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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 a vocal percussionist based out of Boston. He's a member of Five O’Clock Shadow, a former member of Overboard, and he's performed with Ball In The House, Cartoon Johnny, and The Groovebarbers. He’s also a graduate of ImprovAsylum’s improv performance program... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 208 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Anderson 206 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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!

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Melinda Packer

Music Educator
Melinda Packer is a Violist and Vocal Percussionist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She first got involved with a cappella at UMass Amherst where she co-founded S#arp Attitude. After receiving her Masters in Viola Performance last spring, Melinda moved to the west coast to begin... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Anderson 211 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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Eric Scholz

Full-time a cappella producer/mastering engineer by day and enthusiast of high-top vans also by day, Eric Scholz 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 ericscholzpro... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Anderson 210 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Anderson 208 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 212 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


Creativity, the Bobs way
The Bobs, one of professional a cappella’s longest-running and most successful groups, are known for turning “normal” songwriting, arranging, and recording upside down and inside out….and coming up with new, often amusing, and creative techniques for composition and performance. This class shares some of those methods, including: 
  • A song can be about anything
  • Covering standards and making something new of them
  • How to get more sound from fewer voices 
  • How inevitable changes in personnel can work for you
  • Does it need to be funny?
  • Which parts are locked in and which are free? 
  • What’s the focus? 

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Richard "Bob" Greene

Richard Bob Greene is an award-winning composer, arranger, singer, writer, engineer/producer and educator. As the co-founder and creator of the nu-wave a cappella super group The Bobs, Greene "fractured and reconstructed the rules for vocal music," and is one of the foremost pioneers... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 211 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155


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.

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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... Read More →

Saturday April 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Anderson 206 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155