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Saturday, November 2

10:10am EDT

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.

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

11:20am EDT

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.

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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 EDT
West Duke 108B 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

11:20am EDT

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.

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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 EDT
White Lecture Hall 107 1308 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

2:30pm EDT

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.

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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 EDT
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

3:40pm EDT

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".

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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 EDT
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708
Sunday, November 3

10:00am EST

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.

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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 EST
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708

11:10am EST

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.

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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 EST
East Duke 204B

11:10am EST

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.

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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 EST
West Duke 105 1364 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27708