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Saturday, April 8


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.

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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 208 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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 208 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155
Sunday, April 9


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.

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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.
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Chris Little

Music Director / Arranger/Engineer, Vox Pop / A Cappella Productions
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 20 Talbot Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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!

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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!
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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 20 Talbot Avenue Medford, MA 02155