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Saturday, February 8

9:00am PST

Effective Arranging
This class will delve into how to make your charts legible, singable, and sound great as quickly as possible! The goal is to give attendees tools to make their arrangements translate into live/recorded performances smoothly.

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Nathan Heldman

Nathan Heldman is an arranger, director, vocalist, and pianist based in Los Angeles. He got his start in A Cappella in the SoCal VoCals, where he music directed and co-arranged their 2015 ICCA winning set. Under his direction the group performed at the White House, toured Hong Kong... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am PST
SMHS Innovation 217

10:10am PST

A Cappella Arranging: No Theory? No Problem!
If a 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.

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Grayson Villanueva

Founder, Grayson V LLC
Grayson Villanueva is an award-winning a cappella arranger, audio engineer, and videographer. Getting his start as the founder of 2011-2012 Uniting Voices (UC Irvine) and the professional vocal group #FOURTY4B (2014 LA Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, 2014 Kollaboration LA Finalists... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 10:10am - 11:00am PST
SMHS Innovation 217

11:20am PST

A Cappella in Diverse Genres
What puts the slap in a funk song, the sizzle in a salsa song, or the swagger in a rock song? In this interactive workshop we will break down the elements of musical genres that give them their unmistakable feel. By learning a few short arrangements, we’ll see how to capture that feel using only voices.

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Business Casual

Vocal band Business Casual combines elements of pop, jazz, and other genres to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers, today’s top 40 hits, and award-winning original songs. Featuring powerful leads, floor thumping bass, and sizzling beats, audiences can’t... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 11:20am - 12:10pm PST
SMHS Innovation 217

2:30pm PST

Arranging: Less is More
Love to arrange, but feel like you have too many ideas? Or don’t know where to start? Learn how to simplify your process of arranging, and produce audience-accessible arrangements. Find your voice through useful recording and notation techniques, and explore structures and formulas that help to better translate your creative energy.

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Matthew Gagnon

Matt Gagnon is a music director and vocal arranger based in Miami, Florida. He pools together influences from many areas of music, from dance/electronic producers to Broadway writers to film score composers. The 22-year-old currently arranges for many high school and collegiate a... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:20pm PST
SMHS Innovation 217

3:40pm PST

Sonic Branding: How to Make Your Group Sound Unique
Tired of the popular approach to vocal harmony? Want to make your group's music stand out? In this class, Sing-Off arranger Rob Dietz will guide you through a world of vocal possibilities to answer the question: what gives a group their "signature sound." Learn what's possible, explore how to use it in your arranging, and discover what makes your group unique!

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Rob Dietz

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 February 8, 2020 3:40pm - 4:30pm PST
SMHS Innovation 217