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Saturday, February 9


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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