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Saturday, April 8
 

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 208 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155

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 206 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155

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 211 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155

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 210 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155

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 208 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155

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 212 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155

2:30pm

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? 

Instructors
avatar for Richard

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 of contemporary a cappella. Nominated for a Grammy for his and Gunnar Madsen's a cappella arrangement of the Beatles "Helter Skelter," Greene's songs and... Read More →


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

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 206 200 College Avenue Medford, MA 02155