Event Details


April 6-8, 2018


All Day


Somerville, 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.

All-Access Pass


4/6-4/8 2018


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

Scholastic Competition feat. HIVE




  • Competition Admission
  • Hosted by HIVE

Professional Concert




  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Featuring MICappella, Backtrack & Similar Jones

CARAs + AAP Bundle


4/6-4/8 2018


  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Workshop Admission
  • Awards Ceremony Admission + Red Carpet
  • Sunday Brunch

CARA Ceremony + Brunch




  • Awards Ceremony Admission
  • Red Carpet
  • Brunch
  • ***Nominee and AAP bundle discount available

CARA Ceremony




  • Awards Ceremony Admission
  • Red Carpet
  • ***Nominee and AAP bundle discount available

* Upgrades available for an additional fee.
** 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.

  • MICappella
  • Backtrack
  • Similar Jones
  • HIVE




Saturday Night Headliner

Effervescent, dynamic and versatile, MICappella is one of Asia’s leading vocal band based in Singapore.

The band tours internationally and most recently won 1st place in the international Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival as well as the 2017 CARA award for Best Asian Album for their latest album MICappella Reloaded, released in 2016. The first single, One Of These Days, reached top of the iTunes mando-pop charts on its first day of release.

MICappella has also broken boundaries by reaching more than 1.3 million viewers on Facebook alone within the first week of releasing their hit rendition of 那些年的小幸运 back in 2015, which catapulted them to greater recognition within the Chinese music scene. The video has now amassed more than 11 million views across platforms in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Always embracing their identity as Singaporeans and being effectively bilingual, MICappella has become an international brand that ignites the stage all over the world.



Saturday Night Performers

Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person a cappella group that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. The group pushes the limits of a cappella, creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music. The group now performs full-time, and noteable venues include: Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theatre, and the Beacon Theatre.

Similar Jones

Similar Jones

Saturday Night Performers

Similar Jones is a high-energy vocal band, primarily rock and blues and influenced by elements of soul, funk, and jazz. Our repertoire consists of cover songs old and new, plus original tunes that truly capture the Similar Jones sound: one marked by tight harmonies, intricate rhythms, innovative arrangements, and—most importantly—a rock-solid groove.



Friday Night Performers

HIVE is a group of 5 fierce and very different women making music with just their voices and some crazy sound effects—all while trying to make the world a better place. Formed in August of 2017, HIVE has already releasee their first single and music video of Real Thing. All HIVE singers are also music educators and not only sing and perform, but also teach workshops on vocal music. Giving back to the musical community through education is a core value of the group.

Shir Appeal

Shir Appeal

BOSS 2018 Host Group

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!

Scholastic Competition

Friday, April 6, 2018

Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA

We’re proud to present your #BOSS2018 Scholastic Competitors! Big thanks to all those who applied, and congratulations to the selected groups.


University of Florida

The Coda Conduct

The Coda Conduct

Pennsylvania State University

Pitch, Please!

Pitch, Please!

Northeastern University



Grand Valley State University

The Stereotypes

The Stereotypes

Washington University in St. Louis



University of Central Florida

7th Annual Live CARAs

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Join us for the 7th Annual Live CARAs, and help us celebrate our community’s best!

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.



View the Boston Sings 2018 schedule & directory.


BOSS is bringing some of the best and brightest in the industry to a classroom setting. Check back soon for the full schedule…


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.

Featured Educator

Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

Featured Educator

Lisa Forkish is an artist and educator who teaches by celebrating the unique voice in each of us. Her teaching style is infused with grace, patience and warmth, while maintaining a strong standard of excellence for the work at hand. Known as “Ms. Forkish” to the hundreds of young singers she has taught over the course of her seven-year-career at Oakland School for the Arts, Lisa is highly regarded as a teacher who inspires and empowers. She loves, supports and holds space for all who find themselves in her classroom. All are welcome and accepted. Lisa leaves her own ego out of her teaching, focusing solely on the music and it’s power to transform. She spends time cultivating connection: with the music, the audience, and especially with each other. Lisa brings humor and vulnerability to her teaching regardless of the setting; whether it be in a university lecture hall with hundreds of participants, a small classroom with 12 singers, or in a one-on-one coaching session, Lisa breathes humanity into the music and the teaching. Her infectious joy, compassion and energy lights up wherever she teaches.

Over the course of the past 15 years, Lisa has led FIVE different a cappella groups (including five-time national champions Vocal Rush) to place in various competitions (Varsity Vocals, AEA, Harmony Sweeps). She has been a guest instructor at numerous festivals, conferences and universities across the country, teaching workshops, directing choirs and leading group masterclasses. Since 2011, Lisa has been Vocal faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she teaches middle and high school students. She has also worked with numerous adult ensembles, including her current role as director of Diablo Women’s Chorale. In 2014, Lisa was the recipient of the Mason McDuffie Education Foundation Award for “Outstanding Educator.” She is the co-founder, Executive Director and Education Coordinator for the Women’s A Cappella Association, an educational non-profit.

Getting to BOSS

We strongly suggest you use public transport in Boston when getting around. Complete maps of MBTA Service can be found here.

Somerville Theatre

Scholastic Competition & Professional Concert

55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144

Tufts University

Workshops & Masterclasses

Medford/Somerville Campus
Exact classrooms TBA

Joe Sent Me

Friday Night After-party

2388 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Join us after our Scholastic Competition at Joe Sent Me!

Walking: When you exit the theater, take a left on Elm St. Take another left onto the Somerville Community Path. When you get to Cameron Ave., take a left. Cross Massachusetts Ave., and take another left. Joe Sent me will be on the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Alberta Terr.

Driving: Head North on Holland St. (to the left when you exit the theater). Take a left on Cameron Ave. Take another left onto Massachusetts Ave. Joe Sent Me will be on the right, on the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Alberta Terr. You can find street parking in the area.

Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

Saturday Night After-party

381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144

Join us after our pro concert at Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar!

Walking: When you exit the theater, take a right on Elm St. When you reach the fork in the road, cross the street, and stay to the left onto Summer St. Rosebud will be on the left.

Driving: Head South on Elm St. (to the right when you exit the theater). At the fork in the road, stay to the left onto Summer St. Rosebud will be on your left. You can park in Cutter Street Lot, which is across from Rosebud, on your right.

Where to Stay

AC Hotel Boston Cambridge

10 Acorn Park Drive
Cambridge, MA 02140

Group Rate: $189/night
Available until Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Book online, or call the front desk at 617-876-6190 and mention BOSS.

Other Deals

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).

  • airbnb—search near 55 Davis Square Somerville, MA or 419 Boston Avenue Medford, MA 02155
  • Hotels.com—search near 55 Davis Square Somerville, MA or 419 Boston Avenue Medford, MA 02155
  • Hotwire—look in “Cambridge – Harvard” and “Medford – Somerville” areas, or anything along the Red Line / 80 Bus Route (MBTA).

BOSS events don’t happen all on their own! Learn who’s behind the scenes below. To stay up-to-date with all BOSS happenings, be sure to like Boston Sings on Facebook and follow @BOSSaca on Twitter and Instagram.


Alexander Koutzoukis – BOSS Executive Producer
Meron Mogos – CASA Director of Events
Emily Flanders – Competition & Pro Concert Producer
Kayla Pichichero – CARA Coordinator
Alex Green – Education Coordinator
Shane Ardell – Web & Registration
Craig Martek – Food Sponsors
Eileen O’Hara – Talent Coordinator
Diana Galeano – Direct Outreach Coordinator
Brooks Jordan – Outreach Assistant
Nina Pelligra – Hospitality & After-party Coordinator
Yassee Mohebbi – Graphics & Social Media Coordinator


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.