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Friday, April 7
 

6:00pm

Registration
Friday April 7, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Somerville Theatre

7:30pm

Scholastic Competition
Friday April 7, 2017 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Somerville Theatre

10:30pm

Afterparty
Friday April 7, 2017 10:30pm - 11:59pm
TBA
 
Saturday, April 8
 

9:00am

Beginning Arranging Questions
How do I get started? How do I choose syllables? Can I arrange if I don't know music theory? How do I make my arrangement unique? Through open discussion, interactive exploration, and hands-on arranging activities, we'll tackle some of the most common questions and issues faced by beginning arrangers and give your arranging a jump start. Come ready to sing and learn!

Instructors
avatar for Steven Hoffman

Steven Hoffman

Steven Hoffman is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, director, and clinician from Philadelphia, PA. He is the founder and former music director of Brandeis University's No Singer Clef Behind. He has also served as a festival clinician alongside Barry Carl, Deke Sharon, and members of KeyStone A Cappella. Steven studies Music Education and Voice at Temple University.


Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 210

9:00am

Vocal Orchestration
If you're "just" writing the way you would for a choir, you're missing a crucial part of your tool kit. Learn how to write more effective a cappella arrangements by learning about how to write idiomatically for instruments and translating that approach for vocals. We'll talk about orchestral and big band writing, syllable choices, bass lines, and whatever else floats into Tom's stream of conscioSQUIRREL

Instructors
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner & Creative Director, Random Notes
Tom Anderson is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including the Swingles, Home Free, Committed, Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), and multiple ICHSCA champions and ICCA finalists, as well as on network television, on Royal Caribbean cruise lines, at Orlando theme parks, and... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 212

9:00am

High School A Cappella: from Zero to YAS
Shining the spotlight on high school a cappella, which is breeding the future movers & shakers of the art form. Conversation & application on its relevance, contribution to the greater good of the community, & how we can be involved in the impact these students are making & will continue to make musically & socially.

Also featuring Shannon McNulty, Alex Grover, Dave Grossman, Jason Luciana, and Amanda Roeder

Moderators
avatar for Diana Galeano

Diana Galeano

Assistant Director or Camp, A Cappella Academy
Diana Galeano is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied music education with an emphasis in secondary choral education. While at FSU, she sang with 2009 ICCA Southern Champions, the AcaBelles. Since graduating, she has worked as a high school chorus teacher, director at FSU's Summer Music Camps, and is currently the assistant director and proud camp mom at A Cappella Academy, based out of Los Angeles, CA. When she's not... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 211

9:00am

Improv Games As Preparation
Improv acting is based on opening your mind, listening, and saying “yes” to ideas. This workshop uses basic improv exercises to illustrate different, fun, energetic ways that groups can prepare for rehearsals and performances.

Instructors
avatar for Scott Cobban

Scott Cobban

Scott Cobban is the vocal percussionist for Five O’Clock Shadow and a former member of Overboard. He’s also a graduate of ImprovAsylum’s improv performance program. He’s been involved in a cappella since 2000 when he joined Clark University’s coed group the Clark Bars. Outside of a cappella, he’s a full-time web developer in Boston.


Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 208

9:00am

How to Sing in All Styles
Unlock all the mysteries of the singing voice in this class, one of the most popular classes on the CASA circuit. This class is designed to teach anyone and everyone to sing in any style. We will demystify the belt voice in this class, so if you have ever had a “break” or “crack” in your voice you want to conquer, you will learn to do it here.

Instructors
avatar for Erin Hackel

Erin Hackel

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from James Madison University, a Masters in Opera from Binghamton University and a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an active performer with Central City Opera’s Outreach Ensemble, and has been a featured soloist in many Colorado vocal ensembles... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 206

9:00am

Open Masterclass
Witness one of the competition winners workshopped by professional clinicians.

Instructors
avatar for Sam Creighton

Sam Creighton

Sam Creighton is a singer/songwriter and entertainer, originally from the Boston area. She attended Northeastern University and was a member of the award winning a cappella group The Nor'easters. In the group, she became a notable member, winning nominations and awards for outstanding solo performances. Following the group's International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella victory, they were selected to be featured on Pop Network's... Read More →
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Angela Ugolini began her a cappella career at Florida State University, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA Finals in 2009 as the South Regional Champions. After graduating, Angela relocated to New York and studied audio production at SAE Institute of Technology. There, she also sang with the CAL group, The Red States (now known as Restated,) and co-founded a new all-female CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Vinson

Johanna Vinson

Jo is known for being the ladybass in Musae and in groups Delilah and Element from The Sing Off. She arranges for groups across the country and regularly travels the world teaching and performing, and you can hear her sing in Pitch Perfect 2 as one of the Bellas.


Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 306 Anderson Hall, College Avenue

10:00am

Collaborative Arranging for Contemporary A Cappella
Arrange for your group without writing down a single note. This class will teach the basics of collab-arranging for contemporary acappella. From song selection to final arrangement, learn how to use your hive mind to create truly individualized arrangements.

Instructors
avatar for Erin Hackel

Erin Hackel

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from James Madison University, a Masters in Opera from Binghamton University and a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an active performer with Central City Opera’s Outreach Ensemble, and has been a featured soloist in many Colorado vocal ensembles... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Anderson 206

10:00am

People Are Hard: Best Practices for Managing Your Group
This class will consist of 3 major foci: - Getting Started, aka "This is a Thankless Job" - External Relations - Internal Relations We will talk about university and community relations, leadership roles, auditions, and everything else we can fit into the time limits. Emily is actively interested in answering questions, before and after class. She also thinks you look nice today.

Instructors
avatar for Emily Flanders

Emily Flanders

Emily Flanders has been with Varsity Vocals since 2008, and has served as Adjudication Director, ICCA Midwest Producer, ICCA Northeast Producer, ICCA Central Producer, ICCA Great Lakes Producer, and as an Associate Producer for ICHSA. An alumna of The Washington University Amateurs, Emily served as both Concert Coordinator and Group Coordinator while in the group. As part of the original team for CASA‘s BOSS festival, Emily is now in her... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Anderson 208

10:00am

What Are You Trying To Say?
The current world of contemporary a cappella is incredibly exciting with so many ideas and styles of music floating around, but it can be difficult to decide how to use multiple elements from the genre and still communicate to a broad audience. This class explores how to sift through the endless possibilities to create a coherent message through music, from analyzing the lyrics to the final performance.

Instructors
avatar for Lee Stovall

Lee Stovall

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Lee Stovall currently teaches 6-12 choir for the South Milwaukee School District, where he also 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, arranging and coaching for groups from around the world, including some work receiving ICCA and CARA... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Anderson 212

10:00am

Party Of Six
Here, participants will learn the nitty gritty of making the transition from a collegiate group to a professional group, as well as making the most of individual personalities and voice qualities in a small group (4-6). Topics include, but are not limited to, arranging for the small group, business skills/where to begin, and transitioning from a collegiate group to a professional group (both by an audition process and by taking your entire collegiate group and making it a professional group). The panel will include Craig Simonetti (The Hexachords), Diana Galeano (The Hexachords), Linnea Henningson (The Hexachords) Xander Teplansky (The Hexachords), Angela Longo (Musae), Sam Creighton (Musae), and Mel Daneke (Musae).

Moderators
avatar for Craig Simonetti

Craig Simonetti

Craig Simonetti, arranger, distinguishes himself with award-winning settings of contemporary music for numerous vocal ensembles. He specializes in educating young A Cappella performers, delivering workshops on his own as a beatboxer and as a member of The Hexachords. The Hexachords’ latest project features original music by Craig. Craig has his BMus in Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a... Read More →

Instructors
avatar for Sam Creighton

Sam Creighton

Sam Creighton is a singer/songwriter and entertainer, originally from the Boston area. She attended Northeastern University and was a member of the award winning a cappella group The Nor'easters. In the group, she became a notable member, winning nominations and awards for outstanding solo performances. Following the group's International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella victory, they were selected to be featured on Pop Network's... Read More →
avatar for Diana Galeano

Diana Galeano

Assistant Director or Camp, A Cappella Academy
Diana Galeano is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied music education with an emphasis in secondary choral education. While at FSU, she sang with 2009 ICCA Southern Champions, the AcaBelles. Since graduating, she has worked as a high school chorus teacher, director at FSU's Summer Music Camps, and is currently the assistant director and proud camp mom at A Cappella Academy, based out of Los Angeles, CA. When she's not... Read More →
avatar for Linnea Henningson

Linnea Henningson

Linnea Henningson is a music education student with a concentration in classical voice at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst who has been participating in the art of a cappella for seven years now. Currently alto and social media manager for The Hexachords, she has been in several types of a cappella groups from all female to large co-ed. Linnea absolutely loves singing, especially with people who share her passion. She is ecstatic to be... Read More →
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Angela Ugolini began her a cappella career at Florida State University, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA Finals in 2009 as the South Regional Champions. After graduating, Angela relocated to New York and studied audio production at SAE Institute of Technology. There, she also sang with the CAL group, The Red States (now known as Restated,) and co-founded a new all-female CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Xander Teplansky

Xander Teplansky

Bass / Business, The Hexachords
Xander Teplansky is a senior Vocal Performance Major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Being one of the founding members of The Hexachords, he has partaken in many ICCA competitions as well as filming for season 2 of PopTV's "Sing it On." Besides a cappella, Xander is involved in classical music and opera with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While not singing, he can be found either hiking a mountain... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Anderson 210

10:00am

How To Teach Vocal Percussion
With the constant turnover rate in scholastic groups, there is a always a need for both an active vocal percussionist and a new vocal percussionist in training. This interactive workshop will teach seasoned vocal percussionists how to train a brand new beatboxer! They’ll also learn how to navigate the world of auxiliary percussion and structuring grooves all while sharpening their own basic kit and their rhythmic and improvisation skills!

Instructors
avatar for Melinda Packer

Melinda Packer

Green Track, Group V
Melinda Packer is a Vocal Percussionist and Violist living in western Massachusetts. She is currently finishing up a graduate performance degree at Umass Amherst where she co-founded the all female a cappella group, S#arp Attitude. Melinda still is the lead VP for the group and actively teaches beatboxing clinics and workshops to students of all ages throughout New England.


Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Anderson 211

11:00am

Open Masterclass
Witness one of the competition winners workshopped by professional clinicians.

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:00am

Capturing Cultural Creativity for Arrangers
Explore how using a more organic and simple arranging process and mindset can actually help you create more cohesive arrangements. Learn specifically how different cultural influences and genres can spice up your arrangement and enhance your style.

Instructors
avatar for Archie Gopal

Archie Gopal

Archie is a senior at UMass and the Music Director of UMass Amherst's only all-female identified A Cappella group, S#arp Attitude. In her spare time, Archie loves writing her own music, hanging with S#arp, and cuddling with cats and various barn animals. You can catch Archie on stage at the scholastic competition or teaching workshops at BOSS 2017!


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Anderson 206

11:00am

Making It Happen: From Imagination to Fruition
Whether your founding a new group, or revitalizing an established one, this class will shed light on aspects of collegiate a cappella that are often overlooked. What separates a good group from a great group? - a cohesive vision - mission statement - image - artistic integrity - an edge Want the rest of the tea? Come to our class!

Instructors
avatar for Eion Blanchard

Eion Blanchard

Gestalt (University of Florida)
Eion Blanchard is a third-year mathematics major at the University of Florida. He began his a cappella experience in 2014 by joining No Southern Accent and working on their second studio album, Good to the Last Drop (2016) while serving as Public Relations Director and Assistant Music Director. In May of 2016, he co-founded a new a cappella group--Gestalt, which he currently leads as Director of Music. Later this spring, Gestalt is recording... Read More →
avatar for Lizzie Frankenthal

Lizzie Frankenthal

Gestalt (University of Florida)
Lizzie Frankenthal is a third-year women's studies and theatre major at the University of Florida. In May of 2016, she co-founded a new a cappella group--Gestalt, which she currently leads as Director of Administration and as Choreographer. Later this spring, Gestalt is recording its debut album, Beyond the Archetype, after having successfully crowdfunded over $12,000! #dvdp


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Anderson 211

11:00am

Nuanced Directing
Addressing the structure of a rehearsal, transferring elements from warm ups to rehearsing music, and the connection & flow of the time & space we share when we gather to practice/rehearse. Focusing the group energy in understanding responsibilities & being self aware in order to create a positive environment & safe space for effective music making.

Sign up for this limited enrollment class in advance.

Instructors
avatar for Diana Galeano

Diana Galeano

Assistant Director or Camp, A Cappella Academy
Diana Galeano is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied music education with an emphasis in secondary choral education. While at FSU, she sang with 2009 ICCA Southern Champions, the AcaBelles. Since graduating, she has worked as a high school chorus teacher, director at FSU's Summer Music Camps, and is currently the assistant director and proud camp mom at A Cappella Academy, based out of Los Angeles, CA. When she's not... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Broomfield Pearson 005

11:00am

Body/Mind Awareness
Instructors

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Anderson 212

11:00am

Find Your Sasha Fierce: Group And Solo Stage Presence
In this intensive and interactive workshop, we will focus on allowing yourself to be the true diva that you really are. We will work on stage presence & soloing - in live performances AND in studio. Join us for some fun activities that will push you out of your comfort zone and eliminate every boundary you have ever made for yourself. You're gonna be a star, kid.

Instructors
avatar for Sam Creighton

Sam Creighton

Sam Creighton is a singer/songwriter and entertainer, originally from the Boston area. She attended Northeastern University and was a member of the award winning a cappella group The Nor'easters. In the group, she became a notable member, winning nominations and awards for outstanding solo performances. Following the group's International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella victory, they were selected to be featured on Pop Network's... Read More →
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Angela Ugolini began her a cappella career at Florida State University, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA Finals in 2009 as the South Regional Champions. After graduating, Angela relocated to New York and studied audio production at SAE Institute of Technology. There, she also sang with the CAL group, The Red States (now known as Restated,) and co-founded a new all-female CAL group... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Anderson 208

11:00am

VP Like A Drummer
A quick and dirty hands-on glimpse into how real drummers learn how to play real drums, for vocal drummers. You’ll get the resources you need to expand your rhythmic vocabulary, tighten up your sounds, and ultimately be that rock-solid foundation your group needs.

Instructors
avatar for Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz

Full-time a cappella producer/mastering engineer by day and enthusiast of hightop | vans also by day, Eric spends most of his time editing, mixing, and mastering | recorded vocal music. He loves hats, snacks, and seeing people around him | succeed. His website is ericscholzproductions.com.


Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Anderson 210

12:00pm

AcaBombs
Saturday April 8, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Saturday April 8, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

Creative Arranging and the Adaptive Mindset
This class examines the arranging process step-by-step in a fashion that encourages broad thinking about a song’s most important elements. Instead of focusing on music theory and notes, we’ll fixate on making music that stands on its own as a creative work, stepping away from transcription/karaoke. We'll focus on utilizing the strengths of the human voice to craft an arrangement that's both easier to sing and better to listen to.

Instructors
avatar for Yassee Mohebbi

Yassee Mohebbi

Yassee is a UX designer by day, pun activist by night, and musicophile at heart. She sang with, competed with, recorded with, and eventually directed the co-ed collegiate group Acappology at NC State University. Her hobbies include painting, doing yoga, and unsuccessfully avoiding desserts. In her natural state, she can be found making noises with her mouth.
avatar for Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz

Full-time a cappella producer/mastering engineer by day and enthusiast of hightop | vans also by day, Eric spends most of his time editing, mixing, and mastering | recorded vocal music. He loves hats, snacks, and seeing people around him | succeed. His website is ericscholzproductions.com.


Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 212

1:30pm

Creating The Winning Set
Want to know how to take home the big prize? Learn what it takes to go from zero to hero in this class. We will look at tips and tricks to wow the judges and make your group’s mark on the vocal scene, from song selection to choreo, to branding.

Instructors
avatar for Erin Hackel

Erin Hackel

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from James Madison University, a Masters in Opera from Binghamton University and a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an active performer with Central City Opera’s Outreach Ensemble, and has been a featured soloist in many Colorado vocal ensembles... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 206

1:30pm

Think Like A Judge
Has your group pored over every detail of your competition set only to miss the mark in the eyes of the judges? Working hard is not necessarily working smart; time to put our judging caps on! Learn how a judge sees your performance by participating in an interactive adjudication session. Figure out what matters most and what to leave behind and hopefully improve your game! We will conclude with a brief discussion on judging styles and Q/A.

Instructors
avatar for Shams Ahmed

Shams Ahmed

Shams Ahmed is an arranger, music director, and producer from Cherry Hill, NJ, and living in Boston. An alumnus of Northeastern University, Shams is most notably associated with lead arranging for The Nor'easters, directing at A Cappella Academy, and participating in Sing It On. He loves to come up with innovative ways to balance his careers in Finance and a cappella music. @TheOnlyShamsYouKnow


Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 211

1:30pm

Everybody Wants To Sing The Bass
Everybody wants to sing the bass! Being a successful bass vocalist in a contemporary a cappella group requires many skills and knowledge sets. Through active performance and listening exercises, Evan Sanders from Accent will address tone quality, groove and attack, blend, harmony and function, style mimicry, critical listening. All skill levels AND voice ranges welcome; even if you're not a bass, you can learn something to help the bass in your group.

Instructors
avatar for Evan Sanders

Evan Sanders

Evan Sanders graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. After years of performing in instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, he eventually secured a faculty appointment at BU and spent 6 years directing jazz groups. In his native Cleveland, Evan has composed, arranged, and directed music for children's theatre and performed in various community ensembles. He is a member of the a cappella sextet Accent, which... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 208

1:30pm

Arranging for Small Groups
Most a cappella arranging courses focus on writing 6+ part arrangements to be sung by 10+ people. How does arranging change, though, when there are only going to be single voices on each part, and you may not even have 6 people in your group? We'll discuss the common pitfalls when switching your mindset over from large- to small-group arranging, what works and doesn't with single voices, and how to make the most of each note, phrase, chord, and voice part at your disposal.

Sign up for this limited enrollment class in advance. 

Instructors
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner & Creative Director, Random Notes
Tom Anderson is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including the Swingles, Home Free, Committed, Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), and multiple ICHSCA champions and ICCA finalists, as well as on network television, on Royal Caribbean cruise lines, at Orlando theme parks, and... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Broomfield Pearson 005

1:30pm

Recording Arts and Other Voodoo
Learn from some of the top a cappella producers and recording engineers in the industry as they lead an open discussion on the current state and importance of the contemporary a cappella recording world and where it is heading. Anywhere from the "do's and don'ts", tips and tricks, to understanding the factors that differentiate between a good recording to a great recording is fair game!

Instructors
avatar for Alex Green

Alex Green

Co-Owner / Engineer / Producer, Plaid Productions
Alex Green is a recording engineer, producer, and arranger from New York City. He is a graduate of Tufts University with a dual degree in Music and Archaeology, where he sang with and directed the Tufts Amalgamates and with whom he recorded 2011′s Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA)-winning Hands Off The Mannequin. He is a co-owner and producer at Plaid Productions, a full-service a cappella production company with dual home... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Guest

Kevin Guest

Arranger / Producer / Recording Engineer / Educator
Kevin had the distinct pleasure of being a four year member in the award-winning (and ICCA Finalists in 2008 & 2009), all-male a cappella group Ithacappella while attending Ithaca College for Music and Audio Production. Based just outside of Boston, MA, Kevin has given numerous workshops and master classes all around the New England area, regarding recording and performance techniques for all levels of contemporary a cappella and choral... Read More →
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

CEO, The Vocal Company
Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be found on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each year’s CARA awards, and has recently garnered Best Mixed Co-Ed (Nor’easters Equilibirum, MIX Edifice... Read More →
avatar for Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

Director of Outreach, CASA
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. He is also the Director of Outreach for the A Cappella Education Association and a founding member of NC Sings. Additionally, Rick regularly serves as a clinician for... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 210

2:30pm

Arranging Beyond Sheet Music
Find yourself getting stuck on what syllables to use? Can't seem to make the song "your own"? In this advanced class, we will be exploring a new approach to arranging that will make your arrangements singable for your group... because you will have sung them first. Take the guesswork out of notation and finish your arrangements with ready-to-go part tracks - no more ambiguous MIDI files!

Instructors
avatar for Elliott von Wendt

Elliott von Wendt

Elliott von Wendt is an arranger and music director from Boston, MA. He finessed his a cappella career at Berklee College of Music, where he took the reins as music director for the school’s all­-male group, the CharlieChords. During his tenure, he brought them from modest beginnings to ultimately placing third at the 2015 Northeast ICCA Semifinals. After graduating, Elliott continues to mentor and arrange for many groups in the... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 210

2:30pm

Go Pro: Band Management 101
Band Management 101 takes a quick peek into the life of an a cappella band manager. Topics include internal personnel (and personal!) management, where and how to start cultivating a network of business resources which leads to landing that gig, and what to look out for in between.

Instructors
avatar for Peter Huang

Peter Huang

Peter has been heavily involved in the music scene both internationally and locally for the last 20 years, wearing different hats as a singer, songwriter, producer, vocal percussionist, arranger and recording engineer. He is also the co-founder and visionary of Singaporean a cappella sensation, MICappella, who has broken into the mainstream Chinese music scene and regularly tours music festivals and concerts all over the world.
avatar for Diana Tan

Diana Tan

Diana is the band manager for MICappella since 2010 and is at the helm of all business plans and direction for the band in conjunction with the members. Under her, the band has performed in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Europe, UK, Taiwan, USA, Myanmar and more. She manages all the business aspects of the band from client to promoters , media relations and is the go-to person for any issue, and a trusted ear for music, image, publicity... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 208

2:30pm

The Balance: Being an MD and Having A Life
A music director's job is never a simple one, particularly because we are simultaneously either attending school or working long hours. So how can we find the sanity needed to lead a group of peers? By finding the balance not only in life, but through music. This workshop will help you not only vent (because we all know screaming is necessary sometimes) but also to find your zen, teaching you the valuable lesson of leading with a firm yet gentle hand.

Instructors

Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 211

2:30pm

Breathe Life Into Your Part
Bringing to life the pitches and rhythms on a page isn't always easy. This class is just what you're looking for in terms of giving your part the TLC it needs to stand out! Whether it's a solo or working in a section within your group, these are techniques you can use to liven up your sound for a knockout performance (and use them in the recording studio as well). Apply techniques to bring out your spoken word and rap/r&b lines, accentuate riffs & runs, highlight a recurring motive, liven a "moment"/transition, etc.

Instructors
avatar for Linnea Henningson

Linnea Henningson

Linnea Henningson is a music education student with a concentration in classical voice at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst who has been participating in the art of a cappella for seven years now. Currently alto and social media manager for The Hexachords, she has been in several types of a cappella groups from all female to large co-ed. Linnea absolutely loves singing, especially with people who share her passion. She is ecstatic to be... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Hetherington

Brandon Hetherington

Brandon sings tenor in The Hexachords, a professional a capella group nominated for 7 CARA awards, along with the group's numerous awards at the ICCA. He sings many genres professionally and gives lessons and coachings regularly as an individual, and also alongside The Hexachords.
avatar for Xander Teplansky

Xander Teplansky

Bass / Business, The Hexachords
Xander Teplansky is a senior Vocal Performance Major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Being one of the founding members of The Hexachords, he has partaken in many ICCA competitions as well as filming for season 2 of PopTV's "Sing it On." Besides a cappella, Xander is involved in classical music and opera with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While not singing, he can be found either hiking a mountain... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 212

2:30pm

How To Not Ruin Your Voice In College A Cappella
Why does my voice get hoarse? How does alcohol actually affect my singing? Does "Throat Coat" really work?? How (Not) To Ruin You Voice in College will explore numerous vocal health strategies specific to the collegiate singer, including commonly experienced pathologies, where and how they're encountered, and opportunities for their prevention and/or rehabilitation. Practical applications for individuals and groups within rehearsal and performance settings will be emphasized.

Instructors
avatar for Dr. DeMar Austin Neal, IV

Dr. DeMar Austin Neal, IV

Instructor of Music, Wake Technical Community College
DeMar Austin Neal IV is a critically-acclaimed performer, educator, researcher, arranger, stage director, and conductor currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina. DeMar enjoys a diverse performance career, with regular engagements in opera, operetta, music theater, concert, and choral organizations across the United States and abroad. He has performed as a soloist with the North Carolina Opera, Greenville Light Opera Works, the Prizery, the... Read More →


Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 206

3:30pm

AcaBombs
Saturday April 8, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

5:00pm

6th Annual Live CARAs
Saturday April 8, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Somerville Theatre

7:30pm

Professional Concert ft. Rajaton, Musae
Saturday April 8, 2017 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Somerville Theatre

10:30pm

Afterparty
Saturday April 8, 2017 10:30pm - 11:59pm
TBA
 
Sunday, April 9
 

10:00am

Your Aca-Life After College
Is graduation making you nervous about what to Aca-do after May? That is no Aca-problem! This class will discuss and navigate some of those pressures and issues moving to post-collegiate a cappella. We’ll also look at advantages and strategies of involvement to community-based and semi-professional a cappella groups in your area.

Instructors
avatar for Ricky Jabarin

Ricky Jabarin

Production Engineer, A Cappella Productions
Ricky Jabarin is currently a Production Engineer for A Cappella Productions (ACP). While in college, Ricky co-founded and directed Penn State University’s award-winning group, The Coda Conduct. His arrangements and coaching has contributed to The Coda Conduct’s advancements in ICCA tournaments. Ricky also serves as the CARAs Administrative Manager for CASA and sings for DC-based CAL group, DolCe.
avatar for Chris Little

Chris Little

Chris Little is a professional arranger with A Cappella Productions (ACP). He is an active Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) member and has received multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. Chris currently sings with and is Music Director of Vox Pop, an award-winning group from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.


Sunday April 9, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Granoff 251

10:00am

It’s a Woman’s World: the Next Step for All-Female A Cappella
Learn how to grow and succeed within female A Cappella and effectively make your female group better. Hear from a panel of leaders and enthusiasts in the field about how to transition your group to the next level of Female Identified A Cappella!

Instructors
avatar for Archie Gopal

Archie Gopal

Archie is a senior at UMass and the Music Director of UMass Amherst's only all-female identified A Cappella group, S#arp Attitude. In her spare time, Archie loves writing her own music, hanging with S#arp, and cuddling with cats and various barn animals. You can catch Archie on stage at the scholastic competition or teaching workshops at BOSS 2017!
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Angela Ugolini began her a cappella career at Florida State University, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA Finals in 2009 as the South Regional Champions. After graduating, Angela relocated to New York and studied audio production at SAE Institute of Technology. There, she also sang with the CAL group, The Red States (now known as Restated,) and co-founded a new all-female CAL group... Read More →
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Johanna Vinson

Jo is known for being the ladybass in Musae and in groups Delilah and Element from The Sing Off. She arranges for groups across the country and regularly travels the world teaching and performing, and you can hear her sing in Pitch Perfect 2 as one of the Bellas.


Sunday April 9, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Granoff 271

10:00am

Solo Coaching Sessions
Apply for a solo coaching session by March 31, 2017.

Instructors
avatar for Erin Hackel

Erin Hackel

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. She received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from James Madison University, a Masters in Opera from Binghamton University and a Doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an active performer with Central City Opera’s Outreach Ensemble, and has been a featured soloist in many Colorado vocal ensembles... Read More →


Sunday April 9, 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:15am

Arranger’s Roundtable
Moderators
avatar for Harrison Acosta

Harrison Acosta

Director & Arranger, Voicebox
Currently in his final semester at the UCF School of Performing Arts, Harrison Acosta is finishing his first degree in music. After studying instrumental music performance, game soundtrack design and film score for two years, Harrison is now studying composition, theory, and education while preparing for graduate school. Recently, Harrison also spent the summer of 2016 as a production intern with The Vocal Company in Rochester, New York... Read More →

Sunday April 9, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Granoff 251

11:15am

CARAs & AVAs Roundtable
Moderators
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Rick Thomas

Director of Outreach, CASA
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. He is also the Director of Outreach for the A Cappella Education Association and a founding member of NC Sings. Additionally, Rick regularly serves as a clinician for... Read More →

Sunday April 9, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Granoff 271

12:30pm

CASA / BOSS Forum
Moderators
avatar for Alexander Koutzoukis

Alexander Koutzoukis

Co-Owner / Engineer / Producer, Plaid Productions
Alexander is co-owner (and producer, and engineer…) of Plaid Productions, a full-service a cappella production studio based in Boston, along with Alex Green. While attending Tufts University for computer science, he spent five years in the Beelzebubs, for two of which he was Music Director. He got his start in the field of a cappella production while working closely with Ed Boyer and Bill Hare on two award-winning Bubs albums (Pandaemonium... Read More →

Sunday April 9, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Granoff 271