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Biography:
Stiletta is an NYC-based, all-female a cappella sextet combining pop leads, dance beats and hip-hop choreography. In 2016, the ladies of Stiletta were crowned National Champions at the 32nd Annual National Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, making them the #1 ranked a cappella group in the United States. In the history of the competition, Stiletta is the first and only group to ever “sweep the Sweeps” by winning in every possible award category: First Place, Audience Favorite, Best Arrangement, and Best Original Song. This enormous accomplishment came on the tail end of having won First Place and Audience Favorite at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic and 2016 New York Harmony Sweepstakes competitions, as well as Best Vocal Percussion and Best Arrangement. In 2017, Stiletta placed 2nd and won Best Vocal Percussion in the closest competition of all the regional semifinals for Varsity Vocals’ inaugural International Championship of A Cappella Open. Stiletta is a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s highly selective Music Under New York (MUNY) program, which aims to bring music and art to the commuting public of NYC. Stiletta features award-winning beatboxer, MC Beats, who was ranked 3rd best female at the 2012 World Beatbox Championship in Germany. Other group members boast multiple Off-Broadway and voice-over credits, WAMMY and CARA awards, original cast recordings, and a half-decade directing the Single Singers at SingStrong A cappella Festival. These ladies have the moves, the grooves and even the shoes. So get pumped!

Awards:
• 2017 Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of A Cappella Open - Aug 2017. Runner Up (2nd Place), Best Vocal Percussion (MC Beats for Cinema), and 3rd Place in the Wildcard Round
2016 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions - May 2016. First and only group to “Sweep the Sweeps” by winning in all 4 categories: 1st Place, Audience Favorite, Best Arrangement (Royals), and Best Original Song (Get Pumped) - Press Release
• 2016 New York Harmony Sweepstakes - Mar 2016. 1st Place, Audience Favorite, and Best Vocal Percussion
Selected performer (chosen as one of 26 performers from over 200 applicants) for the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Music Under New York (MUNY) Program - Jun 2015
• 2015 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes - Mar 2015.
1st Place, Audience Favorite, and Best Arrangement (Royals)

Notable Performances:
LIVE
• Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of A Cappella Open in New York, NY - Aug 2017
• Hosted National Harmony Sweepstakes (televised by FloVoice) in San Rafael, CA - May 2017
Headliner for SingStrong A Cappella Festival in Garden City, NY - Feb 2017
• 33rd Annual South Street Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York, NY - Nov 2016
• Summer Streets 2016 in New York, NY - August 2016
• Richard Tucker Park Concert Series at Lincoln Center in New York, NY - July 2016
• 3rd Annual International Youth Peace Group Peace Walk (United Nations associated NGO) - May 2016
National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Rafael, CA - May 2016
New York Harmony Sweepstakes in New York, NY - Mar 2016
• NYC subways with the MUNY Program - Jun 2015 to current
• Broadway to Brunch Fundraiser Concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre for Hillary Clinton - June 2015
• National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Rafael, CA - May 2015
Headliner for SingStrong A Cappella Festival in Chicago, IL - Apr 2015
Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes in Alexandria, VA - Mar 2015
• Cosmo Girls Glam Event - June 2014
• 54 Below with Susie Mosher (Newsical the Musical) and Kate Pierson (The B-52s) - Mar 2014
New York Harmony Sweepstakes in New York, NY - Mar 2014
• Penn State University’s Hope Gala - Mar 2014, Feb 2015
Headliner for SingStrong A Cappella Festival in Washington, DC - Feb 2014
• The Rockin’ for a Cure Benefit Concert, presented by The Hope for Change Foundation - Nov 2013
• The OREO jingle launch in NYC - May 2013

RADIO/TV
NYC-ARTS segment on Stiletta and Music Under New York, aired on Channel 13/WNET (PBS) - Nov 2017
• First Featured Artist at the first live production of
FloVoice, world’s first all-vocal channel - May 2017
2016 Champions Stiletta To Host Harmony Sweeps LIVE On FloVoice - May 2017
Fridays with Raheem Hamilton on WVMR, The Radio Home of The Independent - Dec 2016
• Acaville Radio interview on “The Spotlight” - May 2015 (aired in June)

Classes:
• Movement and Choreography for A Cappella
• Women’s Issues in A Cappella

Press:
Marinscope (featured image) - May 2017
On Stiletta, hosts of the 33rd Annual Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals, “One look at this year’s
host group “Stiletta” and it’s clear this isn’t just your daddy’s barbershop event.”

Newsday (featured image) - Feb 2017
“Stiletta, the 2016 National Harmony Sweepstakes champion, headlines the SingStrong New York A Cappella Festival at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center in Garden City this weekend…”

Hello Giggles (www.hellogiggles.com) (featured image) - June 2015
"If you've walked around the NYC subway lately, you may have run into our newest musical obsession: Stiletta, a female a cappella, dance, and beatboxing act that focuses on top 40 pop and electronic and is totally taking over the literal New York underground."

The MTA News (featured image) - June 2015
Announcement that Stiletta was one of 26 performers chosen from over 200 applicants for MTA's MUNY Program.

Reuters - May 2015
Quoted Judy Minkoff on Stiletta auditioning for MTA's MUNY Program.

Business Insider (featured image) - May 2015
"Meet the amazing musicians auditioning for one of New York's most selective gigs — the subway." Quoted Judy Minkoff on Stiletta auditioning for MTA's MUNY Program.

• The Chicago Tribune (featured image) - April 2015
"The annual [SingStrong] festival offers performances by some of the best a cappella groups in the world…One unique group is Stiletta, a New York-based female sextet that combines dancing with a cappella singing."

Quotes:
ON STILETTA’S PERFORMANCE AT SINGSTRONG NY 2017
• Concert attendee - “Honestly, I’d pay for them instead of Fifth Harmony…they are very sweet ladies and amazing role models to look up to.”
• Johnny Buffalo (beatboxer) - “I hope I can speak for all of the performers when I say that you ladies are an inspiration to us all, and are at the highest level of performance there is.”
• Festival attendee - “It’s no wonder @StilettaNYC taught a class on Impactful Movement” Their choreo is incredible!”

ON WINNING THE NATIONAL HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES FINALS
• Ken Malucelli (award-winning, ASCAP-affiliated composer/arranger and 2016 National Harmony Sweepstakes emcee) - “Anyone who was not in da house last night: YOU MISSED ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST FANTASTIC GROUPS IN THE HISTORY OF THE SWEEPS!!!”
• Double Date (2016 National Harmony Sweepstakes competitors) - “Huge congratulations to Stiletta on their first place win! We were all blown away watching them. They are basically what it would look and sound like if six Beyoncés decided to start an a cappella group.”
• Concert attendee - “You all were awesome! So glad you won… Best sweepstakes ever, and I've been to all of them, since the humble beginnings, in 1984 started by Lisa Murphy Collins”
• Concert attendee - “I have been going to the Harmony Sweepstakes for about 7 years now and you guys were my favorite performance so far.”

ON WINNING THE MID-ATLANTIC HARMONY SWEEPSTAKES
• Claire Gardiner (judge) - “Congratulations to the Mid Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Champs….very well deserved championship! Your beat boxer is off the charts amazing!! WOW!! Never heard a woman do anything quite like that before….just crazy!!!! I was one of the judges tonight and it was a pleasure to hear you. Great harmonies, awesome stage presence and an energy filled performance. Best of luck in San Francisco….you're gonna kill it!”

ON THE RELEASE OF OUR FIRST MUSIC VIDEO
• Gerard Brown (PBS's Spike & Co: Do it A Cappella) - "Couldn't stop watching"
• Mike Boxer (founder of Six13, producer) - "That's...sick."
• Kimberly Sailor (The Recorded A Cappella Review Board [RARB] reviewer) - "JESUS"
• Kieran Daly (member of Cartoon Johnny, professional a cappella group) - "Just, yes."

ON MC BEATS
• Heather Newkirk (a cappella singer) - “Dunno how I ended up watching beatboxing vids, but @StilettaNYC has one of THE sickest female VPs. Like...wow. #MCBeats”
Members (clockwise from top left):
Haley Clair (Sonoma, CA)
Meghan “MC Beats” Costa (Shirley, NY)
Jaymee Frankel (Setauket, NY)
Olivia Harding (Greenwich, CT)
Stevi Incremona (Fair Haven, NJ)
Judy Minkoff (Rockville, MD)
Click play below for a sample of our music