“Singin’ and Swingin”

Audiences will be dancing in the aisles with this joyous return to the 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 anthem of the Big Band era "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."  

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Five By Design has created an adjunct website focused upon vocal music education. Behind The Mic™ is the hub for choral directors, students, and enthusiasts featuring video interviews we’ve recorded with Bobby McFerrin, The Manhattan Transfer, The Real Group, The Hi-Los, Rare Silk, Five By Design, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, Home Free, Finland’s Club For Five, Roger Emerson, Phil Mattson, J.D. Frizzell, Deke Sharon along with leading educators and music industry experts.



Touring History


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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Radio Days    

Welcome to the official website of Five By Design!  If you're a fan of great vocal harmony, inspired by a retro yet modern mix of  swing, be-bop, du-wop, Latin, and lush ballads, then you've come to the right place. 

We share your passion.  We've been singing together for over 20 years and plan to keep making harmony well in to the future. We're recording original material and shooting our first music video later this summer. Stop by on a regular basis as we begin our journey into the world of on-line music. 

Behind The Mic Focuses On Music Education

Bobby McFerrin premiered the initial interview on  Behind The Mic. To view the video, go to www.BehindTheMic.org  Subscribing to the Behind The Mic is always free and funded through their business partners and donors.