Five By Design return to the joyous music that shaped a generation. Perfectly captured in the lush vocal harmonies of the swing era, Five By Design performs audience favorites including "In the Mood," "Sing, Sing, Sing," and Ellington's Big Band anthem "It Don't Mean A Thing (if it ain't got that swing)” along with music from the Mad Men era featuring Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me," Dean Martin's "Sway" and Peggy Lee’s “Fever."  


Alton Accola
Midge Swedberg

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Kurt Niska

Terrence Niska


Five By Design

1160 Vierling Drive #353

Shakopee MN 55379


fax: 952.400.4229


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Five By Design is vocal group featuring signature harmonies that have withstood the test of time spanning more than 20 years.  We perform "cool" and "swingin" arrangements of songs from the 30's through the early 60's with Symphony Orchestras through out the U.S. and Canada.  Our quintet hales from Minnesota and includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Catherine Scott, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg, and Terrence Niska. 

2016-17 Symphony Pops Programming

Four of the five have been singing together since 1986.  The group’s familial ties include brothers Terrence and Kurt Niska and the husband-wife duo of Kurt and Lorie Niska and childhood collaborator, Michael Swedberg.  The creative team is supported by in-house artist representative Alton Accola.

Celebrating the spirit of the season with winter classics, holiday favorites, and songs to spark the child in all of us, Five By Design’s contagious enthusiasm will chase away the winter blues.  So embark on a musical journey through a winter wonderland this holiday season.  It may be by foot or sleigh or even reindeer, but Five By Design brings the sights and sounds of Christmas wonderfully to life through songs both familiar and new to the ear.