* Upgrades available for an additional fee.
** Admission to the Live CARAs not included in an All Access Pass.
*** Early Bird pricing ends 2/17
The Finnish word Rajaton translates as “boundless” – a word that so accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around a hundred concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes their audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon on the world stage.
Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention.
Rajaton has released 16 different albums. In 2017, Rajaton celebrates 20 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland under their belt, as their worldwide record sales are drawing over 400.000 copies altogether.
Ever seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps their deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere. Their energy – infectious; their ability to entertain and inspire – Rajaton!
The voice is boundless.
Musae is the leading female contemporary vocal band on the American scene. Comprised of a cappella superstars from New York, LA, Atlanta, and Houston, these women move audiences all over the world with their fresh, fierce sound. Musae is home to veterans of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Pop TV’s “Sing It On,” the popular film “Pitch Perfect 2,” ICCA champions, and skilled music instructors and audio engineers. Musae has headlined some of the most prominent music festivals both in the U.S. and abroad. With world-class performances, award-winning recordings, and industry-leading workshops, Musae seek to inspire and educate young artists and performers everywhere to create music and spread harmony.
Shir Appeal is an award-winning co-ed Jewish a cappella group from Tufts University. We have traveled from coast to coast singing in a wide variety of languages and musical styles: Israeli pop and rock, traditional liturgical songs, Jewish world music, and English songs with Jewish themes. Shir Appeal is proud to be the first Jewish group to receive a CARA award, the first non-secular and only Jewish group to be featured on the prestigious Voices Only and Best of Collegiate A Cappella (BOCA) compilation albums, and to be featured on every Best of Jewish A Cappella (BOJAC) album to date. To order our most recent CD, Perspective, find us on iTunes and Spotify!
@ BOSS 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
55 Davis Square, Somerville MA
5 PM – Reception & Red Carpet
5:30 PM – Awards Ceremony
Join us for the 6th Annual Live CARAs, and help us celebrate our community’s best!
With nominations just announced, it’s time to gear up for the 6th annual live celebration of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards! Break out your black tie attire and get ready to pose on the red carpet, then come join us in supporting our a cappella community and the innovative recordings that were released in the past year.
The evening will include a light dinner, red carpet photos, awards presentation, special performances, and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation.
Ticket includes a light dinner and one drink ticket.
Please note: Schedule subject to change.
Ever found yourself at the end of a class with a burning question – or a series of them! – that either didn’t get answered or you didn’t even think to ask? Well, now’s your chance. Just like you might go to see a professor after class to up your game, we’re introducing Office Hours at BOSS 2017.
Select instructors will have extra time either before or after their classes to talk about whatever YOU want. Topics can be prepared or spontaneous, and the dynamic of the conversation depends on who else is there with questions or comments. Maybe you just had an idea planted in the class an hour before, or you’re itching to talk about something you saw in the Scholastic Competition; this is the time to get those thoughts out and really make the most of your BOSS experience. Whether it’s one-on-one or small group discussions, our instructors will be there to hear from you and drop some knowledge.
Office Hours slots are 30 minutes long, and run concurrently with other workshops, so check the schedule [which is always subject to change] to make sure you don’t miss that class you’ve been dying to attend!
What is a masterclass? It’s a private (or sometimes public) session with one of our clinicians to workshop your arrangements, choreography, a few songs, your competition set… whatever you need! Simply indicate your interest (as part of the registration questions) when purchasing your group’s All Access Passes.
AcaBombs are off mic, ‘impromptu’, informal performance opportunities in between classes. AcaBombs are assigned on first-come, first-served basis. Simply indicate your interest (as part of the registration questions) when purchasing your group’s All Access Passes.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA
Introducing your BOSS 2017 Scholastic Competitors! A huge thank you to all that applied, and congratulations to our selected groups! We can’t wait to see what they bring to the BOSS stage.
We strongly suggest you use public transport in Boston when getting around. Complete maps of MBTA Service can be found here.
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
Location of Competition and Professional Concert
Exact classrooms TBA
Location of Workshops & Masterclasses
AC Hotel Boston Cambridge
10 Acorn Park Drive
Group rate: $185/night
Available until Wed. March 1st
Book online or call the front desk at 617-876-6190 and mention BOSS.
Porter Square Hotel
1924 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Special Rate*: $219
Website | (617) 499-3399
*While we do not have a BOSS specific group block, Porter Square Hotel offers a special rate for anyone attending events at Tufts University. Call and mention you are attending an event on campus to get the special rate.
Please note that this hotel does not offer self-parking.
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).
55 Chester St, Somerville, MA
45 Day St, Somerville, MA
If you should receive passes to BOSS 2017 as part of a 2016 or 2017 sponsorship package, please confirm with Shane Ardell that you will be attending and we will hold these passes for you at registration / will call.