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Friday, November 1
 

7:30pm

Competition
Instructors
avatar for RESOLVE

RESOLVE

RESOLVE is a vocal jazz quartet based out of Central Florida. Inspired by legendary vocal groups such as the Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices, these four young vocalists bring a flair and musicality to the stage that is all their own!A contemporary group with a clean and... Read More →


Friday November 1, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Carolina Theatre 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
 
Saturday, November 2
 

9:00am

Groove Around the World
In this class, we will explore vocal percussion outside of the american style, watch and listen to percussion and vocal percussion sounds, and discuss how to fuse vocal percussion and world percussion. VP jam included!

Instructors
avatar for Mel Daneke

Mel Daneke

President, Producer, Viridian Productions
Hailing from New Jersey, Mel Daneke is a contemporary performer, arranger, producer, and instructor. Mel graduated from Ithaca College in December of 2013 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, minor in Audio Production, and also studied Music Education. While in college she performed... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
East Duke 209 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

9:00am

Set Crafting for Competition
This class will be an exploration of how to create a successful competition set, from how to pick soloists all the way down to staging and artistic interpretation.This class will give attendees tools to think critically about their sets and how to effectively communicate their ideas to an audience.

Instructors
avatar for Christine Sack

Christine Sack

Christine is a performer and director, and former artistic director of UCF’s Voicebox. She’s been crowned “the Queen” at BOSS 2018. She also works in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a witch. So she’s like a singing witch queen, if that makes sense.


Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
East Duke 204B 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708, USA

9:00am

What Are You Trying to Say?
The current world of contemporary a cappella is incredibly exciting with so many ideas and styles of music floating around, but it can be difficult to decide how to use multiple elements from the genre and still communicate to a broad audience. This class explores how to sift through the endless possibilities to create a coherent message through music, from analyzing the lyrics to the final performance

Instructors
avatar for Lee Stovall

Lee Stovall

Vocal Music Teacher, Rufus King High School
Lee Stovall currently teaches choir at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, WI and directs an a cappella group at Alberto College. Previously, he taught for the South Milwaukee school district, and directed the award winning a cappella groups, Delta V and The Poprockets. A founding... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

10:10am

Six Ways to Show Pro: Take your performance to the next level
Learn about song selection, emotional connection, and *what to do with your hands* from Six Appeal: Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions, and 2-time Grand Prize Champions of the Moscow A Cappella Festival, the world's largest a cappella competition. They'll share 6 elements that transform their show from great to Pro.

Instructors
avatar for Six Appeal

Six Appeal

Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning vocal band will take you on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music – performing classic oldies, current... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
White Lecture Hall 107 1308 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

10:10am

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

Director of HR, 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 November 2, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

10:10am

Videopella
Breakdown how to bring video into your regular a cappella routine. We'll review how best to use the gear you have, manage and store the content you shoot, produce it with video editing software and prepare it for posting on all platforms. In addition, we'll break down how best to plan out a music video or other video project for you a cappella group.

Instructors
avatar for Rachel Chalhoub

Rachel Chalhoub

SoJam Video & Social Media, RIMF
I live and work in Durham, NC. You'll usually find me with a camera in hand, so be ready, because you're likely in my lens. :)


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
West Duke 108B 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

10:10am

VP for Beginners
Taking the first steps-for people who want to vocally percuss but aren’t quite there yet.I’d hope for people to leave this class with a better understanding of vp in general, the sounds they can make and hopefully excitement about their vp skills down the line

Instructors
avatar for Sarah Mercedes Zorrilla

Sarah Mercedes Zorrilla

Sarah Zorrilla is from Orlando, Fl and currently resides in Boston, Ma. Her a cappella journey originally began at the University of Central Florida where she was a founding member of all-female group, KeyHarmony. After her studies at UCF, she began studying voice at Berklee College... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
West Duke 202 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

11:20am

Grouping Your Groups: Creating An A Cappella Organization
In this session, students will learn about creating and leading organizations made to support a cappella groups to thrive and develop in the collegiate world.

Instructors
avatar for Jordy Parnell

Jordy Parnell

Vice President, CASA @ UCF
Hailing from the University of Central Florida, Jordy Parnell is passionate about doing music with people. Having served as an arranger and Music Director for the UCF Crescendudes, and performed with eight different a cappella groups (in varying levels), there are very few things... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
West Duke 108B 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

11:20am

Movement & Choreography in A Cappella
Choreography in a cappella performance and competition has transitioned over time from being a novelty to being an absolute necessity that sets apart the pros from the novices. But as a cappella singers first and foremost, most of us have not been magically endowed with the skills necessary to choreograph a truly engaging performance. Join Stiletta, a group of seasoned competitors whose performances are as rooted in strong movement and choreography as they are in vocal technique, as they break down the components of effective choreography in a cappella performance.

Participate in a Q&A where the ladies of Stiletta talk about how to get creativity flowing, how to ensure a cohesive performance in a group with varying movement skill levels, how to encourage members who are scared to dance, and much more. Then, get on your feet and actually learn how to rock the moves as Stiletta shows you their "Choreography Toolkit" by teaching you one of their own routines. Come ready to move, cause this class is gonna burn a lot of calories!

Instructors
avatar for Stiletta

Stiletta

Stiletta is a New York City-based, all-female a cappella sextet, featuring award-winning beatboxer, MC Beats. Their performances combine pop leads, dance beats and hip-hop choreography. Stiletta has won numerous awards for their performances and recordings, including the National... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
East Duke 204B 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708, USA

11:20am

Reading Arrangements on the Fly!
Singers will learn tools for learning New a cappella parts quicker and with more understanding.

Instructors
avatar for Erik Fredriksen

Erik Fredriksen

In addition to his vocal chops, Erik’s compositions use his multi-instrumentalist background and electronics to create aurally encapsulating environments. He is also an experienced conductor, and has conducted and music directed shows for Scotch n’ Soda Theater at Carnegie Mellon... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
East Duke 204D 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

11:20am

Rhythm Section Synchronization
The purpose of this class is to teach basses and vocal percussionists to be more in sync with each other in order to better the overall grove during live performances. This will be done through a series of directed improvisational activities in varying genres. In the end, both the ability to improvise together and a more synchronized rhythm section should be achieved and the tools to improve further disseminated.

Instructors
avatar for DJ Paradis

DJ Paradis

DJ has been highly involved with the a cappella community all over Florida, including being apart of the ICCA Finals year of Voicebox from the University of Central Florida and the Music Director of Reverb A Cappella from Florida State University. He has been active in CASA festivals... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
West Duke 202 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

11:20am

Six Ways to Go Pro: How do you turn your passion of a cappella music into a sustainable professional endeavor?
Starting as a few college freshman auditioning for a talent show, blending talent with different personal and professional skills, Six Appeal has toured through 49 states and multiple countries, performing as a full-time ensemble for nearly a decade. This class will empower you with 6 ways to take your craft from a hobby to a career.

Instructors
avatar for Six Appeal

Six Appeal

Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning vocal band will take you on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music – performing classic oldies, current... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
White Lecture Hall 107 1308 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

2:30pm

CASA Roundtable
Join CASA Board Members in discussing the multiple CASA-sponsored events throughout the year. Learn about upcoming opportunities and how you can be more involved with the community!

Instructors
avatar for Shane Ardell

Shane Ardell

Director of Technology, CASA
Shane Ardell splits her time between Atlanta, GA and Summit County, CO. She is on the CASA Core Events Team and the Board of Directors as Director of Technology. An engineer at heart, Shane spends most of her time tinkering around with new toys and figuring out how things work, and... Read More →
avatar for Brooks Jordan

Brooks Jordan

SoJam Executive Producer, Competition Coordinator
avatar for Gina Deaton

Gina Deaton

Director of HR, 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 →
avatar for Meron Mogos

Meron Mogos

Director of Festivals + Events, CASA
Meron is originally from New York and got her start in a cappella in 2004 with Duke University's Lady Blue. She has been an active member of the a cappella community ever since, working for CASA in various roles, judging at Varsity Vocals events, performing at festivals across the... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
West Duke 202 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

2:30pm

So You Wanna Compete?
This is a class designed to teach newcomers the basics of the competitive world of a cappella.This class is made with high school/collegiate groups in mind, to help them understand the different circuits and the basics of what to expect when jumping into the competitive scene.

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 preparation... Read More →
avatar for Christine Sack

Christine Sack

Christine is a performer and director, and former artistic director of UCF’s Voicebox. She’s been crowned “the Queen” at BOSS 2018. She also works in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a witch. So she’s like a singing witch queen, if that makes sense.


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
East Duke 204D 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

2:30pm

The Art of Vocal Jazz
Want to sing with RESOLVE? In this class, students will learn techniques to singing vocal jazz and get real-time with the band! RESOLVE will discuss how they development of tight harmonies while being a small group ensemble in the a cappella community.

Instructors
avatar for RESOLVE

RESOLVE

RESOLVE is a vocal jazz quartet based out of Central Florida. Inspired by legendary vocal groups such as the Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices, these four young vocalists bring a flair and musicality to the stage that is all their own!A contemporary group with a clean and... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
East Duke 204B 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708, USA

2:30pm

The Circle Singing Experience
Circle singing is a spontaneous, improvisational community-singing experience where a leader starts by improvising melodic or rhythmic lines and teaches them on the spot to one part of the circle at the time. The leader then develops other parts that build on top of the previous ones. Circle Singers learn and repeat the exact part given to them and the choir can support individual solos. Come discover all the other ways to do it!

Instructors
avatar for Paola Munda

Paola Munda

Born and raised in Sicily, in a family full of artists, Paola learned to paint and sing even before she was able to write.Having graduated as an Artist Diploma Program student in 2018, she specialized in circle singing through Performance, but her curriculum lead her through Indian... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
East Duke 209 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

2:30pm

The Secret of Synergy
There’s more to success than awards and notoriety — the best groups out there not only make great music, but also understand what it takes to create an environment where each individual member feels completely immersed in the vision and goals of the group. This class will help directors, members, alumni & supporters alike uncover tips, tricks, trials & tribulations to overcome in the quest for perfect group harmony using Tuckman’s stages of group development and audience participation in an interactive discussion.

Instructors
avatar for Max Kuchenreuther

Max Kuchenreuther

Founder/Marketing Coordinator, Mixed Mode/The Vocal Company
Max Kuchenreuther serves as the Marketing Coordinator for The Vocal Company. Graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media & a Master of Arts in Communication, Max specializes in group dynamics, leadership strategies, social media marketing... Read More →



Saturday November 2, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

3:40pm

Beatboxing Today - A Closer Look
An exploration of how the competitive beatbox community and the a cappella community have begun to trickle into each other. Attendees will hopefully leave with new creative ideas and a different perspective of what defines contemporary a cappella.

Instructors
avatar for Cory Hecht

Cory Hecht

Founder, CH Music Services
Cory Hecht is the founder of CH Music Services and an alumnus of the Aaron Copland School of Music. A baritone and beatboxer, he has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jones Beach Theater, and the White House. He is an alumnus of Tizmoret from Queens College... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm
West Duke 202 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

3:40pm

Covering Canceled
A round-table style discussion based around our current socio-political moment, cancel culture, and ideas of progress, all aimed at answering - are any songs or artists "off limits" for covering? Attendees should come prepared to participate in discussion and to *listen*, and in the outcome hope to have gained cognizance and curiosity about the topics at hand, even if we haven't reached any true "answer".

Instructors
avatar for Kyle Hogan

Kyle Hogan

From Torrington, Connecticut, Kyle Hogan currently lives in Washington DC where he works in antitrust law. As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, outside of his studies Kyle dedicated most his time to music as he trained in classical voice and sang bass with the YellowJackets... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

3:40pm

How (Not) To Ruin Your Voice in A Cappella
This class introduces attendees to the basic facets of vocal health and hygiene with specific attention to the impacts and environments of collegiate a cappella singing. At its conclusion, attendees will be able to: retain basic information on the healthy singing voice; implement strategies to prevent pathologies; and pursue resources to address vocal issues if/when they arise.

Instructors
avatar for DeMar Neal

DeMar Neal

Assistant Professor - Music, Wake Tech Community College/Meredith College/NC State University
DeMar Austin Neal, IV is a critically-acclaimed performer, educator, researcher, arranger, stage director, and conductor currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.DeMar holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Boston Conservatory... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm
East Duke 204B 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708, USA

3:40pm

Interactive Arranging with Looping
How to bring musical ideas to life with a loop pedal/station in a new way that breaks away from traditional arranging. This class is going to be both informative and interactive. I want people to be able to both see how to use a loop pedal/station and also get experience using one during the class session. Available for all levels.

Instructors
avatar for Jordy Parnell

Jordy Parnell

Vice President, CASA @ UCF
Hailing from the University of Central Florida, Jordy Parnell is passionate about doing music with people. Having served as an arranger and Music Director for the UCF Crescendudes, and performed with eight different a cappella groups (in varying levels), there are very few things... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm
East Duke 204D 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

7:30pm

Six Appeal ft. Stiletta
Instructors
avatar for Six Appeal

Six Appeal

Six Appeal is a world-class vocal ensemble that combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. The award-winning vocal band will take you on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music – performing classic oldies, current... Read More →
avatar for Stiletta

Stiletta

Stiletta is a New York City-based, all-female a cappella sextet, featuring award-winning beatboxer, MC Beats. Their performances combine pop leads, dance beats and hip-hop choreography. Stiletta has won numerous awards for their performances and recordings, including the National... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Carolina Theatre 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
 
Sunday, November 3
 

10:00am

Finding the "We" in Competition: A Panel Discussion
We often value competition success based on the scoring and accoIades received but there is much more to learn though iron-sharpening competition as individuals and the group as a whole. In this session, we will discuss group cohesion and self-discovery through competition as well as personal anticdotes from thought-leaders on their experiences in comptition.

Moderators
avatar for Sebi Santiago-Rivas

Sebi Santiago-Rivas

Philadelphia A Cappella Person! Former director of OwlCappella at Temple University. Instructor at Camp A Cappella. Barbershop geek! Ask me about any of these things, or just tell me things about yourself! :)

Sunday November 3, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
East Duke 204B 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708, USA

10:00am

Songwriting Unlocked
Do you have an interest in writing original songs but feel intimidated and overwhelmed by the prospect? In this class, we'll talk about overcoming hurdles to songwriting, discuss some key ideas and tips, and write a song together as a group. The world needs your voice and your creative presence. Come unlock your inner songwriter!

Instructors
avatar for Gina Deaton

Gina Deaton

Director of HR, 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 →


Sunday November 3, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
East Duke 204D 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

10:00am

The Next Step: Refining and Energizing Your A Cappella Ensemble
This session is for any a cappella ensemble performer or leader looking to refine their existing group to be more democratic, musically accessible, and developed in identity. Participants will leave with tips and knowledge to help their group to be more unified and mature in their approach to performance and operations.

Instructors
avatar for Alex Alberti

Alex Alberti

Director of Instrumental Music and Contemporary A Cappella, Longleaf School of the Arts
Alexander [Alex] Alberti currently teaches at Longleaf School of the Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina as the Director of Instrumental Music and Psychology. At LSA, he teaches Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, AP Music Theory, AP Psychology, Music History, and a Contemporary A Cappella... Read More →



Sunday November 3, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

11:10am

Ownership: How to make an entire group feel like they contribute and are important in an a cappella setting
Directors and leaders of groups have strategies to build ownership and leadership in an a cappella groupMembers of groups can find places to contribute and feel valued when they aren’t in a leadership position.

Instructors
avatar for Lee Stovall

Lee Stovall

Vocal Music Teacher, Rufus King High School
Lee Stovall currently teaches choir at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, WI and directs an a cappella group at Alberto College. Previously, he taught for the South Milwaukee school district, and directed the award winning a cappella groups, Delta V and The Poprockets. A founding... Read More →


Sunday November 3, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm
East Duke 204B 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708, USA

11:10am

Percussion Production
For professional and aspiring producers - we will explore tips, tricks, and ways on how to make your vocal percussion pop, groove, and stand out in pre and post-production. Let's open up that DAW and create some groovy magic!

Instructors
avatar for Mel Daneke

Mel Daneke

President, Producer, Viridian Productions
Hailing from New Jersey, Mel Daneke is a contemporary performer, arranger, producer, and instructor. Mel graduated from Ithaca College in December of 2013 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, minor in Audio Production, and also studied Music Education. While in college she performed... Read More →


Sunday November 3, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm
East Duke 204D 1304 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

11:10am

Practica Maxima!
In this class, attendees will be introduced to principles of motor skill learning applied to the structure and content of organizing rehearsals. Both individual sessions as well as long-term planning will be addressed. At its conclusion, attendees will understand basic element of motor skill learning, and apply concepts for maximizing rehearsals with their ensembles.

Instructors
avatar for DeMar Neal

DeMar Neal

Assistant Professor - Music, Wake Tech Community College/Meredith College/NC State University
DeMar Austin Neal, IV is a critically-acclaimed performer, educator, researcher, arranger, stage director, and conductor currently based in Raleigh, North Carolina.DeMar holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Boston Conservatory... Read More →


Sunday November 3, 2019 11:10am - 12:00pm
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708