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The National Championship of High School A Cappella: Reflections

{mosimage}Last week I had the opportunity to interview Mark Suprenant, director and founder of the National Championship of High School A Cappella (NCHSA), to discuss NCHSAs often turbulent first year. The show, the first nationwide competition in contemporary a cappella for high schoolers, has angered many in the a cappella community who have not been paid for their services. After nearly five months since the end of the competition, NCHSA is still in debt, and the first season lost nearly $65,000. Suprenant, who graduated the University of Michigan with a choral music education degree and sang in both the Dicks and Janes and the Compulsive Lyres, blames NCHSAs first year business model for the shows financial woes and says that he and his NCHSA staff didnt leave enough prep time to plan the first season. We went live about six months before we should have, Suprenant said, and our business model didnt leave us with any margin of error.