This past weekend, Varsity Vocals put on a whopping fourteen events but don't stress - we'll help catch you up on everything that went down! Skim to your favorite region or get the full update, we've got everything you need to stay in the loop as we head into peak a cappella competition season.
Another weekend, another jam packed wrap up of this weekend's exciting Varsity Vocals events. As we quickly approach the end of the month, catch yourself up on what's happening to stay in the know for Semifinals!
We're back for the second installment of The Vocal Company's Facts Only Varisty Vocals Aca Wrap Up. This past weekend saw 7 new events across ICCA and ICHSA, and we're here to give you the inside scoop on what went down.
The 2017 Varsity Vocals season is in full swing, but we know it can be hard to keep track of all the awesomeness going on in every region. Whether you're making an ICCA bracket or competing for the first time in ICHSA, we want to help you stay in the loop! Every Monday, we're going to give you a facts-only wrap up of the weekend's events so you can follow along as the groups make the journey to New York City!
If you want to set up your a cappella group for success at their next competition or big performance, you'll do almost anything. You might work with guest clinicians, perform in less pressure-filled situations, get feedback from peers, and/or video and watch your set.
The one thing you're probably not doing that you should? Recording.
Topics: a cappella production
While we are moving steadily through January now, I'm still thinking back to all the wonderful things 2016 brought to a cappella. Pentatonix won another grammy and hit number one on Billboard. A collegiate group, the Northeastern Nor’easters, made it onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In Transit opened on Broadway to rave reviews. Varsity Vocals started the Open, a no-holds-barred competition with a winning purse of $25,000. The British won the ICCA (congrats Techtonics!). Pitch Perfect 3 started filming. The A Cappella Video Awards were created. We saw a second season of Sing It On (featuring four #TVCFamily groups). OneVoice was featured on America’s Got Talent. More supergroups were born, more high school groups formed, more MIDDLE school groups entered onto the scene. Oh… and there was an a cappella wedding or two in there (Hi, Angela Longo!).
Social media is a great tool to keep your group relevant and supported, but to do it right, you need high social engagement. If you run an a cappella Facebook page, you are probably always looking for new and exciting content to post, but what happens when you are out of ideas? You have posted member spotlights and made an event for your concert, but there is so much more you can be doing!
An essential asset to a group is a solid vocal percussionist. But what happens when that asset graduates? Having someone who can effectively fill this essential role can bring a group to the next level. Incoming members may be willing to learn, but they will be in need of a teacher! Being a good mentor is more than just being a fantastic beatboxer. The following steps are everything you need to teach your protegeé about the art of vocal percussion:
When most groups think about starting new recording or video projects, the question on every leader or treasurer's mind is: How are we going to pay for this?
I'm going to let you in on a secret....every a cappella group has struggled with fundraising. Even the biggest success story you can think of, at some point or another, ran into an issue where they had to find more money to get them to that next step. There's good news though - there are real life cappella groups just like you out there making money right now, and with some concerted effort, you can too! Once you're ready to take the plunge, here are some good first steps to get you started making money through paid gigs.
To compete or not to compete?
Every year during early planning meetings, tons of groups ask themselves, “Should we compete? Is it time we get started?” Unfortunately, there’s no quick answer to that question that’ll apply to every group. So how do you know when – or IF – it’s time to bring your group to competition?