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Friday, February 9
 

5:00pm

Registration
Friday February 9, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
El Segundo High School Theatre

7:30pm

Scholastic Competition ft. LoveNotes Quartet
2018 Competitors:




Hosted by LoveNotes Quartet
LoveNotes began as a Young Women In Harmony quartet through Sweet Adelines International in 2002. The group, then called UnderAge Quartet, performed and competed regionally at the Young Women’s level until they won the 2005 International Young Women In Harmony (YWIH) competition in Greenville, South Carolina.
In 2009 they became Regional Champions for Pacific Shores Region 12 and started competing at the International level with the world’s best barbershop quartets. LoveNotes also participated in Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella competition in 2009 winning 1st place in their region and 2nd nationally.

Friday February 9, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
El Segundo High School Theatre
 
Saturday, February 10
 

8:30am

Registration
Saturday February 10, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School Room TBD

9:00am

Arranging: No Theory? No Problem!
If lack of formally taught music theory has been an obstacle in beginning your arranging journey, this class will go over what you need to know to start making arrangements with some basic information and accessible tools.

Recommended reading materials:
- A Cappella Arranging by Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

Recommended software:
- a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation, like GarageBand, Logic, ProTools)
- notation software (Sibelius, Finale, etc.)

Instructors
avatar for Grayson Villanueva

Grayson Villanueva

"Grayson Villanueva is an a cappella nerd who turned his hobby into a profession. Getting his start with Uniting Voices (UC Irvine) and the award-winning group #FOURTY4B (2014 LA Harmony Sweepstakes Champions), Grayson honed his craft of vocal arranging by producing an array of unique and creative arrangements that sound like vibrant extensions of the original records.Professionally, Grayson works as a featured singer and vocal percussionist at Harry Potter Frog Choir at Universal Studios Hollywood. He can also be seen in the most recent national Gap holiday campaign singing with Janelle Monaé, performing with LAAF Host Group Top Shelf Vocal (2017 LA Harmony Sweepstakes Champions), or performing with The Gentleman Project (2017 3rd Place A Cappella Open Southwest Finalists).Website... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

9:00am

Making the Most Out of Your Rehearsal
This class will give you tools to make sure your group has rehearsals that are both productive and fun. Topics discussed will include warmups/pre-rehearsal rituals, problem solving for common musical issues (blend, tuning, rhythm, etc) and ways to keep rehearsals organized.

Instructors
avatar for Nathan Heldman

Nathan Heldman

Nathan Heldman is a vocalist, arranger, and pianist based in the Los Angeles area. He was a member of the USC SoCal VoCals, and music directed them for two years, including during their winning ICCA season in 2015. He arranges not only for VoCals, but for collegiate, high school... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 213

9:00am

Many Voices, Many Stories: The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in A Cappella
Using the premise of musical performance as conversational storytelling, this class will explore why diversity & inclusion in a cappella are necessary for authentic communication, community/audience engagement, and ensuring world-class performances. Attendees will leave the class with a greater understanding of how diversity & inclusion can strengthen their group in multiple ways and how this strength can be used to better the group for musical success and personal growth. Brought to you by the Women's A Cappella Association (and co-taught with Christina Wilson and Nina Kasuya)

Instructors
avatar for Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

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


Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 208

9:00am

Rehearsal Techniques with Love Notes
From warm-ups to ways to cope with long-distance rehearsals, we cover some important ground in   this class! Discover some tricks to matching sync, resonance, and vowels from the beginning of rehearsal, as well as what to watch out for. Learn new techniques to help both the unit sound and your individual instrument, and discover some solutions for rehearsing when your quartet (or coach) can't all meet in the same place.

Instructors
avatar for Love Notes

Love Notes

LoveNotes began as a Young Women In Harmony quartet through Sweet Adelines International in 2002. The group, then called UnderAge Quartet, performed and competed regionally at the Young Women’s level until they won the 2005 International Young Women In Harmony (YWIH) competitio... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 206

9:00am

Songwriting for A Cappella
This course will dive into the techniques of songwriting. Designed to combine the basics of songwriting — melody, harmony, rhythm, & lyric writing — attendees will learn how to integrate the proper techniques into their songs to create memorable & catchy hooks, lyrical content, & overall arrangements. This is perfect for those looking to complete their a Cappella set with the hard-hitting, next-level original song that will bring the audience to their feet!

Instructors
avatar for Jenna Kohut

Jenna Kohut

Singer/Songwriter/Poet/Pianist
Jenna Kohut is a singer/songwriter, poet, and pianist. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, she has degrees in both Songwriting and Performance Poetry. Her original song, "Confetti," won TVC’s Find Your Voice songwriting competition. She has performed and co... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 204

9:00am

Whole Body Singing with FACE
Feeling stuck with your vocal training?  Still can't figure out why some of the techniques you've learned along the road don't always work for you?  You're not alone. Cody Qualls is internationally renowned performer, award winning songwriter and one of the most sought after voice coaches within the state of Colorado.  Join him for a session of exploring cutting edge and traditional techniques and what to do when the "trick of the trade don't always work for you.  Establish a deeper connection with your voice and quickly unlock the power of Whole Body Singing. 

Instructors
avatar for FACE A Cappella

FACE A Cappella

Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant be... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 211

10:05am

Acabombs Voxy & Davis Madrigals
Saturday February 10, 2018 10:05am - 10:15am
St Bernard High School Room TBD

10:20am

A Cappella and Burlesque
This class aims to examine the potential of a cappella as a performance platform. Using burlesque as an example, we will discuss ways to integrate new ideas into a cappella performance that challenge our expectations and intensify the intent of our music. While we have continued to push the boundaries of sound in a cappella, we tend to conform to the status quo when it comes to movement. Is it possible to push the physical interpretation of our music beyond formation changes and synchronized arm gestures? What can we learn from the way burlesque performers interpret and select music? Let’s find out!

Instructors
avatar for Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya is a vocalist rooted in Los Angeles, California. Having graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Industry, she currently works as a professional singer and educator. Nina can be seen performing with HIVE, Crimes of the Heart Cabaret, Hamiltease... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 10:20am - 11:20am
St Bernard High School - Room 204

10:20am

Give Your Approach to Arranging a FACE-lift
"What we know now, but wish we knew then" - Face is an all-vocal rock band known for their energetic and powerful arrangements achieved with only four voices and a vocal percussionist.  This workshop will focus on how Face's arrangers Stephen Ross and Ryan Driver tackle different, but equally successful approaches to arranging a song for voices from the ground up, all while putting story and feeling first.  Recommended for singers and arrangers of all levels and abilities.

Instructors
avatar for FACE A Cappella

FACE A Cappella

Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant be... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 10:20am - 11:20am
St Bernard High School - Room 211

10:20am

Live Sound with Tony Huerta
Join Tony Huerta, renowned live sound engineer for many of the world's greatest touring groups and a cappella festivals including Take 6, Vocalosity, the ICCA Open Finals and CASA festivals, as he walks you through his approach to creating an empowering live sound experience.

Instructors
avatar for Tony Huerta

Tony Huerta

Tony Huerta started his music career as a professional singer for Six Flags/Elitch Gardens, as well as majoring in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado.  In 1998, Tony joined the groundbreaking A Cappella group “The 17th Avenue Allstars” and performed for ten years as the Vocal Percussionist and baritone/tenor, performing in about 70-80 concerts per year across the United States. As the principle arranger, recording engineer, and producer for three full length “Allstar” CD’s, Huerta took it upon himself to learn studio and live sound engineering.Huerta’s recording studio, Sonic Audio, was founded in 1999.  He has produced, engineered or mastered a cappella CD Projects for... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 10:20am - 11:20am
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

10:20am

Marketing Your Group
Marketing is a crucial part of running your group, from getting gigs to attracting auditionees to building an audience. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create a marketing plan tailored to your group, best practices for social media, and how to elevate your group's professionalism.

Instructors
avatar for Kim Nguyen

Kim Nguyen

LAAF Production Team
Originally from San Diego, Kim Nguyen got her start in a cappella with the UCSD Daughters of Triton. After college, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she helped form CAL group Premiere and served as the group's publicity manager for three years. In her time managing Premiere's... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 10:20am - 11:20am
St Bernard High School - Room 213

10:20am

Music Directors Round Table
Moderators
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 pr... Read More →

Instructors
avatar for Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

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

Nathan Heldman

Nathan Heldman is a vocalist, arranger, and pianist based in the Los Angeles area. He was a member of the USC SoCal VoCals, and music directed them for two years, including during their winning ICCA season in 2015. He arranges not only for VoCals, but for collegiate, high school... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 10:20am - 11:20am
St Bernard High School - Room 208

10:20am

Vocal Percussion 101
Interested in learning how to demystify mouth sounds? Come hang out and by the end you’ll be spitting up a storm! (Srsly, lots of spit. Consider brushing your teeth before.) In this class we’ll cover the anatomy of a drum kit, how to make all the fundamental sounds you’ll need, basic beat patterns, a sprinkle of mic technique, and other fun effects that won't cost you a penny to make! No experience needed, but all levels welcome. 

Instructors
avatar for Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet is an Alum and originating member of CU Denver’s female-identified a cappella group, Lark (BOSS 2015 outstanding rhythm section, SoJam 2015 Champions, CARA winner). Rocqet is also a current and originating member of MIX Vocal Group (BOSS 2013, MHVJ 2013/2014, So... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 10:20am - 11:20am
St Bernard High School - Room 206

11:25am

11:40am

Masterclass - Ellie Brigida, OSA Encore
Instructors
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 fi... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 213

11:40am

Masterclass - Face, Uniting Voices
Instructors
avatar for FACE A Cappella

FACE A Cappella

Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant be... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

11:40am

Masterclass - Harrison Acosta, Top Shelf
Instructors
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 pr... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 206

11:40am

Masterclass - Jenna Kohut, Glenn Clancy, Signature A Cappella
Instructors
avatar for -Glenn Clancy

-Glenn Clancy

Glenn Clancy, Mastering Engineer, Producer, Musician, Singer, Voice Instructor, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Photographer, Videographer, and Chief Engineer of Studio 37 has been creating, producing, mixing, and mastering music for countless artists since 1997. He specializes in multimedia services, much of which stems from the needs of today's musician. With over 18 years of experience in music production, audio engineering, and (CD) mastering, he has had a chance to work with thousands of artists.As Chief Mastering Engineer at... Read More →
avatar for Jenna Kohut

Jenna Kohut

Singer/Songwriter/Poet/Pianist
Jenna Kohut is a singer/songwriter, poet, and pianist. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, she has degrees in both Songwriting and Performance Poetry. Her original song, "Confetti," won TVC’s Find Your Voice songwriting competition. She has performed and co... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 208

11:40am

Masterclass - Joshua Barroll, Acasola
Instructors
avatar for Joshua Barroll

Joshua Barroll

Host, Calabasas HS
Joshua Barroll has been the Music Director at Calabasas High School for 21 years. He founded both Unstrumental and Bare Rhythm in addition to teaching a full slate of vocal and instrumental classes. Unstrumental was the 2014 LAAF champion and has appeared on numerous BOHSA albums... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 201

11:40am

Masterclass - Love Notes, Voxy
Instructors
avatar for Love Notes

Love Notes

LoveNotes began as a Young Women In Harmony quartet through Sweet Adelines International in 2002. The group, then called UnderAge Quartet, performed and competed regionally at the Young Women’s level until they won the 2005 International Young Women In Harmony (YWIH) competitio... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 211

11:40am

Masterclass - Michelle Rocqet, Voicebox
Instructors
avatar for Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet is an Alum and originating member of CU Denver’s female-identified a cappella group, Lark (BOSS 2015 outstanding rhythm section, SoJam 2015 Champions, CARA winner). Rocqet is also a current and originating member of MIX Vocal Group (BOSS 2013, MHVJ 2013/2014, So... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 212

11:40am

Masterclass - Tony Huerta, LoVE
Instructors
avatar for Tony Huerta

Tony Huerta

Tony Huerta started his music career as a professional singer for Six Flags/Elitch Gardens, as well as majoring in Vocal Performance at the University of Northern Colorado.  In 1998, Tony joined the groundbreaking A Cappella group “The 17th Avenue Allstars” and performed for ten years as the Vocal Percussionist and baritone/tenor, performing in about 70-80 concerts per year across the United States. As the principle arranger, recording engineer, and producer for three full length “Allstar” CD’s, Huerta took it upon himself to learn studio and live sound engineering.Huerta’s recording studio, Sonic Audio, was founded in 1999.  He has produced, engineered or mastered a cappella CD Projects for... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm
St Bernard High School - Room 203

12:50pm

12:50pm

12:50pm

Masterclass - Eric Scholz, The Lounge Lizards
Instructors
avatar for Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz

Full-time a cappella producer/mastering engineer by day and enthusiast of high-top vans also by day, Eric spends most of his time editing, mixing, and mastering recorded vocal music. He loves hats, snacks, and seeing people around him succeed. His website is ericscholzproductions... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 202

12:50pm

Masterclass - Grayson Villanueva, UCSD Tritones
Instructors
avatar for Grayson Villanueva

Grayson Villanueva

"Grayson Villanueva is an a cappella nerd who turned his hobby into a profession. Getting his start with Uniting Voices (UC Irvine) and the award-winning group #FOURTY4B (2014 LA Harmony Sweepstakes Champions), Grayson honed his craft of vocal arranging by producing an array of unique and creative arrangements that sound like vibrant extensions of the original records.Professionally, Grayson works as a featured singer and vocal percussionist at Harry Potter Frog Choir at Universal Studios Hollywood. He can also be seen in the most recent national Gap holiday campaign singing with Janelle Monaé, performing with LAAF Host Group Top Shelf Vocal (2017 LA Harmony Sweepstakes Champions), or performing with The Gentleman Project (2017 3rd Place A Cappella Open Southwest Finalists).Website... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 213

12:50pm

Masterclass - Honey Whiskey Trio, Bare Rhythm
Instructors
avatar for Honey Whiskey Trio

Honey Whiskey Trio

The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves the audiences. These storytellers in song... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 211

12:50pm

Masterclass - Mike Jankowski, Vermillion Vocalists
Instructors
avatar for Mike Jankowski

Mike Jankowski

Owner / Head Engineer, A Cappella Productions
Mike Jankowski started his a cappella career in 2006 and has since become an industry expert on studio, live, and video production. His team at A Cappella Productions provides services for groups all over North America, and ACP produces major festivals and events for CASA, Varsit... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 204

12:50pm

Masterclass - Nina Kasuya, Abbey Road A Cappella
Instructors
avatar for Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya is a vocalist rooted in Los Angeles, California. Having graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology and Music Industry, she currently works as a professional singer and educator. Nina can be seen performing with HIVE, Crimes of the Heart Cabaret, Hamiltease... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 206

12:50pm

12:50pm

Masterclass - Rob Dietz, Resonance
Instructors
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

Instructor
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 February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 201

12:50pm

Masterclass - Vocalight, Polytonix
Instructors
avatar for Vocalight

Vocalight

Vocalight, Dayton’s first professional a cappella group, was founded in the summer of 2016. The vocal group is comprised of nationally lauded singers from Fairmont High School’s, Eleventh Hour, and Centerville High School’s ICHSA Champion, Forte. Members of the group have p... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 12:50pm - 1:50pm
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

2:00pm

Acabombs L.O.V.E. and Acasola
Saturday February 10, 2018 2:00pm - 2:10pm
St Bernard High School Room TBD

2:15pm

Comfort Zone Crushers
This class is a hands on workshop about 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.

Instructors
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 fi... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
St Bernard High School - Room 206

2:15pm

Redefining Group Success
How do we strive for excellence while staying connected as a group? How do we raise the bar without burning out or creating division? How do we give our fellow singers or students voice, a sense of ownership in the collective work? Over the course of the last 15 years, Lisa Forkish has led five different groups to place in various a cappella competitions (Varsity Vocals, AEA, Harmony Sweeps) including five-time national champions OSA Vocal Rush. Through these experiences, the lessons have all been the same (hint: it's not about winning). Join Lisa for a conversation about group success -- how we define it, and how we achieve it. Get tips and tools for how to build and maintain a healthy group dynamic, how to set collective goals, to take your ensemble to next level of excellence bring your singers closer together throughout the process.

Instructors
avatar for Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

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


Saturday February 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
St Bernard High School - Room 213

2:15pm

Spectrum Singing
Master  Any  Style.Pop.  Musical Theatre. Classical.  Jazz. Choral.

Whatever you want to sing, you can.  Our technique empowers each singer to approach all music with power and confidence.

Belt With Ease.Forget what you’ve heard about belting– with Spectrum Singing, you’ll discover your belt voice like never before.
Our unique approach provides you with the physiological tools you need to belt like a pro– healthy, strong, and sustainable.

Instructors
avatar for Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet is an Alum and originating member of CU Denver’s female-identified a cappella group, Lark (BOSS 2015 outstanding rhythm section, SoJam 2015 Champions, CARA winner). Rocqet is also a current and originating member of MIX Vocal Group (BOSS 2013, MHVJ 2013/2014, So... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
St Bernard High School - Room 211

2:15pm

The Arranging Game
Trouble Shooting Edition: How to find new ways to approach arranging when you're out of ideas; Competition Edition: How to better suit your arrangements for the competition setting/how to better communicate your arrangements with audiences AND judges.

Instructors
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 pr... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
St Bernard High School - Room 204

2:15pm

The Future of A Cappella - A Panel Sponsored by Head Voice
How has a cappella shifted in recent years? And where is it headed? In this panel, Evan Linsey and Kayla Pichichero of head/voice podcast will lead a discussion on the current state of a cappella, focusing on the musical, digital, and educational trends that are reshaping our industry. This panel will bring together professionals from all corners of the a cappella industry - Those specializing in education, recording, arranging, video production, vocalization, and pro-group performance.

Instructors
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

Instructor
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 Meron Mogos

Meron Mogos

Director of Events, CASA
Originally from the suburbs of NYC, Meron Mogos got her start in a cappella in 2004 with Duke University’s Lady Blue. Meron joined NYC CAL group, Empire in 2011 and after moving to Los Angeles to pursue her love of film/television in 2012, she co-founded the all-female CAL grou... Read More →
avatar for Danny Olefsky

Danny Olefsky

Danny's aca-obsession began at age 8, and—between multiple high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate groups—he’s been singing and beatboxing for most of his life. With a degree in Recording Industry Studies from Butler University, Danny took a detour to work as a video g... Read More →
avatar for Honey Whiskey Trio

Honey Whiskey Trio

The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves the audiences. These storytellers in song... Read More →
avatar for Vocalight

Vocalight

Vocalight, Dayton’s first professional a cappella group, was founded in the summer of 2016. The vocal group is comprised of nationally lauded singers from Fairmont High School’s, Eleventh Hour, and Centerville High School’s ICHSA Champion, Forte. Members of the group have p... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
St Bernard High School - Room 208

2:15pm

Vocal Drumming - Beyond the Sounds with FACE
Let’s face it, you’re really a drummer in a band. With over 20 years of experience as a percussionist and drummer prior to his time with Face Vocal Band, Mark Megibow brings a refreshing look at the art of Vocal Percussion, focusing on the importance of The Groove, Style and Feel, and Fills.

Instructors
avatar for FACE A Cappella

FACE A Cappella

Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant be... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

3:20pm

3:35pm

Arrangers Panel Q&A
Moderators
avatar for Pearce Illmer

Pearce Illmer

Education Coordinator, LAAF - Director of Education
Pearce Illmer is an a cappella producer, recording engineer, arranger, and clinician based in Houston Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Pearce served as the 3 year music director and arranger for UT's competitive mixed group, One Note Stand. Under his direct... Read More →

Instructors
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 pr... Read More →
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

Instructor
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 Nathan Heldman

Nathan Heldman

Nathan Heldman is a vocalist, arranger, and pianist based in the Los Angeles area. He was a member of the USC SoCal VoCals, and music directed them for two years, including during their winning ICCA season in 2015. He arranges not only for VoCals, but for collegiate, high school... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm
St Bernard High School - Room 206

3:35pm

Chord Balancing with Love Notes
Barbershop is built on specific chords and singers often talk about Pythagorean tuning in order to make those chords ring, but people often ask how to apply Pythagorean tuning when they sing. We will talk about two different ways to apply Pythagorean tuning, but mainly focus on teaching how to balance single chords to really make them lock and ring. We will also demonstrate the use of Pythagorean tuning in action!

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Love Notes

LoveNotes began as a Young Women In Harmony quartet through Sweet Adelines International in 2002. The group, then called UnderAge Quartet, performed and competed regionally at the Young Women’s level until they won the 2005 International Young Women In Harmony (YWIH) competitio... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm
St Bernard High School - Room 211

3:35pm

Effective Rehearsal Techniques for Student Led Groups
I'd like to offer some concrete ideas to both run a more efficient rehearsal and specific techniques to help create a better a cappella sound.

Instructors
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Joshua Barroll

Host, Calabasas HS
Joshua Barroll has been the Music Director at Calabasas High School for 21 years. He founded both Unstrumental and Bare Rhythm in addition to teaching a full slate of vocal and instrumental classes. Unstrumental was the 2014 LAAF champion and has appeared on numerous BOHSA albums... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm
St Bernard High School - Room 213

3:35pm

Gender vs. Sex
This class is meant to challenge and strengthen our ideas on gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, intersectionality, and what feminism in general has to do with a cappella. We will tackle big questions in big ways. Things like: "Why have sex-specific groups at all?", "What IS gender?", “How does the social climate inform our musical decisions?”, “Can I be super sexy on stage and still be feminist?”, etc. Open minds and respect for one another a must. For ALL gender identities, backgrounds, and opinions.

Instructors
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Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet is an Alum and originating member of CU Denver’s female-identified a cappella group, Lark (BOSS 2015 outstanding rhythm section, SoJam 2015 Champions, CARA winner). Rocqet is also a current and originating member of MIX Vocal Group (BOSS 2013, MHVJ 2013/2014, So... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm
St Bernard High School - Room 204

3:35pm

Producers Panel Q&A
Moderators
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Mike Jankowski

Owner / Head Engineer, A Cappella Productions
Mike Jankowski started his a cappella career in 2006 and has since become an industry expert on studio, live, and video production. His team at A Cappella Productions provides services for groups all over North America, and ACP produces major festivals and events for CASA, Varsit... Read More →

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Ellie Brigida

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

Glenn Clancy, Mastering Engineer, Producer, Musician, Singer, Voice Instructor, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Photographer, Videographer, and Chief Engineer of Studio 37 has been creating, producing, mixing, and mastering music for countless artists since 1997. He specializes in multimedia services, much of which stems from the needs of today's musician. With over 18 years of experience in music production, audio engineering, and (CD) mastering, he has had a chance to work with thousands of artists.As Chief Mastering Engineer at... Read More →
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Eric Scholz

Full-time a cappella producer/mastering engineer by day and enthusiast of high-top vans also by day, Eric spends most of his time editing, mixing, and mastering recorded vocal music. He loves hats, snacks, and seeing people around him succeed. His website is ericscholzproductions... Read More →


Saturday February 10, 2018 3:35pm - 4:35pm
St Bernard High School - Room 208

7:30pm

LAAF Professional Showcase - FACE A Cappella, Vocalight
FACE Vocal Band
Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for over a decade with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. “Blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing…Face take their audience on a musical journey and it’s fantastic fun.” (FringeReview.co.uk)


Vocalight
Vocalight, Dayton’s first professional a cappella group, was founded in the summer of 2016. The vocal group is comprised of nationally lauded singers from Fairmont High School’s, Eleventh Hour, and Centerville High School’s ICHSA Champion, Forte. Members of the group have performed with Pentatonix and recorded on their self-titled original album. They have performed in New York City at Town Hall and the Beacon Theatre.

Saturday February 10, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
El Segundo High School Theatre
 
Sunday, February 11
 

10:00am

Songwriting for A Cappella - An Industry Perspective
Do you struggle putting together a cohesive lyric or finding a melody that's truly catchy? Ever wonder if your music could be competitive in today's industry?

Will Jay is an accomplished songwriter with writing credits from powerhouses like Paramount and Disney; His compositions have been viewed 8 million times on YouTube and streamed over 3 million times on Spotify. Join Will as he breaks down his writing process and talks about how to get started, things he wished he knew when he was starting, the process of writing for feedback from A&R executives and so much more!

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Will Jay

Will Jay is a 21 year old singer/songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 14 he joined IM5, a boy band put together by Simon Fuller, creator of American Idol and manager of the Spice Girls. The band accumulated over 60 million views on YouTube and 1 mi... Read More →


Sunday February 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

11:00am

Filming and Editing a Live Video on a Budget
Video is one of the best promotional mediums for music. Whether you're cutting together some fun behind the scenes footage or bringing a music video to live, great video doesn't have to break the bank. In this class, Danny Olefsky will take you through the process of planning, filming, editing, and post producing a professional live video using only iphone footage!

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Danny Olefsky

Danny's aca-obsession began at age 8, and—between multiple high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate groups—he’s been singing and beatboxing for most of his life. With a degree in Recording Industry Studies from Butler University, Danny took a detour to work as a video g... Read More →


Sunday February 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

12:00pm

Make Your Music Now! - A Cappella Production in 60 minutes
Join me as I take you, step by step, through the entire a cappella production process from tracking to editing to mixing. In this class, I will use the creation of a short track as an introduction to the fundamentals of recording and editing, common mixing practices, and tools of the trade. When it comes to music production, the only person who can truly bring your creative vision to is YOU! Let’s break down the barriers between the artist and engineer and create the next wave of a cappella content creators! :)


Instructors
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Pearce Illmer

Education Coordinator, LAAF - Director of Education
Pearce Illmer is an a cappella producer, recording engineer, arranger, and clinician based in Houston Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Pearce served as the 3 year music director and arranger for UT's competitive mixed group, One Note Stand. Under his direct... Read More →


Sunday February 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
St Bernard High School - Room 209B

1:00pm

LAAF Forum
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Sunday February 11, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
St Bernard High School - Room 209B