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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 while directing collegiate a cappella heavyhitters, The Nor'easters. During his tenure, the group picked up countless compilation placements and CARA awards, and Shams earned numerous personal arranging awards.

More recently, Shams was featured alongside The Nor’easters in Season 1 of POP TV’s reality docu-series, Sing It On, and can be seen coaching groups on Season 2. He is also a director and a teacher of musicianship and arranging at A Cappella Academy, a Los Angeles-based summer camp founded by Avi Kaplan, formerly of Pentatonix. In the fall, he can be found bringing a cappella music to South Beach alongside a panel of experts including Ben Bram, Robert Dietz, and India Carney at The Betsy's A Cappella Festival. Shams serves as a regular judge at ICCA, ICHSA, and CASA events all over the country.

Most recently, Shams launched a female pop/R&B vocal group called Citizen Queen along with Scott Hoying, Ben Bram, and Jonathan Kalter. Within 2 months of its existence, the group already has over 130k subscribers and 4 million views on YouTube. The four are also poised to launch a kids a cappella brand called Acapop! later in 2019.

Outside of a cappella, he also serves as Director, Talent & Creative for Northeastern University's $1.4 billion Empower fundraising campaign. He is based in Boston, arranging, coaching, and overseeing projects in the a cappella world. [@theonlyshamsyouknow]

My Instructors Sessions

Saturday, February 9