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Saturday, November 2

9:00am EDT

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.

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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 EDT
East Duke 204B

10:10am EDT

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.

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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 10:10am - 11:10am EDT
White Lecture Hall 107 1308 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705

11:20am EDT

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!

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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 EDT
East Duke 204B

2:30pm EDT

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.

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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 EDT
East Duke 204B

2:30pm EDT

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!

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Paola Munda

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style." (MAYA ANGELOU) This quote summarizes what's behind every artistic creation that comes from Paola and it's reflected in her art, as a songwriter... Read More →

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

3:40pm EDT

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.

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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 →

Saturday November 2, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm EDT
East Duke 204B