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Finding Emotional Synchronicity Benefits Both Performer and Listener

MAINE -- There are aspects of a cappella singing that makes it pleasurable for both singers and fans alike. When performed well, all-vocal singing achieves what I call emotional synchronicity the expression of deeply felt human emotions (such as joy, love and pain) by many people at the same time, with the same intensity. Its the kind of thrill you get going to a sports event with 25,000 people all cheering or booing at the same time, or doing a line dance at a wedding. Were a tribe. We all feel the same way. Its primal satisfaction.Emotional synchronicity can be a powerful way for performers to capture and energize their audience. When four, or five, or 150 singers match their emotional projections as well as they match their pitches and vowels, the resulting emotion wave felt by the audience increases by orders of magnitude versus what a single singer might achieve. Consequently, the audience is captivated by an empathetic reaction, and their emotional synchronicity rolls right back at the performers. What a thrill!

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2005 Arranging Competition Winners Announced

For the second year, sheet music publisher Contemporary A Cappella Publishing (CAP) ran an a cappella arranging competition. Submissions came from 23 arrangers of all ages, from across North America and Europe (the competition is open to all). There were many more entries this year, and not only because two new categories were added for Best Public Domain Arrangement and Best Original Song. Congratulations to the winners: