If you haven't already heard, Season 2 of the aca docu-series "Sing It On" is back on Pop TV with more awesome music, drama, and 4 fresh new groups! With new episodes airing every Wednesday at 8/7c, we are always so excited to cheer on our #TVCFamily during prime time. The show highlights 4 competitive east coast groups we love, Faux Paz, S#harp Attitude, The Hexachords, and Off the Beat, as they vie for the title of ICCA champion.
Topics: Rehearsal Strategies
With the quickly increasing number of high school and collegiate groups, it’s really no surprise that so many people first get introduced to this crazy world of a cappella during their time in a scholastic group. Both high school and college groups have packed schedules 9 months out of the year, but then there's this thing called summer vacation. Most groups choose to go MIA for the summer months as group members take on new jobs, classes, or programs, but those two to three months off can really hurt your group’s productivity and momentum! Summer a cappella planning can make a big difference in prepping you for the year ahead and keeping fans engaged, so we’ve got some ideas for how to keep your group moving in a positive direction while you’re away in these summer months.
Your group has been working for months on arranging, tracking, and giving feedback on your album tracks and at last, you have a pack of beautifully mastered tracks ready to show the world. You are sitting on months of hard work, fundraising, and excitement, so the last thing you want to do is share your music to a captive audience of.....your music director's mom and your roommates. You need to invest just as much thought into marketing an album as you do in recording it, and the tips below will help you do it right.
Finding the reason why you are singing is one of the best rehearsal performance strategies out there. When working with groups on live performance, we always say - if you connect with a listener’s heart, they will forgive the imperfections of a human performance. But the question is, how do you connect with a listener’s heart?
Topics: Rehearsal Strategies
Ever since the introduction of YouTube to the digital world, the music industry has never been the same. These days, content is king, and the best kind of content to share with your audiences is video. How many days have gone by in the past week where you haven’t watched a funny cat video, seen a 30 second clip of a chicken parm recipe, or watched a music video of one of your favorite artists? Chances are if you are online, you are consuming thousands of minutes a video a year – yet a cappella groups rarely take up the opportunity to do a professional music video and share it with their audiences. We think that should be different, and we have four reasons why.
A cappella songwriting can be as simple as writing a song on your go-to instrument and then arranging it. A cappella songwriting can be as simple as having a group of voices you are passionate about, as simple as the desire to showcase the talent at your disposal at its absolute best. A cappella songwriting can be as simple as the drive to – rather than tailor pre-existing material – create a seamless, form-fitting piece from scratch for the instruments in your hands and the circumstances at your feet.
ICCA has been constantly changing and growing, and what's become more clear in recent years is that winning is anybody's game, and groups are using it as an opportunity to work harder than ever. While almost everyone who's interested gets the chance to compete in Quarterfinals, only some have earned the chance to sing at the Semifinals level, and the question for these recent winners is - what now?