KeyStone A Cappella has been in existence for a little over a year, and we’ve accomplished quite a bit in that time. We’ve learned a repertoire of twenty songs, sang an on-stage clinic for Barry Carl and Tom Anderson, competed in Harmony Sweepstakes Mid-Atlantic, recorded our first professional single, and now attended our first CASA Festival.
KeyStone was one of eight featured performers on the CAL Showcase Concert – the opening ceremonies for the VoCALnation A Cappella Festival, which occurred on July 13th and 14th 2012. The Friday night concert was held at Arlington Temple United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA and the classes and professional concert were held at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.
There were so many great take-aways from the weekend. It was only our second time performing live on a mic system, and we learned more about what to do and not to do for our sound check to optimize our performance. We watched eight other acts including host group Cartoon Johnny – there was not a weak performance in the lot. From the smooth jazz stylings of Clearly Vocal to the contemporary sounds of Cognitive Resonance, The Seekers, The Red States, Empire A Cappella, and Euphonism, to the round choral sounds of Captial Hearings, there was a lot of great performing going on.