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.

CARA Banquet




  • 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


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.



*Times are not yet final.

Friday, April 10, 2015
5:00 PM Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
7:30 PM Competition
Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:30 AM Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
9:00 AM Workshops
5:00 PM CARA Banquet
7:30 PM Professional Showcase
Club For Five, Overboard
10:30 PM Afterparty
Sunday, April 12, 2015
10:00 AM Workshops
1:30 PM End of Festival




To be considered as a workshop leader and/or master clinician for BOSS 2015 (Tufts University 4/10-4/12/15), complete the application form by Friday February 20, 2015. We welcome proposals for workshops on any aspect of a cappella music: from technique and arrangement through performance and recording to history and criticism.

Workshops and masterclasses are held Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12 2015.

Thank you for your interest in BOSS 2015!

Questions? Please contact Matt Woodward (matt@casa.org).


BOSS Scholastic Competition

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

For the past three years, BOSS has been encouraging groups to push the boundaries of scholastic performance. Want to be a part of our ever-evolving and consistently innovative show? Want to be recognized for your revolutionary take on a cappella? Want everyone in the country to remember your name? Compete at BOSS.

Here’s how:
1. First, purchase all of your group’s All Access Passes.
2. Next, make us a video (under 12 minutes). Include the following:

  • A live performance from this academic year of at least one song
  • The reason your group wants to attend BOSS, and what you alone can bring to the stage
  • Any other fun things or special talents

3. Upload the video to YouTube, make it private, and send the link to emily@casa.org by 11:59 PM, March 6.



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).

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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