Recording: The Ultimate Performance Filter

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Last week, my a cappella group OneVoice spent four days in the studio with a cappella legend Dave Sperandio.  Even though this was our sixth album with him, we’re still learning valuable lessons from the process.  Preparing for our performance with The Swingles at The London A Cappella Festival next week, I was anxious about the prospect of losing these four days …

Grow or Die

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Has your choir “failed” you lately?  You know what I mean– you go into a rehearsal excited to make music, but leave frustrated and dejected, lofty goals sitting in a pile of rubble. Your singers leave as if nothing odd happened, and you wonder if they even care about the craft to which you’ve dedicated your entire adult life. As …

America’s Got Talent- Why You Didn’t See Me (And Why I Hope You Never Will)

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Recently, my a cappella group OneVoice was featured on the primetime NBC reality show America’s Got Talent.  As their director, I am very proud of them and all of the hard work they’ve put in for this achievement.  Many of my friends and colleagues keep asking the same question– “Why didn’t we see you at all?”. The less salient answer …

How to Teach Vocal Percussion

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One of the most common questions choral directors have when first starting a contemporary a cappella group is, “How do I teach vocal percussion (beatboxing)?  I’ve never done it myself!” The good news for you is that I am pretty *terrible* at VP.  My students love when I do it because they find it so hilarious…However, I still have a …

A Cappella Groups: Ditch The Semi-Circle

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Dear A Cappella Groups, Ditch the semi-circle.  Please.  I beg you. While it is certainly the most popular setup for an a cappella group, the semi-circle is visually underwhelming.  It allows everyone in the group to hear each other to some extent, but it doesn’t always allow for the right people to hear who they need the most. Consider something different, …

Recording Your First A Cappella Album

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Contemporary a cappella is the fastest growing trend in music education today.  As a choir director, this is exciting to me because a cappella singing promotes individual musicianship, confidence, tone, blend, balance, intonation, and much more– all while being, well…cool. One of the biggest missteps I see is when a choral director decides to record his or her new a …

Rehearsing Contemporary A Cappella Groups

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Over the years, I have developed my own unique way to rehearse contemporary a cappella groups. As the director of OneVoice from Briarcrest Christian School, I have had the privilege of working with some incredibly talented and dedicated singers.  During this time, I honed a process to introduce new pieces, rehearse them, stage them, and get them performance-ready. My method is based …