1st Place – The Quintessence | Tbilisi, Georgia | 368 points
2nd Place – Traces | Bloomfield, NJ | 351 points
3rd Place [tie] – Stiletta | New York City, NY | 280 points
3rd Place [tie] – VXN | Arlington, VA | 280 points
Congratulations to The Quintessence, who will be moving on to The International Championship of A Cappella Open Finals at Carnegie Hall in New York City on September 23rd.
The Open Wild Card Judges:
John is a former member and coach of The Michigan State University Accafellas. He provided a cappella arrangements for MSU’s Capital Green and The Friars, as well as SUNY Buffalo’s Royal Pitches. He found his college a cappella singing experience very influential in training to be a musician and is happy to have the opportunity to give back. He joined the Interlochen Arts Academy faculty as Director of Choir and Instructor of Voice in 2008. Previously, he was Director of Choirs for the Williamston Community Schools in Williamston, Mich. John has been on the Interlochen Arts Camp faculty as an Instructor of Choral Arts since 2005. In the past, he has been a visiting professor at Northwestern Michigan College, assistant director of the Michigan State University Men’s Glee Club, and Director of Choirs at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing.
Hailing from New York City, Edward Chung is a performer, producer, and engineer, best known as the founder and vocal percussionist of the professional a cappella band, Duwende. A four-time Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) winner, Duwende has performed as a featured artist at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, the United Nations Ambassadors Ball, and a World AIDS Day Event at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam. In addition to multiple television appearances on NBC and Fox, Duwende has been a featured performer at the Sundance Film Festival and was invited to give a TEDxTalk for Johnson & Johnson. A sought-after vocal percussionist, Edward has given lectures and seminars across the country, and has appeared as a guest performer for many world-renowned a cappella groups. He has a bachelor’s degree in music from Franklin & Marshall College, and he is also a graduate of Juilliard’s pre-college division with a major in clarinet and a minor in piano.
Originally from Tustin, Calif., Hannah Juliano attended Berklee College of Music and led its co-ed group, Pitch Slapped, to the ICCA Finals stage two years in a row. The group was crowned ICCA champion its second year. They went on to win the competition at SoJam 2011, and appeared on season 2 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” After college, Hannah became a member of Musae, a professional all-female frontier blazer, and Delilah, the all-female powerhouse from season 3 of “The Sing-Off.” She has since performed all around the world, taught workshops and masterclasses for all ages, and arranged for groups around the country. She most recently toured with Deke Sharon’s a cappella show, “Vocalosity,” as a performer and music director, and performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist for the “Total Vocal” show. She is honored to be a judge for the A Cappella Open.
Gabriel Mann’s music career began at Penn in Off The Beat, where he was music director for two years. He worked for Deke Sharon’s UAAS, arranging hundreds of songs for dozens of groups. He moved to California to attend USC’s film scoring program, and went on to produce and mix dozens of albums. He produced Sara Bareilles’ Careful Confessions, opened for Alanis Morissette on tour through Europe after releasing his fourth solo studio album, and is resident songwriter for Fox’s “Arrested Development.” Mann wrote the theme and composes the score for ABC’s “Modern Family” in addition to many other television shows, and is a member of an alternative rock band, The Rescues.
Lee Stovall currently teaches choir for the South Milwaukee school district, and directs the award winning a cappella groups, Delta V and The Poprockets. A founding member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison a cappella group, Fundamentally Sound, he has been interested in promoting contemporary a cappella education since college, and kept busy arranging and coaching for groups around the world. Lee’s work has earned ICCA awards and CARAs, and spots on BOCA and BOHSA compilations. He has attended seminars with The Vocal Company and Vocomotion studios, volunteered for SingStrong Chicago and A Cappella Fest, and judged for Varsity Vocals, CARAs, and the AVAs. Lee has also worked with Camp A Cappella, directing ensembles from the middle school to collegiate levels, and is a board member of A Cappella University. Outside of the contemporary a cappella world, Lee sings with two professional classical ensembles: the Madison Choral Project and Present Music Milwaukee.