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Saturday, April 22
 

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 College... Read More →
avatar for Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg

Director of Vocal Music, Five Towns College
Dr. Marc Silverberg is one of the leading voices in contemporary a cappella today, having created the curriculum for a contemporary a cappella collegiate major. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at multiple festivals, including the APME 2016 convention. In 2018, Dr... 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 Ellie Brigida

Ellie Brigida

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


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 119 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 JD Frizzell

JD Frizzell

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

Artists

Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Choir Room 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 College... Read More →
avatar for Marc Silverberg

Marc Silverberg

Director of Vocal Music, Five Towns College
Dr. Marc Silverberg is one of the leading voices in contemporary a cappella today, having created the curriculum for a contemporary a cappella collegiate major. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at multiple festivals, including the APME 2016 convention. In 2018, Dr... Read More →



Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall 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

founder/director
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 the... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Choir Room 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 officially... 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, and... 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 Someone... 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

Director of Vocal Music, Five Towns College
Dr. Marc Silverberg is one of the leading voices in contemporary a cappella today, having created the curriculum for a contemporary a cappella collegiate major. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at multiple festivals, including the APME 2016 convention. In 2018, Dr... Read More →


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