"The Sing-Off" season two begins Monday, December 6 on NBC. Ten amazing groups will compete for a Sony recording contract and cash prizes. We'll be featuring profiles of each group leading up to the debut, and during the show's run, we'll have a review of each episode. Have an opinion on any of the groups, or the show? Comment on any article or our forum
The students of Kettering-Fairmont High School’s mixed octet Eleventh Hour are pioneers of high school a cappella. Formed in 2000 by music teacher and award-winning barbershop singer Brody McDonald, the group was originally intended to be a classical crossover group in the style of the King’s Singers or Disney’s Voices of Liberty. Eleven students showed up to audition for eight parts, but all were so talented that they were all accepted and Eleventh Hour was born.
Since then, this talented group of youngsters, under the leadership of their dedicated director, has brought high school a cappella into the public eye with their energetic stage presence, mature sense of musicality, and vivacious spirit. They’ve won countless awards and recognitions, including a spot on the prestigious Best of High School A Cappella compilation albums in 2008 and 2009, inclusion on the SING V: Groovus compilation in 2008, and two wins from their seven nominations in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards from 2008 to 2010. The group has also been busy sharing their talents with music educators and scholars across the state and country, performing at numerous Ohio Music Educator Association and American Choral Director Association conferences, and has recently been invited to perform at the exclusive bi-annual National ACDA Conference to be held in Chicago, IL in 2011.
Eleventh Hour is unique in that McDonald believes his group should be treated like any other band. The students choose their own music, arrange their songs, and book their own gigs- no small feat for this creative group of high-schoolers. This independent musical spirit promises to serve this group well as they head off to California to continue breaking new ground as the first and only all high-school group performing on the second season of “The Sing-Off”!
For more info on Eleventh Hour and to purchase their newest album, Electrify!, visit the group’s website www.eleventhhouracappella.org!
"The Sing-Off" Season 2 Group Profiles: http://www.casa.org/content/sing-season-2-group-profiles
About the author:
Christopher Diaz, a graduate of the Florida State University, spent three years as the music director of FSU's mixed All-Night Yahtzee. During that time, he led the group to three consecutive appearances at the ICCA Finals as the South Region Champions, culminating in a second place finish at the 2008 International Finals. While directing Yahtzee, he co-produced two albums and was nominated for the Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement CARA in 2008. Christopher also served as the president of the FSU University Singers and vice president of the Student Opera Organization, and performed in dozens of FSU, regional and community opera and theatre productions. In 2008, Christopher began working with the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives as the Scholastic Coordinator and has served as the Competition Coordinator, as well as clinician, coach and producer for SoJam 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he joined CASA as the Ambassador Program Director and co-founded Mouth Off!, the 2010 ACA award-winning weekly podcast dedicated to the world of contemporary a cappella music. He now lives in coastal Virginia where he works as Community Center Director for the Salvation Army and serves CASA as the Director of Public Relations. He is a CARA nominator and judge, ICCA judge and producer, and freelance arranger, clinician and soloist who loves (perhaps a bit too much) Velveeta Shells & Cheese, the color green, and any songs with handclaps.