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October 4 from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Inglewood Celebration of the Arts Centennial Celebration at Market Street and Queen (Main Stage)

For more information contact 310-412-5396.

Jazz at Drew Festival on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5th. The festival takes place on the grounds of Charles Drew University, 1731 East 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059. More info: or call 323-467-4702

Friday October 24

The Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA.

Call Collin Artists at 323-467-4702 for more information.


Thursday 10/30/08, 9:30pm

Cal State Northridge

CSUN Acasola Halloween Concert and Party for details


Thursday 10/30/08 10:00pm

USC VKC Arches

Reverse Osmosis and SoCal VoCals concert


Friday 11/07/08, 7:30pm

SCAMfest (Southern California A cappella Music Festival)

Claremont Bridges auditorium (450 N College Way, Claremont, CA 91711)


Final Participant list to be announced

Confirmed participants include:

Claremont Shades

These Guys

Reverse Osmosis

SoCal VoCals


Friday 12/05/08, 7:00pm

The UCSD Beat Fall Concert

UCSD Multi-Purpose Room, La Jolla, CA


The Alley Cats "Beyond the Sea" Cruise

February 6 through 9th, 3 day cruise to Baja Mexico on the Carnival Cruise ship "Paradise". Reserve your cabin now for best rates. Deposits are refundable. Note: at this time, you don't need to apply for a passport; you can still use your birth certificate & photo I.D. for cruise ships. Along with the regular ship amenities, non stop food, casino, spa, & entertainment, the Cats' guests will participate in exclusive activities and concerts! For more information, to register, and to find out about a special offer for your vocal group, call Gabriella (714)996-1960, or email



PLAN AHEAD for Workshops and Concerts:

The East Coast Collegiate A Cappella Invasion is on its way!

MIXED COMPANY of Yale will be touring California from January 3rd to 10th, 2009, with plans to be in the Southern California area from the 3rd to the 7th.

“We have entertained a range of audience sizes from classrooms to stadiums and our sets last anywhere from 1/2 hour to 2 hours. We also bring our singing to the classroom, guest teaching music classes and assisting eager music and choir students with a variety of vocal pursuits and challenges. Our workshops for student choirs include warm-ups, blending, pitch, and tone exercises, and we teach a basic arrangement of one of the songs (for example, a popular choice is Seasons of Love from the hit musical, "Rent") in our repertoire to perform together with the students of your choir. After the performance and/or workshop, we provide a question and answer session to field any questions on life at Yale, our college admissions experiences, and our time in an a cappella group.

As for our rates, for most schools and venues, we ask for $650 for a 40 minute set and $500 for a 30 minute set. Sets shorter and longer in length can certainly be requested, and of course, our fees are negotiable with our business manager if your school has special circumstances. Our diverse repertoire has offerings from jazz, Broadway, pop-rock, soul, and oldies favorites. All of these different options make our offerings very flexible.

Contact tour director Sabrina Karim (519) 668-2761



Save your pennies! The following groups' websites list their next (or in some cases, first) albums as being available soon (in 2008):

CSUN Acasola

USC Reverse Osmosis

USC SoCal VoCals

USC Troy Tones (now listed as being released on Friday, 12/12)



“We just filmed a spot with GENE SIMMONS of the legendary rock band KISS this past Friday night for his 4th season of Gene Simmons Family Jewels on A&E Television. We sang "That's Why It’s Good To Be Me!" his signature line he delivers on each episode as he closes the family album.”



“After 8 years as a professional touring a cappella singer (mostly with Four Shadow, based in Minneapolis MN), I moved here last year to run a small business. I'm starting to get the itch to sing again. Ideally, I'd like to find a very good men's choir (I keep thinking back to my days in the Cornell Glee Club), though a mixed group like Minneapolis' Vocal Essence would be great, too.”

Directors, contact me through to get contact info.


The next newsletter will go out on Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

Please send your news, updates, gigs, rants, and raves to

Your Southern California CASA ambassadors

Dane Hutchins:

April Lacaba:

Betsy Hanger:

SoCalCASA website:

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