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Friday, April 22
 

12:30pm CDT

HS Competitor Sound Checks
HS Competitor Sound Check
  • Slate Vocal Band - 12:30pm
  • Touch of Class - 1:00pm
  • The Leading Tones - 1:30pm
  • Key of She - 2:00pm
  • Fifth Measure - 2:30pm
  • BREAK - 3:00pm
  • Vocal Rush - 3:30pm
  • The A Cappella Group - 4:00pm
  • Vocal Fusion - 4:30pm

Moderators
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

Sound Engineer, Chairman, 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... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Fifth Measure

Fifth Measure

fifth measure is a contemporary a cappella ensemble comprised of students from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Under the direction of Dr. Billy Rayburn, the group performs a wide variety of music including a cappella pop, jazz, and contemporary music. From its inception over... Read More →
avatar for Key of She

Key of She

Key of She is the premier female a cappella group of White Station High School. Composed of students from all grades, this group specializes in contemporary music ranging from pop to jazz to rock. They can be seen performing at White Station High choir concerts and around the Memphis... Read More →
avatar for OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush is a three-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the... Read More →
avatar for Slate Vocal Band

Slate Vocal Band

Slate is a 6 piece high school a cappella group from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado under the direction of Dawn Wisdom.
avatar for The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group is a 23 voice mixed group from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL. TAG has released seven studio albums, including five in the past five years. The most recent album, Stay Gold, was listed by RARB as a best album of 2014 and received 4 2015 CARA... Read More →
avatar for The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School are a group of diverse students from Roselle, NJ, who create a cohesive, energetic sound filled with eclectic, old-school flavor that is peppered with soul and mixed with today’s grooves. Although the Leading Tones are only in their... Read More →
avatar for Touch of Class

Touch of Class

Touch of Class is a contemporary a cappella group from Port Clinton High School in Port Clinton, Ohio.
avatar for Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion is a ten member, co-ed, high school group from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It was co-founded in April 2014 by student leaders Jordan Mudd and Bruce Butler. Since then, they have performed locally at music festivals, coffeehouses, and alongside Kenny Rogers during his... Read More →


Friday April 22, 2016 12:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Sparks Auditorium

5:00pm CDT

Group Dinner for HS Competitors
Group Dinner for HS Competitors
There will be three meal options, including a vegetarian meal. $10 cash per person, to be paid on-site. Please join us for this wonderful bonding opportunity!

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Stuempges

Ryan Stuempges

Green Track, Group V

Friday April 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Cafeteria

5:30pm CDT

Registration Opens at 5:30pm!
Registration Tables will be open in front of Sparks Auditorium prior to and during the High School National Championship concert!

Friday April 22, 2016 5:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Sparks Lobby

7:00pm CDT

High School National Championship
Hosted by DeltaCappella; Featured Performance by UCD Lark; With performances by our eight competitors: Vocal Fusion (PA), OSA Vocal Rush (CA), The Leading Tones (NJ), Touch of Class (OH), Key of She (TN), Slate Vocal Band (CO), The A Cappella Group (FL), Fifth Measure (TN)

Moderators
avatar for DeltaCappella

DeltaCappella

A vocal band rooted in the heart and soul of the Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. Celebrating the differences and commonalities of man through music, the members of DeltaCappella sing together for the pure pleasure of singing — and the music they make is a unique blend of harmony that is as richly textured and varied as the Delta itself. Having won the inaugural VoiceJam festival in 2015, being “Big in Asia” has never been more true than as a member o... Read More →
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

Sound Engineer, Chairman, 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... Read More →
avatar for Drew Wheaton

Drew Wheaton

Tenor, 2016 International Gold Medalist, ForeFront
Drew Wheaton, NACC Adjudication Director, is in his 21st year as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He is currently the director of the Thoroughbred Chorus, and Tenor for the 2016 International Gold Medalist Quartet, Forefront. Drew holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory from McGill University and a Bachel... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Fifth Measure

Fifth Measure

fifth measure is a contemporary a cappella ensemble comprised of students from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Under the direction of Dr. Billy Rayburn, the group performs a wide variety of music including a cappella pop, jazz, and contemporary music. From its inception over... Read More →
avatar for Key of She

Key of She

Key of She is the premier female a cappella group of White Station High School. Composed of students from all grades, this group specializes in contemporary music ranging from pop to jazz to rock. They can be seen performing at White Station High choir concerts and around the Memphis... Read More →
avatar for OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush is a three-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the... Read More →
avatar for Slate Vocal Band

Slate Vocal Band

Slate is a 6 piece high school a cappella group from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado under the direction of Dawn Wisdom.
avatar for The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group is a 23 voice mixed group from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL. TAG has released seven studio albums, including five in the past five years. The most recent album, Stay Gold, was listed by RARB as a best album of 2014 and received 4 2015 CARA... Read More →
avatar for The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School are a group of diverse students from Roselle, NJ, who create a cohesive, energetic sound filled with eclectic, old-school flavor that is peppered with soul and mixed with today’s grooves. Although the Leading Tones are only in their... Read More →
avatar for Touch of Class

Touch of Class

Touch of Class is a contemporary a cappella group from Port Clinton High School in Port Clinton, Ohio.
avatar for UCD Lark

UCD Lark

Lark is defined not by what it is, but what it is not. Lark strives to connect with the audience through human character and emotion. Exploring aspects of humanity through their choreography, costuming, and spoken word, Lark is dedicated to the idea that their voices matter. Founde... Read More →
avatar for Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion is a ten member, co-ed, high school group from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It was co-founded in April 2014 by student leaders Jordan Mudd and Bruce Butler. Since then, they have performed locally at music festivals, coffeehouses, and alongside Kenny Rogers during his... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Vocal Eze Throat Spray

Vocal Eze Throat Spray

Vocal Eze was created to bring about the best vocal product that supports recovery to provide musicians, speakers, teachers, with the health and wellness needed to operate and perform at their peak performance all of the time. Speakers and singers have unique needs that we address... Read More →
avatar for Vocal Mastering

Vocal Mastering

Vocal Mastering is the only dedicated mastering studio in the world that is focused exclusively on vocal music, from contemporary to choral. Owner and senior mastering engineer Dave Sperandio (aka “diovoce“) has mastered thousands of “a cappella” and “nearly a cappella” tracks for clients around the world, and our studio is the “finishing station” for many contemporary vocal music producers, and hundreds of vocal groups. We employ a combination of highly specialized vinta... Read More →
avatar for Voices Only Productions

Voices Only Productions

You want an amazing recording and album and we want to give it to you! At Voices Only Productions, we work with you to coax the best in-studio vocal performance you never thought possible. Through our decades of experience recording, listening, judging and critiquing thousands... Read More →


Friday April 22, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Sparks Auditorium
 
Saturday, April 23
 

8:00am CDT

Registration Opens at 8:00am!
Our Registration Tables will be open in front of Sparks Auditorium all day! Volunteers will be glad to assist you with anything that you may need!

Saturday April 23, 2016 8:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Sparks Lobby

8:00am CDT

Exhibit Hall Hours
Visit our exhibit hall booths throughout the day! Exhibits will be open from 8:00am until 5:30pm!

Exhibitors
avatar for Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is the leading producer of dynamically charged musical excellence. With its unforgettable concert experiences in renowned venues, empowering educational programs, and its global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes... Read More →
avatar for Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

MemphisTravel.com is where you will find information on Memphis' attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife and more, plus special offers. All of it combines to make your trip to Memphis as enjoyable as possible. Come visit us now!
avatar for Camp A Cappella

Camp A Cappella

Sing in your own a cappella group, learn from top pros, and have the time of your life with friends from all over the country! Founded by Deke Sharon, the musical producer of Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off, and Brody McDonald, award-winning educator and author of A Cappella P... Read More →
avatar for Music Central

Music Central

Owner, Music Central, Inc
Music technology is our focus! Whether it's a sound board, microphone, speaker, vocal effect unit, or a piece of recording equipment, we're here to help you understand it! We'll have many of the industry's most popular pieces on display at the show, and hope to show you how you... Read More →
avatar for Visible Music College

Visible Music College

Visible Music College trains and equips musicians, technicians, and business professionals in skill and character for effective service in the music industry and in the Church.
avatar for Deeskie

Deeskie

Our Mission: Eternal A Cappella The Đ-LIST is a contemporary A Cappella arrangement of the month club that believes in the power of A Cappella as an art form. For us, A Cappella isn't just something we perform or listen to, but rather an art that's ingrained within. We believe... Read More →
avatar for Contemporary A Cappella League

Contemporary A Cappella League

The mission of CAL is to spread harmony through harmony by helping people form, join, and maintain contemporary a cappella singing groups, and to provide performing opportunities, education, motivation, and accolades, while helping grow the... Read More →
avatar for Voices Only Productions

Voices Only Productions

You want an amazing recording and album and we want to give it to you! At Voices Only Productions, we work with you to coax the best in-studio vocal performance you never thought possible. Through our decades of experience recording, listening, judging and critiquing thousands... Read More →
avatar for Emerald City Productions

Emerald City Productions

Emerald City Productions is a full service recording studio in Franklin, TN just outside of Nashville founded in 2009. My name is Danny Ozment and I'm an experienced producer, engineer, editor, and mixer in all genres and specialize in the recording, production, and coaching of... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 8:00am - 5:30pm CDT
Commons Area

8:30am CDT

Saturday Morning Kick-Off
Saturday Kick-Off, hosted by the NACC Production Team; Featuring a performance by Mister Tim

Artists
avatar for Mister Tim

Mister Tim

Mister Tim, Mister Tim
A prolific and award-winning singer, composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and conductor, Mister Tim has performed on the stage of America's Got Talent and was a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. He created and music directed more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 8:30am - 8:50am CDT
Sparks Auditorium

9:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #1
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #1 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Amy Malkoff

Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Slate Vocal Band

Slate Vocal Band

Slate is a 6 piece high school a cappella group from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado under the direction of Dawn Wisdom.


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Room 201

9:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #2
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #2 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

Director of Outreach, A Cappella Education Association, Richard Thomas Music
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas, NACC Director of Outreach, has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as CASA Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. Rick regularly serves as a clinician for groups across the country and is a CARA-nominated and RARB... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Touch of Class

Touch of Class

Touch of Class is a contemporary a cappella group from Port Clinton High School in Port Clinton, Ohio.


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Room 203

9:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #3
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #3 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
B

Blu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Memphis

Artists
avatar for The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School are a group of diverse students from Roselle, NJ, who create a cohesive, energetic sound filled with eclectic, old-school flavor that is peppered with soul and mixed with today’s grooves. Although the Leading Tones are only in their... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Room 205

9:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #4
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #5 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Tom Paster

Tom Paster

Director, Highlands Voices
Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. His a cappella group Highlands Voices was featured on the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped in 2016. They are the reigning National A Cappella Convention Champions, the 2014 ICHSA... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Fifth Measure

Fifth Measure

fifth measure is a contemporary a cappella ensemble comprised of students from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Under the direction of Dr. Billy Rayburn, the group performs a wide variety of music including a cappella pop, jazz, and contemporary music. From its inception over... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Room 212

9:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #5
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #6 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Stuempges

Ryan Stuempges

Green Track, Group V

Artists
avatar for OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush is a three-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Room 215

9:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #6
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #7 - Music Judge

Artists
avatar for Vocally Charged

Vocally Charged

Northview High School’s Vocally Charged is proud to be performing at NACC for the second year! Students from all walks of the Fine arts department come together to perform in and around their hometown of Johns Creek, GA. The group aims to spread the joy of music wherever they p... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Room 220

9:00am CDT

Purchasing a Sound System
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will talk about necessary pieces of a sound system, and how to put together and purchase a system for your group. Subjects will include how to interact with a music dealer, recommended component pieces, and packaged sound systems at various price points!

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

National Treasurer, A Cappella Education Assocition
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Music Central

Music Central

Owner, Music Central, Inc
Music technology is our focus! Whether it's a sound board, microphone, speaker, vocal effect unit, or a piece of recording equipment, we're here to help you understand it! We'll have many of the industry's most popular pieces on display at the show, and hope to show you how you... Read More →



Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Library

9:00am CDT

Creative Vocal Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

For first time improvisers and veterans alike, come explore several small group improvisation forms/games. Take these tools back to your group to spice up your sets, experiment with composing and arranging through spontaneous creation, and even open for your own group with an improv set!

Speakers
avatar for Evan Feist

Evan Feist

Founder, Creative Vocal Lab
Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 15 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups  He’s earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Band Room

9:00am CDT

Emotionally Connected & Visually Engaging Performances
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interest session, you will learn specific techniques and exercises to enhance your group's emotional connection to the music that they perform and how to share that connection with the audience to take their performances to the Next Level.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Guffey

Bryan Guffey

Director of Community Development, The Vocal Foundation
Bryan Guffey is a technology consultant who specializes in enabling nonprofit organizations to realize their aspirations through the use of effective technology solutions. Since forming his first group, 50/50, in high school in 1997, Bryan has been a passionate advocate and believer... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Choir Room

9:00am CDT

Funding in the Future
Over the last several years, new crowdfunding platforms have appeared and created an entirely new generation of arts patrons. In this session you'll learn how to use these tools effectively and explore what today's audience expects from artists in terms of video, digital downloads, and access!

Speakers
avatar for Danny Ozment

Danny Ozment

Owner, Engineer, Emerald City Productions
Danny Ozment left his comfy day job 10 years ago when an unexpected life event required him to work from home. He's built a successful business as a recording engineer and producer specializing in podcasts, audio content marketing, and vocal music while working with clients such as... Read More →



Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 121

9:00am CDT

The A Cappella Career
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn about how to leverage a cappella's unique appeal to build audience base, get gigs, fundraise, and turn a hobby into a career! For students, learn about the world of the performing arts industry from someone who has worked on all sides. For teachers, come up with strategies to increase your groups exposure and maximize fundraising efforts. For groups, get insight on how you can make the leap from part-time to full-time.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor

Director of Program Development, DCINY
Kevin began his career in the entertainment industry as founder and original member of the male vocal ensemble Marcoux Corner. For the following 10 years, this high-energy vocal group became one of the genre’s most sought-after acts, providing one of a kind entertainment to... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is the leading producer of dynamically charged musical excellence. With its unforgettable concert experiences in renowned venues, empowering educational programs, and its global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 119

9:00am CDT

Introductory Vocal Percussion
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

New to Vocal Percussion? We'll learn microphone technique and how to make your first bass drum sounds and simple rhythmic patterns, as well as how to add fills and moderate level beats.

Equipment sponsored by Music Central!

Speakers
avatar for Ethyn Samuels

Ethyn Samuels

Music Director, Green Envy
Ethyn hails from Los Angeles, CA where he is an alumni of the award-winning Unstrumental at Calabasas High School. He then moved to New Orleans where he attends Tulane University, and performed with the university’s premiere aca group: Green Envy. He served as arranger, music director... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 101

9:00am CDT

Unleashing the SheWolf! Directing Women's A Cappella
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interest session will deal with the unique challenges and opportunities that come from directing an all-female a cappella group. Participants will learn how to harness the strengths of a female group, including depth of emotion, group dynamics, song selection, minimizing the "weaknesses" that come from range limitations, and insecurities while performing, as well as exercises for each area that can be shared with your group!

Speakers
avatar for Ellie Brigida

Ellie Brigida

Tracking and Editing Engineer, Clear Harmonies
Elle Brigida has been singing and arranging for a cappella groups since 2008. She has a passion for unleashing the unlimited potential in new and growing groups. During Elle's time with Vocal Synergy, the all-female a cappella group at Wagner College, the group completed their first... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 104

9:00am CDT

Notation Practice for A Cappella
Limited Capacity seats available

This interest session about notation practice is geared toward young arrangers and experienced professionals! A lot of the scores that are sent for editing or tracking are a challenge to read. Learn tips on how to properly communicate musical ideas in traditional notation software.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner, 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 Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
Room 125

9:05am CDT

Session #1 Sound Checks
Session #1 Sound Checks
  1. The Coachmen -- 9:05am
  2. Greater Minority -- 9:20am
  3. Unaccompanied Minors -- 9:35am

Moderators
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

Sound Engineer, Chairman, 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... Read More →
avatar for Micha Mokrani

Micha Mokrani

Performance Coordinator, A Cappella Education Association
Micha Mokrani, NACC Performance Coordinator, got involved in the a cappella community by lending a helping hand at different a cappella shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, after being a loyal audience member former than ten years. A California native, Micha works in the non-profit world at One Circle Foundation. Since the age... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Greater Minority

Greater Minority

The Greater Minority (or Gmi) is a six piece vocal group based out of the Kansas City Area. Members include: Allison Her (Soprano), Shelby Stephenson (Mezzo), Melinda Bennett (Alto/Tenor), Deandre Clark (Tenor/VP), Jordan Lankhorst (Baritone/VP), and Andrew Roberson (Bass). The group... Read More →
avatar for The Coachmen

The Coachmen

The Coachmen are a contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble sponsored by the Choral Division of the Fine Arts Department of Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS. Now in its fifth year, The Coachmen are rapidly growing in popularity, as they are increasingly in demand for performances and workshops... Read More →
avatar for Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied Minors

The GWHS Unaccompanied Minors are the only high school a cappella pop ensemble in the Charleston, WV region. They were formed in 2013 as a co-curricular ensemble. Members of the group represent a diverse cross-section of the GW student body, including athletes, members of JROTC, and... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:05am - 9:50am CDT
Sparks Auditorium

9:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #10
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #6 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Longo originally comes from the warm and sunny city of Boynton Beach, FL, but has been hopping all around the country since graduating from Florida State University in 2009. She began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles... Read More →

Artists
avatar for OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush is a three-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Room 215

9:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #11
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #7 - Performance Judge

Artists
avatar for Vocally Charged

Vocally Charged

Northview High School’s Vocally Charged is proud to be performing at NACC for the second year! Students from all walks of the Fine arts department come together to perform in and around their hometown of Johns Creek, GA. The group aims to spread the joy of music wherever they p... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Room 220

9:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #12
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #8 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Stuempges

Ryan Stuempges

Green Track, Group V

Artists
avatar for Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion is a ten member, co-ed, high school group from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It was co-founded in April 2014 by student leaders Jordan Mudd and Bruce Butler. Since then, they have performed locally at music festivals, coffeehouses, and alongside Kenny Rogers during his... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Room 221

9:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #7
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #2 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Amy Malkoff

Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Touch of Class

Touch of Class

Touch of Class is a contemporary a cappella group from Port Clinton High School in Port Clinton, Ohio.


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Room 203

9:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #8
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #3 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

Director of Outreach, A Cappella Education Association, Richard Thomas Music
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas, NACC Director of Outreach, has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as CASA Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. Rick regularly serves as a clinician for groups across the country and is a CARA-nominated and RARB... Read More →

Artists
avatar for The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School are a group of diverse students from Roselle, NJ, who create a cohesive, energetic sound filled with eclectic, old-school flavor that is peppered with soul and mixed with today’s grooves. Although the Leading Tones are only in their... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Room 205

9:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #9
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #4 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
B

Blu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Memphis

Artists
avatar for The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group is a 23 voice mixed group from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL. TAG has released seven studio albums, including five in the past five years. The most recent album, Stay Gold, was listed by RARB as a best album of 2014 and received 4 2015 CARA... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Room 208

9:50am CDT

Aca-Pop #1
Acoustic set by the UT Singers in the classroom foyer!

Artists
avatar for UT Singers

UT Singers

UT Singers is an auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of popular music, specializing in contemporary a cappella. Each year the group performs across the United States for University audiences, alumni, civic groups, and school-aged audiences. In special recognition from the State Gene... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 9:50am - 10:00am CDT
Classroom Foyer

10:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #13
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #1 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
B

Blu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Memphis

Artists
avatar for Slate Vocal Band

Slate Vocal Band

Slate is a 6 piece high school a cappella group from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado under the direction of Dawn Wisdom.


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 201

10:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #14
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #3 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Amy Malkoff

Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →

Artists
avatar for The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones

The Leading Tones of Abraham Clark High School are a group of diverse students from Roselle, NJ, who create a cohesive, energetic sound filled with eclectic, old-school flavor that is peppered with soul and mixed with today’s grooves. Although the Leading Tones are only in their... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 205

10:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #15
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #4 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

Director of Outreach, A Cappella Education Association, Richard Thomas Music
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas, NACC Director of Outreach, has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as CASA Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. Rick regularly serves as a clinician for groups across the country and is a CARA-nominated and RARB... Read More →

Artists
avatar for The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group is a 23 voice mixed group from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL. TAG has released seven studio albums, including five in the past five years. The most recent album, Stay Gold, was listed by RARB as a best album of 2014 and received 4 2015 CARA... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 208

10:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #16
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #5 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Stuempges

Ryan Stuempges

Green Track, Group V

Artists
avatar for Fifth Measure

Fifth Measure

fifth measure is a contemporary a cappella ensemble comprised of students from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Under the direction of Dr. Billy Rayburn, the group performs a wide variety of music including a cappella pop, jazz, and contemporary music. From its inception over... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 212

10:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #17
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #6 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Tom Paster

Tom Paster

Director, Highlands Voices
Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. His a cappella group Highlands Voices was featured on the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped in 2016. They are the reigning National A Cappella Convention Champions, the 2014 ICHSA... Read More →

Artists
avatar for OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush is a three-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 215

10:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #18
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #8 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Longo originally comes from the warm and sunny city of Boynton Beach, FL, but has been hopping all around the country since graduating from Florida State University in 2009. She began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion is a ten member, co-ed, high school group from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It was co-founded in April 2014 by student leaders Jordan Mudd and Bruce Butler. Since then, they have performed locally at music festivals, coffeehouses, and alongside Kenny Rogers during his... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 221

10:00am CDT

Showcase Session #1
Showcase Performances by:
The Coachmen
Greater Minority
Unaccompanied Minors


Moderators
avatar for Micha Mokrani

Micha Mokrani

Performance Coordinator, A Cappella Education Association
Micha Mokrani, NACC Performance Coordinator, got involved in the a cappella community by lending a helping hand at different a cappella shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, after being a loyal audience member former than ten years. A California native, Micha works in the non-profit world at One Circle Foundation. Since the age... Read More →
avatar for Dave Sperandio

Dave Sperandio

Recording Instructor, Camp A Cappella
Dave Sperandio has been working with a cappella music for more than 20 years as a performer, producer, and promoter. His work has helped to define and support the contemporary a cappella world. Dave founded the a cappella production company diovoce in 2000, and in 2011 he formed Vocal... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Greater Minority

Greater Minority

The Greater Minority (or Gmi) is a six piece vocal group based out of the Kansas City Area. Members include: Allison Her (Soprano), Shelby Stephenson (Mezzo), Melinda Bennett (Alto/Tenor), Deandre Clark (Tenor/VP), Jordan Lankhorst (Baritone/VP), and Andrew Roberson (Bass). The group... Read More →
avatar for The Coachmen

The Coachmen

The Coachmen are a contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble sponsored by the Choral Division of the Fine Arts Department of Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS. Now in its fifth year, The Coachmen are rapidly growing in popularity, as they are increasingly in demand for performances and workshops... Read More →
avatar for Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied Minors

The GWHS Unaccompanied Minors are the only high school a cappella pop ensemble in the Charleston, WV region. They were formed in 2013 as a co-curricular ensemble. Members of the group represent a diverse cross-section of the GW student body, including athletes, members of JROTC, and... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

MemphisTravel.com is where you will find information on Memphis' attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife and more, plus special offers. All of it combines to make your trip to Memphis as enjoyable as possible. Come visit us now!


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Sparks Auditorium

10:00am CDT

AEA State Representative Meeting
Annual Meeting of the State Representatives for the A Cappella Education Association, led by the AEA Board Members.

Moderators
avatar for JD Frizzell

JD Frizzell

President, A Cappella Education Association
J.D. Frizzell is the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting Degree from the University of Kentucky. He was chosen by the board of the TN Music Educators Association as the 2011 Outstanding... Read More →

Saturday April 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Dance Room

10:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #19
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #1 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

Director of Outreach, A Cappella Education Association, Richard Thomas Music
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas, NACC Director of Outreach, has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as CASA Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. Rick regularly serves as a clinician for groups across the country and is a CARA-nominated and RARB... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Slate Vocal Band

Slate Vocal Band

Slate is a 6 piece high school a cappella group from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado under the direction of Dawn Wisdom.


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Room 201

10:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #20
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #2 - Vocal Judge

Speakers
B

Blu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Memphis

Artists
avatar for Touch of Class

Touch of Class

Touch of Class is a contemporary a cappella group from Port Clinton High School in Port Clinton, Ohio.


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Room 203

10:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #21
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #4 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Amy Malkoff

Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →

Artists
avatar for The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group

The A Cappella Group is a 23 voice mixed group from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts in Fort Myers, FL. TAG has released seven studio albums, including five in the past five years. The most recent album, Stay Gold, was listed by RARB as a best album of 2014 and received 4 2015 CARA... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Room 208

10:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #22
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #5 - Music Judge

Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Longo originally comes from the warm and sunny city of Boynton Beach, FL, but has been hopping all around the country since graduating from Florida State University in 2009. She began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Fifth Measure

Fifth Measure

fifth measure is a contemporary a cappella ensemble comprised of students from Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Under the direction of Dr. Billy Rayburn, the group performs a wide variety of music including a cappella pop, jazz, and contemporary music. From its inception over... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Room 212

10:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #23
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #7 - Vocal Judge

Artists
avatar for Vocally Charged

Vocally Charged

Northview High School’s Vocally Charged is proud to be performing at NACC for the second year! Students from all walks of the Fine arts department come together to perform in and around their hometown of Johns Creek, GA. The group aims to spread the joy of music wherever they p... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Room 220

10:30am CDT

Group Masterclass #24
Limited Capacity seats available

Masterclass for HS Championship Contestant #8 - Performance Judge

Speakers
avatar for Tom Paster

Tom Paster

Director, Highlands Voices
Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. His a cappella group Highlands Voices was featured on the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped in 2016. They are the reigning National A Cappella Convention Champions, the 2014 ICHSA... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion

Vocal Fusion is a ten member, co-ed, high school group from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. It was co-founded in April 2014 by student leaders Jordan Mudd and Bruce Butler. Since then, they have performed locally at music festivals, coffeehouses, and alongside Kenny Rogers during his... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Room 221

10:50am CDT

Aca-Pop #2
Acoustic set by KRAJEVISM!

Artists
avatar for KRAJEVISM

KRAJEVISM

KRAJEVISM is the select female a cappella group at Maitland Middle School in Maitland, Florida. Their director is Dr. Lori Lovell. Named by combining the first letters of the founding members’ first names, KRAJEVISM is currently in its second year and is comprised of 18 girls, in... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 10:50am - 11:00am CDT
Sparks Lobby

11:00am CDT

The Winning Set
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether for competition or concert, choosing the right songs to highlight your group’s abilities is no easy task. We will focus on the many factors that go into the decision-making process, such as soloists, VP, bass, genre, form, era, and more. Should the songs be selected by the group members or the director? Will the set be a collection of unrelated songs or will it have an overarching theme? Should you use one arranger for the whole program or a different arranger for each song? These questions and all of your questions will be discussed during this informative workshop!

Speakers
avatar for Tom Paster

Tom Paster

Director, Highlands Voices
Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. His a cappella group Highlands Voices was featured on the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped in 2016. They are the reigning National A Cappella Convention Champions, the 2014 ICHSA... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 119

11:00am CDT

Be Original and Create a SHOW!
Limited Capacity seats available

From the creator of "Toxic Audio," explore the difference between a concert and a SHOW and why creating a strong visual performance is important to leaving a lasting impression on audiences! Areas to be discussed will include lighting, projections, movement, costumes, and the use of themes, as well as how to find unique, creative, and unexpected ways to engage the audience!

Speakers
avatar for René Ruiz

René Ruiz

Bass, Urban Method
René Ruiz is a singer, stage director and voiceover artist. He conceived, directed and performed in the Off-Broadway acappella theatre show TOXIC AUDIO. This piece showcased the power of the human voice with smooth harmonies, vocal sound effects and musical improv. It won the 2004... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Dance Room

11:00am CDT

Producer's Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Join our panel of award-winning a cappella record producers to get your questions answered and discuss several topics, such as how to record DIY style, what you need to record, how to prepare for recording, how to maximize your studio time, recording options for all budgets, how to choose your album sound, "natural" vs "processed," and everything in between!

Moderators
avatar for Corey Slutsky

Corey Slutsky

Founder, Producer, Voices Only A Cappella
Corey Slutsky is the owner and founder of Voices Only A Cappella. Corey records and produces a cappella studio recordings through Voices Only Productions, and is the Executive Producer of the Voices Only collegiate & high school compilation series and the Voices Only Forte non-scholastic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner, 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 Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →
avatar for Nick Girard

Nick Girard

Nick Girard Music, Vocal Arranger, Producer, Clinician
Originally from a small town in Maine, Nick Girard's first encounter with contemporary a cappella was as a college freshman at the University of Vermont. Enticed by The Top Cats' marketing slogan “Chicks Dig Guys Who Sing,” Nick joined the group as a tenor, served as music director... Read More →
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Longo originally comes from the warm and sunny city of Boynton Beach, FL, but has been hopping all around the country since graduating from Florida State University in 2009. She began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles... Read More →
avatar for Danny Ozment

Danny Ozment

Owner, Engineer, Emerald City Productions
Danny Ozment left his comfy day job 10 years ago when an unexpected life event required him to work from home. He's built a successful business as a recording engineer and producer specializing in podcasts, audio content marketing, and vocal music while working with clients such as... Read More →
avatar for Dave Sperandio

Dave Sperandio

Recording Instructor, Camp A Cappella
Dave Sperandio has been working with a cappella music for more than 20 years as a performer, producer, and promoter. His work has helped to define and support the contemporary a cappella world. Dave founded the a cappella production company diovoce in 2000, and in 2011 he formed Vocal... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Library

11:00am CDT

Rehearsal Techniques
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we lead effective and meaningful rehearsals with our a cappella groups? Join J.D. Frizzell as he outlines his five-step approach to learning literature, featuring Briarcrest OneVoice.

Speakers
avatar for JD Frizzell

JD Frizzell

President, A Cappella Education Association
J.D. Frizzell is the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting Degree from the University of Kentucky. He was chosen by the board of the TN Music Educators Association as the 2011 Outstanding... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Choir Room

11:00am CDT

Creative Vocal Lab
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

For first time improvisers and veterans alike, come explore several small group improvisation forms/games. Take these tools back to your group to spice up your sets, experiment with composing and arranging through spontaneous creation, and even open for your own group with an improv set!

Speakers
avatar for Evan Feist

Evan Feist

Founder, Creative Vocal Lab
Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 15 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups  He’s earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Band Room

11:00am CDT

Breaking Down the Riffs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Have you always wanted to sing those fierce runs like Beyoncé? Learn how to riff with Jon Smith! We'll cover basic to advanced techniques, as well as where and when riffs are most appropriate to enhance your songs!

Speakers
avatar for Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Tenor, The Swingles
Jon Smith, NACC Asst. Education Director, is an arranger, performer, and recording engineer in the Greater Philadelphia area. He is currently the Director of Vocal Arranging for The Vocal Company, a member of the Swingles, and is the former Music Director of The Hyannis Sound, Cape Cod’s all-male professional a cappell... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 121

11:00am CDT

Vocal Percussion for the Fresh & Curious
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interest session will give any curious soul the simple mechanical “Brooms-n-Stats”! You’ll come out knowing what VP is and how to help your group, but you’ll also explore how playfulness and experimentation are the center of today’s motivating and inspiring vocal percussion.

Equipment sponsored by Music Central!

Speakers
avatar for Nic Parsons

Nic Parsons

Freelance Vocal Percussionist
Nic came up in the burgeoning Floridian A Cappella scene as Performance Director and Vocal Percussionist of UF’s No Southern Accent where he was primarily recognized for pushing new sounds and techniques in the competitive space. Since graduation he has served as Master of Ceremonies... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 101

11:00am CDT

Arranging for the Female Voice
Limited Capacity filling up

In this interest session, we'll explore voice leading, ranges for female singers, syllables/words to enhance charts for women voices, and how to create an arrangement that will cater to an all-female group.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Women's A Cappella Association
Lisa Forkish is an artist and educator who teaches by celebrating the unique voice in each of us. Her teaching style is infused with grace, patience and warmth, while maintaining a strong standard of excellence for the work at hand. Known as “Ms. Forkish” to the hundreds of young... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 104

11:00am CDT

Introduction to Arranging
Limited Capacity filling up

How to write your first arrangement! We will break down arranging into three steps: Listening, Planning, and Creating. Learn how to most effectively listen to a song you want to arrange, how to organize your thoughts, and how to plan your arrangement efficiently. Basic of theory will be explored to help write it all down!

Speakers
avatar for Ethyn Samuels

Ethyn Samuels

Music Director, Green Envy
Ethyn hails from Los Angeles, CA where he is an alumni of the award-winning Unstrumental at Calabasas High School. He then moved to New Orleans where he attends Tulane University, and performed with the university’s premiere aca group: Green Envy. He served as arranger, music director... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 125

11:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #25
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Unaccompanied Minors

Speakers
avatar for Ben Bram

Ben Bram

Founder/Director
Ben Bram (he/him) is a 2x Grammy Award winning vocal arranger, producer, and engineer from Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals during his time at USC. He is a co-creator... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied Minors

The GWHS Unaccompanied Minors are the only high school a cappella pop ensemble in the Charleston, WV region. They were formed in 2013 as a co-curricular ensemble. Members of the group represent a diverse cross-section of the GW student body, including athletes, members of JROTC, and... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 201

11:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #26
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - UGA Accidentals

Moderators
avatar for Edward Randell

Edward Randell

The Swingles
Edward hails from south London. His love of a cappella music began when he arrived at Oxford University to study English, and joined collegiate group The Gargoyles. His stint as a Gargoyle included performances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, an appearance on Aled Jones’s Radio... Read More →
avatar for Clare Wheeler

Clare Wheeler

The Swingles
Clare grew up in Kenya before moving to Manchester to attend Chethams School of Music, where she trained as a classical violinist and also studied classical voice. During this time she met bassist Steve Berry of Loose Tubes, and started getting into jazz. She followed on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for The Swingles

The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
avatar for UGA Accidentals

UGA Accidentals

The UGA Accidentals are a 41 year tradition of the University of Georgia. The group had its genesis back in 1974 when the Director of the UGA Men’s Glee Club, Dr. E. Pierce Arant, Jr. (read: “Coach”) decided to liven up the concerts a bit by having a feature quartet. Over time, four members b... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 203

11:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #28
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - GET Vocal Point

Moderators
avatar for Sara Brimer

Sara Brimer

The Swingles
Sara Brimer was born and raised in East Tennessee in the United States. Throughout her high school and college years, she was active in her school choir and community productions. While in high school, she took part in The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Fox

Kevin Fox

The Swingles
Toronto native Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the North American a cappella scene. He studied Anthropology and Archaeology in university, while directing and producing several albums for the award-winning collegiate choir WIBIJAZZ'N'. During this time, he co-founded the Juno-nominated... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for The Swingles

The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
avatar for GET Vocal Point

GET Vocal Point

Vocal Point takes the term a cappella to a whole new level. Vocal Point is a 16 member, audition, a cappella group from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in Western Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River. For those of you who don’t know the term a cappella, it means music without instrum... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 208

11:00am CDT

Group Masterclass #32
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Private Group Masterclass - Coachmen

Speakers
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... Read More →

Artists
avatar for The Coachmen

The Coachmen

The Coachmen are a contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble sponsored by the Choral Division of the Fine Arts Department of Holmes Community College in Goodman, MS. Now in its fifth year, The Coachmen are rapidly growing in popularity, as they are increasingly in demand for performances and workshops... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Room 221

11:50am CDT

Aca-Pop #3
Acoustic set by Armonia!

Artists
avatar for Armonia

Armonia

Armonia Acappella from Dobyns-Bennett HS , Kingsport Tennessee, began in the fall of 2013 with a group of 12 students who wanted to start a band that sounded like Pentatonix. Eight rehearsals later, Armonia made their first debut on stage at the Kettering Acappella Festival in Ohio... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 11:50am - 12:00pm CDT
Classroom Foyer

12:00pm CDT

Lunch Break (Group A)
Each registration comes with a free lunch pass! Swing by the exhibits, and enjoy acoustic performances by Crimson, the Highlands Belles, and the Beartones!

Artists
avatar for Crimson

Crimson

Red lipstick, cute clothes and a pitch pipe…ready for action is Crimson! Cheyenne Mountain High School has been proud to have this a cappella ensemble in their vocal music department since 2002! Cheyenne Mountain HS sits in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs... Read More →
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Highlands Belles

Forged deep in the bowels of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ, the Highlands Belles are not your run-of-the-mill a cappella group. The Belles have been assembled in Avengers-like fashion to save the a cappella universe. Well, that may be just a bit over the... Read More →
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The Beartones

Founded in 2000, The Beartones are Missouri State University’s premiere all-male a cappella group. Based out of Springfield, Missouri, The Beartones have always been a group that focuses on musical excellence, brotherhood, and simply having a good time. For more than a decade, The Beartones have consistently thri... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:25pm CDT
Cafeteria

12:30pm CDT

Lunch Break (Group B)
Each registration comes with a free lunch pass! Swing by the exhibits, and enjoy acoustic performances by Dolce Bella, DoReHe, and Vega!

Artists
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Dolce Bella

Dolce Bella is the treble contemporary a cappella ensemble from Houston High School of Germantown, TN. The ensemble is a group of young women who perform a variety of pop, jazz, and contemporary music through singing and choreography. The size of the group is determined by the Spring Semester... Read More →
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DoReHe

DoReHe is the premier, all-male A Cappella group at White Station High School. Full of charisma, this group of twelve brings many different dynamic cultures, lifestyles and personalities together to provide their fans with the best musical experience possible. Formed in November 2014... Read More →
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Vega

Vega, from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, OH, is currently in its sixth year of existence and under the direction of Bryan Sharpe. In past years, Vega has competed in ICHSA competitions and placed 2nd at Nationals in 2014. Vega recently released their third recording... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 12:30pm - 12:55pm CDT
Cafeteria

1:00pm CDT

Director's Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Join our panel of award-winning educators and group directors for an informal discussion and Q&A session about how to successfully navigate the role of a group director.

Moderators
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Forte

Centerville High School

Speakers
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John DeFerraro

National Treasurer, A Cappella Education Assocition
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected... Read More →
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JD Frizzell

President, A Cappella Education Association
J.D. Frizzell is the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting Degree from the University of Kentucky. He was chosen by the board of the TN Music Educators Association as the 2011 Outstanding... Read More →
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Tom Paster

Director, Highlands Voices
Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. His a cappella group Highlands Voices was featured on the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped in 2016. They are the reigning National A Cappella Convention Champions, the 2014 ICHSA... Read More →

Event Staff
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Brody McDonald

Director, Wright State University
Brody McDonald, AEA Vice President, is the director of choirs at Kettering Fairmont High School in Dayton, Ohio, and the co-founder and Director of Camp A Cappella. His choirs have performed regularly at OMEA, ACDA Central Division and ACDA National conferences. In addition, they have performed with international artists... Read More →

Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Library

1:00pm CDT

Essential Listening
Limited Capacity seats available

What is there to listen to, how might we listen to it, and why? In this interactive workshop, we dig deep into the history of a cappella to recapture our capacity truly to be moved by music!

Speakers
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Ben Stevens

Humanist, Catalyst, Alchemist, Trinity University
Dr. Benjamin "The Professor" Stevens is, in fact, a professor: with a Ph.D. in classical languages and literature, he has taught Latin and Greek, literary history, linguistics, and science fiction and fantasy at Bard, Hollins, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Colorado at Boulder... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Choir Room

1:00pm CDT

Singing with Swagger
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Stage presence and solo interpretation are two vital skills for all singers! Learn how to take the stage and command audiences through authentic emotional expression.

Speakers
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Jon Smith

Tenor, The Swingles
Jon Smith, NACC Asst. Education Director, is an arranger, performer, and recording engineer in the Greater Philadelphia area. He is currently the Director of Vocal Arranging for The Vocal Company, a member of the Swingles, and is the former Music Director of The Hyannis Sound, Cape Cod’s all-male professional a cappell... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 121

1:00pm CDT

Private Session: Vocal Mastering
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Private, one-on-one workshop with Dave Sperandio about the process of Vocal Mastering. Attendees will be selected by Dave himself!

Speakers
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Dave Sperandio

Recording Instructor, Camp A Cappella
Dave Sperandio has been working with a cappella music for more than 20 years as a performer, producer, and promoter. His work has helped to define and support the contemporary a cappella world. Dave founded the a cappella production company diovoce in 2000, and in 2011 he formed Vocal... Read More →

Sponsors
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Vocal Mastering

Vocal Mastering is the only dedicated mastering studio in the world that is focused exclusively on vocal music, from contemporary to choral. Owner and senior mastering engineer Dave Sperandio (aka “diovoce“) has mastered thousands of “a cappella” and “nearly a cappella” tracks for clients around the world, and our studio is the “finishing station” for many contemporary vocal music producers, and hundreds of vocal groups. We employ a combination of highly specialized vinta... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Sound Studio

1:00pm CDT

Recording A Cappella 101
Limited Capacity filling up

From start to finish! Whether you're planning to work with a seasoned a cappella professional or you're going at it DIY style, Corey Slutsky from Voices Only Productions, will cover the steps of recording and releasing your music. From figuring out costs and fundraising, talking with your producer, prepping for the studio, what to focus on in the studio, how to get the best performances from your singers, the different phases of production, mechanical licensing, and digital distribution, you'll learn everything you need to know to get started and get the best possible recordings.

Speakers
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Corey Slutsky

Founder, Producer, Voices Only A Cappella
Corey Slutsky is the owner and founder of Voices Only A Cappella. Corey records and produces a cappella studio recordings through Voices Only Productions, and is the Executive Producer of the Voices Only collegiate & high school compilation series and the Voices Only Forte non-scholastic... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Dance Room

1:00pm CDT

Vocal Percussion for the Fresh & Curious
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interest session will give any curious soul the simple mechanical “Brooms-n-Stats”! You’ll come out knowing what VP is and how to help your group, but you’ll also explore how playfulness and experimentation are the center of today’s motivating and inspiring vocal percussion.

Equipment sponsored by Music Central!

Speakers
avatar for Nic Parsons

Nic Parsons

Freelance Vocal Percussionist
Nic came up in the burgeoning Floridian A Cappella scene as Performance Director and Vocal Percussionist of UF’s No Southern Accent where he was primarily recognized for pushing new sounds and techniques in the competitive space. Since graduation he has served as Master of Ceremonies... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 101

1:00pm CDT

Women in A Cappella Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this collection of group directors, arrangers, and a cappella professionals who are dedicated to building, strengthening, polishing, confronting and celebrating all aspects of women in a cappella.

Moderators
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Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →

Speakers
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Ellie Brigida

Tracking and Editing Engineer, Clear Harmonies
Elle Brigida has been singing and arranging for a cappella groups since 2008. She has a passion for unleashing the unlimited potential in new and growing groups. During Elle's time with Vocal Synergy, the all-female a cappella group at Wagner College, the group completed their first... Read More →
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Lisa Forkish

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Women's A Cappella Association
Lisa Forkish is an artist and educator who teaches by celebrating the unique voice in each of us. Her teaching style is infused with grace, patience and warmth, while maintaining a strong standard of excellence for the work at hand. Known as “Ms. Forkish” to the hundreds of young... Read More →
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Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson

The Swingles
Jo started singing at school in various groups, including an a cappella/barbershop group which she lead herself. Whilst still at school she joined the Ionian Singers, recording several contemporary music albums. She was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great... Read More →
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Bryan Guffey

Director of Community Development, The Vocal Foundation
Bryan Guffey is a technology consultant who specializes in enabling nonprofit organizations to realize their aspirations through the use of effective technology solutions. Since forming his first group, 50/50, in high school in 1997, Bryan has been a passionate advocate and believer... Read More →
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Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Longo originally comes from the warm and sunny city of Boynton Beach, FL, but has been hopping all around the country since graduating from Florida State University in 2009. She began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 104

1:00pm CDT

Vocal Magic!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Tired of the same old Dot, Jin, Din, and Jo? Get ready to engage your face like never before with Mister Tim, one of the most innovative minds in vocal music. Extended vocal techniques, silly sounds that sound wicked awesome in the right context, and why you should love your spit!

Speakers
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Mister Tim

Mister Tim, Mister Tim
A prolific and award-winning singer, composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and conductor, Mister Tim has performed on the stage of America's Got Talent and was a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. He created and music directed more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 119

1:00pm CDT

Advanced Arranging Techniques
Limited Capacity filling up

This interest session is full of tactics to elevate your arrangements! We will explore voicing options, complex harmonies, and rhythmic variation that will help get your group to the next level!

Speakers
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Tom Anderson

Owner, 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 Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 125

1:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #33
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Vega

Speakers
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Ben Bram

Founder/Director
Ben Bram (he/him) is a 2x Grammy Award winning vocal arranger, producer, and engineer from Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals during his time at USC. He is a co-creator... Read More →

Artists
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Vega

Vega, from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, OH, is currently in its sixth year of existence and under the direction of Bryan Sharpe. In past years, Vega has competed in ICHSA competitions and placed 2nd at Nationals in 2014. Vega recently released their third recording... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 201

1:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #34
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Crimson

Moderators
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Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson

The Swingles
Jo started singing at school in various groups, including an a cappella/barbershop group which she lead herself. Whilst still at school she joined the Ionian Singers, recording several contemporary music albums. She was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great... Read More →
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Oliver Griffiths

The Swingles
Oliver Griffiths was born and raised in Bristol. He attended Clifton College and whilst there discovered his love for music. He was involved in many choirs, and was able to explore varying styles of song, including musical theatre and madrigal singing. He was a soloist in the chapel... Read More →

Speakers
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The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
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Crimson

Red lipstick, cute clothes and a pitch pipe…ready for action is Crimson! Cheyenne Mountain High School has been proud to have this a cappella ensemble in their vocal music department since 2002! Cheyenne Mountain HS sits in the shadow of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 203

1:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #36
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Vocally Charged

Speakers
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Christopher Diaz

Bass, Music Director, The Exchange
Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night... Read More →

Artists
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Vocally Charged

Northview High School’s Vocally Charged is proud to be performing at NACC for the second year! Students from all walks of the Fine arts department come together to perform in and around their hometown of Johns Creek, GA. The group aims to spread the joy of music wherever they p... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 208

1:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #40
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Lost N' Sound

Moderators
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Sara Brimer

The Swingles
Sara Brimer was born and raised in East Tennessee in the United States. Throughout her high school and college years, she was active in her school choir and community productions. While in high school, she took part in The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and... Read More →
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Kevin Fox

The Swingles
Toronto native Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the North American a cappella scene. He studied Anthropology and Archaeology in university, while directing and producing several albums for the award-winning collegiate choir WIBIJAZZ'N'. During this time, he co-founded the Juno-nominated... Read More →

Speakers
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The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
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Lost N’ Sound

Lost N’ Sound is the premier vocal group at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, LA. It was formed in 2014 out of a barely existing show choir. This group lit a fire in the school and choir program with A Cappella... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
Room 221

1:00pm CDT

Private Session: Solo Masterclass
Limited Capacity seats available

MEMBERS SELECTED BY AUDITION! A few select students will receive one-on-one training from Dr. Erin Hackel on healthy techniques and approaches for solo singing in contemporary styles!

Speakers
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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 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Band Room
  F: Solo Skills

1:05pm CDT

Session #2 Sound Checks
Session #2 Sound Checks:
  • UGA Accidentals -- 1:05pm
  • WSMS Spartones -- 1:20pm
  • GET Vocal Point -- 1:35pm

Moderators
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

Sound Engineer, Chairman, 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... Read More →
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Micha Mokrani

Performance Coordinator, A Cappella Education Association
Micha Mokrani, NACC Performance Coordinator, got involved in the a cappella community by lending a helping hand at different a cappella shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, after being a loyal audience member former than ten years. A California native, Micha works in the non-profit world at One Circle Foundation. Since the age... Read More →

Artists
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GET Vocal Point

Vocal Point takes the term a cappella to a whole new level. Vocal Point is a 16 member, audition, a cappella group from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in Western Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River. For those of you who don’t know the term a cappella, it means music without instrum... Read More →
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Spartones

The Spartones are the contemporary a cappella ensemble of White Station Middle School. The Spartones were started in January 2015 and have received national recognition through their masterclass performance at the 2015 National A Cappella Convention held in Memphis, TN. Visit us on our social... Read More →
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UGA Accidentals

The UGA Accidentals are a 41 year tradition of the University of Georgia. The group had its genesis back in 1974 when the Director of the UGA Men’s Glee Club, Dr. E. Pierce Arant, Jr. (read: “Coach”) decided to liven up the concerts a bit by having a feature quartet. Over time, four members b... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:05pm - 1:50pm CDT
Sparks Auditorium

1:50pm CDT

Aca-Pop #4
Acoustic set by Highlands Harmonics!

Artists
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Highlands Harmonics

The Highlands Harmonics is one of three a cappella groups from Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. This group consists of freshman through seniors who came together to learn and perform a cappella. They are a relatively new group who has performed in school concerts... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 1:50pm - 2:00pm CDT
Classroom Foyer

2:00pm CDT

Showcase Session #2
Showcase Performances by:
The UGA Accidentals
WSMS Spartones
GET Vocal Point

Moderators
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Forte

Centerville High School
avatar for Micha Mokrani

Micha Mokrani

Performance Coordinator, A Cappella Education Association
Micha Mokrani, NACC Performance Coordinator, got involved in the a cappella community by lending a helping hand at different a cappella shows in the San Francisco Bay Area, after being a loyal audience member former than ten years. A California native, Micha works in the non-profit world at One Circle Foundation. Since the age... Read More →

Artists
avatar for GET Vocal Point

GET Vocal Point

Vocal Point takes the term a cappella to a whole new level. Vocal Point is a 16 member, audition, a cappella group from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in Western Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River. For those of you who don’t know the term a cappella, it means music without instrum... Read More →
avatar for Spartones

Spartones

The Spartones are the contemporary a cappella ensemble of White Station Middle School. The Spartones were started in January 2015 and have received national recognition through their masterclass performance at the 2015 National A Cappella Convention held in Memphis, TN. Visit us on our social... Read More →
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UGA Accidentals

The UGA Accidentals are a 41 year tradition of the University of Georgia. The group had its genesis back in 1974 when the Director of the UGA Men’s Glee Club, Dr. E. Pierce Arant, Jr. (read: “Coach”) decided to liven up the concerts a bit by having a feature quartet. Over time, four members b... Read More →

Sponsors
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Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

MemphisTravel.com is where you will find information on Memphis' attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife and more, plus special offers. All of it combines to make your trip to Memphis as enjoyable as possible. Come visit us now!


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Sparks Auditorium

2:00pm CDT

AEA Judging Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Designed by educators, performers, and a cappella professionals, join Alexis Paxton as we walk through the official AEA judging process, and the reasoning behind the scores!

Speakers

Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 119

2:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #41
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - DoReHe

Speakers
avatar for Ben Bram

Ben Bram

Founder/Director
Ben Bram (he/him) is a 2x Grammy Award winning vocal arranger, producer, and engineer from Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals during his time at USC. He is a co-creator... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DoReHe

DoReHe

DoReHe is the premier, all-male A Cappella group at White Station High School. Full of charisma, this group of twelve brings many different dynamic cultures, lifestyles and personalities together to provide their fans with the best musical experience possible. Formed in November 2014... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 201

2:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #42
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Dolce Bella

Moderators
avatar for Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson

Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson

The Swingles
Jo started singing at school in various groups, including an a cappella/barbershop group which she lead herself. Whilst still at school she joined the Ionian Singers, recording several contemporary music albums. She was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Griffiths

Oliver Griffiths

The Swingles
Oliver Griffiths was born and raised in Bristol. He attended Clifton College and whilst there discovered his love for music. He was involved in many choirs, and was able to explore varying styles of song, including musical theatre and madrigal singing. He was a soloist in the chapel... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for The Swingles

The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Dolce Bella

Dolce Bella

Dolce Bella is the treble contemporary a cappella ensemble from Houston High School of Germantown, TN. The ensemble is a group of young women who perform a variety of pop, jazz, and contemporary music through singing and choreography. The size of the group is determined by the Spring Semester... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 203

2:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #44
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Highlands Belles

Speakers
avatar for Sara Brimer

Sara Brimer

The Swingles
Sara Brimer was born and raised in East Tennessee in the United States. Throughout her high school and college years, she was active in her school choir and community productions. While in high school, she took part in The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and... Read More →
avatar for Jon Smith

Jon Smith

Tenor, The Swingles
Jon Smith, NACC Asst. Education Director, is an arranger, performer, and recording engineer in the Greater Philadelphia area. He is currently the Director of Vocal Arranging for The Vocal Company, a member of the Swingles, and is the former Music Director of The Hyannis Sound, Cape Cod’s all-male professional a cappell... Read More →
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The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
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Highlands Belles

Forged deep in the bowels of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ, the Highlands Belles are not your run-of-the-mill a cappella group. The Belles have been assembled in Avengers-like fashion to save the a cappella universe. Well, that may be just a bit over the... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 208

2:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #46
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - UT Singers

Moderators
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Kevin Fox

The Swingles
Toronto native Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the North American a cappella scene. He studied Anthropology and Archaeology in university, while directing and producing several albums for the award-winning collegiate choir WIBIJAZZ'N'. During this time, he co-founded the Juno-nominated... Read More →
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Clare Wheeler

The Swingles
Clare grew up in Kenya before moving to Manchester to attend Chethams School of Music, where she trained as a classical violinist and also studied classical voice. During this time she met bassist Steve Berry of Loose Tubes, and started getting into jazz. She followed on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for The Swingles

The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
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UT Singers

UT Singers is an auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of popular music, specializing in contemporary a cappella. Each year the group performs across the United States for University audiences, alumni, civic groups, and school-aged audiences. In special recognition from the State Gene... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 215

2:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #48
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Armonia

Moderators
avatar for Nick Girard

Nick Girard

Nick Girard Music, Vocal Arranger, Producer, Clinician
Originally from a small town in Maine, Nick Girard's first encounter with contemporary a cappella was as a college freshman at the University of Vermont. Enticed by The Top Cats' marketing slogan “Chicks Dig Guys Who Sing,” Nick joined the group as a tenor, served as music director... Read More →
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Edward Randell

The Swingles
Edward hails from south London. His love of a cappella music began when he arrived at Oxford University to study English, and joined collegiate group The Gargoyles. His stint as a Gargoyle included performances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, an appearance on Aled Jones’s Radio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for The Swingles

The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
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Armonia

Armonia Acappella from Dobyns-Bennett HS , Kingsport Tennessee, began in the fall of 2013 with a group of 12 students who wanted to start a band that sounded like Pentatonix. Eight rehearsals later, Armonia made their first debut on stage at the Kettering Acappella Festival in Ohio... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Room 221

2:50pm CDT

Aca-Pop #6
Acoustic set by the Huskie Hunks!

Artists
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NIU Huskie Hunks

Formed in the desolate cornfields of DeKalb, IL in the Fall of 2011, the NIU Huskie Hunks have recently developed into a nationally recognized group when they took the ICCA competition by storm for the third time this Spring. The group is made up of twelve members, from freshmen to... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:50pm - 3:00pm CDT
Commons Area

2:50pm CDT

Aca-Pop #5
Acoustic set by Lost N' Sound!

Artists
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Lost N’ Sound

Lost N’ Sound is the premier vocal group at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, LA. It was formed in 2014 out of a barely existing show choir. This group lit a fire in the school and choir program with A Cappella... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 2:50pm - 3:00pm CDT
Sparks Lobby

3:00pm CDT

Open Masterclass with The Swingles
Limited Capacity seats available

Watch members of the Swingles lead an open masterclass with OneVoice, the award-winning a cappella group from Briarcrest Christian School.

Speakers
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The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →

Artists
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OneVoice

Briarcrest Christian School
Under the direction of J.D. Frizzell, OneVoice has quickly become a leader in the contemporary a cappella movement. Performing popular music of many styles, OneVoice has collaborated with multiple GRAMMY winners, including New York Voices and Ben Bram. They have performed on The Sing-Off... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Sparks Auditorium

3:00pm CDT

How to Teach Vocal Percussion
Limited Capacity seats available

In this class designed for educators, Kevin Fox, members of The Swingles, will help share methods on how to teach vocal percussion to your a cappella group, from explaining simple sounds to discussing how beginners can help enhance your performances!

Equipment sponsored by Music Central!

Speakers
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Kevin Fox

The Swingles
Toronto native Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the North American a cappella scene. He studied Anthropology and Archaeology in university, while directing and producing several albums for the award-winning collegiate choir WIBIJAZZ'N'. During this time, he co-founded the Juno-nominated... Read More →
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The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →



Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 101

3:00pm CDT

AEA Judging Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Designed by educators, performers, and a cappella professionals, join Alexis Paxton as we walk through the official AEA judging process, and the reasoning behind the scores!

Speakers

Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 119

3:00pm CDT

Essential Listening
Limited Capacity seats available

What is there to listen to, how might we listen to it, and why? In this interactive workshop, we dig deep into the history of a cappella to recapture our capacity truly to be moved by music!

Speakers
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Ben Stevens

Humanist, Catalyst, Alchemist, Trinity University
Dr. Benjamin "The Professor" Stevens is, in fact, a professor: with a Ph.D. in classical languages and literature, he has taught Latin and Greek, literary history, linguistics, and science fiction and fantasy at Bard, Hollins, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Colorado at Boulder... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Choir Room

3:00pm CDT

Social Media and Marketing
Limited Capacity seats available

How does your group stand out from the crowd? Learn methods on how to create a name for your group through website creation and social media presence, the importance of branding, how to drive individuals to YOU for gigs and performances, and harnessing social media platforms to get the best possible results for your group!

Speakers
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Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →



Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 104

3:00pm CDT

Live Looping & Fun with Pedals
Limited Capacity seats available

Personal technology has opened up new areas of solo performance and electronically manipulated sound. Mister Tim, solo vocal live looper and lover of strange sounds, shares hands-on looping and tech techniques.

Speakers
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Mister Tim

Mister Tim, Mister Tim
A prolific and award-winning singer, composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and conductor, Mister Tim has performed on the stage of America's Got Talent and was a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. He created and music directed more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Band Room

3:00pm CDT

Staging for the Non-Dancer
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Staging for a cappella concerts can be a lot of fun, but what happens when you’ve put all your time into your ICCA/ICHSA set and have a 2-hour fall concert to perform? This introductory class is for performance directors who want to do more than stand-and-deliver, but also not run around the stage with direction!

Speakers
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Thomas "TeKay" King

Instructor, Southwest TN Community College
TeKay was one of the first ambassadors for CASA back in the early 1990s and has been the Director of CASA's International Program for 6 years. He is the performance director for the Contemporary A Cappella League group DeltaCappella, and now serves on CAL's Board of Directors. He... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Dance Room

3:00pm CDT

Editing Basics
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to prevent the mistakes that most beginning editors make when they start to edit! We will discuss how to avoid noticeable errors, such as wrong notes, wrong rhythms and cut-offs, balance, tuning, and how to avoid over-editing.

Speakers
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Ellie Brigida

Tracking and Editing Engineer, Clear Harmonies
Elle Brigida has been singing and arranging for a cappella groups since 2008. She has a passion for unleashing the unlimited potential in new and growing groups. During Elle's time with Vocal Synergy, the all-female a cappella group at Wagner College, the group completed their first... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 125

3:00pm CDT

Arranger's Showcase
Limited Capacity seats available

Join this collection of professional arrangers, who will discuss some of the pieces used in the High School National Championship, as well as with their own professional practice.

Moderators
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Tom Anderson

Owner, 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 Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Bram

Founder/Director
Ben Bram (he/him) is a 2x Grammy Award winning vocal arranger, producer, and engineer from Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals during his time at USC. He is a co-creator... Read More →
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Christopher Diaz

Bass, Music Director, The Exchange
Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night... Read More →
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Mister Tim

Mister Tim, Mister Tim
A prolific and award-winning singer, composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and conductor, Mister Tim has performed on the stage of America's Got Talent and was a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. He created and music directed more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups... Read More →
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Clare Wheeler

The Swingles
Clare grew up in Kenya before moving to Manchester to attend Chethams School of Music, where she trained as a classical violinist and also studied classical voice. During this time she met bassist Steve Berry of Loose Tubes, and started getting into jazz. She followed on... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Library

3:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #52
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - WSMS Spartones

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Bass, Music Director, The Exchange
Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night... Read More →

Artists
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Spartones

The Spartones are the contemporary a cappella ensemble of White Station Middle School. The Spartones were started in January 2015 and have received national recognition through their masterclass performance at the 2015 National A Cappella Convention held in Memphis, TN. Visit us on our social... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 208

3:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #54
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Legacy

Speakers
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Nick Girard

Nick Girard Music, Vocal Arranger, Producer, Clinician
Originally from a small town in Maine, Nick Girard's first encounter with contemporary a cappella was as a college freshman at the University of Vermont. Enticed by The Top Cats' marketing slogan “Chicks Dig Guys Who Sing,” Nick joined the group as a tenor, served as music director... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 215

3:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #56
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Krajevism

Speakers
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Forte

Centerville High School

Artists
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KRAJEVISM

KRAJEVISM is the select female a cappella group at Maitland Middle School in Maitland, Florida. Their director is Dr. Lori Lovell. Named by combining the first letters of the founding members’ first names, KRAJEVISM is currently in its second year and is comprised of 18 girls, in... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Room 221

3:50pm CDT

Aca-Pop #7
Acoustic set by Vocally Charged!

Artists
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Vocally Charged

Northview High School’s Vocally Charged is proud to be performing at NACC for the second year! Students from all walks of the Fine arts department come together to perform in and around their hometown of Johns Creek, GA. The group aims to spread the joy of music wherever they p... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 3:50pm - 4:00pm CDT
Classroom Foyer

4:00pm CDT

The Winning Set
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether for competition or concert, choosing the right songs to highlight your group’s abilities is no easy task. We will focus on the many factors that go into the decision-making process, such as soloists, VP, bass, genre, form, era, and more. Should the songs be selected by the group members or the director? Will the set be a collection of unrelated songs or will it have an overarching theme? Should you use one arranger for the whole program or a different arranger for each song? These questions and all of your questions will be discussed during this informative workshop!

Speakers
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Tom Paster

Director, Highlands Voices
Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. His a cappella group Highlands Voices was featured on the Lifetime TV series Pitch Slapped in 2016. They are the reigning National A Cappella Convention Champions, the 2014 ICHSA... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 119

4:00pm CDT

Q&A Session with Ben Bram
Limited Capacity seats available

Have questions about the a cappella world? Who better to answer them than Ben Bram, the Grammy Award-winning arranger for Pentatonix?! Submit your questions by tagging them with #AskBenBram on Facebook or Twitter!

Moderators
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John DeFerraro

National Treasurer, A Cappella Education Assocition
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Bram

Founder/Director
Ben Bram (he/him) is a 2x Grammy Award winning vocal arranger, producer, and engineer from Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals during his time at USC. He is a co-creator... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Commons Area

4:00pm CDT

Community-Based Choirs & the Threshold Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the international Threshold Choir movement! These community-based choirs honor the ancient tradition of being present in song for those at life's thresholds, singing to offer the gifts of comfort, ease, hope, and rest in the moment to patients and their caregivers. Chapters across the world are rooted in their communities, and offer gifts of song through a cappella duets, trios and quartets!

Speakers
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Tammy Heinsohn

Music Director, Threshold Choir
Tammy Heinsohn enjoys every type of a cappella music and wants to encourage everyone to sing! She has sung in many community choirs through the years from an Irish Gaelic Christmas Choir to the Threshold Choir, which prepares singers to sing at the bedsides of the sick or dying... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 121

4:00pm CDT

Reading Session
Limited Capacity seats available

A reading session for contemporary a cappella with free music for the session attendees, featuring the latest published works by Alfred Publishing!
Featuring arrangements by Ben Bram, Robert Dietz, Alex Phan, Bryan Sharpe, and more!

Speakers
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Michael Spresser

Director of Pop Choral Music, Alfred Music Publishing
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael has over twenty-five combined years of choral music teaching and publishing experience. In his current position with Alfred Music Publishing, he oversees all Pop Choral releases as well as the historic... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Library

4:00pm CDT

Live Looping & Fun with Pedals
Limited Capacity filling up

Personal technology has opened up new areas of solo performance and electronically manipulated sound. Mister Tim, solo vocal live looper and lover of strange sounds, shares hands-on looping and tech techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Mister Tim

Mister Tim

Mister Tim, Mister Tim
A prolific and award-winning singer, composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and conductor, Mister Tim has performed on the stage of America's Got Talent and was a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. He created and music directed more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Band Room

4:00pm CDT

Why Lyrics Matter
Limited Capacity seats available

From the sublime to the sublimely simple, we’ll talk about the words that best tell our story in song. What are those sounds that you make when you’re not singing jens and bahs and dohs? Yay, lyrics! They make you feel the feels and they’re how you connect to your audience. Choosing songs (or writing songs) with well-crafted lyrics is as important as the chord progressions you agonize over! We'll listen to examples of of: easter egg background lyrics, using lyrics as texture, how a key change can completely alter lyrics, even if they stay the same. 

Speakers
avatar for Amy Malkoff

Amy Malkoff

Clinician, Consultant, Amy Malkoff Music
Amy Malkoff, AEA Director of Marketing, is a founding member of the groups All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Choir Room

4:00pm CDT

Staging for the Non-Dancer
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Staging for a cappella concerts can be a lot of fun, but what happens when you’ve put all your time into your ICCA/ICHSA set and have a 2-hour fall concert to perform? This introductory class is for performance directors who want to do more than stand-and-deliver, but also not run around the stage with direction!

Speakers
avatar for Thomas

Thomas "TeKay" King

Instructor, Southwest TN Community College
TeKay was one of the first ambassadors for CASA back in the early 1990s and has been the Director of CASA's International Program for 6 years. He is the performance director for the Contemporary A Cappella League group DeltaCappella, and now serves on CAL's Board of Directors. He... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Dance Room

4:00pm CDT

Advanced Vocal Percussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn more advanced theories behind vocal percussion: why it is used, when it should be used, and how you can make your beats most effective to serve the purpose of songs.

Equipment sponsored by Music Central!

Speakers
avatar for Ethyn Samuels

Ethyn Samuels

Music Director, Green Envy
Ethyn hails from Los Angeles, CA where he is an alumni of the award-winning Unstrumental at Calabasas High School. He then moved to New Orleans where he attends Tulane University, and performed with the university’s premiere aca group: Green Envy. He served as arranger, music director... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 101

4:00pm CDT

MasterBuild Arranging
Limited Capacity seats available

For this interactive interest session, we will go beyond the basic Lego kit and use more intricate building blocks to create arrangements! Lyrical themes, rhythmic motives, pad chords, raindrops/arpeggios, and cascades will be our tools! Using these building blocks, we will create our own arrangement for a current pop hit!

Speakers
avatar for Ellie Brigida

Ellie Brigida

Tracking and Editing Engineer, Clear Harmonies
Elle Brigida has been singing and arranging for a cappella groups since 2008. She has a passion for unleashing the unlimited potential in new and growing groups. During Elle's time with Vocal Synergy, the all-female a cappella group at Wagner College, the group completed their first... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 125

4:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #57
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Huskie Hunks

Speakers
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Ben Stevens

Humanist, Catalyst, Alchemist, Trinity University
Dr. Benjamin "The Professor" Stevens is, in fact, a professor: with a Ph.D. in classical languages and literature, he has taught Latin and Greek, literary history, linguistics, and science fiction and fantasy at Bard, Hollins, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Colorado at Boulder... Read More →

Artists
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NIU Huskie Hunks

Formed in the desolate cornfields of DeKalb, IL in the Fall of 2011, the NIU Huskie Hunks have recently developed into a nationally recognized group when they took the ICCA competition by storm for the third time this Spring. The group is made up of twelve members, from freshmen to... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 201

4:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #58
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Highland Harmonics

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Women's A Cappella Association
Lisa Forkish is an artist and educator who teaches by celebrating the unique voice in each of us. Her teaching style is infused with grace, patience and warmth, while maintaining a strong standard of excellence for the work at hand. Known as “Ms. Forkish” to the hundreds of young... Read More →

Artists
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Highlands Harmonics

The Highlands Harmonics is one of three a cappella groups from Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. This group consists of freshman through seniors who came together to learn and perform a cappella. They are a relatively new group who has performed in school concerts... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 203

4:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #60
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Encore

Speakers
avatar for René Ruiz

René Ruiz

Bass, Urban Method
René Ruiz is a singer, stage director and voiceover artist. He conceived, directed and performed in the Off-Broadway acappella theatre show TOXIC AUDIO. This piece showcased the power of the human voice with smooth harmonies, vocal sound effects and musical improv. It won the 2004... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 208

4:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #62
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Greater Minority

Speakers
avatar for Nick Girard

Nick Girard

Nick Girard Music, Vocal Arranger, Producer, Clinician
Originally from a small town in Maine, Nick Girard's first encounter with contemporary a cappella was as a college freshman at the University of Vermont. Enticed by The Top Cats' marketing slogan “Chicks Dig Guys Who Sing,” Nick joined the group as a tenor, served as music director... Read More →

Artists
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Greater Minority

The Greater Minority (or Gmi) is a six piece vocal group based out of the Kansas City Area. Members include: Allison Her (Soprano), Shelby Stephenson (Mezzo), Melinda Bennett (Alto/Tenor), Deandre Clark (Tenor/VP), Jordan Lankhorst (Baritone/VP), and Andrew Roberson (Bass). The group... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 215

4:00pm CDT

Group Masterclass #64
Limited Capacity seats available

Private Group Masterclass - Bear Tones

Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Longo originally comes from the warm and sunny city of Boynton Beach, FL, but has been hopping all around the country since graduating from Florida State University in 2009. She began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award-winning all-female group, AcaBelles... Read More →

Artists
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The Beartones

Founded in 2000, The Beartones are Missouri State University’s premiere all-male a cappella group. Based out of Springfield, Missouri, The Beartones have always been a group that focuses on musical excellence, brotherhood, and simply having a good time. For more than a decade, The Beartones have consistently thri... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
Room 221

5:00pm CDT

Dinner Break
Grab dinner at one of many nearby restaurants! Our sponsored locations include:

Saturday April 23, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
TBA

7:00pm CDT

Saturday Night Headliner Concert
Headliner Concert, featuring performances by The Swingles, UCD Mix, Briarcrest OneVoice, and an encore selection by the High School National Champion ensemble!

Moderators
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Bass, Music Director, The Exchange
Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night... Read More →
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JD Frizzell

President, A Cappella Education Association
J.D. Frizzell is the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, TN. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting Degree from the University of Kentucky. He was chosen by the board of the TN Music Educators Association as the 2011 Outstanding... Read More →

Artists
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OneVoice

Briarcrest Christian School
Under the direction of J.D. Frizzell, OneVoice has quickly become a leader in the contemporary a cappella movement. Performing popular music of many styles, OneVoice has collaborated with multiple GRAMMY winners, including New York Voices and Ben Bram. They have performed on The Sing-Off... Read More →
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The Swingles

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s... Read More →
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UCD Mix

MIX believes in the audience’s charm. Exploring genres of indie-rock, soul, r&b, blues, hip hop, and Americana, this A cappella group bridges an encyclopedic taste of vocalists to fabricate a vision of theatrical story telling and galvanizing flair. They have been known to investigate... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY)

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is the leading producer of dynamically charged musical excellence. With its unforgettable concert experiences in renowned venues, empowering educational programs, and its global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes... Read More →
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Voices Only Productions

You want an amazing recording and album and we want to give it to you! At Voices Only Productions, we work with you to coax the best in-studio vocal performance you never thought possible. Through our decades of experience recording, listening, judging and critiquing thousands... Read More →


Saturday April 23, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm CDT
Sparks Auditorium