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 (Early Bird)


4/8-4/10 2016


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

Competition (Early Bird)




  • Competition Admission
  • Early Seating Available*

Pro Showcase (Early Bird)




  • Showcase Admission, featuring Cluster / Voiceplay
  • Early Seating Available*

* Upgrades available for an additional fee.
** Early Bird pricing available for a limited time.

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time and Location TBA
Tickets On Sale Soon

Join us at BOSS for the CARA Banquet! We’ll be celebrating in style with a red carpet and live presentation of CARAs!

  • 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.



*Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, April 8, 2016
6:00 PM Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
Somerville Theatre
7:30 PM Competition
Somerville Theatre
10:30 PM Afterparty
Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:30 AM Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
9:00 AM Classes/Workshops
TBA CARA Banquet
(Not included in All Access Pass)
7:30 PM Professional Showcase
Cluster, Voiceplay
Somerville Theatre
10:30 PM Afterparty
Sunday, April 10, 2016
10:00 AM Classes/Workshops
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 when you purchase All Access Passes for your group.



BOSS Scholastic Competition

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

It’s year five, and BOSS plans on continuing 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 two songs (can be song fragments).
    • The reason your group wants to attend BOSS, and what you alone can bring to the stage. Give us an idea of what we can expect, and why we should choose your group!
    • Any other fun things or special talents? Share ‘em.
  3. Upload the video to YouTube, make it private, and send the link to emily@casa.org by 5:00 PM, Monday, February 15, 2016. 

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

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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