Event Details


April 8-10, 2016


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


4/8-4/10 2016


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





  • Competition Admission
  • Early Seating Available*

CARAs Live Presentation




  • Live Awards Presentation Admission
  • Walk the Red Carpet
  • Light Dinner
  • Bundle with Pro Showcase available

Pro Showcase




* Upgrades available for an additional fee.
** Admission to the Live CARAs not included in an All Access Pass.

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.

5th Annual Live CARAs

Saturday, April 9, 2016
5:15 PM – Somerville Theatre
$35 Admission / $55 CARAs + Pro Showcase Bundle

This year marks the 5th annual live celebration and announcement of the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, and we’re gearing up for a ceremony worthy of your best! Dust off that tuxedo, pick out a stunner of a gown and your glitziest accessories, and walk the red carpet to honor all of the superb work our incredible, dynamic community has contributed to recorded music this year.

Our ceremony will take place at the beautiful Somerville Theatre on Saturday, April 9th beginning at 5:15 pm with a red carpet entrance where you can pose for our photographer to capture your sharpest look! Then, we’ll kick off the live awards presentation. Throughout the event, we’ll have special performances from CARA nominees, and you’ll see those nominees acknowledged and winners celebrated as we announce the results.

Finally, we’re excited to announce that The Swingles will be making a special appearance at the live CARAs event to share their incredible music and help us celebrate this year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Who will that be? It’s a surprise for now, but keep your eyes peeled!

Your admission includes a light dinner, a drink ticket (good for alcohol or non!), and tons of insidery fun. Tickets are $35, with a $10 discount available for nominees. Ticket bundles (with the Saturday night concert in the same space) are available for $55.

Join us for the 5th Annual Live CARAs, and help us celebrate our community’s best!

Nominees – if you are interested in participating in some musical performances, please contact Sara at sara@casa.org. Nominated groups may also contact shane@casa.org for their discount code.

  • Cluster
  • Voiceplay




Saturday Concert Performers

Cluster, one of the best vocal groups in Italy, was founded by five students of the Niccolo Paganini Conservatory in 2004. Cluster pushes the voice towards new frontiers through innovative arrangements and advanced technologies, creating a unique blend of jazz, pop and fusion. They have performed on some of the most prominent stages in Italy, Europe, USA and Russia, sharing the stage with national and international stars like Mario Biondi, Marco Mengoni, The Swingle Singers, Gigi D’alessia, Luca Barbarossa, Andrea Bocelli, Fiorello, Morgan and Giorgio Panariello.

Their first album, Cement (2007), secured Italy’s first ever triple nomination in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs). It later reached the top of the Italian iTunes download chart and kept the first position for over a week, surpassing artists like Madonna and Coldplay. Their rise to the top continued with their breakout appearance on the first season of Italy’s X Factor, winning over their mentor Morgan and millions of fans.

Cluster’s subsequent albums, Steps (2009) and Christmas Present (2010), received a total of 12 nominations and 5 awards in the CARAs, including Best Original Song and Best Holiday Album, establishing Cluster as the most award-winning Italian vocal group in history. Cluster’s first album in Italian will be released in 2015.



Saturday Concert Performers

As Seen on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”.

Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous. Origimagidiculous.

Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation.

VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.

The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and turned it completely on it’s head. Re-imagined as a full stage show, amazing, humorous, and vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay’s music-without-music sound as it ping-pongs between eras and styles, channeling the breadth of the musical landscape and lacing it with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics.

Fit for all ages, VoicePlay’s recordings and concerts are an impossible to miss hit which have to be heard to be believed.


Sound Off

Sound Off

Competition Hosts

Formed in 2013, Sound Off is an award-winning semi-professional a cappella group based in Boston, MA and proud member of the Contemporary A cappella League (CAL). We are young men and women from all different career fields brought together by an unabashed love for a cappella music and performance. While we perform regularly around the Greater Boston area, Sound Off continues to develop a diverse repertoire of modern pop with a soulful twist.


Tufts Amalgamates

Tufts Amalgamates

BOSS 2016 Host Group

The Amalgamates are the oldest co-ed a cappella group at Tufts University. Founded in 1984, The ‘Mates have had a long history of performing in the Greater Boston area, as well as locales from Austin, Texas to Dublin, Ireland, running workshops at local high schools, and performing for charity events and upscale gigs alike. Their latest album, Pendulum, follows their track record of award winning albums, with nominations for Best Mixed Collegiate Album, Song, Arrangement, and Soloist, as well as a selection on the Voices Only 2015 compilation.




BOSS Scholastic Competition

Friday, April 8, 2016
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA

#BOSS2016 Competitors

  • All the King’s Men (King’s College London)
  • Casual Harmony (Rutgers)
  • The Michigan G-Men (University of Michigan)
  • The Vassar Devils (Vassar)

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



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

55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144

Location of Competition and Professional Concert

Tufts University

Medford/Somerville Campus
Exact classrooms TBA

Location of Workshops & Masterclasses

Where to Stay

Hyatt Place Boston/Medford

116 Riverside Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, USA, 02155
$175/night deal with our promo code G-BOSF
Book Online: Select Special Rate –> Corporate or Group Code, not “Special Offer”
Book by Phone: 1 781 395 8500 (Mention group code or Boston Sings festival for discount)

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 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).


Where to Eat

Please visit one of our sponsors in Davis Square:

3247e443bd544e4e476dc064673f2cdfRedbones BBQ
55 Chester St, Somerville, MA


NEW Flatbread AlexD Original Logo 3Flatbread Company
45 Day St, Somerville, MA

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
Alex Green – Education Coordinator
Lauren France – Social Media Coordinator
Emily Flanders – Competition and Pro Showcase Producer
Sara Yood – CARA Director
Craig Martek – 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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