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Saturday, February 8
 

9:00am PST

Competition Crunch Time
Being in charge of your peers can be challenging, a class mainly for directors, learn how to approach a season of competitive a cappella. This class will help you pick a winning set, maximize productivity in rehearsals, and get your group to perform the way they rehearse all while keeping group morale high.

Instructors
avatar for Backtrack

Backtrack

Backtrack is a 5-person pop vocal group based in New York City. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal (and beatboxing) abilities of all of the members. The group takes the stage around the nation at performing arts centers, corporate... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 9:00am - 9:50am PST
SMHS Innovation 213

10:10am PST

Beyond Pop A Cappella
We all love pop. It’s in our DNA as a cappella singers. Sometimes, it’s a little fun to try something a little outside of the bubble.There is a broad world of a cappella music out there. In this workshop we will begin to broaden your musical world and introduce you to songs that can be used for specific events, such as weddings and funerals, as well as introduce you to genres that will keep your Pandora app spinning. By listening to, and performing other styles of a cappella, groups can bring elements from the choral, multicultural, and avant-garde world of music to push musical boundaries, appeal to different audiences, and find new connections to music.

Instructors
avatar for Bevin Abbe

Bevin Abbe

Performing Art Department Chair and Vocal Music Director, Santa Susana High School
Bevin Abbe is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Vocal Music director at Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley, CA. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education, as well as her teaching credential from San Diego State University. The five vocal groups, and Musical... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 10:10am - 11:00am PST
SMHS Innovation 213

11:20am PST

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
In this class, group leaders will learn how to understand emotional intelligence in the context of a cappella group management. Learning how to set expectations/boundaries and delineate realistic group goals as a student director can be tricky. Students will take away practices on how to manage tension, how to better understand the emotional dynamic of a group, and how to create a community that cultivates positivity, unity and cohesion to set you and your group up for success.

Instructors
avatar for Lisa Hawkins

Lisa Hawkins

Lisa Hawkins is from Anchorage, AK and has been an active singer, arranger, choreographer, director and performer in the a cappella scene for nine years. Her career started when she became music director for her University’s co-ed group, Underground Sound, in 2013 where she held... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 11:20am - 12:10pm PST
SMHS Innovation 213

11:20am PST

The Fences We Keep
The topic of healthy boundaries has become a bit of a buzz world in our culture. What exactly are boundaries, why are they important, and how can they help your group function in a more healthy way? Learn more about the relational 'fences'-- or boundaries -- that are essential to successful friendships in your a cappella group and beyond.

Instructors
avatar for Gina Deaton

Gina Deaton

President, CASA
Gina has a background in all things vocal music, and got involved in a cappella through a semi-professional group after college. After attending SoJam (ahem) many years ago, she fell in love with the community and started volunteering whenever possible. Most recently, Gina completed... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 11:20am - 12:10pm PST
SMHS Innovation 221

2:30pm PST

Directing 101: It's More Than Just the Music
What’s the ultimate goal for your group? From rehearsal rooms to the big stages, make every moment special this year. Learn the ins and outs of running a successful rehearsal, becoming an entertaining group and knowing the importance of the audience. Create memorable moments and unbreakable bonds because it’s more than just the music!

Instructors
avatar for Evan Lee

Evan Lee

With a passion for vocal directing and outstanding entertainment, Evan began his contemporary a cappella journey in his first semester at Berklee College of Music with Upper Structure in the Fall of 2016. He quickly became Music Director, and over the course of two years, he transformed... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:20pm PST
SMHS Innovation 213

2:30pm PST

What's in a Song?
Ever try to bring a song alive, but words like "crescendo", "mezzo-piano", and "staccato" aren't getting the job done? Maybe you're not sure what to do with your hands and face when performing a cappella music? If you've ever felt like this, then this class is perfect for you! In this interactive workshop, we'll utilize storytelling techniques in order to not only take your acappella performances to new heights, but also learn to effectively capture an audience to deliver the most memorable performance possible. Bring your voice and creativity to this lively class!

Instructors
avatar for Jacob Browning

Jacob Browning

Jake Browning is an arranger, director, and former of the Arizona State University TEMPEtations co-ed acappella group. The TEMPEtations won 1st place at the 2018 ICCA Southwest Quarterfinals competition, where he also was the recipient of the Best Arrangement award. Jake continues... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:20pm PST
SMHS Innovation 221

3:40pm PST

Know Your Group
This workshop will be led by Joshua Barroll and Alana Weiss, the directing team behind Calabasas High School’s three time LAAF champions, Unstrumental, and renowned all-female ensemble, Bare Rhythm.  Learn how to get the best out of your group along with strategies for song selection, arranging, choreography, and rehearsal techniques. This class will include live demonstrations by Unstrumental.

Instructors
avatar for Joshua Barroll

Joshua Barroll

Calabasas High School
Joshua Barroll has been the director of the music program at Calabasas High School in Southern California since 1997. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Boston University as well as a Master's Degree in Music Education from Northwestern... Read More →
avatar for Alana Weiss

Alana Weiss

Alana Weiss is a private voice and performance coach (alanavoice.com) and, alongside Joshua Barroll, is the co-director of the award winning Calabasas High School A Cappella Program. Alana received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she majored in Dramatic Art with an emphasis in Directing. She was... Read More →


Saturday February 8, 2020 3:40pm - 4:30pm PST
SMHS Innovation 213