HomeAcaNews: What Happened In April?

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SPRING! SPRING! SPRING! It's spring, right? Still doesn't feel like it in some parts of the US anyway, but we trust it's coming...and in aca-land things have been hoppin' like the proverbial Easter Bunny!

Here’s what you may have missed in April:

News

RARB did a feature interview with Chris Rishel that's well worth reading.  

Denmark's The Postyr Project is changing their name to Postyr, and tenor Andreas Bech is leaving the group, to be replaced by Morten Bytofte. In addition, they will be running a summer vocal program in Aarhus - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1104487/SummerCamp2014.pdf. p.s. I so want to go to this!

The Vocal Company (TVC) is offering eight intensive summer seminars in Rochester on arranging and producing with some of our community's most accomplished musicians. More info here - http://www.thevocalcompany.com/2014/04/next-level-summer-2014/

The Swingle Singers made some US appearances, including one in NYC at the Rockwood Music Hall that was free to CASA members! See, being a CASA member has some serious perks!

ICCA and ICHSA finals were held in NYC as per usual, and this year's winners were: Berklee's Pitch Slapped (collegiate), and Northern Highlands Regional's Highlands Voices (HS). It's safe to say these groups are doing incredible things. Congrats to them! (CASA also gave away some tickets to the collegiate finals. See above about awesome membership perks!)

Pitch Perfect 2 has begun filiming in LA! Hailee Steinfeld and Brittany Snow have joined the cast.

Take 6 was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville! Congrats, guys!

Musae just completed a whirlwind Asia tour - welcome home, ladies, and...

...The Exchange just completed their European tour with The Backstreet Boys, and...

...Pentatonix went from touring the US to a quick stop in Asia to Europe!

Festivals

CASA's Boston festival BOSS had its third year the weekend of April 12th, with the CARAs bringing nominees from several different countries; Rockapella won our first Lifetime Achivement Award, and then headlined with Canada's The Rainbows.

SingStrong Chicago impressed in the midwest early in the month with many activities and concerts by Arora, Ten, West Side 5, Blue Jupiter, and more!

The Mile High Vocal Jam took place in Westminster, CO, and featured many prominent clinicians and performers.

Denmark's Aarhus Vocal Festival announced their 2015 dates, which will be May 22-25th 2015

WACA's second SheSings festival is coming up on May 23-24 and will feature headliners The Riveters and Honey Whiskey Trio. Be there (there being Eugene, OR)!

Auditions

Looking to join a group in the Boston area? The Pow Arrangers are having auditions next week. They're looking for all voice parts and all levels of experience, so come on out and sing a little somethin' somethin' for them. Info here

Albums/Recordings

BYU's A Cappella Club released the "Best of BYU A Cappella" CD. It's 12 tracks by 8 different groups. They recorded 10 of the tracks specifically for the album. Here's a promo video that has 30-35 second snippets of the songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbaIpSKptQI. Enjoy! A complete track list and ordering info can be found in the video info.

Forte is kickstarting a second all-originals album. Help them out here.

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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 .

About the writer:
Involved in a cappella since college (Kenyon College), Amy Malkoff was a founding member and bandleader of All About Buford and Deadline Poet, and her music has appeared on both the Rounder Records and Hear Music/Starbucks labels. She has appeared on stage and in the studio with such luminaries as Wayne Brady, Jonatha Brooke, The Persuasions, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, GrooveLily, Patty Griffin, and Dar Williams. She has a degree in music from Kenyon College, with music studies at Youngstown State University and masters-level coursework at the New England Conservatory of Music. Amy is CASA’s Director of Web Content, and serves on the board and as the Director of Media for the Women’s A Cappella Association  (WACA). She is a frequent competition judge and workshop/masterclass leader. http://www.amymalkoffmusic.com