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Competition Tips

It's the spring, which means it's competition season. The ICCAs, the ICHSAs, the Harmony Sweepstakes... people from age 14 to 70 will be performing on stages across the US over the next couple of months, hoping their group proves to be the best of the night. I'm often asked how a group can improve, and what they should focus on in the rehearsals before the performance, as well as when they're on stage. Here are a few suggestions I find myself saying often: featureimage: 

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The Most Important Thing

Let's just say you're in an a cappella group, and you're getting a nice, warm reaction from the crowd, but it's nothing amazing. No stomping, no screaming, no undies thrown on stage. You'd like a bigger response, but you're not sure why you're not getting one. Let's figure it out. Is it your tuning? featureimage: 

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The Most Important Thing

Let's just say you're in an a cappella group, and you're getting a nice, warm reaction from the crowd, but it's nothing amazing. No stomping, no screaming, no undies thrown on stage. You'd like a bigger response, but you're not sure why you're not getting one. Let's figure it out. Is it your tuning?

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Futurapella

The House Jacks do our fair share of workshops, and during the question and answer period, we're invariably asked: "With you guys living in 5 different cities (San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and New York), how do you ever rehearse?" My answer is usually "We don't!" but the truth is that we usually pack a rehearsal in when we can (between shows on a road trip, before or after a multi-day gig in a city, etc). However, those days are perhaps numbered.

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What is News?

On the eve of the new CASA website launch with its greatly expanded news section, I'm finding myself thinking a great deal about news. What is the news, besides that which is new? To give the question some context, I'm reminded of the funeral for Princess Diana. Millions of people worldwide wept openly... and yet they never met her, never knew her, and likely nothing she ever did had any impact on their lives. Yes, she was a philanthropist, but there are thousands of people who work harder every year, and they completely unknown. featureimage: