HomeMeet Your New CASA Ambassador: Josh Chopak

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Josh Chopak's a cappella experience started when he joined the all-male Weston (MA) High School Town Criers in his freshman year of high school. He helped take a leadership role as business manager during his junior and seniors years, and along with his peers he helped the group to its most successful year since its founding in 1976. Among the group's accomplishments was the release of its 2010 album Come Alive (done with Liquid 5th), which was recently chosen to be featured on BOHSA 2011. Earlier in the year the group's 2009 album "Stimulus Package" was nominated for the "Favorite High School Album" ACA, which was also paired with a "Favorite High School Group" ACA nomination. Even more notable was the Criers' 3rd place finish at last year's ICHSA Finals, which left them as the top all-male group and the top student-lead group in the competition.

Last June Josh also helped lead the production of Acapocalypse, a mini-a cappella festival that brought together Mr. Tim, Overboard, Duwende, and Five O'Clock Shadow.

As a freshman at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, Josh sings with the Chessmen, the school's only all-male group. At the moment he arranges for the group and will be planning its mini-tour in the spring, and he hopes to be music director in the future.

Josh's non-a cappella music business experience includes a music business class at Berklee College of Music as well as internships for the Newport Jazz Festival, Marshall Lamm Public Relations, Branford Marsalis/Marsalis Music, Jason Olaine, and Harry Connick, Jr./Wilkins Management.

Most recently, Josh was selected as a CARA nominator. As a CASA Ambassador, Josh can offer limited coverage of high school, collegiate, and semi-pro/pro groups in the Greater Boston Area, but will mostly specialize in groups within Central and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Josh's profile: http://www.casa.org/users/jchopak

more about the ambassador program: http://www.casa.org/ambassadors