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I: Arranging [clear filter]
Saturday, April 22
 

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
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Tom Anderson

Owner, Random Notes
Tom Anderson is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 125 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 is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →

Speakers
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 →
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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 →
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Chris Little

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


Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Library 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 connect... Read More →



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

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 is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →


Saturday April 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 125 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 , REMIX & Atlas
Harrison Acosta recently completed his BA Capstone entitled “Capturing Moments in Music feat. The Human Voice.” Originally studying orchestral performance and film score at the UCF School of Performing Arts, he now studies composition, game sound design and music theory in preparation... Read More →


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