HomeAcaNews: What Happened In August?

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Tumbleweeds…crickets…August has been a slow month in the world of a cappella news. With college groups across the country reconvening and auditioning, we hope and expect September to be a lot busier.

As always, if you have news you would like to submit for a future update, or are interested in helping us compile these regular updates, please email us at: news@casa.org

In any event, here’s what you may have missed in August:


At the stroke of midnight (EST) on August 1, 2013, the tracklist for Voices Only 2013 was broadcast track by track on social media including Twitter and Facebook. You can check out the tracklist, along with links for purchase, right here.

The Kettering National High School A cappella Festival will be held November 8-9 (the same weekend as SoJam) in Ohio. It will feature headliners Pentatonix and Arora (nee Sonos). I’ll let you take a moment to absorb that information. Pentatonix. And. Arora. Details here.

Nearly a year after its debut in theaters, Pitch Perfect continues to produce news. Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” is still high on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and now it appears there will be a holiday album coming out later this year. You can read more on the album here.

There will apparently be an ABBA-themed a cappella competition at the famed Hollywood Bowl on September 8. You can read about it here.

Nominations for the A Cappella Community Awards (ACAs) are still being accepted from registered users of casa.org. If you’ve registered with the site, go here to submit your nominations (until September 8).

A cappella education is rapidly expanding, with new services available from Clear Harmonies and The Vocal Company. You can find out more about each here and here, respectively.

The first Namibian A Cappella International Festival, slated for the end of August, nabbed a big local corporate sponsor. Check out the story here.

Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens performed a medley of music from Les Miserables at this year’s VidCon.

College Humor posted a “Guide to Understanding College A Cappella” which is available here.

August saw noteworthy video releases from Pentatonix, Duwende, Peter Hollens, and others.


Speaking of Arora, it’s here. “Bioluminescence,” the group’s new (and eagerly awaited) album was released at the very end of July, and you probably know that based on the overwhelmingly glowing reviews and comments on Twitter and Facebook. You can find out more on the group’s website here.


Clear Harmonies has announced that Italian a cappella superstars Cluster will be back in the United States this Fall, with performances already scheduled for New York Connecticut, and Massachusetts, with more dates to be announced. You can read the press release (and get excited if you live in the area) here.

Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) group Cut Off recently completed a tour in North Carolina and will be performing at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September.


I don’t know what to do with this, but I found it interesting/entertaining, so here you go. DJ/musician/songwriter Moby put out this call for 12 “goth choir members” of mixed gender and ethnicity who “don’t have to be able to sing but need to be able to lip synch” and are comfortable with nudity. I don’t know. Click 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.

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.