Friday will start with an afternoon affair, where the CARA nominees, past winners and festival attendees will gather for food, drinks, mingling and celebration. We’ll award every CARA that wasn’t presented live last year, and hear from the a cappella world’s top talent as they accept the world’s best form of recognition: that of their peers.
Includes live presentation of 6 of the most sought-after CARAs!
Cat’s Meow, University of Vermont
Divisi, Central Connecticut State University
Mix, University of Colorado Denver
Pitch, Please!, Northeastern University
Voices in Your Head, University of Chicago
Volta, Syracuse University
THE HOUSE JACKS
by Mark Hines
by Chris Rishel
Because of the relatively low cost of quality recording hardware and software, more and more groups are recording their own albums. While this approach has potential financial, creative, and logistical benefits, there are also a number of drawbacks and pitfalls to be considered. In this workshop, we will discuss these factors and how to weigh them within the context of your group’s goals and abilities to decide if self-recording is the right choice for you. We will then cover the components and costs of a simple but sufficient recording setup. We will also discuss how to prepare arrangements for recording, how to effectively record various parts (solo, bass, backgrounds, vp, etc.), and how different aspects of a singer’s studio performance can impact the final product. Finally, we will briefly explain editing and mixing on a conceptual level (as understanding subsequent stages of production helps guide choices made during recording), and discuss how to effectively communicate with producers to maximize the quality and minimize the costs of the project.
Are you in a group that makes fresh and original music, learns innovative arrangements, even performs mind-blowing choreography… but feels like it’s only being held together by a thread? Guess what: you’re not alone. Every year, groups of all ages, shapes, and sizes are faced with issues that can potentially kill momentum, or even cause a complete membership meltdown! Whether you’re bracing yourself for the graduation of over half your members, dealing with that baritone who seem to prioritize everything else before rehearsal, or struggling to keep up morale when all hope seems lost, this workshop can help: we’ll address the issues and equip you with the tools and tactics to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of your group’s success and longevity. Don’t let your flame burn out over membership turnover or mental barriers — learn how to set your group’s trajectory for greatness and then keep it there!
A visual exploration of live performance through concert photography. Followed by a discussion about the nature of impression and expression using non verbal communication to connect with our audience and better convey emotional content.
Have you seen soloists perform their songs exactly the same way every. single.. time…? Have you ever fallen into the same trap? Through interactive voice coaching, the introduction of Sanford Meisner’s Acting Technique, and the implementation of some specific methods and exercises, this class will help you transition from a robotic soloist into a performer who connects with the lyrics and gives your audience an authentic, committed, in-the-moment solo performance every single time. Come to this class with a portion of a solo ready (a verse and a chorus) and be prepared to step up and work!
by Random Notes
Don’t settle for just “getting the notes right”. Move beyond imitation and into creation, and learn what separates an okay arrangement from a truly effective one, as this panel discussion gives you a whole new bag of things to ponder while scribbling and/or clicking.
Get the most out of your group by using aca-Jedi mind tricks! This very interactive workshop includes warm-ups and other exercises from the psychological point of view of sensation and perception. Intrigued? Come check it out. It’ll change the way you and your group sing forever!
Do you have trouble feeling comfortable on stage? At the movement panel, we will help you explore the endless possibilities of genuine physical expression in music: what to do with those pesky hands, how to eliminate the ‘aca-bop,’ how to speak with your body, and tips on moving in a group setting.
Curious about using effects pedals live? Want to really dig into the technical how-to? Join Charlie Friday (Euphonism) and Jeston Cole Lewis (The Executive Board) as they dig into this exciting and progressive subject in vocal music.
So you think your latest album is the new a cappella hotness? Think again. Join the Recorded A Cappella Review Board for a lively discussion of what’s great, what’s not so great, and why — complete with audio samples and lightning reviews. Panelists scheduled to appear include reviewers Dave Bernstein and Elie Landau; reviewer and editorial assistant Thomas “TeKay” King; technical director Michael Marcus; marketing director Robert Dietz; and RARB co-founder and former coordinator Chris Tess.
This class will explore the dos and don’ts of creating and managing a website, as well as some tips for web presence in general! We’ll chat about how to make your website and online presence work for your group to establish a brand, spread the word, and bring in gigs!
You sing together. But do you really sing together? Learn how to take that crucial step in this interactive, open masterclass!
A workshop focusing on the process of creating original music from start to finish and the many of the different approaches to approach developing ideas and fragments into full songs.
You’re making sound come out of your mouth, and that’s about where your knowledge ends. There’s so much more happening between when you pick a pitch to sing and when sound reaches the audience’s ears! Find out why beating dissonance works the way it does, why the “singer’s formant” makes blending hard, and what’s actually going on in your throat when you sing.
Work with experienced drummers to overcome performance challenges, develop new sounds, patterns, more mic technique. Come and meet professional Vocal Percussionists discuss their techniques, break down sounds and rhythms and answer your questions about VP on and off stage.
When should you start thinking about the staging and performance of your song? How about building dramatic ideas into your arrangement! In Arranging Like A Storyteller we will examine the tenets of great storytelling such as structure, clarity, and pacing, and then talk about how each element can be used in arrangements to create powerful opportunities for live performance. Participants will leave with new knowledge on how to seed arrangements with techniques that lend well to a successful stage presentation of their music. This limited-enrollment workshop requires advance registration; for more information contact Benjamin Stevens or Brianne Holland.
Mastering is an essential part of making your recorded music amazing. In this workshop we distinguish mastering from mixing; discuss how to prepare for mastering; learn about the process; discuss aspects of mastering specific to vocal music; and look to the future!
"This all-male group has it SO easy, the audience is gonna laugh at anything they do.”
“The soloists in this girls’ group kick butt, but they all need to lose the heels and gain some confidence.”
“Love my friends in this co-ed group, but they should find something more exciting to do than couple up for every. single. song.”
Every audience member has expectations coming into a performance, and there are some common expectations that both mixed and single-sex groups can take advantage of and play with in order to enhance their audience’s experience. Are “funny” and “emotional” better communicated by one gender over another? What can single-sex groups do musically to address the sonic expectations of their audience? How does group attire play into this conversation? This workshop will explore sex and gender on stage: how to accept your audience’s preconceived notions, manage their expectations, and challenge their definitions.
5th–7th April 2013