HomeAcaNews: What Happened In March?

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As usual, March Madness was exciting, surprising, and riveting. Congratulations to all the Harmony Sweepstakes, ICCA, and ICHSA competitors and winners. Apparently there was some college basketball tournament too!

Now, on to the news.


Pentatonix has not only been on tour, they’ve been in the news lately. Check out why here and here.

The Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) nominations were announced here, and winners will be announced live from Boston Sings on April 12. 

A variety of other a cappella news items or essays are available here, here, and here.

RIT Eight Beat Measure is in a competition to win either $1000 or a year supply of Tastykake (If you have never had one of these in your mouth, you should put that on your to-do list for today). $1000 would be nice but so would a year supply of TastyKakes. Winner is determined by number of votes from now and APRIL 11th. So go VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE. Every day. Until April 11th. You can even vote on multiple devices. Click this link: www.tinyurl.com/TastyBeat

Apparently UF No Southern Accent is in talks to start on a possible reality show based on “Pitch Perfect,” according to this article.

Postyr Project has a campaign to raise money for their new book about group dynamics (not the musical kind!), complete with games and exercises, “Icebreakers.” Check it out here.

Colorado-based FACE VOCAL BAND opened for BON JOVI in March!

The A Cappella Education Association is helping singers get to Camp A Cappella. For only $450 a singer (cost), some young singer can get 6 days of education and inspiration from Darren Chic, Christopher M. Diaz,Hannah Juliano, Kurt Zimmerman, Home Free and more! Any size donation would help, and your kindness is tax deductable. There's never been a more affordable way to help young singers in need!


Ball in the House is holding auditions for a full-time position, offering a competitive salary Applicants from all over the country will be considered, but relocating to Boston or the Greater New England Area is necessary. Learn more here, or else send resume materials, references, recordings/YouTube videos, blood type, favorite pizza topping, etc. to: Nathaniel “Grizzly” Adams


*Ball in the House also had a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign.

DC acappella group, Keyvibe, is searching for a beatboxer, bass singer and mezzo. Email info@keyvibe.com if you are interested in auditioning! Thank you!

Inbal Ranan posted the following on CASA FB page- “We have a couple spots that just opened up in our LA based a cappella group! We are hosting auditions for an alto and a tenor/baritone. If you are interested please email some info about yourself and an audition video to: inbal.ranan@gmail.com

New NYC-based, vocal band-style a cappella group HOWL seeks creative, enthusiastic, committed singers and beatboxers with a passion for tight harmonies. We are now accepting video submissions from prospective members, looking for all voice parts and vocal percussion.

Videos can be sent to contact@howlacappella.com

In New Hampshire, Tuckerman’s at 9 is looking for a new vocal percussionist. More here.


The Texas A Cappella Celebration returned to San Antonio on March 8, 2014. Attendees from all over Texas came together at MacArthur High School for a fiesta of workshops, masterclasses and performances. Dakaboom wowed the crowd at the afternoon Showcase with their hilarious hosting, while five outstanding groups displayed their talent. The evening concert brought unforgettable performances from MacArthur High School PFC, The Marcsmen, Clearly Vocal and the phenomenal ARORA. Start planning now for next year. This is one festival you don't want to miss!

The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia www.projectphilly.org teamed together with Support A Cappella www.supportacappella.org to present their third annual A Cappella Winter Workshop at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA on Saturday, March 1st. A full day of masterclasses and workshops was topped off by a showcase performance of all groups in attendance, including CAL group KeyStone A Cappella and Sing-Off veterans Element.

The GrooveBarbers www.groovebarbers.com traveled to Philadelphia for a performance at Melodies Cafe with CAL group KeyStone A Cappella on March 28th. The GrooveBarbers features three alumni from Rockapella including founder Sean Altman.

SingStrong Chicago will be coming up very soon (days!) featuring Ten, Blake Lewis, Breath of Soul, Blue Jupiter, and more. Check out this article promoting it. Michael Marcus wrote up a nice piece about the DC SingStrong right here.

The Mile High Vocal Jam needs some ACA Clinicians!! And... We pay you to come out! Email tony@mhvj.org with a bio and class idea? Be prepared to masterclass some groups!!

The last day to register for Pitch Fest is Saturday, April 5th. Pitch Fest is an invitation to all high school students to spend an entire day learning contemporary a cappella through both master classes and performance. This event is hosted by Ottertuned, the new student-run a cappella ensemble at Otterbein University. For more information please check the attachments as well as going to our website.

Women's A Cappella Association has extended the application deadline for performers and instructors for SheSings 2014 to APRIL 15! You've got time to make plans. It's going to be an amazing festival -- don't miss out!


BOSS (Boston Sings) returns for its third year April 11-13, and will feature headliners Rockapella and The Rainbows, as well as workshops/masterclasses, the live CARA awards and red carpet, a scholastic competition, and much more!

A few more regional champions were crowned for Harmony Sweepstakes, including Quintessential Five (New York), Catatonic (Mid-Atlantic), SeaNote (Pacific NW), Prime Time (Bay Area), and 3AM Movement (Chicago). Congratulations to all the winners, and good luck to those groups competing in the remaining two regions.

Several of the ICCA regional semifinals occurred in March, and the following groups are going to the Finals in NYC: The G-Men (University of Michigan), Vocal Point (University of Delaware), Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music), and N’Harmonics (NYU). Congratulations to all groups!

You can learn more about all the regional results, as well as the ICHSA results, right here.


Redline released a new single, “Sleep,” which is available for free download on their website here.

Satellite Lane released their new original song “Geeky Girl,” available here.

The Current released their new single, “I’ll Be Waiting,” here.

The ladies of Jaded celebrated their anniversary with this video release of “We Remain.”

The Sons of Pitches released a new video mashing up Gorillaz and Pharrell here.

Blackout released their new video for “If I Were a Boy” here.

Level released their cover of “Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean here.

The Funx released their video for “Say My Name” right here.

The ladies of Noteworthy released their video for “Feel Again” here.

Quinta and a Half released this video of their flashmob proposal here.


Apologies to any groups/news we missed, but remember- the best way to ensure we include you is to email us at news@casa.org

photo: Quintessential Five

About the writer:
Dave Bernstein is the founder of NYU's all-male group Mass Transit, a former music director of the Potsdam Pointercounts, and (sadly) current member of no a cappella group. After studying music business in college, Dave co-founded Liquid Productions, a small recording studio in Long Island, New York, which produced a handful of collegiate recordings, demos, and commercial projects before going under. Eventually, he went back to law school where he worked for the famed Innocence Project. He currently works as a public defender in New York. In October 2011, he started acatribe.com, a blog devoted to news, analysis, and general love for all things a cappella.  In summer 2012, he joined The Recorded A Cappella Review Board as a reviewer.  He continues to sing in various classical choirs in the New York metropolitan area, and hopes to someday rejoin the active ranks of the post-collegiate a cappella community.