The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) has announced its 2016/2017 board of directors. Tom Anderson, Vice President for 2015/2016, has been elected President. Greg Rubin, outgoing president for the last two terms, was elected to the position of Treasurer. A full list of board changes and re-elections are below.
This past year has seen a lot of development and expansion as an organization overall as well as increased attendance at events nationwide.
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival (LAAF) yielded a 10% increase in all-access ticket sales and received very positive survey feedback from attendees about the overall festival weekend. Boston Sings (BOSS) experienced a great growth in size with a 56% increase in professional showcase tickets and many attendees said it was the best BOSS to date. Attendance at the 2016 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) doubled in size from 2015 (98% increase).
Another big change this year was the decision to move the SoJam festival location from the Raleigh-Durham area to Atlanta, GA. With a majority of participating groups hailing from more southern states, Atlanta proved to be a more geographically central meeting point and allowed 13 new groups to attend for the first time, 8 of whom hailed from Florida alone.
This past year also brought some aesthetic improvements as the logo was rebranded in honor of CASA’s 25th anniversary. The rebranding was officially announced during the BOSS festival weekend and the new logo appeared on the red carpet step-and-repeat banner.
Attendees of this year’s Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards were the first to learn of a huge festival announcement. Due to the overwhelming growth of a cappella music videos, CASA will launch the first ever A Cappella Video Awards (AVA) and a live award ceremony is tentatively planned to occur during LAAF in Los Angeles, CA in early 2017. This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipient & CASA founder, Deke Sharon, discussed the future of a cappella during his BOSS workshop and he felt strongly that an increase in a cappella videos was on the horizon.
Moving forward, a growth in CASA memberships and sponsorships will be a key focus for development as well as tracking program data. An updated and redesigned website is also in the works for the organization and the newly elected board is eager for all the excitement to come this upcoming year.
Here is the full list of changes for the 2016/2017 CASA Board of Directors:
- Tom Anderson changes his role from Vice President to President
- Greg Rubin changes his role from President to Treasurer
- Blair Baldwin remains Director of Events
- Shane Ardell remains Director of Technology
- Virginia DeMoss remains Director of Development
- Marc Silverberg remains Director of Education
- Lauren France joins the board as Director of Marketing & Communications
- Gina Deaton joins the board as Secretary