This March, the Contemporary A Cappella League will descend upon New York City for a new festival, brought to you by CASA. VoCAL Nation is gearing up to be a weekend full of classes, concerts and connections all aimed at making it easier for you to participate in a cappella. The weekend is open to ALL a cappella singers, fans and enthusiasts – there will be something for everyone!
Here are a few reasons why you should join me in New York City on March 25, 26 and 27th!
THE Concert. And I mean THE.
Joining us from across the pond, multi-Grammy winning artists The Swingle Singers are coming. To sing for you. If you’re not familiar with them, now is the time for you bring yourself up to speed:
“The Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. For over four decades, the unmistakable sound of "Swingle singing" has defined the art form: virtuosic vocal agility and blend demonstrated by their signature close-microphone technique, combined with high-level entertainment that has thrilled audiences around the globe. The latest lineup of young and talented voices represents the group's transformation from pioneering classical/jazz crossover artists to contemporary vocal super-group. Their repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, Latin, pop and rock, all accompanied by their own vocal rhythm section. The Swingle Singers have performed all across the UK, America, Asia, and virtually every country in Europe, have released over 50 recordings, and have won five Grammy Awards.” (from www.swinglesingers.com)
If that doesn’t already have you booking your trip, might I add that they were featured in Glee and they also recently released this video.
And to spice things up even more, we’ve just added Duwende to the bill for Saturday night. This 6-person vocal phenomenon has been collecting high praise for years, and not just from the a cappella community. If you haven’t seen them live, what better time than now? Their recent video series of Michael Jackson covers are all the rage on the internet right now. Watch a few and then go get that hotel reservation taken care of.
Knowledge is Power
Is singing in a non-scholastic a cappella ensemble a mystery to you? Let us unlock that for you. Join us for interactive classes on how to create exciting music with a group that is creative, strong and sustainable. Our mission in CAL is to Sing For Your Life and you’ll leave this weekend with the tools and know-how to do so – our standout groups and experienced instructors want to guide all participants in some of the best practices for getting the most out of your a cappella experience. Whether you are a student, someone whose chops are a little rusty or an active adult singer, there will be something for everyone.
Our Network is Awesome. You should be a part of it.
The a cappella world is like none other. Welcoming, supportive and fun. People that sing with and interact with League groups take this level of community to a whole new level. And you don’t have to be a League member to come to this event…..but by the end of the weekend, you’ll probably be tempted!
It’s New York City.
I don’t think I’ve ever NOT had fun in New York City. What could be better than a lot of fun people and great singing in a place as remarkable as the Big Apple?
There will be even more surprises!
Who doesn’t like surprises? I promise they are all the good kind.
Ok…. if you’ve gotten to this point and you haven’t made your plans yet, I’m putting out one last piece of encouragement: Weekend passes are limited and going quickly, so get yours now.