Event Details


April 10-12, 2015


All Day


Boston, MA

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, the exclusive LIVE presentation and announcement of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, plus two days of workshops, and a professional showcase on Saturday night.

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


4/10-4/12 2015


  • Competition Admission
  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Workshop Admission
  • Reserved Seating Available*
  • The full experience.



4/10/2015 - 7:30 pm


  • Competition Admission
  • Reserved Seating Available*

Pro Concert


4/11/2015 - 7:30 pm


  • Pro Concert Admission
  • Reserved Seating Available*

CARA Banquet


4/11/2015 - 5:00 pm


  • Red Carpet Access
  • Black Tie Barbecue
  • Live Awards Presentation

* Upgrades and bundle options available for an additional fee.

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 the email address connected to your active membership as the promo code. Contact us if you have any questions.

CARA Banquet and Awards Presentation
+ Red Carpet

BOSS 2012

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm
Regent Theatre
$40 ticket

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 sara@casa.org before purchasing.

  • Club For Five
  • Overboard
  • VXN


Club For Five

Club For Five

Saturday Concert Performers

Club For Five challenges conventional wisdom about the capability of the human voice. Their unique arrangements and original compositions combine jazz, pop and rock in such a chic and unique way, that they create a musical genre all their own.

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.




Saturday Concert Performers

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.




Friday Deliberation Performers

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.

Tufts Amalgamates

Tufts Amalgamates

BOSS 2015 Host Group

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.”



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*Class times and locations are subject to change.

Friday, April 10, 2015
5:00 PM Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
Regent Theatre
7:30 PM Competition
feat. VXN
Regent Theatre
10:30 PM Afterparty
Harvard Square Border Cafe
32 Church St Cambridge, MA 02138
Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:30 AM Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
Tufts University (Outside Aidekman/Granoff)
9:00 AM Building Group Sound
Caleb Whelden
Anderson 206
Jessie Louise Mark
Anderson 212
Women’s A Cappella Panel
Sara Yood, Heather Newkirk, Amy Malkoff, Diana Galeano
Anderson 312
Recording 101
Rick Thomas
Aidekman 012
Rehearsing Creativity
Scott Cobban
Aidekman 009
10:10 AM Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership
Diana Galeano
Anderson 206
As Fast as Possible
Jessica Gottdank
Anderson 212
Heather Newkirk, Jim Kane, Alex Green
Anderson 312
Open Masterclass
Lark with Club For Five
Aidekman 012
Vocal Percussion FTW
Tracy Robertson
Aidekman 009
11:15 AM AcaBombs
11:15 AM
High Point University Toccatatones – Anderson
Northeastern University Treble on Hunnington – Granoff

11:30 AM
Olin College Power Chords – Anderson
U of New Hampshire Not Too Sharp – Granoff

11:45 AM
Root 7 – Granoff

12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM How to Sing in All Styles
Erin Hackel
Anderson 206
Advanced Arranging Techniques
Tom Anderson
Anderson 212
Going the Distance
Alli Brooks
Anderson 312
Audio Equipment for A cappella
Ben Cohan
Aidekman 012
Open Masterclass
Pitch, Please! with Overboard
Aidekman 009
2:10 PM Why Lyrics Matter
Amy Malkoff
Anderson 206
Marc Silverberg, Evan Feist
Anderson 212
Telling Your Story
Sarah Spinella
Anderson 312
Jazz/Improv VP
Ben Cohan
Aidekman 012
3:10 PM AcaBombs
3:10 PM
Redline – Anderson
Hampshire College Crazy Pitches – Granoff

3:25 PM
CCSU TGFI – Anderson
Hampshire College Gin & Tonics – Granoff

3:40 PM
CCSU ACABellas – Anderson
West Chester U of PA Suspensions – Granoff

5:00 PM CARA Banquet
(Not included in All Access Pass)
Regent Theatre
7:30 PM Professional Showcase
Club For Five, Overboard
Regent Theatre
10:30 PM Afterparty
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
Davis Square
381 Summer St Somerville, MA 02144
Sunday, April 12, 2015
10:00 AM Harmony for Arrangers
Tom Anderson
Anderson 212
11:15 AM Music Director Round Table (Limited Enrollment)
Jon Smith
Anderson 206
Preparing your Arrangements for Recording
Tim Bongiovanni
Anderson 212
Full Song Improvisation
Evan Feist
Anderson 210
12:30 PM CASA Forum
Event Staff
Anderson 206
1:30 PM End of Festival


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.

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Advanced Arranging Techniques (Tom Anderson)
Less philosophy, and more specific how-to’s for the experienced arranger looking to add arrows to their quiver.

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Advanced Directing (Shams Ahmed)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Building Group Sound (Caleb Whelden)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 real drummer in this hands-on class.  Topics include syncopation, improvisation, playing nice with basses, realistic cymbals, and lingual dexterity.  Learn to “maintain the illusion of simultaneity” through advanced call-and-response, share essential listening for drummers, and hang out for a jam session.

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Live Arranging (Eric Chung, Rob Opdyke)
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.

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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.

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Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership (Diana Galeano)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rehearsing Creativity (Scott Cobban)
Learn how to use improv games and techniques to prepare and get comfortable for performances and general talking/hosting moments on stage.

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Vocal Percussion FTW (Tracy Robertson)

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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.

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AcaBomb Performances

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 diana@casa.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.


BOSS Scholastic Competition

Friday, April 10, 2015
Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA

#BOSS2015 Competitors

  • Acapocalypse (Emmanuel College)
  • Lark (UC Denver)
  • One Note Stand A Cappella (UT Austin)
  • Pitch, Please (Northeastern University)
  • UniSons (Northeastern University)
  • Upper Structure (Berklee College of Music)

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.



Getting to BOSS

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

Regent Theatre

Arlington, MA

7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA

Location of Competition and Professional Concert

Tufts University

Medford/Somerville Campus

419 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Location of Saturday/Sunday Workshops

Where to Stay

Hyatt Place Boston/Medford

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”.


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 – guesthouse, bed & breakfast and vacation rentals, search near 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA or 419 Boston Avenue Medford, MA 02155
  • Hotels.com - search near 7 Medford Street Arlington, 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).


Be Sure to Check Out

FUNdraiser FlyerPizza With a Purpose

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (Lunch or Dinner)

California Pizza Kitchen

Cambridgeside Galleria
100 Cambridgeside Place
Cambridge, MA

Print the flyer or pick up a copy at the info table at BOSS, take it into California Pizza Kitchen (100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge, MA) for lunch or dinner and present it to your server, and 20% of your check will be donated to support the Contemporary A Cappella Society and its programs.

Includes dine in, take out, catering and beverages.

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.


Alexander Koutzoukis – BOSS Executive Producer
Blair Baldwin - CASA Director of Events
Shane Ardell – Web & Registration
Matt Woodward – Education Manager
Heather Newkirk – Social Media Coordinator
Emily Flanders – Competition and Pro Showcase Producer
Sara Yood – CARA Director
Alex Green – Food Sponsors
Liz Mongrello – Volunteer Manager
Eileen O’Hara - Afterparties/Local Coordinator
Diana Galeano - Outreach Coordinator
Meron Mogos – Sponsorships


A ‘masterclass’ is a session in which your group works privately with a BOSS instructor or instructors: a chance to receive real-time, constructive criticism from a cappella’s best and brightest! Masterclasses will be available all weekend during class times (Saturday 9:00-5:00, Sunday 10:00-12:00). Masterclass registration is part of event registration and the schedule will be released no later than a week prior to the event.

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 as well as post details on how to register on our blog and on social media.

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

An All-Access Pass includes admission to both Saturday and Sunday workshops, the Friday evening Collegiate Competition, the Saturday evening Professional Showcase and all afterparties.

Tickets are on sale via Ticketfly. Please see the Tickets section of the website for details.

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. 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.

If your group placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in the 2014 Collegiate Competition, we will be in contact with you about how to register using your discount for BOSS 2015.

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.

Be sure to check out the submission instructions to be a part of the competition.

The submission deadline for the competition is listed under the Important Dates section here.

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 the link to boss-submissions@casa.org.

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 Friday, April 11th. If you have any specific questions please contact us.

We are working on procuring some discounts with local hotels for the weekend of the conference. Information about how to book using these discounts will be posted in the Getting Around section of the site.

All data collection and payments are completed on the Ticketfly website. Please see the Ticketfly website for information about their security measures.

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.

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