Event Details


April 12-14, 2019


All Day


Boston, MA

Sponsored By

Boston Sings A Cappella Festival

Taking place in and around the city of Boston, BOSS is a three-day event featuring everything you’ve come to expect from an a cappella festival and more: an innovative spin on the scholastic competition on Friday, a full Saturday of classes and workshops plus a professional concert in the evening, and the exclusive LIVE presentation and announcement of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards on Sunday.

All are welcome – groups and individuals, singers and non-singers. Purchase an All-Access Pass for admission to the entire festival (including the workshops during the day), or just come to be a fan at the concerts by purchasing tickets to the Scholastic Competition and Pro Concert.

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All-Access Pass

$65 $80

4/12–4/14 2019


  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Workshop Admission
  • The full experience!*

8th Annual Live CARAs




  • Awards Ceremony Admission
  • Red Carpet
  • Brunch
  • Nominee discount available**

Scholastic Competition




  • Competition Admission

Professional Concert




  • Pro Concert Admission

* Admission to the Live CARAs not included in an All Access Pass
** Contact tickets@casa.org for information on discounts

CASA Membership Discount

Active Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) Members receive a $10 discount on All-Access Passes. To purchase your All-Access Pass at the discounted rate, you must have an active (paid) membership. Use your CASA.org username connected to your active membership as the promo code. Contact us if you have any questions.


The Real Group

The Real Group

Saturday Night Headliner

With the voice as their sole instrument, The Real Group have created a unique musical expression in the domain between jazz, pop and Nordic European choir music. The group was founded in 1984 and has been touring the world for more than 30 years.

Their combination of perfection and personal touch along with original songs has made them accessible to music enthusiasts in general as well as to the more demanding ear.

Their wide repertoire and musical excellence have made it possible for the group to collaborate with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, popbands and notable artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Toots Thielemans and Sir George Martin as well as performing for The Royal Family in Sweden, opening the FIFA World Cup in South Korea and singing for state officials all over the world—including the Emperor of Japan.

The Real Group has produced 20 CDs in their own name, and they have also produced their own concert tours, TV programs and have been artistic directors for several a cappella Festivals around the world. In 2008 The Real Group initiated and hosted “The Real A Cappella Festival” and in 2012 “The Real Group Festival”—both in Sweden—attracting visitors from more than 20 countries. In 2015 they co-hosted the “Å Cappella” Festival on the island of Åland, focusing on vocal group singing, music sharing and positive encouragement.

The Real Group also focuses on education, and through workshops and coaching aims to inspire singers and teachers around the world. Former baritone in The Real Group—Peder Karlsson—is one of the elements in the educational initiative and he was appointed as an Honorary Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg & Aarhus in January 2016. To find out more about the group’s educational programs visit www.therealgroupacademy.se.

8th Annual Live CARAs

Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Rockwell, Somerville, MA

Join us for the 8th Annual Live CARAs, as we celebrate the best in recorded a cappella!

Our private brunch will start at Saloon at 11:00 am. Then we’ll move from there to the Red Carpet and into The Rockwell (on the same premises) for the ceremony at 12:30pm.

Enjoy special performances and celebrate with nominees as awards are announced live. Check out the full list of nominees, and congrats to all!


Scholastic Competition

Friday, April 12, 2019

Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA

BOSS is back again, and wants YOU to push the boundaries of a cappella performance. Want to be a part of our ever-evolving, consistently innovative scholastic competition? Want to be recognized for your revolutionary take on a cappella? Want everyone in the country to remember your name? Compete at BOSS.

Here’s how:

  1. First, purchase all of your group’s All Access Passes.*
  2. Next, make us a video (preferably under 10 minutes). Include the following:
    • A live performance from this academic year of at least two songs (can be song fragments). Audio should not be produced or altered in any way.
    • The reason your group wants to attend BOSS, and what you alone can bring to the stage. Give us an idea of what we can expect, and why we should choose your group!
    • Any other fun things or special talents? Share ’em.
  3. Upload the video to YouTube, make it private, and fill out this submission form by 5:00 PM EST, Friday, February 22nd.

Groups will receive Competition Format & Theme guidelines after passes have been purchased and submission has been received.

Questions? Concerns? Feelings? Contact Emily Flanders at emily@casa.org.

Submit Your Competition Entry

* NOTE: You are required to purchase All Access Passes for each group member in order to be eligible to compete.



2018 Scholastic Competition Champions


Alexander Koutzoukis – BOSS Executive Producer
Meron Mogos – CASA Director of Events
Shane Ardell – Web & Registration
Emily Flanders – Competition & Pro Concert Producer
Alex Green – Education Co-director
Diana Galeano – Education Co-director
Emily Benjamin – CARA Coordinator
Craig Martek – Food Sponsors
Yassee Mohebbi – Graphics & Social Media
Brooks Jordan – Outreach Coordinator
Anthony Pulido – Volunteer Coordinator
Jason Luciana – Talent Coordinator
Koreena Geisler-Wagner – Hospitality

BOSS events don’t happen all on their own! If you’re interested in joining the team, apply to volunteer or email Alexander Koutzoukis <koutz@casa.org> for more info.


A masterclass is a session in which your group works privately with a BOSS instructor or instructors: a chance to receive real-time, really constructive criticism from a cappella’s best and brightest! Masterclasses will be available Saturday during the lunch break. If you’d like to sign your group up for a masterclass, you can do so as a part of registration. Please email Alex Green if you have additional questions.

Certain limited-enrollment workshops and all masterclasses require advance registration, which will open a few weeks prior to the event. We will contact all pass holders when registration opens and post registration details on social media.

Lunch is not included in the pass, although the Saturday schedule includes enough time for lunch at a variety of local restaurants.

An All-Access Pass includes admission to Saturday classes and panels, the Friday evening competition, the Saturday evening Professional Showcase and all afterparties.

Tickets and passes are sold via Eventbrite. To purchase yours, visit the Tickets section of the BOSS website.

No, only individual tickets or passes are available to purchase using the CASA Membership discount. If you have some members of your group who are paid CASA members and would like to receive the discount, they can purchase their tickets individually on the CASA website. Make sure they indicate that they are part of your group, and we will have all of your group’s materials together for pick up at registration. Complete the group registration through the Tickets section of the BOSS website, and simply omit the group members who will be registering individually.

If your group placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in last year’s Scholastic Competition, we will be in contact with you about how to register using your discount for the upcoming festival.

If you should receive passes to BOSS as part of a sponsorship package, please confirm with Shane Ardell that you will be attending and we will hold these passes for you at registration/will call.

Check out the submission instructions to be a part of the Scholastic Competition.

The Scholastic Competition submission deadline and instructions can be found on the Compete section of the BOSS website.

If you have already registered and indicated in your group registration that you are applying to compete, but at the time of registration you did not have your video ready to upload, you can email your video submission link to Emily Flanders.

Groups selected to compete will receive a detailed schedule including registration and sound checks from the production team after they are selected to compete. Please plan to be available by 3pm on competition day. If you have any specific questions please contact us.

The BOSS team works with local hotels to provide discounted rates for the weekend of the festival. Information about lodging options and how to book will be posted as available in the Getting Around section of the BOSS website.

All data collection and payments are completed via Eventbrite. For information about their payment options and security policy, visit the Eventbrite Website.

Before purchasing tickets, carefully review your selection. Policies set forth by our clients, including venues, teams and theaters, prohibit us from issuing refunds after a ticket has been purchased. Regretfully, if you elect to make changes to your plans, tickets cannot be cancelled, exchanged or refunded unless the event has been cancelled or postponed.