HomeMeet Your CASA Ambassador: Shane Ardell [Georgia/US]

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Shane Ardell
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When did you first become involved in a cappella? In what capacity?


I started playing around with arranging in high school, including transcribing some Rockappella commercial jingles for the guys' quartet to sing on the morning announcements, and for an upstart girls' trio. In college I joined an all female a cappella group and just kept arranging.  Before graduating college I also started singing with a non-scholastic 5 person group in Atlanta as well.
 
When did you first become involved with CASA?


I interacted some with CASA in college, but really became involved through SoJam.  Volunteering at SoJam put me in contact with a lot of the CASA board members.  Also, a friend of mine was the Georgia CASA Ambassador but realized he wasn't going to have the time to continue do it, and that's when Steve and I volunteered to take over together as co-ambassadors.
 
What area do you cover as a CASA ambassador?

Georgia
 
What role do you play as a CASA ambassador and/or what role would you like to play?

We definitely try to help network folks and keep a directory of sorts of active groups in the state, although I have plans to make that more consistent and official.  I'd like to find ways for groups in Georgia to support each other more through coaching, attending concerts, etc.  I've also coached some groups here and there and been part of local events.
 
What do you do for work and play?

I work mostly on websites, both for clients and for some side projects. Play includes music (both with instruments and without), reading, hanging out with my beautiful nieces and nephews, and traveling.
 
Tell us one thing about yourself people would be surprised to learn

Some people may not be surprised, but I lived in Germany for 10 months right after graduating college.
 
Favorite a cappella group?

Man, that's a tough one.  Sonos and Naturally7 are sticking out in my mind right now, but I certainly enjoy a lot of groups.
 
Favorite type of music?

If it's in tune and well done, I like it.
 
Favorite a cappella concert?

I would have to say Naturally7 at SoJam 2007.
 
Anything you'd like the CASA readership to know about your area?
 
Over the last decade or so a cappella has certainly grown, mostly on college campuses, and we're starting to see more and more high school groups pop up.  It's definitely exciting and I'm looking forward to fostering some more relationships between high school groups and collegiate groups, specifically.

[Shane is also CASA's Infrastructure Program Manager]