instruments (Caia (415) 824 4011,info@flyingwithoutinstruments.com), founded December 1996, 9 mixed voices, sing and perform all styles of a cappella music from several centuries, "from Byrd to the B-52's."  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Halfway to Midnight, mixed a cappella singing pop and rock covers on the Peninsula.
  • High Five, 5 females singing anything from pop to classical to holiday music. Somehow (we're not sure how) we've managed to specialize in weddings, but our favorite thing is singing at holiday parties.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Hookslide, (info@hook-slide.com) A five part, four person, all-male vocal band, featuring a repetoire of rock, pop, funk, and r&b covers and originals.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Huzzah!San Jose (Pandora Simmons, 408.298-4467), an early music vocal sextet.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • IMPROVOX, an SF group blending a cappella and theatre improvisation. Doni, 415-267-3034 or humorwrx@sirius.com. Note: they are NOT a comedy group, although the work does inspire a lot of laughs.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Kinsey Sicks(415) 882-1142, ksicks@aol.com -- "America's Favorite Dragappella Beautyshop Quartet" (Winner, SF regional sweeps audience favorite, 1999)  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble (Oakland, (510) 444-0323,staff@kitka.org)  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • The Loose Canons (SF/Oakland): a 10 voice womens a cappella ensemble, sings intriguing songs from all over. Rehearse Sunday evenings from 6:30-9pm. Contact Jillian Tallmer, 415-668-2284, or YIDL@peoplepc.com [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • MadriGals, all-queer-male a capella singers seek additional voices for fun and song, especially counter-tenors and tenors who are willing to perform in public. Location is San Francisco Bay Area. dzechman@prodigy.net  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Making Waves -- Singing Out Truth in 5-part Harmony. Original women's acapella ensemble. Currently auditioning new members. irinarivkin@hotmail.com, Irina Rivkin, 510-524-3545  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Mary Schmary  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • montereyvoice, Monterey: a small acappella group that invites people to come and sing with them. helene@sbcglobal.net  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Musaic, A men's vocal ensemble dedicated to musical excellence and to exploring exciting music which expands the limits of a cappella singing.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Naked Voices (Carolyn Stark, (831) 475-9151, cjstark@cats.ucsc.edu), singing a wide variety of a cappella music ranging from R&B, Rock, Gospel and Swing, has been together for the last 9 years.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Mostly Motets sing a cappella sacred music from the Renaissance and earlier. We are looking for a couple of more singers.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • New Originals, Berkeley  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • New TrixQuartet in Sacramento since 1990, singing the best of jazz, big band era songs, pop, musical theater and spirituals. New Trix specializes in programs for lodges, clubs, conventions and other private groups, but does occasional public concerts.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • O-Face! started on a fateful cold day in October of 2001, when a couple of veterans of Bay Area musical groups grew tired of lugging heavy equipment to innumerable gigs. The 5 members of O-Face! come from a variety of non-musical backgrounds: a lawyer, a photographer, a student, a CPA, and a database designer. What they have in common is a love of singing. Their eclectic a cappella repertoire includes straight-ahead rock and roll and the syncopations of a Latin groove, but they¹re at their best when they indulge their sense of humor: screaming Argonauts attack, a jilted boyfriend performs surgery on himself, and winsome bullfrogs are wooed. The broadly appealing result is what O-Face! calls "ear-catching entertainment" for everyone. O-Face! has brought their vocal mayhem to festivals, charity events, and venues of just about every kind around Northern California.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • One of Each, a 4 member group located in the south bay.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Out On A Clef, a lesbian a cappella quartet that sings swing, barbershop, jazz with twisted lyrics to old songs, plus their own original works. Fun and satirical, they perform all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Janet Rachel, 510-654-4088, jardsp@uclink4.berkeley.edu  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • OutBurst, the a cappella octet performance group of the Silicon Valley Gay Men¹s Chorus [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Prime TimePrime Time is an award-winning contemporary a cappella group from the California Bay Area. Known for their dynamic performances and exquisite musicianship, Prime Time has been wowing audiences for years. The singers have decades of experience spanning multiple musical styles. Reviewers have named then as "a joy to watch".  "Amazing dynamic range!", "beautiful delivery, lots of energy, great cohesion."  Keep up to date on shows in your area through Facebook.
  • * 2014 SF Bay Area Regionals Harmony Sweeps - Champions
  • Red Shift, Redshift, an eight-person mixed group singing a capella arrangements of pop, rock, and jazz. Contact Stephen Nelson, steven@jubal.com  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • The Richter Scales are a baker's dozen of gentlemen songsters, all residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. We perform selections from a wide variety of genres, including American standards, Broadway, Motown, and contemporary music. We rehearse in San Francisco. Loren, (415) 440-3797  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Rolls Voyce (SF, W. Sutton, days 707-257-0408, eves 707-226-5927). Gershwin, Cole Porter, oldies, originals.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Ro Sham Bo, Berkeley (roshambosings@yahoo.com [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • San Francisco Sacred Harp Singing Group (non-performing), Carolyn Deacy, (415) 585-4773  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Savina Women's Folk Choir, (510) 530-1567  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Scales of the City: Based on the model of a collegiate glee club, but decidedly updated, we're a group of 27 San Franciscans who perform pop music we love 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!smorgaschord
  • Smorgaschord \'smOr-gas-kord\ n. 1: a variety of tones and rhythms spread out on a buffet table; 2: a group of entertaining singers of a cappella music who enjoy a wide range of styles and can often be found near a buffet table. 3. a clog on the internets tubes at a Facebook page
  • Solsticefounded in 1996, is a female vocal ensemble specializing both in music written by women and for women's voices. Our music spans many different genres, including classical, world, pop, jazz, and gospel. We are also committed to performing new works for female voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs. solsticesings@yahoo.com, 415-450-8437. 
  • speedzooa fun, contemporary 1 woman/4 men group. Eclectic repertoire including rock/pop and other styles. Ken Purchase, (650) 965-4832  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Spontaneous Combustion4 man a cappella quartet specializing in attack serenades.  Spontaneous Combustion is based in the Bay Area on the Penninsula but goes most places for singing engagements.  They sing everything from doo-wop to contemporary a cappella.  They've been called "better than Phil Donahue!"  Bill Lapcevic, Business manager, 650-954-9692.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Sweet DeliveranceChristian A Cappella Vocal Band. Has been performing on a part-time basis for over 20 years.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Talk of da TownOakland  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Total ChaosSanta Rosa.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Three 5 and 6, audience favorite at the 2001 Harmony Sweepstakes Semifinals in San Francisco. Based in Sacramento.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Threshold Choirs, (Kate Munger, (415) 669-1413), several groups of women who are called to sing at the bedsides of people who are dying. There are choirs in San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County, the East Bay, Bolinas, Contra Costa County and Placerville, with choirs starting soon in Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and more out-of-state.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Voci del Tesoro is a Bay Area-based touring choir of professional singers dedicated to the prayerful presentation of the Catholic Church's finest music through sacred concerts and liturgies. We sing all periods of serious repertoire from Gregorian Chant to the 21st century. Most, but not all music is acappella, and we specialize in early music.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • VocaMotionSanta Cruz (Jonathan Arthur [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Vocolot, founded in 1988, is a women's a cappella ensemble performing original music with universal heart, Jewish soul and social conscience. Vocolot uses the power of music for world peace.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
  • Wicki 6a mixed sextet with vocal percussion and a pop repertoire of original songs and arrangements ranging from R&B to classic rock with stops at jazz, 80's and grunge.  [2/26/12: Needs confirmation]
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