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Friday, February 8
 

6:00pm

Registration
Friday February 8, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
El Segundo High School Performing Arts Center 640 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245

7:30pm

Scholastic Competition
Instructors
avatar for From the Roots

From the Roots

From the Roots began as a single concept: bringing together like-minded artists in order to create the most genuine product possible. In an age where creating is so easily accessible, the ability to make something centered around human connection was at the forefront of our artistic... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 7:30pm - 10:30pm
El Segundo High School Performing Arts Center 640 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245

10:30pm

After Party
Friday February 8, 2019 10:30pm - 11:30pm
The Tavern on Main 123 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245
 
Saturday, February 9
 

8:30am

Late Registration
Saturday February 9, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Santa Monica High School 601 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405

9:00am

Barbershop Tag Singing
If you've been stuck in a chair all morning and you're just itching to sing, this is your class! Barbershop is woven into the history of contemporary a cappella music. It's a great way to make really quality music while encouraging dialogue about tuning and dynamics. We'll be making good music quickly in a variety of small and large ensembles with everyone getting the chance to sing. All levels and voice types are encouraged to come out!

Instructors
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

instructor
LA based singer, educator, multi-instrumentalist and vocal percussionist Tracy L J Robertson enjoys working in a variety of musical settings. While studying at Berklee College of Music he performed with and directed the two-time ICCA winning a cappella group “Pitch Slapped”, and... Read More →
avatar for Andy Degan

Andy Degan

Andy Degan, is an active performer and vocal arranger. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University with degrees in classical vocal performance and business management while music directing CCSUâs all-male a cappella group Divisi. Over the course of four summers, Andy performed... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
211

9:00am

"Making it" In Music: A Guide to Freelancing
So you want to make a career in music...but where do you start?  Learn how to navigate the constantly changing modern music industry and get some real world context with pros who understand the ins and outs of being full time artists, producers, arrangers, and songwriters.

Instructors
avatar for The House Jacks

The House Jacks

The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle). The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance. Millions of people listened to The House Jacks worldwide as the sound of The Sing-Off, NBC’s hit live... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
204

9:00am

Jewish A Cappella: More Than Just Parodies
Come to understand the Jewish a cappella world as it stands today and how to successfully build out your own aca-niche. Learn about reaching built-in audiences, marketing to your strengths, charging what you're worth, and more!

Instructors
avatar for Cory Hecht

Cory Hecht

Director of Marketing and Communications, KEYhillah
Cory Hecht is the Director of Marketing and Communications at KEYhillah 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... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
207

9:00am

Microphone Technique for Singers
A workshop in understanding the proper use of a microphone for vocalists.

Instructors
avatar for Glenn Clancy

Glenn Clancy

Glenn Clancy, Mastering Engineer, Producer, Musician, Singer, Voice Instructor, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Photographer, Videographer, and Chief Engineer of Studio 37 has been creating, producing, mixing, and mastering music for countless artists since 1997. He specializes in... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
215

9:00am

Using More Than One Beatboxer in a Song
Traditionally, a cappella has kept to having multiple singers and one beatboxer to hold together the rhythm. As beatboxing has been increasing in popularity, more and more people have been picking up on the skills and techniques. This is something that can really add more texture to an arrangement when working with another beatboxer thoughtfully. This is an interactive class where we pair up and try some noises together.

Instructors
avatar for Julia ‘Track IX’ Ramos

Julia ‘Track IX’ Ramos

Track IX is a beatboxer who is retired from the battle scene and has moved on to focus on making music in the a cappella scene. She has been beatboxing as a solo beatboxer for 12 years and started beatboxing in a cappella groups in college.


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
201

9:50am

AcaBombs
Saturday February 9, 2019 9:50am - 10:10am
Various

10:10am

Psych ‘Em Out
The brain is an untapped resource. Why not use what we know to buff up your arranging? Using what we know about psycholinguistics, we will learn how to arrange/compose a cappella music to make a huge difference in your group's sound.

Instructors
avatar for DaJon James

DaJon James

DaJon James (DJ) has developed a love for music and art from a young age and his main goal in teaching is to share that love with his students and their families. With Bachelors degrees in Music and Psychology from Syracuse University and a Masters degree in Choral Music, DJ has taken... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am
211

10:10am

The Arranging Game
Learn how to better translate your arranging ideas to the stage with both the audience and the judges in mind. Effectively capture moments in your music using a variety composition and arranging techniques, tips and tricks. We'll also discuss what makes certain arrangements on the competition stage so successful and the steps to "Leveling Up" your arrangement to be both impactful and expressive.

Instructors
avatar for Harrison Acosta

Harrison Acosta

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 is preparing to begin advanced study in the Professional Music program... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am
201

10:10am

The Scene - Then and Now
Contemporary A Cappella has become pretty mainstream. Let’s explore how we got here. A personalized exploration of the professional marketplace and some thoughts about the future...

Instructors
avatar for The House Jacks

The House Jacks

The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle). The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance. Millions of people listened to The House Jacks worldwide as the sound of The Sing-Off, NBC’s hit live... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am
204

10:10am

Finding Your Sasha Fierce
In this class, we will discuss what it takes to become your best self on stage and the ways to always feel like you're having the best performance of your life (thus far!). How can we combat even the slightest bit of self-doubt? Why are we held back from reaching our potential? Whether you already feel like a confident soloist, or you're just starting out, this class lays down the foundation and further dives into finding the genuine on-stage personality in all of us. Let's explore.

Instructors
avatar for Musae

Musae

Musae is the leading female contemporary vocal band on the American scene. Comprised of a cappella superstars from LA, Boston, San Francisco, Austin, and Houston, these women move audiences all over the world with their fresh, electro-pop sound. Musae is home to veterans of NBC’s... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am
221

10:10am

Get Into the Groove: Creating a Rock Solid Vocal Rhythm Section
Does your group REALLY know how to groove? Is your music achieving the head-bobbing, toe-tapping, booty-shaking, finger-snapping vibe that you're looking for? In this session, m-pact's Tracy Robertson (bass) and Jeff Smith (VP) discuss, dissect, and demonstrate specific techniques and tricks of the trade for developing a powerful, rock-solid vocal rhythm section. Learn new tips for crafting appropriate and creative bass/percussion lines for your arrangements, and get the inside scoop on how to make the best use of your microphones and sound system to infuse your groove with the maximum amount of thump.

Enrollment is open to all festival attendees, and attendance by existing rhythm sections is strongly encouraged.

Instructors
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

instructor
LA based singer, educator, multi-instrumentalist and vocal percussionist Tracy L J Robertson enjoys working in a variety of musical settings. While studying at Berklee College of Music he performed with and directed the two-time ICCA winning a cappella group “Pitch Slapped”, and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Vocalist / Beatboxer / Business Manager, m-pact
Tracy Robertson and Jeff Smith are best known for their roles as the bass and vocal percussionist for world-renowned a cappella group 'm-pact'. Whether laying down straight-ahead funk grooves or crafting complex poly-rhythmic patterns, this powerhouse duo have developed what many... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 10:10am - 11:00am
215

11:00am

AcaBombs
Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00am - 11:20am
Various

11:20am

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Reharm
Creative reharmonization is an arrow that should be in every advanced arranger's quiver. In this class, led by jazz daywalker Tom Anderson and utilizing examples from artists like Jacob Collier and Dirty Loops, you'll learn how to add a world of new color and dimension to your arrangements (without sounding like the cat walked across your MIDI keyboard). All skill and experience levels are welcome, but this session is targeted at more advanced/experienced arrangers.

Instructors
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
201

11:20am

Body/Mind Awareness
Discovering the inner connections of our bodymind through music

Put your new Sasha Fierce to work in this class that focuses on movement through music. Why do we sing? How can we set and change a vibration? Through this class we will seek to discover what is already within us: the bodymind connection, and how to utilize it in our rehearsals and in our daily lives to become better musicians, singers, and performers. Come to this class with an open mind and willingness to release emotions that block ourselves from creating human connections. Using the elements as our guide, we'll signify the importance of conscious awareness in our bodymind connection and how it effects our musical performances.

Instructors
avatar for Musae

Musae

Musae is the leading female contemporary vocal band on the American scene. Comprised of a cappella superstars from LA, Boston, San Francisco, Austin, and Houston, these women move audiences all over the world with their fresh, electro-pop sound. Musae is home to veterans of NBC’s... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
221

11:20am

Choir and A Cappella: Bridging the Gap
Aching to integrate contemporary a cappella into a more traditional choral curriculum but struggling with the details? This class is for Choir directors who want to learn more about how to direct a pop a cappella group and a cappella directors who want to learn how to utilize best practices of choral rehearsals for their groups!  We’ll cover common mistakes and pitfalls.

Instructors
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

founder/director
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 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
207

11:20am

Circle Singing
50 minutes of sound and silence, spanning from soulful dance party to musical meditation and sound bath. By you, for you.

Instructors
avatar for Tracy Robertson

Tracy Robertson

instructor
LA based singer, educator, multi-instrumentalist and vocal percussionist Tracy L J Robertson enjoys working in a variety of musical settings. While studying at Berklee College of Music he performed with and directed the two-time ICCA winning a cappella group “Pitch Slapped”, and... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
215

11:20am

Is This Thing On!?!
Performing with microphones will take your gigs to the next level. Learn all the basic skills as well as some trade secrets to make the most of your soundcheck. Topics include microphones, mixing desks, stage and in-ear monitors, effects and Q&A.

Instructors
avatar for The House Jacks

The House Jacks

The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle). The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance. Millions of people listened to The House Jacks worldwide as the sound of The Sing-Off, NBC’s hit live... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:20am - 12:10pm
204

12:10pm

Lunch Break
Saturday February 9, 2019 12:10pm - 2:30pm
Various

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Acasola
Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
205

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Bruin Harmony
Instructors

Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
211

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Divisi
Instructors
avatar for Musae

Musae

Musae is the leading female contemporary vocal band on the American scene. Comprised of a cappella superstars from LA, Boston, San Francisco, Austin, and Houston, these women move audiences all over the world with their fresh, electro-pop sound. Musae is home to veterans of NBC’s... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
202

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Edison Varsity Choir
Instructors
avatar for Elana Georgieva

Elana Georgieva

Elena Georgieva is a graduate student at Stanford University where she studies music, science, and technology. Elena has been singing colligate a cappella for six years, and currently performs with Stanford's all-female a cappella group Counterpoint. She serves as the group's tracking... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
221

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Lounge Lizards
Instructors
avatar for Glenn Clancy

Glenn Clancy

Glenn Clancy, Mastering Engineer, Producer, Musician, Singer, Voice Instructor, Vocal Producer, Vocal Arranger, Photographer, Videographer, and Chief Engineer of Studio 37 has been creating, producing, mixing, and mastering music for countless artists since 1997. He specializes in... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
213

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Premiere
Instructors
avatar for From the Roots

From the Roots

From the Roots began as a single concept: bringing together like-minded artists in order to create the most genuine product possible. In an age where creating is so easily accessible, the ability to make something centered around human connection was at the forefront of our artistic... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
215

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Rhymes With Orange
Instructors
avatar for Dan Jordan

Dan Jordan

Dan Jordan was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame in 2014, having won multiple competitions and awards as a performer. He has also worked as a voiceover artist and actor/singer on numerous projects, including The Simpsons, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Gilmore Girls... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
207

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Uniting Voices
Instructors
avatar for Isaac Willnow

Isaac Willnow

Isaac Willnow is a Northeastern University alumnus of the College of Arts, Media and Design's Music Industry program. After transferring to Northeastern in his second year, he made it his mission to join The Nor'easters, where he led the group to ICCA Finals and performed for *the... Read More →
avatar for Michael Arellano

Michael Arellano

Florida State University alumnus, Michael Arellano, was the music director for All-Night Yahtzee for three years even though he had no formal background in singing, so we’re still not sure why they let him into the group. In 2015, Michael was a key feature on PopTV’s docuseries... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
201

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Unstrumental
Instructors
avatar for The House Jacks

The House Jacks

The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle). The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance. Millions of people listened to The House Jacks worldwide as the sound of The Sing-Off, NBC’s hit live... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
204

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Voicebox
Instructors
avatar for Shams Ahmed

Shams Ahmed

Shams Ahmed is an arranger, music director, and producer from Cherry Hill, NJ. Currently based in Los Angeles, Shams spends his time bringing vocal music projects to life. Earlier in his career, he attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he studied Finance and Mandaring... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
203

12:40pm

Private Masterclass: Voxy
Instructors
avatar for Cory Hecht

Cory Hecht

Director of Marketing and Communications, KEYhillah
Cory Hecht is the Director of Marketing and Communications at KEYhillah 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... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
212

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Abbe Road
Instructors
avatar for Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson is an award-winning professional arranger specializing in contemporary a cappella music. His arrangements have over a quarter of a billion (with a "b") views on YouTube and have appeared on releases by artists including Peter Hollens, the Swingle Singers, Committed, Brian... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
201

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Bare Rhythm
Instructors
avatar for Harrison Acosta

Harrison Acosta

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 is preparing to begin advanced study in the Professional Music program... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
202

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: BFOM

Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
213

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Circle of Fifths
Instructors
avatar for DaJon James

DaJon James

DaJon James (DJ) has developed a love for music and art from a young age and his main goal in teaching is to share that love with his students and their families. With Bachelors degrees in Music and Psychology from Syracuse University and a Masters degree in Choral Music, DJ has taken... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
204

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Duly Noted
Instructors
avatar for Andy Degan

Andy Degan

Andy Degan, is an active performer and vocal arranger. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University with degrees in classical vocal performance and business management while music directing CCSUâs all-male a cappella group Divisi. Over the course of four summers, Andy performed... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
212

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Medleys
Instructors
avatar for David Sager

David Sager

Arranger / Producer / Audio Engineer / Vocalist / Beatboxer
Currently David can be found singing with Downtown Disney's a cappella group WestBeat. He's been arranging, beatboxing, and singing a cappella for almost 10 years now and loves putting his creative spins on arrangements.


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
205

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Northgate Bella Voce
Instructors
avatar for Christina Wilson

Christina Wilson

A native of Southern California, Christina is a full time musician and educator. She performs as part of the LA based folk group Honey Whiskey Trio, electro-pop band Neil Frances, and choral ensemble Vox Femina Los Angeles. She is part of the vocal faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Hills Music Academy in Palos Verdes, and teaches along side members of Honey Whiskey Trio in their community outreach efforts... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
215

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Northgate Madrigals
Instructors
avatar for Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Vocalist / Beatboxer / Business Manager, m-pact
Tracy Robertson and Jeff Smith are best known for their roles as the bass and vocal percussionist for world-renowned a cappella group 'm-pact'. Whether laying down straight-ahead funk grooves or crafting complex poly-rhythmic patterns, this powerhouse duo have developed what many... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
221

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: SoundWave
Instructors
avatar for Pearce Illmer

Pearce Illmer

Pearce Illmer is an a cappella producer, recording engineer, arranger, and clinician based in Houston Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Pearce served as the 3 year music director and arranger for UT's competitive mixed group, One Note Stand. Under his direction... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
211

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Stanford Counterpoints
Instructors
avatar for Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya is a vocalist rooted in Los Angeles, California. Having graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology / Music Industry, she currently works as a professional singer and educator.


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
207

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: Top Shelf
Instructors
avatar for Rob Dietz

Rob Dietz

founder/director
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 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
203

1:30pm

Private Masterclass: VocalMotion
Producers
avatar for Jessica Gottdank

Jessica Gottdank

Pro Show Coordinator, LAAF
Jessica Gottdank graduated from Oberlin College with a major in music focusing on music theory and jazz improvisation. A few years later she also graduated from Olin College of Engineering where she was arranger, director, and president of the PowerChords, a co-ed a cappella group... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
209

2:30pm

Arranging Citizen Queen
Join Shams Ahmed, Nina Nelson, Kaedi Dalley, and Kaylah Sharve’ as they dive into arranging for Citizen Queen. Explore small group/female arranging technique, style- and brand-building through an arranger's lens, and medley-construction while we dissect CQ's latest project, the Evolution of Girl Groups.

Instructors
avatar for Shams Ahmed

Shams Ahmed

Shams Ahmed is an arranger, music director, and producer from Cherry Hill, NJ. Currently based in Los Angeles, Shams spends his time bringing vocal music projects to life. Earlier in his career, he attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he studied Finance and Mandaring... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
201

2:30pm

Interactive History of Barbershop Harmony
Walk through history with audio and video examples of barbershop harmony for men and women.

Instructors
avatar for Dan Jordan

Dan Jordan

Dan Jordan was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame in 2014, having won multiple competitions and awards as a performer. He has also worked as a voiceover artist and actor/singer on numerous projects, including The Simpsons, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Gilmore Girls... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
207

2:30pm

The Judge Judies: LAAF’s Only Non-Televised Daytime Talk Show
If you don’t know Michael and Isaac by now, you should get on it! Whether they’re talking about the do’s and don’ts of collegiate a cappella or having a tangential conversation about Schitts Creek, this class will help you gather some perspective on styling your group for your sound, branding 101, and general music knowledge.

Instructors
avatar for Michael Arellano

Michael Arellano

Florida State University alumnus, Michael Arellano, was the music director for All-Night Yahtzee for three years even though he had no formal background in singing, so we’re still not sure why they let him into the group. In 2015, Michael was a key feature on PopTV’s docuseries... Read More →
avatar for Isaac Willnow

Isaac Willnow

Isaac Willnow is a Northeastern University alumnus of the College of Arts, Media and Design's Music Industry program. After transferring to Northeastern in his second year, he made it his mission to join The Nor'easters, where he led the group to ICCA Finals and performed for *the... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
204

2:30pm

DIY Tracking
Learn how to track your a cappella group from start to finish! This workshop will go over how to buy or borrow equipment, how to use a DAW such as Logic or ProTools, how to set up a recording session, and most importantly how to get the best performance out each of your singers! Anyone can learn to record, and a recording project can be much more affordable if you track yourself.

Instructors
avatar for Elana Georgieva

Elana Georgieva

Elena Georgieva is a graduate student at Stanford University where she studies music, science, and technology. Elena has been singing colligate a cappella for six years, and currently performs with Stanford's all-female a cappella group Counterpoint. She serves as the group's tracking... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 3:20pm
215

3:20pm

AcaBombs
Saturday February 9, 2019 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Various

3:40pm

Diversity, Dance Floors, and Decolonization
We’ve all been to a party where you walk in and realize you don’t know anyone. Your heart starts racing and your hands get clammy as you make your way to the bar or snack table for some refuge. Can you imagine how different that party would have been if someone had asked you to dance? In this class, you will be introduced to strategies that will help you to support all of the different identities in your group. We will consider our own identity markers and language choices to help set a foundation for diverse and inclusive group spaces. Attendees will leave the class with a greater understanding of the relationship between diversity & inclusion in the a cappella space, and how this foundation can build more rewarding experiences for musical success and personal growth.

Instructors
avatar for Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya

Nina Kasuya is a vocalist rooted in Los Angeles, California. Having graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology / Music Industry, she currently works as a professional singer and educator.
avatar for Christina Wilson

Christina Wilson

A native of Southern California, Christina is a full time musician and educator. She performs as part of the LA based folk group Honey Whiskey Trio, electro-pop band Neil Frances, and choral ensemble Vox Femina Los Angeles. She is part of the vocal faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Hills Music Academy in Palos Verdes, and teaches along side members of Honey Whiskey Trio in their community outreach efforts... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm
221

3:40pm

What You Can Learn From Your Favorite Groups
As a group, we’ll be analyzing clips from some of our favorite seasoned aca-competitors such as: the Nor'easters, Faux Paz, Lark, Pitch Slapped any many more! Together, we’ll figure out what makes these groups successful and how you can apply those strengths to your own group. #LearningFromYourFavs

Instructors
avatar for Pearce Illmer

Pearce Illmer

Pearce Illmer is an a cappella producer, recording engineer, arranger, and clinician based in Houston Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Pearce served as the 3 year music director and arranger for UT's competitive mixed group, One Note Stand. Under his direction... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 3:40pm - 4:30pm
215

4:30pm

Dinner Break
Saturday February 9, 2019 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Various

7:30pm

The House Jacks, Musae + LIVE A Cappella Video Awards
Instructors
avatar for Musae

Musae

Musae is the leading female contemporary vocal band on the American scene. Comprised of a cappella superstars from LA, Boston, San Francisco, Austin, and Houston, these women move audiences all over the world with their fresh, electro-pop sound. Musae is home to veterans of NBC’s... Read More →
avatar for The House Jacks

The House Jacks

The House Jacks is “the original rock band without instruments” (SF Chronicle). The band’s pioneering innovations laid the groundwork for the current a cappella renaissance. Millions of people listened to The House Jacks worldwide as the sound of The Sing-Off, NBC’s hit live... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 7:30pm - 11:00pm
El Segundo High School Performing Arts Center 640 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245

11:00pm

After Party
Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00pm - Sunday February 10, 2019 12:00am
The Tavern on Main 123 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245
 
Sunday, February 10
 

10:00am

Not Your Mother's Barbershop Part I: What Is Barbershop?
In this session, we’ll look at the musical characteristics that make the modern barbershop style different from other a cappella styles.

We’ll sing a “tag” to experience first-hand the “lock and ring” that is a hallmark of the barbershop style. Assisted by Timari Thorstenson, barbershop arranger and regional quartet champion.

Instructors
avatar for Laura Pallas Singer

Laura Pallas Singer

Santa Monica Chorus
Laura Pallas is an accomplished musician, performer, and regional and international competitor who specializes in vocal production and technique. She holds an M.F.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and is a member of the Sweet Adelines Regional Faculty.


Sunday February 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
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10:00am

Creating an Identity From the Roots Up: Part I
This class will give attendees insight into From the Roots' unique musical, arranging, and songwriting style while generating ideas and inspiration for musician's own unique sound and brand. This round-table discussion will prepare students to explore new frontiers in vocal music while learning how to better connect their music with their brand in a way that creates the most genuine connection with their audience.

Instructors
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From the Roots

From the Roots began as a single concept: bringing together like-minded artists in order to create the most genuine product possible. In an age where creating is so easily accessible, the ability to make something centered around human connection was at the forefront of our artistic... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
201

11:00am

From the Roots Part II
Instructors
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From the Roots

From the Roots began as a single concept: bringing together like-minded artists in order to create the most genuine product possible. In an age where creating is so easily accessible, the ability to make something centered around human connection was at the forefront of our artistic... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
201

11:00am

Not Your Mother's Barbershop Part II: Master Class with Troubadour Quartet
In this session, a regional championship quartet will demonstrate the elements that go into the barbershop style.

The class will address issues such as vocal production, vowel matching, interpretation, characterization, and blend.


Instructors
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Laura Pallas Singer

Santa Monica Chorus
Laura Pallas is an accomplished musician, performer, and regional and international competitor who specializes in vocal production and technique. She holds an M.F.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and is a member of the Sweet Adelines Regional Faculty.


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
204

12:00pm

CASA Roundtable
Producers
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Meron Mogos

Director of Events, CASA
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Tom Keyes

Executive Producer, LAAF


Sunday February 10, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
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