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5 A Cappella Audition Myths Debunked

Posted by AJ Marino on Sep 7, 2017 5:45:53 PM

No matter what kind of group you are, every group goes through the grueling yet exciting process of auditions. While it may happen every year, finding new members is no easy fit. Finding new members that are the perfect fit?  That's even harder. 

As an alum of 3 a cappella groups (and counting), I've been through my fair share of auditions - some great, some not so great. In my conversations with groups, I realized many of the same audition problems and questions kept coming up - so I wanted to investigate. What are the pros doing that helps them find the best new members every year?  I asked the current and former directors of groups of all levels and sizes to see what they do to prevent common audition mistakes.

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Topics: Rehearsal Strategies

Prepping for an A Cappella Competition in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Chris Hoffman on Sep 9, 2016 12:55:33 PM

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?

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Topics: Rehearsal Strategies, Competition

4 A Cappella Audition Tips from "Sing It On"

Posted by AJ Marino on Aug 3, 2016 11:54:27 AM

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. 

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Topics: Rehearsal Strategies

7 Exercises to Bring Out the Emotion in Your Performance

Posted by Dave Longo on Mar 9, 2016 11:37:46 AM

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? 

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Topics: Rehearsal Strategies