2013 Inaugural Address

Dear fellow BOSStonians (Can I make these puns now? Does that come with the territory? Let’s roll with it.),

About two years ago, right after my first SoJam, I found myself in Dave Sperandio’s kitchen. “I’d like to talk to you about a festival in Boston,” he said. A few months later I met Meg Alexander at SMACC, we held the first impromptu Collaborative Recording, and the team for the first ever Boston Sings started coming together shortly after.

I feel like we all had more than a little bit personally invested in the first year being a success, and Meg was a major unifying factor. Despite her having to step down (and move on up with CASA), the team is set up for an awesome year ahead. I am proudly and excitedly stepping into this role, confident that the dedicated individuals we have assembled here will work together to make the second installment of BOSS even bigger and better than the first.

We’ll be announcing some details — performers! venues! CARAs! oh my! — very shortly, so start thinking about your red carpet formal attire and prepare yourself to be blown away. Feel free to contact me at koutz@casa.org with any questions, comments, or concerns, and above all I hope to see all of you in Boston with us in April!

Looking forward to the year(s) ahead,

Alexander Koutzoukis

A Fond Farewell

Dear friends and lovers of BOSS,

Over the past year I have been given an incredible opportunity to grow within the CASA community through the creation of Boston Sings. When I was asked to take on the task of executive producing this new festival I cried, both with joy and fear. Ask me again today and I’d do it all over… again, and again, and again, and again. This festival was my responsibility and I took that to heart. The first step in that was to create a team to support this event, and to help create, shape, and mold it as it would grow.

I have to say I think that our team did a pretty darn good job for their inaugural year. Not to say that it wasn’t without its kinks, but I know I had fun, and I sincerely hope you all did too… of course in addition to learning, networking, and doing it all with style. I also know that in the coming weeks you will find out what we have planned for BOSS 2013, and I know that you will be just as excited as this awesome team is.

It has been such an honor to work as a producer with this team, but the time for me to step down has come. I will be transitioning into a role with CASA where I will have the opportunity to develop even more events for you all to enjoy and I am excited to take on this new challenge. We have seen a number of changes in CASA in the last few years as this community has grown exponentially, and I am excited to be able to help shape our continued growth in the coming years.

In my place, please warmly welcome Alexander Koutzoukis into his new position as Executive Producer of Boston Sings. Between Alex’s experience with the Tufts Beelzebubs (which allowed him to perform on and arrange for The Sing-Off), as well as his production company Plaid Productions, he is no stranger to a cappella. Koutz has been working with CASA festivals in varying capacities since the fall of 2010. He was an Associate Producer of BOSS 2012 and is ready to bring BOSS 2013 to the next level. I am thrilled to be handing this event down to him, and excited to see where he and his team take this event.

I am still available to you all at meg@casa.org should you have any questions or concerns and I cannot wait to see you all this spring. (Psssttt, buy your BOSS tickets early; I promise they will sell out.)

Thank you all for your never-ending support,