* Upgrades and bundle options available for an additional fee.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm
Join us at BOSS for the CARA Banquet! We’ll be celebrating in style with a red carpet, live presentation of CARAs, and a black tie barbecue! (Don’t worry, vegetarians, we’ve got you covered, too.) Look out for special performances throughout the evening that you will only be able to see at the CARAs. Cheer on your favorite nominees, grab some delicious Redbones, and join us for the most exclusive event of the weekend!
Your ticket includes a full dinner and soft drinks. Nominees (two representatives from each nominated group) may get a discount on their ticket by emailing email@example.com before purchasing.
During performances, audiences are astounded to hear everything from electric guitars and horns to drums and other percussion instruments. Yet, they don’t see one musical instrument on stage! Of course, the band doesn’t merely settle for imitation. Instead, these talented performers effortlessly layer every note and vocal “pop” with a joyful and skillful touch. Performances by these five singers: Maija Sariola, Susanna Lukkarinen, Jouni Kannisto, Juha Viitala and Tuukka Haapaniemi are filled with a delightful energy and exhilarating intensity.
Overboard is a professional a cappella group based in Boston. Since its inception, the band has been featured for the likes of American Idol, PUMA and Mitsubishi, as well as on the CBS Early Show. Overboard’s energetic live show, six albums, and “Free Track Tuesday” single of the week program have caught the attention of the global a cappella community, as well as Boston’s discerning local music scene. Since 2009, Overboard has been nominated for 10 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and 18 A Cappella Community Awards, among other accolades. Winners of the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, Overboard has recently been featured on NBC’s “The Sing Off” Tour.
VXN is a professional vocal quintet with members based all across the country. Anna Concepcion, Holli Kitching, Jessie Louise Mark, Lauren France, and Meron Mogos first sang together in 2012 when they were all living in New York City and active in the post-collegiate a cappella scene. Life has since moved Meron to Los Angeles and Holli to DC, but it was on one of many bicoastal reunions – this time in Los Angeles for LAAF 2014 – that VXN was born. With a vision to produce innovative and inspiring music at the highest level, the all-female vocal group solidified their fresh, fierce, and fearless sound in person for the first time in June 2014. VXN made their public debut this March in NYC and will be releasing their first EP later this year.
Founded in 1984, the Amalgamates are Tufts University’s oldest coed a cappella group–celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. With members from all over the world, the ‘Mates have a tradition of musical excellence represented by both the current singers and a network of over 150 alumni worldwide. In the past, the group has performed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Disney World, Rockefeller Center, The Strip in Las Vegas, Spain, Jamaica, Paris, Dusseldorf, Fenway Park, and many other locations around the globe.
Their past albums have won Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) ranging from Best Song to Best Soloist to Best Mixed Collegiate Album and have also had a number of songs featured on the annual Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) CDs. Currently, the ‘Mates are working on a new album to be released this spring, and recently released a two-song EP entitled “Teaser 2.”
*Class times and locations are subject to change.
|Friday, April 10, 2015|
|5:00 PM||Registration (open until 8:00 PM)|
|Saturday, April 11, 2015|
|8:30 AM||Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)|
|9:00 AM||Building Group Sound
Jessie Louise Mark
|Women’s A Cappella Panel
Sara Yood, Heather Newkirk, Amy Malkoff, Diana Galeano
|10:10 AM||Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership
|As Fast as Possible
Heather Newkirk, Jim Kane, Alex Green
|Vocal Percussion FTW
|12:00 PM||Lunch Breack|
|1:00 PM||How to Sing in All Styles
|Advanced Arranging Techniques
|Going the Distance
|Audio Equipment for A cappella
Club For Five
|2:10 PM||Why Lyrics Matter
|Telling Your Story
|5:00 PM||CARA Banquet|
|7:30 PM||Professional Showcase
Club For Five, Overboard
|Sunday, April 12, 2015|
|10:00 AM||Advanced Directing
|Harmony for Arrangers
|Re-Imagining Women’s A cappella
Lisa Forkish, Sara Yood, Heather Newkirk
|11:15 AM||Music Director Round Table
|Preparing your Arrangements for Recording
Marc Silverberg, Evan Feist
|12:30 PM||CASA Forum
|1:30 PM||End of Festival|
Shams Ahmed is a director, arranger, and all-around facilitator of a cappella in the northeast region (while juggling his daytime investment banking job). Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Shams currently resides in the lovely city of Boston, where he attended Northeastern University. Although he was a student of finance and Mandarin at NU, Shams believes that his actual major was a cappella. As five-year director of the the 2013 ICCA Champions, The Nor’easters, and co-founder of NU’s all female sensation, Pitch, Please!, Shams’ a cappella plate was certainly full and (thankfully) continues to be. Shams regularly attends and instructs at festivals, and directs for A Cappella Academy in LA, alongside many of his talented friends and peers.
Tom Anderson’s arrangements can be heard on multiple issues of the BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only compilations and on the hit NBC a cappella showcase “The Sing-Off”. His arranging clients include 5-time Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, award-winning a cappella solo artist Peter Hollens, ICCA champions Pitch Slapped, and dozens of other vocal groups across the country (and occasionally beyond). A former member of pro a cappella groups Ball in the House and Four Shadow and original music director of UW-Eau Claire Fifth Element, Tom is the founder and owner of Random Notes LLC, an arranging service specializing in vocal music for groups of all styles, makeups, and abilities, and situated cozily online at www.random-notes.com.
Tim Bongiovanni is an award winning A Cappella producer, mix engineer, and composer based in Arlington MA.
Alli Brooks has served as the Executive Producer of SoJam A Cappella Festival (2008 & 2009), Creative Director for the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives (AACI), and as a member of the CASA Board of Directors. She is an alumna of Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, which, during her tenure as Business Manager, dominated the South region of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), becoming the first group to make three consecutive appearances at ICCA finals and ultimately winning First Runner-Up in 2008. Following graduation, Alli became familiar to many as The Voice of Mouth Off!, the award-winning podcast dedicated to the world of contemporary a cappella music, “from news to reviews to personal views.” She currently resides in Boston, where she continues to participate in the a cappella community as an instructor and master clinician at CASA festivals, and by serving as an ICCA adjudicator. In her spare time, Alli enjoys telling jokes and spends a considerable amount of energy crafting preposterously elaborate song parodies.
Eric Chung is an award-winning veteran of collegiate and professional a cappella and a returning BOSS instructor. From 2008 to 2013, he was the primary director, arranger, and songwriter for the Portland-based pop/rock vocal band Strangers in Harmony, who won the 2011 “Portland’s Got Talent” competition, was runner-up in the Pacific Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, and was recently recognized with multiple A Cappella Community Awards nominations. He currently sings with Similar Jones, a popular mainstay of the Boston a cappella scene since 1997. Eric’s prior projects include Boston vocal band Downtown Crossing, award-winning New York pop/jazz group Stay Tuned, the Gross Prophets at the University of Chicago, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones. Eric has also earned national recognition for his solo a cappella work, winning the 2008 A Cappella Originals songwriting contest and receiving nominations in the 2010 and 2013 A Cappella Community Awards for Best Solo A Cappella Performer. His first solo a cappella EP, “It Was You All Along”, is available for download on iTunes and currently plays on Internet streaming radio all over the world. Eric’s arrangements and original compositions continue to be performed by many a cappella ensembles across the country, and he has enjoyed serving as a judge for the annual ICCA and ICHSA competitions since 2005.
Scott Cobban is the vocal percussionist for Five O’Clock Shadow and a former member of Overboard. He’s also a graduate of the ImprovAsylum’s improv training program. He’s been involved in a cappella since 2000 when he joined Clark University’s coed group the Clark Bars. Outside of a cappella, he’s a full-time web developer in Boston for the tech company Carbonite.
At a troublingly early age, Ben Cohan started making annoying, but startlingly realistic sound effects with his mouth. After singing with the Mosaic Whispers at Washington U. in St Louis, Ben returned to the Boston area. He enjoyed a stint singing, drumming, bass-drumming (at the same time!) and generally causing sonic mayhem with local 6-part vocal band Similar Jones. He runs and records live concerts and has shared the stage with, and run the board for, such talents as: Five O’Clock Shadow, Firedrill, Duwende, Ball in the House, Fermata Town, groups from colleges all over New England such as Harvard, UVM, Yale, Simmons, Northeastern, UConn, UMass, BU, BC, Rochester etc., as well as Boston-area schools such as Needham, Danvers, Gann Academy, and the Roxbury Latin School. He has been an adjudicator for the ICCA and has taught seminars on Vocal Percussion and A Cappella Sound Equipment at the BOSS and NE Voices a cappella festivals. He’s super psyched to teach the finest microphone techniques known to these here parts! During the day, Ben teaches furniture making at an alternative education school in Arlington. He is also ready to run sound at your next concert and hopes you check out his shiny new website: WaveMakerStudios.com (also on Facebook).
Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 11 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups
He’s earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Evan has vocal coached for The Voice, sung with Bobby McFerrin, helped produce America’s Got Talent, and is the general manager of Stacks of Wax, an audio production company.
Lisa Forkish is an Oakland-based vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. She has been involved in a cappella since 2002 when she got her start as music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning female a cappella group Divisi, 2nd place winners at the 2005 ICCA Finals and featured in GQ editor Mickey Rapkin’s best-selling book “Pitch Perfect,” later made into the blockbuster film. Currently, Lisa is on the Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she is founder and director of the school’s acclaimed a cappella group Vocal Rush, two-time ICHSA Champions and 3rd place winners on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Lisa’s arrangements have been nominated for CARAs and performed by many groups around the country, including Vocal Rush and her ground-breaking women’s quintet, The Riveters. Lisa can be found at www.lisaforkish.com. @lisaforkish
Diana Galeano is a graduate of Florida State University where she studied music education with an emphasis in secondary choral education. While at FSU, she sang with ICCA Southern Champions, the AcaBelles. Since graduating, she has worked as a high school chorus teacher and as a director at FSU’s Summer Music Camps. This past summer she worked as Assistant Director of A Cappella Academy in Los Angeles, CA. She has also been chosen as a featured soloist on Voices Only 2012 and BOWA 2014. Diana now lives in Somerville, MA where she directs and arranges for collegiate and high school a cappella groups, sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Sound Off A Cappella, as well as teaches K-8 music.
Jessica Gottdank graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 where she majored in Music, with a focus on music theory and jazz. She then graduated from Olin College of Engineering in 2012, where she was a member, arranger, director, and president of the PowerChords, a co-ed a cappella group on campus. She led the group to finally compete at the ICCAs and produced their first album. Since graduating, she got married, moved to Los Angeles, and founded CAL group Premiere. Jessie currently works for Boeing as a mechanical engineer, but spends the rest of her time doing a cappella.
Alex Green is a graduate of Tufts University with a dual degree in Music and Archaeology, where he was a member of the Tufts Amalgamates for all 4 years of his college career, and served as Music Director for the 2009 calendar year. His various oddjobs and experiences in the audio world include various internships at companies in the music industry including Rounder Records (Burlington, MA) and Alta Vista Studios (Austin, TX), participation in the sporadically annual Soup 2 Nuts Seminar with Deke Sharon and Bill Hare, and acting as a reviewer for the Recorded A cappella Review Board (RARB). In addition to the Amalgamates, Alex has sung with both Overboard and the short lived and perpetually-under-the-radar Cursory. He is currently working with CASA on the BOSton Sings [BOSS] festival team and is a regular workshop leader and CASA masterclinician. As a co-owner of Plaid Productions along with Alexander Koutzoukis, he has had the opportunity to work with groups from across the country and around the world, and made countless soups. Since early 2011, clients of Plaid Productions have had songs featured on SING, BOCA, Voices Only, and have garnered over 50 CARA nominations.
Dr. Erin Hackel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research and publication arc have centered around historical female belters such as Dame Vera Lynn, Yvette Guilbert and Bokken Lasson. Erin is passionate about demystifying belt voice technique and teaching singers to sing functionally in all styles. She directs the award winning collegiate a cappella groups MIX and Lark, who have placed first and second in BOSS, SoJam and the Mile High Vocal Jam. Erin has presented workshops on healthy singing techniques around the country and in Europe.
Having learned the art of singing on the mean streets of Chicago’s south side and honing his craft with Bare Naked Statues at Saint Louis University, Jim Kane is an expert at probably nothing. However, he spent a lot of time arranging, performing, and begging for more solos with BNS when he should have been studying engineering, and he attributes that effort, and no one else’s, to the group’s 2014 run to the ICCA Finals.
Involved in a cappella since college (Kenyon College), Amy Malkoff was a founding member of the award-winning group All About Buford, and she has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. Amy is the Media Director for the Women’s A Cappella Association and serves on their board, is the Marketing Director for the A Cappella Education Association (AEA), has served as the Web Content Director for CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society) and is a longtime judge for for the International Championships of Collegiate and High School A Cappella. In 2014, she taught vocals and harmony at the prestigious Swannanoa Gathering summer program. She is a writer and designer (www.amymalkoff.com), as well as a singer/songwriter (www.amymalkoffmusic.com). Amy’s music has appeared on both the Rounder Records and Hear Music/Starbucks labels. @amalkoff
Jessie Louise Mark (@JessieLouise) graduated from Duke University in 2011 where she majored in History and minored in Music. During her four years as a member and director of Duke’s Lady Blue, Jessie led the group to several first-time achievements, including the group’s first appearance at the SoJam Collegiate Competition. Since graduating, she has led arranging and music theory workshops at SoJam, LAAF and BOSS, served as an ICCA judge, directed NYC-based CAL group Empire, coached several a cappella groups and produced the Miami based All Roads A Cappella Festival. Jessie currently sings and beatboxes with vxn, a bicoastal all-female vocal group formed at LAAF 2014. In Jessie’s free time, she works full-time at an ad agency in Midtown Manhattan.
Usually confused for a cat emoji, Heather Newkirk lives a generally gentle life in Boston, MA. She likes to arrange, tweet, take inconvenient naps, and workshop lovely a cappella groups in the area. A past Squeeze from Syracuse, Heather has experience running a group from every angle and now runs a high school group of her very own. She’s worked with the wonderful likes of AcaTribe, Voices Only, and continues to work with CASA as Program Manager of Social Media. One day she dreams of creating a cappella medleys of cartoon theme songs and becoming a professional cheese-maker*. (*Not a joke; serious aspiration.)
Tracy Robertson of Overboard, originally from Watertown, NY, attended Berklee College of Music and now lives full time in Boston, MA.
Marc Silverberg is an adjunct professor at Five Towns College and the Director of Education for CASA.org. He is the author of “Quest for the A cappella Major,” a blog that discusses the continuing education of contemporary a cappella music and group improvisation. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at several CASA.org sponsored festivals, SUNY Purchase, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, The New York State School Music Association, as well as the American Choral Directors Association’s 2013 national convention. His Contemporary A cappella League Group, Satellite Lane, was crowned the 2013 and 2014 New York Harmony Sweepstakes “Audience Favorite,” as well as the recipient of “Best Arrangement.” In addition to being an a cappella clinician, conductor, and performer, he also writes original musicals and plays. His original work, He’s Not Himself, premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Choir College.
Jon Smith began his a cappella career early on by founding a group on Long Island his freshman year of high school and has been acappella-ing (yes it’s a verb) and arranging ever since. He later joined Vocal Point at the University of Delaware and became their music director shortly after. During his time there, he took a group from humble beginnings and brought them all the way to ICCA Finals in 2014, where they placed third. That year, Smith also took home the Outstanding Arrangement Award for Vocal Point’s entire set at ICCA Finals and one of his arrangements was featured on Voices Only 2014. Since then Smith has been singing with Hyannis Sound, an all-male professional group on Cape Cod, as well as Pulse-^v-, an all-beatboxing vocal band who will be performing at the National A cappella Convention in Memphis, TN. Jon has made a cappella his full-time job right out of college and is currently the Director of Vocal Arranging for The Vocal Company.
Sarah is a longtime lover of the arts and a student of storytelling.
While his experience with a cappella began as a member of RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005, Rick Thomas has been extremely active in the greater a cappella community since 2010, serving as Upstate NY Ambassador, North Carolina Co-Ambassador, and now CASA Program Manager of Awards. Additionally, Rick regularly serves as a clinician for groups across the country and is an accomplished producer and mix engineer as the face of Richard Thomas Music.
Upon receiving his degree in music education from Ithaca College, Caleb moved back home where he became a voice instructor at the Nantucket Community Music Center and directed the Nantucket Community Chorus. After moving to Boston, Caleb joined Five O’Clock Shadow and later founded and directed Slapdash Graduate and Blueprint. He also now performs with Overboard.
Sara Yood has been a producer with Varsity Vocals since 2003, serving as Midwest Producer, Northeast Producer, and now as Finals Producer. An alum of The Washington University Amateurs, Sara led the Amateurs to their first appearance in Varsity Vocals competition. After moving to New York in 2004, Sara sang with Treble, New York’s a all-female a cappella group, and then went to law school and directed the law school’s co-ed a cappella group, The Tortfeasors. In her spare time, Sara is an intellectual property lawyer, runner, and singer in the New York City Master Chorale. Sara promises that Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s CARA Awards ceremony.
Masterclasses are a great opportunity for your group to work one on one with a clinician. Request a masterclass today!
AcaTheory101 (Jessie Louise Mark)
Music theory is the study of how music is written and played. #AcaTheory101 examines these fundamentals through an aca-musician’s lens, connecting the dots between what we see on the page and what we hear in arrangements. Join Jessie Mark for an interactive hour of theory, ear training and singing. This is a must attend workshop for beginner-intermediate arrangers, music directors of “non-music readers” or anyone who wants to learn to read music.
Advanced Arranging Techniques (Tom Anderson)
Less philosophy, and more specific how-to’s for the experienced arranger looking to add arrows to their quiver.
As Fast as Possible (Jessica Gottdank)
Does it just take forever to finish an arrangement for your a cappella group? In this class for beginning/intermediate arrangers, we will cover how to turn around an exciting arrangement, from conception to performance, as quickly as possible, given limited rehearsal time and arranging time. Techniques covered: inspiring your group, focusing your arranging ideas, creating sheet music quickly, making parts easy to learn/memorize, keeping your audience entertained!
Audio Equipment for A cappella (Ben Cohan)
Increase your technical knowledge as we demystify each element of the PA system from microphones to speakers and everything in between. Topics explored include: how to use Eq and Dynamics to your advantage, how to communicate efficiently and effectively with sound engineers (and make the most of sound checks), how to configure and use your own PA system.
Beyo(urself)ncé (Heather Newkirk, Jim Kane, Alex Green)
What makes Queen B the reigning, flawless entity over all? It’s her obvious presence and radiating confidence both on the stage and in the booth. Owning your identity and playing your strengths are important, whether you’re belting out a lead or bopping in the block. Let us help you unleash the best version of yourself…because you can’t be Beyoncé.
Building Group Sound (Caleb Whelden)
Telling Your Story (Sarah Spinella)
Come learn, share and engage with others through storytelling; leave with more confidence in knowing and sharing your unique story and you(r group’s) defining identity.
Going the Distance (Alli Brooks)
Are you in a group that makes fresh and original music, learns innovative arrangements, even performs mind-blowing choreography… but feels like it’s only being held together by a thread? Guess what: you’re not alone. Every year, groups of all ages, shapes, and sizes are faced with issues that can potentially kill momentum, or even cause a complete membership meltdown! Whether you’re bracing yourself for the graduation of over half your members, dealing with that baritone who seems to prioritize everything else before rehearsal, or struggling to keep up morale when all hope seems lost, this workshop can help: we’ll address the issues and equip you with the tools and tactics to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of your group’s success and longevity. Don’t let your flame burn out over membership turnover or mental barriers — learn how to set your group’s trajectory for greatness and then keep it there!
Harmony for Arrangers (Tom Anderson)
Let’s get specific – This class will focus on harmonic series, vertical spacing, chord voicings, advanced harmony, and anything else that fits under that umbrella. Come find out how to put some polish on your arrangements with advanced music theory.
How to Sing in All Styles (Erin Hackel)
This class will overview the basics of singing in all styles. Basic physiology, anatomy and technique will be discussed and put into practice by the whole class. We will spend time discussing how to belt healthfully and how to completely eliminate the dreaded “crack” in the voice.
Improv!!! (Marc Silverberg, Evan Feist)
Improve Your Arranging With Improvisation- Using group improvisation basics, participants will learn how a simple understanding of improvisation can vastly improve their a cappella arrangements, as well as learning to arrange by ear.
Vocal Jazz Percussion (for the experienced drummer) (Ben Cohan)
Add nuance, variety, authenticity, and effortlessness to your kit and technique as we explore ways to sound and think more like a jazz drummer in this hands-on class.
Live Arranging (Eric Chung)
Does your group arrange new songs collaboratively using “Live Arranging”? If not, Similar Jones will show you how it is done. Live Arranging is an important arranging method that is highly effective for the seasoned a cappella group that has been together for several years, knows each other’s voices, is flexible to try new parts immediately, and has at least a couple of members who can direct voices real-time. Many of your favorite Similar Jones tunes were arranged this way versus via formally notated scores. Attendees will first see how Similar Jones started with the original track for one of its current songs and built up the arrangement as a group using this technique. Similar Jones will next demonstrate the live arranging process on a new song based on prior suggestions. Finally, if a full a cappella band is in attendance, Similar Jones can coach that group with the start of their very own live arrangement.
Music Director Round Table (Jon Smith et al)
Meet other MD’s and discuss different ideas, tricks and tips on how to get your group to be their best! Limited Enrollment. Contact Matt Woodward to sign up.
Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership (Diana Galeano)
Preparing Your Arrangements for Recording (Tim Bongiovanni)
In this class we will discuss how the right preparation and planning can yield a much better and efficient studio recording experience for any a cappella group. We’ll cover rehearsal and arranging techniques, planning and scheduling for studio time, and advantages/disadvantages the studio provides to a finished A Cappella record.
Recording 101 (Rick Thomas)
Review the basics of recording from arrangement to mastering, understand each step and why it is important with examples of the evolution of a track throughout the recording process. Learn how to optimize for success in the recording process.
Re-Imagining Women’s A cappella (Lisa Forkish, Sara Yood, Heather Newkirk)
There are plenty of women in a cappella, but it is rare to see all-female groups reach the same success as mixed and all-male groups. Lisa Forkish, co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s A Cappella Association leads a fruitful discussion about women in a cappella, asking the hard questions and creating space for the tough answers. From arrangement, to performance acumen, to vocal stylings and range, Lisa will explore our tremendous capacity to grow, innovate, and push boundaries as women in cappella.
Rehearsing Creativity (Scott Cobban)
Vocal Percussion FTW (Tracy Robertson)
Why Lyrics Matter (Amy Malkoff)
Why your lyrics matter as much as the music, in interpretation and song choice. How context can change the nature of the lyrics.
As usual, BOSS tries to offer as many performance opportunities as possible for our attending groups, and that’s where the AcaBombs come in. At various times throughout the day on Saturday, we’ll be setting up some informal (unamplified) performances to try to include every group that wants to sing for their fellow attendees. If you’re interested, signing up is pretty simple:
1) Post on Facebook and Twitter from your group’s account, tagging BOSS on Facebook or @BOSSaca on Twitter, telling everybody that you want to perform at #BOSS2015 and why, along with one interesting or unique thing about your group. (You might have to get creative with your 140 characters on Twitter.)
2) Email firstname.lastname@example.org with links to said posts, along with a link to any video of your group performing recently (just so we know what you sound like).
That’s it! Every group that buys its All Access Passes is eligible for an AcaBomb, and we’ll try to accommodate all of them, but the sooner you buy your passes and get to posting, the better.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
We were thrilled with the number and quality of submissions we received, and just getting into the show was a competition on its own, so thank you to all the groups who applied!
Tickets are going fast; get yours now if you want to see this incredible show.
We strongly suggest you use public transport in Boston when getting around. Complete maps of MBTA Service can be found here.
7 Medford Street
Location of Competition and Professional Concert
419 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Location of Saturday/Sunday Workshops
116 Riverside Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Tel: +1 781 395 8500
$199/night plus taxes
Book by Wednesday, March 18, 2015 online or call (877) 540-3721 and reference the group rate for “Boston Sings”.
There’s a lot going on in Boston during this year’s BOSS… but below are some places to look for reasonably priced lodging. For those without cars, we recommend staying along the T (MBTA).
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1pm
It’s a total treat for the eyes and ears! This Saturday, the tenth annual All A Cappella Live from 88-9 WERS at the beautifully restored and acoustically perfect Cutler Majestic Theatre!
It starts at 1pm with 4 great Emerson groups… Accappellics Anonymous, Noteworthy, Achoired Taste and the Emerson Treble Makers,
Then at 2, the competition heats up as five area groups compete for the 850-dollar cash prize and the honor of being crowned the Best In Boston Collegiate Accappella!
You’ll hear, the BU Allegrettos, the BU Dear Abbeys, U Mass Dynamics, Northeastern University’s Treble on Huntington, and the U Mass Vocal Suspects,
The show is THIS Saturday – tickets start at just ten dollars and are going fast…so get them soon at the Cutler Majestic Theatre box office, or by calling 617-824-8000.
If you should receive passes to BOSS 2015 as part of a 2014 or 2015 sponsorship package, please confirm with Shane Ardell that you will be attending and we will hold these passes for you at registration / will call.