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Saturday, April 8


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!

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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 210 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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

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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 212 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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 206 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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 206 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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!

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Elliott von Wendt

Arranger, The Vocal Company
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 Boston area... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 212 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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.
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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 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 210 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155