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Friday, April 21
 

8:45am

Ringing the Room (Closed Session)
Closed session for setting up the sound system for Friday evening

Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 8:45am - 11:00am
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Friday Soundchecks: All Competitors
Soundcheck for Friday Competitors
  • 11:00am -- Crimson & Slate
  • 11:30am -- Madison Avenue
  • 12:30pm -- OCHS Sound Check
  • 1:00pm -- Ingrid Sound
  • 1:30pm -- Key of She
  • 2:00pm -- PFC
  • 2:30pm -- Bulldog Beats
  • 3:30pm -- Legacy
  • 4:00pm -- Fifth Measure
  • 4:30pm -- PopRockets

Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →

Artists

Friday April 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

5:00pm

Friday Soundcheck: Vox Pop
Soundcheck for Friday Night Headliner

Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →

Artists

Friday April 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

6:15pm

Registration Opens!
Moderators
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
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 official, and adjudicator for... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Sparks Lobby 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

6:40pm

Warm-up Room A
Storage Areas Open for all Groups at 6:00pm
Crimson & Slate -- Room 201
OCHS Sound Check -- Room 205
Key of She -- Room 209
Bulldog Beats -- Room 214
Fifth Measure -- Room 219


Choir Room Practice Schedule
Please be in the choir room during this time to warm-up, as well as to help out with quick microphone hand-offs.
  • 6:40-7:10pm: Crimson & Slate
  • 7:10-7:40pm: OCHS Sound Check
  • 7:40-8:10pm: Key of She
  • 8:10-8:40pm: Bulldog Beats
  • 8:40-9:10pm: Fifth Measure

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-prof... 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 The... Read More →

Artists

Friday April 21, 2017 6:40pm - 8:40pm
Choir Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

6:55pm

Warm-up Room B
Storage Areas Open for all Groups at 6:00pm
Madison Avenue -- Room 203
Ingrid Sound -- Room 208
PFC -- Room 212
Legacy -- Room 217
PopRockets -- Room 221


Theatre/Dance Room Practice Schedule
Please be in the theatre/dance room during this time to warm-up, as well as to help out with quick microphone hand-offs.
  • 6:55-7:25pm: Madison Avenue
  • 7:25-7:55pm: Ingrid Sound
  • 7:55-8:25pm: PFC
  • 8:25-8:55pm: Legacy
  • 8:55-9:25pm: PopRockets

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-prof... 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 The... Read More →

Artists

Friday April 21, 2017 6:55pm - 8:55pm
Theatre/Dance Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

7:00pm

National High School Championship
Moderators
avatar for J.D. Frizzell

J.D. Frizzell

Director of Fine Arts, Briarcrest Christian School
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 Outstand... Read More →
avatar for AJ Marino

AJ Marino

Director of Artist Development, The Vocal Company
If you're looking to take you’re a cappella group to the next level, you need to talk to AJ about how you can join the #TVCFamily. She can work with you on recording projects, advanced live sound shows, arranging, music videos, and all the additional advice and resources you'll n... Read More →

Artists

Friday April 21, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028
 
Saturday, April 22
 

8:00am

Registration Opens!
Moderators
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
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 official, and adjudicator for... Read More →
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 music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. Amy is the Media Director and Director of Special Programs for the... Read More →
avatar for AJ Marino

AJ Marino

Director of Artist Development, The Vocal Company
If you're looking to take you’re a cappella group to the next level, you need to talk to AJ about how you can join the #TVCFamily. She can work with you on recording projects, advanced live sound shows, arranging, music videos, and all the additional advice and resources you'll n... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2017 8:00am - 10:00am
Sparks Lobby 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

8:30am

NACC Kick-Off and Informational Meeting
Informational Meeting to help jumpstart the day, and share logistics for the Saturday sessions! All conference attendees should plan to start their day with us!

Moderators
avatar for J.D. Frizzell

J.D. Frizzell

Director of Fine Arts, Briarcrest Christian School
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 Outstand... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
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 official, and adjudicator for... Read More →
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →
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 music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. Amy is the Media Director and Director of Special Programs for the... Read More →
avatar for AJ Marino

AJ Marino

Director of Artist Development, The Vocal Company
If you're looking to take you’re a cappella group to the next level, you need to talk to AJ about how you can join the #TVCFamily. She can work with you on recording projects, advanced live sound shows, arranging, music videos, and all the additional advice and resources you'll n... 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-prof... Read More →
avatar for Dave Sperandio

Dave Sperandio

Vocal Mastering
I’ve been involved with contemporary a cappella music for more than 20 years, and I’ve worked to help shape and define the art form over that time frame. I love the music, and the people who sing it. | | As a producer, I helped create the contemporary vocal music sound t... Read More →
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 n... 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 The... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Crimson & Slate
Speakers
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Choral Director, Tates Creek High School
Nick Johnson is a chorus director and guitar teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY. He was a member of the acoUstiKats from 2011-2015 and appeared with them on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” during the winter of 2013. Johnson became the arranger and student director for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 201 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Fifth Measure
Speakers
avatar for Michael Bizzaro

Michael Bizzaro

Choir Director, Fairview High School
Michael Bizzaro is in his 5th year as a high school choir director.  Currently he teaches at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO where he started the schools first contemporary a cappella group, The Kingsmen. Mr. Bizzaro has only recently become involved in the a cappella scene and is loving it as a teacher and as a student of the art... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 219 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Key of She
Speakers
avatar for Emily Frizzell

Emily Frizzell

Green Track, Group V
Emily Frizzell, a conductor and soprano, is Director of Choirs at White Station Middle School in Memphis, TN. Her responsibilities at White Station Middle school currently include teaching the 6th Grade Choir, Chorale, Young Men’s Choir, and Young Women’s Choirs, totaling nearly... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 209 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Legacy
Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 217 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: OCHS Sound Check
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 n... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 205 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: PopRockets
Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Room 221 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Director Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Rob Dietz and members of the AEA Board of Directors to discuss issues in contemporary a cappella, including group direction, techniques, and how to overcome hurdles!

Moderators
avatar for J.D. Frizzell

J.D. Frizzell

Director of Fine Arts, Briarcrest Christian School
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 Outstand... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
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 official, and adjudicator for... Read More →
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz is a multiple CARA winning producer who has been arranging, performing, and teaching contemporary a cappella music for over fifteen years. Based in Los Angeles, Rob is best known for his work as an arranger and group coach for NBC’s The Sing-Off. Through his work on t... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Library 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Warm-Ups and Rehearsal Techniques
Limited Capacity seats available

We start this class by going through new warm ups that work the voice, body, mind, and ear. Every warm up is designed to bring the entire person into the sound. Then we delve into how to apply these sounds and techniques to the music!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Woodward

Matt Woodward

Choir Director, MacArthur HS
Co-Director of PFC. Lover of family, food, and bowties. Snobby about coffee.


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Choir Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

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

Speakers
avatar for Thomas King

Thomas King

Instructor, Southwest TN Community College



Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Theatre/Dance Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Inclusion in the A Cappella Repertoire
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Brian Clements

Brian Clements

Choral Director, Raconteur & Professional Ally. Brian is a veteran music educator in the greater Atlanta area with experience in both public and private schools at the Middle and High School levels including founding and directing the NACC-performing group, Vocally Charged. Bri... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 121 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Creative Vocal Lab (for Beginning Improvisers)
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.  We will be going over the basics before immediately diving in!
We strongly encourage you to post videos from the session.

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 C... Read More →
avatar for Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg is currently a full time doctoral student and part time faculty member at Five Towns College in Long Island, where he is working on creating a college a cappella curriculum for a Bachelor's and Master's degree. He currently writes the aca-blog "Quest for the A cappella Major." He is also the originator of the A cappella Roundtable Meetings, a monthly gathering of a cappella enthusiasts to discuss a cappella ideas, read through repertoire, and improvise. In his spare time, he experiments with live looping, directs a semi-professional group, and produces an original off-broadway... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Exhibit Hall 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Producing for Recording: How to get what you want in tracking
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Elle Brigida

Elle 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 thei... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 119 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Vocal Bass Techniques
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Mike Chipp

Mike Chipp

Business Manager, Vox Pop
Mike Chipp is a bass performer, CARA-nominated songwriter and the business manager for Vox Pop. He has performed with the DC-based CAL group since 2015. He joined the a cappella community in 2007 starting with his college group, the Stony Brook University High C's, and formed vo... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 104 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Vocal Percussion 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Sick of all your friends making fun of you cuz all you can do is Boots 'n Cats? Well look no further! Get the inside scoop on all the sounds the kool kids are doing these days while learning the basic rhythmic structures of different genres and how the ebb and flow of beatboxing can add energy and emphasis to your groups' arrangements.

Speakers
avatar for David Sager

David Sager

Arranger / Producer / Audio Engineer / Vocalist / Beatboxer
Currently David can be found singing with Downtown Disney's a cappella group WestBeat. He's been arranging, beatboxing, and singing a cappella for almost 10 years now and loves putting his creative spins on arrangements.


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Band Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Vocal Orchestration
Limited Capacity seats available

If you're "just" writing the way you would for a choir, you're missing a crucial part of your tool kit. Learn how to write more effective a cappella arrangements by learning about how to write idiomatically for instruments and translating that approach for vocals. We'll talk about orchestral and big band writing, syllable choices, bass lines, and whatever else floats into Tom's stream of conscioSQUIRREL

Speakers
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner, Random Notes
Tom Anderson’s arrangements can be heard on multiple issues of the BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only compilations and on the hit NBC a cappella showcase “The Sing-Off”. His arranging clients include 5-time Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, award-winning a cappella solo artist Peter... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 125 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Cat's Meow
Moderators
avatar for Kara Christ

Kara Christ

President, Vox Pop
Kara Christ has over a decade of a cappella performance and competition experience under her "belt" (pun intended), and she is an award-winning, recorded a cappella artist. Kara is a proud alumna of University of Georgia’s all-female group, Noteworthy, and co-ed ensemble, With... Read More →
avatar for Anna Fee

Anna Fee

Anna first started singing a cappella at the University of Virginia with The Virginia Sil'hooettes. After moving to various parts of the country and the world for work and not finding an a cappella outlet, she decided to form her own a cappella groups in Los Angeles and Austin... Read More →
avatar for Chris Little

Chris Little

Music Director / Arranger/Engineer, Vox Pop / A Cappella Productions
Chris Little is a professional arranger with A Cappella Productions (ACP). He is an active Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) member and has received multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. Chris currently sings with and is Music Director of Vox Pop... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 206 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Parkside Range

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 215 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Skyline Blues

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 220 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Group Masterclass: UT Singers
Moderators
avatar for Brian Brandler

Brian Brandler

Outreach and Marketing Manager, Vox Pop
Brian has been an aca-nerd long before anyone started using the prefix. He first sang with Boston University’s Kol Echad as an undergrad, and since then then has continued his passion for the art as an: arranger, recording project manager, workshop and masterclass clinician, an... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Brandler

Kirsten Brandler

Assistant Music Director / Director, Vox Pop / Nothing But Treble (St. Mary's High School)
Kirsten has been singing with and directing various a cappella groups for over a decade. She first sang with the all-female University of Maryland Treblemakers, serving as the group's music director for 2 years. After graduating from college, Kirsten joined the DC-based CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Paul Koziel

Paul Koziel

Mild-mannered high school teacher and graduate student by day, vocal percussionist by night. He has been part of the rhthym section for Deltacappella in Memphis, TN since 2009 after spending his collegiate years in Georgia Tech’s Sympathetic Vibrations. He has assisted in scoring percussion for the a cappella opera A Midsummer... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 202 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:00am

Soundchecks for Showcase #1
Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... 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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:30am

Group Masterclass: Crimson & Slate
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 n... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 201 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:30am

Group Masterclass: Fifth Measure
Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 219 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:30am

Group Masterclass: Key of She
Speakers
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Choral Director, Tates Creek High School
Nick Johnson is a chorus director and guitar teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY. He was a member of the acoUstiKats from 2011-2015 and appeared with them on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” during the winter of 2013. Johnson became the arranger and student director for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 209 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:30am

Group Masterclass: Legacy
Speakers
avatar for Michael Bizzaro

Michael Bizzaro

Choir Director, Fairview High School
Michael Bizzaro is in his 5th year as a high school choir director.  Currently he teaches at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO where he started the schools first contemporary a cappella group, The Kingsmen. Mr. Bizzaro has only recently become involved in the a cappella scene and is loving it as a teacher and as a student of the art... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 217 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:30am

Group Masterclass: OCHS Sound Check
Speakers
avatar for Emily Frizzell

Emily Frizzell

Green Track, Group V
Emily Frizzell, a conductor and soprano, is Director of Choirs at White Station Middle School in Memphis, TN. Her responsibilities at White Station Middle school currently include teaching the 6th Grade Choir, Chorale, Young Men’s Choir, and Young Women’s Choirs, totaling nearly... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 205 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:30am

Group Masterclass: PopRockets
Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 221 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

9:45am

AcaPop - Lost N Sound
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 9:45am - 10:00am
Sparks Lobby 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Crimson & Slate
Speakers
avatar for Emily Frizzell

Emily Frizzell

Green Track, Group V
Emily Frizzell, a conductor and soprano, is Director of Choirs at White Station Middle School in Memphis, TN. Her responsibilities at White Station Middle school currently include teaching the 6th Grade Choir, Chorale, Young Men’s Choir, and Young Women’s Choirs, totaling nearly... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 201 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Fifth Measure
Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 219 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Key of She
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 n... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 209 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Legacy
Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 217 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: OCHS Sound Check
Speakers
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Choral Director, Tates Creek High School
Nick Johnson is a chorus director and guitar teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY. He was a member of the acoUstiKats from 2011-2015 and appeared with them on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” during the winter of 2013. Johnson became the arranger and student director for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 205 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: PopRockets
Speakers
avatar for Michael Bizzaro

Michael Bizzaro

Choir Director, Fairview High School
Michael Bizzaro is in his 5th year as a high school choir director.  Currently he teaches at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO where he started the schools first contemporary a cappella group, The Kingsmen. Mr. Bizzaro has only recently become involved in the a cappella scene and is loving it as a teacher and as a student of the art... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Room 221 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Showcase #1

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Milton Unaccompanied Minors
Moderators
avatar for Kirsten Brandler

Kirsten Brandler

Assistant Music Director / Director, Vox Pop / Nothing But Treble (St. Mary's High School)
Kirsten has been singing with and directing various a cappella groups for over a decade. She first sang with the all-female University of Maryland Treblemakers, serving as the group's music director for 2 years. After graduating from college, Kirsten joined the DC-based CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chipp

Mike Chipp

Business Manager, Vox Pop
Mike Chipp is a bass performer, CARA-nominated songwriter and the business manager for Vox Pop. He has performed with the DC-based CAL group since 2015. He joined the a cappella community in 2007 starting with his college group, the Stony Brook University High C's, and formed vo... Read More →
avatar for Anna Fee

Anna Fee

Anna first started singing a cappella at the University of Virginia with The Virginia Sil'hooettes. After moving to various parts of the country and the world for work and not finding an a cappella outlet, she decided to form her own a cappella groups in Los Angeles and Austin... Read More →
avatar for Chris Little

Chris Little

Music Director / Arranger/Engineer, Vox Pop / A Cappella Productions
Chris Little is a professional arranger with A Cappella Productions (ACP). He is an active Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) member and has received multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. Chris currently sings with and is Music Director of Vox Pop... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 206 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Spartones

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 220 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:00am

Group Masterclass: The Coachmen
Moderators
avatar for Brian Brandler

Brian Brandler

Outreach and Marketing Manager, Vox Pop
Brian has been an aca-nerd long before anyone started using the prefix. He first sang with Boston University’s Kol Echad as an undergrad, and since then then has continued his passion for the art as an: arranger, recording project manager, workshop and masterclass clinician, an... Read More →
avatar for Kara Christ

Kara Christ

President, Vox Pop
Kara Christ has over a decade of a cappella performance and competition experience under her "belt" (pun intended), and she is an award-winning, recorded a cappella artist. Kara is a proud alumna of University of Georgia’s all-female group, Noteworthy, and co-ed ensemble, With... Read More →
avatar for Paul Koziel

Paul Koziel

Mild-mannered high school teacher and graduate student by day, vocal percussionist by night. He has been part of the rhthym section for Deltacappella in Memphis, TN since 2009 after spending his collegiate years in Georgia Tech’s Sympathetic Vibrations. He has assisted in scoring percussion for the a cappella opera A Midsummer... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 202 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:40am

Group Masterclass: Bulldog Beats
Speakers
avatar for Michael Bizzaro

Michael Bizzaro

Choir Director, Fairview High School
Michael Bizzaro is in his 5th year as a high school choir director.  Currently he teaches at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO where he started the schools first contemporary a cappella group, The Kingsmen. Mr. Bizzaro has only recently become involved in the a cappella scene and is loving it as a teacher and as a student of the art... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:40am - 11:10am
Room 214 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:40am

Group Masterclass: Ingrid Sound
Speakers
avatar for Emily Frizzell

Emily Frizzell

Green Track, Group V
Emily Frizzell, a conductor and soprano, is Director of Choirs at White Station Middle School in Memphis, TN. Her responsibilities at White Station Middle school currently include teaching the 6th Grade Choir, Chorale, Young Men’s Choir, and Young Women’s Choirs, totaling nearly... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:40am - 11:10am
Room 208 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:40am

Group Masterclass: Madison Avenue
Speakers
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Choral Director, Tates Creek High School
Nick Johnson is a chorus director and guitar teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY. He was a member of the acoUstiKats from 2011-2015 and appeared with them on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” during the winter of 2013. Johnson became the arranger and student director for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:40am - 11:10am
Room 203 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

10:40am

Group Masterclass: PFC
Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:40am - 11:10am
Room 212 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Allyship in A Cappella
Limited Capacity seats available

A Cappella is art. Artists most often seek to represent truth in some aspect. We posit that in order to represent the most truth in its most authentic representations, allyship is a crucial component of building an utilizing a strong, interconnected a cappella community to tell the most engaging and most representative stories. In this workshop, barriers to accomplishing this goal and techniques to overcome those barriers will be discussed, and there will be opportunities to share successes, failures, fears, and hopes for our community

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Guffey

Bryan Guffey

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Women's A Cappella Association


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 121 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Essential Listening
Limited Capacity filling up

An interactive workshop on critical listening, music history, and the tools with which students can transform the world through song!

Speakers
avatar for Ben Stevens

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 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 116

11:00am

Founding a Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

Experienced event producer, Dave Sperandio, has brought to life several of the major a cappella events in the country, including SoJam, BOSS: Boston Sings, and LAAF, the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival. During this session, Dave "Dio" Sperandio will share how you can put together your own event in your city, as well as strategies on how to grow it over time!

Speakers
avatar for Dave Sperandio

Dave Sperandio

Vocal Mastering
I’ve been involved with contemporary a cappella music for more than 20 years, and I’ve worked to help shape and define the art form over that time frame. I love the music, and the people who sing it. | | As a producer, I helped create the contemporary vocal music sound t... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theatre/Dance Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Emotionally Charged Performances
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Over the past few years, J.D. Frizzell and OneVoice have developed a unique 5-step system that is now being emulated by groups around the country.  During this session, Dr. Frizzell will lead attendees through this process, which allows for maximum emotional impact.  This is achieved through the removal of common barriers to open, honest performance.  OneVoice will be serving as a demonstration group.

Speakers
avatar for J.D. Frizzell

J.D. Frizzell

Director of Fine Arts, Briarcrest Christian School
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 Outstand... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Choir Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Beyond Selfies: Building Your Social Media Toolkit
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Unlock the secrets of social media! We'll talk about how to harness the tools you're likely already using (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc) to market and promote your group/event/self/organization in ways that are are info-rich, appropriate for your audience, driven for results, and fun for you and your fans.

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 music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. Amy is the Media Director and Director of Special Programs for the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 104 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Recording and Editing Basics
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you listen to a cappella recordings and wonder "How in the world did they do that?!" Well, come join me and I'll take you on the crazy journey that is producing an a cappella song. We'll touch on the basics of each of the 4 main steps, but primarily focus on step 2: how to edit your tracks.

Speakers
avatar for David Sager

David Sager

Arranger / Producer / Audio Engineer / Vocalist / Beatboxer
Currently David can be found singing with Downtown Disney's a cappella group WestBeat. He's been arranging, beatboxing, and singing a cappella for almost 10 years now and loves putting his creative spins on arrangements.


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 119 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Get Into the Groove: Creating a Rock-Solid Rhythm Section
Limited Capacity seats available

Does your group REALLY know how to groove? Is your music achieving the head-bobbing, toe-tapping, booty-shaking, finger-snapping vibe that you're looking for? In this session, m-pact's Tracy Robertson (bass) and Jeff Smith (VP) discuss, dissect, and demonstrate specific techniques and tricks of the trade for developing a powerful, rock-solid vocal rhythm section. Learn new tips for crafting appropriate and creative bass/percussion lines for your arrangements, and get the inside scoop on how to make the best use of your microphones and sound system to infuse your groove with the maximum amount of thump.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

Bass / Arranger, m-pact
LA based singer, educator, multi-instrumentalist and vocal percussionist Tracy L J Robertson enjoys working in a variety of musical settings. While studying at Berklee College of Music he performed with and directed the two-time ICCA winning a cappella group “Pitch Slapped... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Vocalist / Beatboxer / Business Manager, m-pact
Jeff is perhaps best known for his work as beatboxer & vocalist for the award-winning vocal group, m-pact. Since joining the band in 2004, he has toured across four continents, performing in venues ranging from jazz clubs and festivals to concert halls and opera houses. Jeff anch... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Band Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Arranging Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Led by Tom Anderson, join arrangers Rob Dietz, Angela Longo, Elle Brigida, and Chris Little as they discuss multiple topics in contemporary a cappella arranging!

Moderators
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner, Random Notes
Tom Anderson’s arrangements can be heard on multiple issues of the BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only compilations and on the hit NBC a cappella showcase “The Sing-Off”. His arranging clients include 5-time Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, award-winning a cappella solo artist Peter... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elle Brigida

Elle 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 thei... Read More →
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz is a multiple CARA winning producer who has been arranging, performing, and teaching contemporary a cappella music for over fifteen years. Based in Los Angeles, Rob is best known for his work as an arranger and group coach for NBC’s The Sing-Off. Through his work on t... Read More →
avatar for Chris Little

Chris Little

Music Director / Arranger/Engineer, Vox Pop / A Cappella Productions
Chris Little is a professional arranger with A Cappella Productions (ACP). He is an active Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) member and has received multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. Chris currently sings with and is Music Director of Vox Pop... Read More →
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Library 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Group Masterclass: Delta V
Speakers
avatar for Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg is currently a full time doctoral student and part time faculty member at Five Towns College in Long Island, where he is working on creating a college a cappella curriculum for a Bachelor's and Master's degree. He currently writes the aca-blog "Quest for the A cappella Major." He is also the originator of the A cappella Roundtable Meetings, a monthly gathering of a cappella enthusiasts to discuss a cappella ideas, read through repertoire, and improvise. In his spare time, he experiments with live looping, directs a semi-professional group, and produces an original off-broadway... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 220 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Group Masterclass: GWHS Unaccompanied Minors

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 217 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Group Masterclass: Lost N Sound
Moderators
avatar for Brian Brandler

Brian Brandler

Outreach and Marketing Manager, Vox Pop
Brian has been an aca-nerd long before anyone started using the prefix. He first sang with Boston University’s Kol Echad as an undergrad, and since then then has continued his passion for the art as an: arranger, recording project manager, workshop and masterclass clinician, an... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Brandler

Kirsten Brandler

Assistant Music Director / Director, Vox Pop / Nothing But Treble (St. Mary's High School)
Kirsten has been singing with and directing various a cappella groups for over a decade. She first sang with the all-female University of Maryland Treblemakers, serving as the group's music director for 2 years. After graduating from college, Kirsten joined the DC-based CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chipp

Mike Chipp

Business Manager, Vox Pop
Mike Chipp is a bass performer, CARA-nominated songwriter and the business manager for Vox Pop. He has performed with the DC-based CAL group since 2015. He joined the a cappella community in 2007 starting with his college group, the Stony Brook University High C's, and formed vo... Read More →
avatar for Kara Christ

Kara Christ

President, Vox Pop
Kara Christ has over a decade of a cappella performance and competition experience under her "belt" (pun intended), and she is an award-winning, recorded a cappella artist. Kara is a proud alumna of University of Georgia’s all-female group, Noteworthy, and co-ed ensemble, With... Read More →
avatar for Anna Fee

Anna Fee

Anna first started singing a cappella at the University of Virginia with The Virginia Sil'hooettes. After moving to various parts of the country and the world for work and not finding an a cappella outlet, she decided to form her own a cappella groups in Los Angeles and Austin... Read More →
avatar for Paul Koziel

Paul Koziel

Mild-mannered high school teacher and graduate student by day, vocal percussionist by night. He has been part of the rhthym section for Deltacappella in Memphis, TN since 2009 after spending his collegiate years in Georgia Tech’s Sympathetic Vibrations. He has assisted in scoring percussion for the a cappella opera A Midsummer... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 202 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:00am

Group Masterclass: Voicebox

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 215 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:10am

Group Masterclass: Bulldog Beats
Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:10am - 11:40am
Room 214 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:10am

Group Masterclass: Ingrid Sound
Speakers
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Choral Director, Tates Creek High School
Nick Johnson is a chorus director and guitar teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY. He was a member of the acoUstiKats from 2011-2015 and appeared with them on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” during the winter of 2013. Johnson became the arranger and student director for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:10am - 11:40am
Room 208 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:10am

Group Masterclass: Madison Avenue
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 n... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:10am - 11:40am
Room 203 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:10am

Group Masterclass: PFC
Speakers
avatar for Michael Bizzaro

Michael Bizzaro

Choir Director, Fairview High School
Michael Bizzaro is in his 5th year as a high school choir director.  Currently he teaches at Fairview High School in Boulder, CO where he started the schools first contemporary a cappella group, The Kingsmen. Mr. Bizzaro has only recently become involved in the a cappella scene and is loving it as a teacher and as a student of the art... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:10am - 11:40am
Room 212 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:40am

Group Masterclass: Bulldog Beats
Speakers
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
Room 214 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:40am

Group Masterclass: Ingrid Sound
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 n... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
Room 208 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:40am

Group Masterclass: Madison Avenue
Speakers
avatar for Emily Frizzell

Emily Frizzell

Green Track, Group V
Emily Frizzell, a conductor and soprano, is Director of Choirs at White Station Middle School in Memphis, TN. Her responsibilities at White Station Middle school currently include teaching the 6th Grade Choir, Chorale, Young Men’s Choir, and Young Women’s Choirs, totaling nearly... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
Room 203 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

11:40am

Group Masterclass: PFC
Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
Room 212 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

12:00pm

Exhibit Hall Performance #1
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Exhibit Hall 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

12:00pm

Lunch Break: Group A
The following groups/schools should attend the first lunch session in the Cafeteria! This is included with your registration, and kosher/vegan options are available.

  • Cats Meow
  • Spartones
  • DoReHe
  • Key of She
  • Take Two
  • Noise Complaint
  • The Kingsmen
  • Dolce Bella
  • Fifth Measure
  • Lost N Sound
  • Crimson & Slate
  • GWHS Unaccompanied Minors
  • Sound Check
  • Legacy
  • NHS Chorus
  • Parkside Range
  • UT Singers
  • OneVoice


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Cafeteria 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

12:30pm

Exhibit Hall Performance #2
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

12:30pm

Lunch Break: Group B
The following groups/schools should attend the first lunch session in the Cafeteria! This is included with your registration, and kosher/vegan options are available.

  • Skyline Blues
  • Milton Unaccompanied Minors
  • The Coachmen
  • Delta V
  • PopRockets
  • Madison Avenue
  • Ingrid Sound
  • Bulldog Beats
  • PFC
  • Carmel HS Select Sound
  • Voicebox
  • Richland HS Resonance
  • Voce Prima
  • NHS Chorus


Saturday April 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Cafeteria 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

From Zero to Hero: Music Director Road Bumps
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will serve as a conversation about how to successfully found a group from the ground up, and how to overcome some of the most common stumbling blocks that face a young group on the collegiate scene.

Since founding Voice Box in 2014, Harrison Acosta has been awarded best/most outstanding arrangement a total of seven times (including ICCA Finals), and have also received most outstanding choreography twice. Voicebox also placed 4th at the 2016 ICCA Finals, and were crowned the 2016 SoJam Champions.

Speakers
avatar for Harrison Acosta

Harrison Acosta

Director & Arranger, Voicebox
Currently in his final semester at the UCF School of Performing Arts, Harrison Acosta is finishing his first degree in music. After studying instrumental music performance, game soundtrack design and film score for two years, Harrison is now studying composition, theory, and educ... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 102 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

The AEA Judging System
Limited Capacity seats available

Drew Wheaton, NACC Championships Coordinator, will break down the various elements that go into the scoring and adjudication rubrics for the AEA, used at several festivals across the country!

Speakers
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 The... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Choreo Roundtable
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Thomas "TeKay" King and Bryan Guffey will host an open discussion about choreography techniques for all attendees!

Moderators
avatar for Thomas King

Thomas King

Instructor, Southwest TN Community College

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Guffey

Bryan Guffey

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Women's A Cappella Association


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Theatre/Dance Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Beyond Recording
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Choir Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Crowdfunding 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Connect with your fans and supporters and launch successful crowdfunding campaigns, how to, tips, tricks, succeed!

Speakers
avatar for Danny Ozment

Danny Ozment

Owner, Engineer, Emerald City Productions
Danny Ozment is the owner of Emerald City Productions, a recording studio in Nashville, created the blog recordingacappella.com, and hosts the Recording Acappella podcast. Danny is an experienced producer and engineer in all genres and specializes in the recording, production... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 104 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Unleash the SheWolf: Directing for All-Female A Cappella
Limited Capacity filling up

This class will deal with breaking out of comfort zones as a performer to unleash the raw emotion and power of performance. We will start with a group comfort zone breaking challenge with everyone standing up and giving their most primal battle cry and unleashing their inner she(or he)wolf. Once we have broken down barriers as a group, we will break down our own individual barriers. We will list all of the things that scare us about performing like our voices cracking, someone making fun of our dance moves, looking at the audience, singing a note so loud that we stick out and tackle them one by one. I will end the class with a challenge and quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "Do one thing every day that scares you." Constantly pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is the only way to improve as a performer.

Speakers
avatar for Elle Brigida

Elle 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 thei... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 119 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Creating Contemporary A Cappella in Elementary School
Limited Capacity seats available

Can pop a cappella performance skills be made accessible to 9, 10 and 11 year olds in a credible and vocally safe way? The answer is "yes," if you understand a few things about how younger students learn and how their voices "work". Veteran elementary music teacher Lisa Marien will share how she used her experience with young singers, her learning from the a cappella community and the support of her school administration to create a 17 member contemporary a cappella group as a course offering in her elementary school's music curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Marien

Lisa Marien

Music Teacher, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
I've taught K-8 general music, chorus and world music drumming since 1985. I am also a jazz vocalist preparing to record my debut CD, and a "lifelong" Take 6 fan. I've started a 4th and 5th grade a cappella group at my arts magnet elementary school this year, and would love to co... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 116

1:00pm

Building a Brand: You are More than a Band
Limited Capacity filling up

Based on a successful quarter-long course I teach in a Performing and Visual Arts school in Annapolis, this session will cover the basics of branding and the business behind the music.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 121 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Creative Vocal Lab (for Advanced Improvisers)
Limited Capacity seats available

The session is geared more towards people who have been to a Creative Vocal Lab session before and/or feel very comfortable improvising based on a set of rules/guidelines.  We will be going further and deeper into various games/forms than we did in the first session as well as taking on a few new games/challenges. Can’t wait to see you there!
We strongly encourage you to post videos from the session.

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 C... Read More →
avatar for Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg is currently a full time doctoral student and part time faculty member at Five Towns College in Long Island, where he is working on creating a college a cappella curriculum for a Bachelor's and Master's degree. He currently writes the aca-blog "Quest for the A cappella Major." He is also the originator of the A cappella Roundtable Meetings, a monthly gathering of a cappella enthusiasts to discuss a cappella ideas, read through repertoire, and improvise. In his spare time, he experiments with live looping, directs a semi-professional group, and produces an original off-broadway... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Vocal Percussion 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Sick of all your friends making fun of you cuz all you can do is Boots 'n Cats? Well look no further! Get the inside scoop on all the sounds the kool kids are doing these days while learning the basic rhythmic structures of different genres and how the ebb and flow of beatboxing can add energy and emphasis to your groups' arrangements.

Speakers
avatar for David Sager

David Sager

Arranger / Producer / Audio Engineer / Vocalist / Beatboxer
Currently David can be found singing with Downtown Disney's a cappella group WestBeat. He's been arranging, beatboxing, and singing a cappella for almost 10 years now and loves putting his creative spins on arrangements.


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Band Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Arranging for Large Ensembles
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Writing for larger a cappella groups -- like most high school and college ensembles -- opens up a world of new possibilities. Learn how to use texture, expanded harmony, and more, to make the most of every voice at your disposal.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner, Random Notes
Tom Anderson’s arrangements can be heard on multiple issues of the BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only compilations and on the hit NBC a cappella showcase “The Sing-Off”. His arranging clients include 5-time Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, award-winning a cappella solo artist Peter... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 125 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Group Masterclass: DoReHe
Moderators
avatar for Mike Chipp

Mike Chipp

Business Manager, Vox Pop
Mike Chipp is a bass performer, CARA-nominated songwriter and the business manager for Vox Pop. He has performed with the DC-based CAL group since 2015. He joined the a cappella community in 2007 starting with his college group, the Stony Brook University High C's, and formed vo... Read More →
avatar for Kara Christ

Kara Christ

President, Vox Pop
Kara Christ has over a decade of a cappella performance and competition experience under her "belt" (pun intended), and she is an award-winning, recorded a cappella artist. Kara is a proud alumna of University of Georgia’s all-female group, Noteworthy, and co-ed ensemble, With... Read More →
avatar for Anna Fee

Anna Fee

Anna first started singing a cappella at the University of Virginia with The Virginia Sil'hooettes. After moving to various parts of the country and the world for work and not finding an a cappella outlet, she decided to form her own a cappella groups in Los Angeles and Austin... Read More →
avatar for Paul Koziel

Paul Koziel

Mild-mannered high school teacher and graduate student by day, vocal percussionist by night. He has been part of the rhthym section for Deltacappella in Memphis, TN since 2009 after spending his collegiate years in Georgia Tech’s Sympathetic Vibrations. He has assisted in scoring percussion for the a cappella opera A Midsummer... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 206 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Group Masterclass: Noise Complaint

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 215 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Group Masterclass: Take Two

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 220 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Group Masterclass: The Kingsmen
Moderators
avatar for Brian Brandler

Brian Brandler

Outreach and Marketing Manager, Vox Pop
Brian has been an aca-nerd long before anyone started using the prefix. He first sang with Boston University’s Kol Echad as an undergrad, and since then then has continued his passion for the art as an: arranger, recording project manager, workshop and masterclass clinician, an... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Brandler

Kirsten Brandler

Assistant Music Director / Director, Vox Pop / Nothing But Treble (St. Mary's High School)
Kirsten has been singing with and directing various a cappella groups for over a decade. She first sang with the all-female University of Maryland Treblemakers, serving as the group's music director for 2 years. After graduating from college, Kirsten joined the DC-based CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Chris Little

Chris Little

Music Director / Arranger/Engineer, Vox Pop / A Cappella Productions
Chris Little is a professional arranger with A Cappella Productions (ACP). He is an active Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) member and has received multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations. Chris currently sings with and is Music Director of Vox Pop... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 202 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:00pm

Soundchecks for Showcase #2
Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

1:45pm

AcaPop - Parkside Range
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Sparks Lobby 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

2:00pm

Showcase #2

Saturday April 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

The Arranging Game: Troubleshooting Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, Harrison Acosta will share tips that he has learned as an arranger for top collegiate and high school ensembles as they prepare for competition, as well as common tips to help your group sound their best. Discussions and questions from attendees are highly encouraged! Also, feel free to bring in charts for discussion (projector requires a VGA connection).

Speakers
avatar for Harrison Acosta

Harrison Acosta

Director & Arranger, Voicebox
Currently in his final semester at the UCF School of Performing Arts, Harrison Acosta is finishing his first degree in music. After studying instrumental music performance, game soundtrack design and film score for two years, Harrison is now studying composition, theory, and educ... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 102 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

What Do Judges Want?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on what aspects of planning, rehearsing, and performing an a cappella set you should focus on to stand out to judges in competition. We will also use several examples from successful competition sets from the past to illustrate the do's and don't's of building a successful competitive performance.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Hutchings

Stephen Hutchings

Stephen Hutchings is a faculty member at Georgia College where he is director of the co-ed contemporary a cappella group, The Cat's Meow. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia and Master of Music Education from Georgia College. At the University of Georgia he was a member of the co-ed group, With Someone Else's Money, from 2007-2009 and recorded with Ben Folds for... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 125 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Great Sound! How to Make Great Recordings on your Own
Limited Capacity filling up

Almost anyone can buy inexpensive recording gear and record themselves these days. And they can SAVE a lot of money by doing so. But how do you use that gear to get a professional sounding recording that a professional editor and mixing engineer can turn into an awesome finished track?

In this session you will LEARN:
- Why great sound is important
- Basic concepts that most "quick start" tutorials miss
- What happens during the steps in the recording process
- How to select your recording location and how to improve it
- Top 10 producing tips for improving your acappella recordings
- What recording rig to buy for under $500 and the gear it involves

Bonus!! - If you attend this session, you'll receive the eBook "10 Ways to Improve Your Acappella Recordings" which goes much more in depth into the topics covered in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Ozment

Danny Ozment

Owner, Engineer, Emerald City Productions
Danny Ozment is the owner of Emerald City Productions, a recording studio in Nashville, created the blog recordingacappella.com, and hosts the Recording Acappella podcast. Danny is an experienced producer and engineer in all genres and specializes in the recording, production... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 104 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Producer Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Dave Sperandio, David Longo, and Evan Feist will talk about topics for the recording and producer side of the industry in an open discussion!

Moderators
avatar for Dave Sperandio

Dave Sperandio

Vocal Mastering
I’ve been involved with contemporary a cappella music for more than 20 years, and I’ve worked to help shape and define the art form over that time frame. I love the music, and the people who sing it. | | As a producer, I helped create the contemporary vocal music sound t... Read More →

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 C... Read More →
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Theatre/Dance Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Open Masterclass with OneVoice
Limited Capacity seats available

Rob Dietz will work in an open masterclass setting with host group, the award-winning Briarcrest OneVoice.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz is a multiple CARA winning producer who has been arranging, performing, and teaching contemporary a cappella music for over fifteen years. Based in Los Angeles, Rob is best known for his work as an arranger and group coach for NBC’s The Sing-Off. Through his work on t... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Choir Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Women's Roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Led by MUSAE's Angela Longo, this panel of WACA President Amy Malkoff, Bryan Guffey, and Vox Pop's Kirsten Brandler and Anna Fee will have an open discussion about topics regarding women's a cappella of all levels!

Moderators
avatar for Angela Longo

Angela Longo

Singer, Producer, MUSAE, The Vocal Company
Angela Ugolini 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, and led the ladies to ICCA finals as the 2009 South Champions. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Brandler

Kirsten Brandler

Assistant Music Director / Director, Vox Pop / Nothing But Treble (St. Mary's High School)
Kirsten has been singing with and directing various a cappella groups for over a decade. She first sang with the all-female University of Maryland Treblemakers, serving as the group's music director for 2 years. After graduating from college, Kirsten joined the DC-based CAL group... Read More →
avatar for Anna Fee

Anna Fee

Anna first started singing a cappella at the University of Virginia with The Virginia Sil'hooettes. After moving to various parts of the country and the world for work and not finding an a cappella outlet, she decided to form her own a cappella groups in Los Angeles and Austin... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Guffey

Bryan Guffey

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Women's A Cappella Association
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 music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. Amy is the Media Director and Director of Special Programs for the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

No Permission Needed: Be You
Limited Capacity filling up

This class address issues in closing the gap between who you actually are and who you are as a performer. Discussion and exercises will address this with participants to help them move past critical issues for performers, including: trying to be someone you're not, awkward stage presence, and living up to other's real or perceived expectations. This class is aimed at all participants, but should be specifically helpful to young girls.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cornaglia

Amanda Cornaglia

Owner / Manager, Clear Harmonies / FloVoice
Performing a cappella since 1998, Amanda Cornaglia sang with Special K at Hamilton College where she was both business and music director. After graduation, she led several groups in Japan before settling in Washington, DC. There she founded CAL group, Euphonism, in 2006. Amanda... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 121 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Sharing Your Voice
Limited Capacity filling up

This interactive workshop will focus on individual solo skills and how to best “share your voice” with an audience during a performance. During the class, we will discuss the ins and outs of soloing within an a cappella group, how to best prepare for and approach singing your solo on your own, and provide ideas for how to involve your fellow group members in the process. You’ll also get the chance to demonstrate your solo skills and be given live feedback during the class! 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Brandler

Brian Brandler

Outreach and Marketing Manager, Vox Pop
Brian has been an aca-nerd long before anyone started using the prefix. He first sang with Boston University’s Kol Echad as an undergrad, and since then then has continued his passion for the art as an: arranger, recording project manager, workshop and masterclass clinician, an... Read More →
avatar for Kara Christ

Kara Christ

President, Vox Pop
Kara Christ has over a decade of a cappella performance and competition experience under her "belt" (pun intended), and she is an award-winning, recorded a cappella artist. Kara is a proud alumna of University of Georgia’s all-female group, Noteworthy, and co-ed ensemble, With... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 116

3:00pm

The Riff-Off
Limited Capacity seats available

The best scene in Pitch Perfect is now a reality. Participants will learn how to improvise pop songs using improvisation games created by Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, and more. Then, teams will go head-to-head in a real live riff-off challenge! Whose side will you be on?

Speakers
avatar for Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg is currently a full time doctoral student and part time faculty member at Five Towns College in Long Island, where he is working on creating a college a cappella curriculum for a Bachelor's and Master's degree. He currently writes the aca-blog "Quest for the A cappella Major." He is also the originator of the A cappella Roundtable Meetings, a monthly gathering of a cappella enthusiasts to discuss a cappella ideas, read through repertoire, and improvise. In his spare time, he experiments with live looping, directs a semi-professional group, and produces an original off-broadway... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Leveraging Your Appeal: The A Cappella Booking Guide (for students, directors and professionals)
Limited Capacity seats available

At this casual, discussion based session, 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 amateur and pro 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 audiences all over the world. Throughout his career Kevin has been involved with booking events, producing shows and coordinating concert details all over the world for some of the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 119 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Get Into the Groove: Creating a Rock-Solid Rhythm Section
Limited Capacity seats available

Does your group REALLY know how to groove? Is your music achieving the head-bobbing, toe-tapping, booty-shaking, finger-snapping vibe that you're looking for? In this session, m-pact's Tracy Robertson (bass) and Jeff Smith (VP) discuss, dissect, and demonstrate specific techniques and tricks of the trade for developing a powerful, rock-solid vocal rhythm section. Learn new tips for crafting appropriate and creative bass/percussion lines for your arrangements, and get the inside scoop on how to make the best use of your microphones and sound system to infuse your groove with the maximum amount of thump.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

Bass / Arranger, m-pact
LA based singer, educator, multi-instrumentalist and vocal percussionist Tracy L J Robertson enjoys working in a variety of musical settings. While studying at Berklee College of Music he performed with and directed the two-time ICCA winning a cappella group “Pitch Slapped... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Vocalist / Beatboxer / Business Manager, m-pact
Jeff is perhaps best known for his work as beatboxer & vocalist for the award-winning vocal group, m-pact. Since joining the band in 2004, he has toured across four continents, performing in venues ranging from jazz clubs and festivals to concert halls and opera houses. Jeff anch... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Band Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Group Masterclass: Dolce Bella
Speakers
avatar for Ben Stevens

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

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 220 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Group Masterclass: Richland Resonance
Speakers
avatar for Matt Woodward

Matt Woodward

Choir Director, MacArthur HS
Co-Director of PFC. Lover of family, food, and bowties. Snobby about coffee.

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 215 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Group Masterclass: Select Sound
Speakers
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 The... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 206 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Group Masterclass: Voce Prima
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 n... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 202 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:00pm

Soundchecks for Showcase #3
Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

3:45pm

AcaPop - UT Singers
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-prof... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Sparks Lobby 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

4:00pm

Showcase #3

Saturday April 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

5:00pm

Soundcheck for The Edge Effect
Moderators
avatar for Jill Clark

Jill Clark

The Vocal Company
avatar for David Longo

David Longo

CEO, 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 on BOCA, SING, Voices Only, and each... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

5:00pm

Dinner Break
Saturday April 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Various Locations 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

6:35pm

VIP Meet and Greet
This exclusive Meet and Greet is for VIP badge holders only! You will have a chance to speak with the Edge Effect prior to the beginning of the concert in the choir room. Make sure that you present your badge at the door!

Moderators
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
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 official, and adjudicator for... Read More →

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 6:35pm - 6:55pm
Choir Room 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028

7:00pm

Saturday Night Headliner

Saturday April 22, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Sparks Auditorium 76 S. Houston Levee Road, Eads, TN 38028