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Our very first International A Cappella Festival ended on a high note on 18th October. The response and feedback was very positive and the event was well received. We would like to thank all those who attended the performances and we're confident that the audience enjoyed the nights.

Next, we already have another concert lined up on 10 November: Vocal Mania 2008. It is a great chance to catch school choirs showcasing their repertoire in a professional setting. Read on for more details!

And finally, Christmas is approaching fast and we already have a number of caroling performances lined up. All our singers are doing extra rehearsals to get in shape and to have all the Christmas favourites ready at the beginning of December. We hope you will catch us at one of the caroling performances!

Your team at The A Cappella Society

www.a-cappella.org.sg

* These updates are correct to our best knowledge. Should there be any errors, kindly note that they are non-intentional.

(1) WHAT'S NEW

VOCAL MANIA, 10 NOVEMBER 08, SINGAPORE CONFERENCE HALL

The A Cappella Society is happy to present Vocal Mania 2008, a choral cum a cappella concert to be held at the Singapore Conference Hall on the 10th of November, in support of presenting more performance opportunities to local choirs in larger venues and allowing them to explore a variety of acoustic settings and of course, to perform for a sizable audience.

Perhaps your school choir may appreciate an evening outing to a concert that will showcase not only traditional choral works but also pop a cappella? We would definitely love to have you at the concert.

This year, we present a range of established choirs in performance and they will present a host of songs from different musical genres. The stars of the evening are: St Andrew's Secondary School Choir, Christ Church Secondary School Choir, Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Choir, Pasir Ris Secondary School Choir, FajarCappella, TAS Youth Voices.

Vocal Mania 2008
10 November
Singapore Conference Hall
Tickets: $15 available from The A Cappella Society
contact@a-cappella.org.sg

(2) UP-COMING CONCERTS

VOCAL MANIA 2009

Next year, our showcase concert of school choirs and A Cappella groups will return to a date in March. The choirs from 8 participating schools will get an opportunity to rehearse and present their Singapore Youth Festival songs in a concert setting in Singapore's top Concert Hall.

Vocal Mania 2009
9 March
The Republic Cultural Centre Theatre
Tickets: $15 available from The A Cappella Society
contact@a-cappella.org.sg

TAS YOUTH VOICES

Join The A Cappella Society's own youth singers for an evening of popular tunes in various formations, styles and fashions.
16 May 09

CAMP A CAPPELLA 09

18-20 June 09

A CAPPELLA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009

After an exciting competition held in 2008, here comes another one in the year 2009. Get geared up and prepare yourself for another fun and fulfilling experience at the A Cappella Championships 2009. Here are some of the details.

1st round for Pop Choir/ College/ Open and High School Finals: 31st July 09
Pop Choir Category Finals: 1st Aug 09
College/ Open Category Finals: 2nd Aug 09

For more information, rules and regulations, please contact us at contact@a-cappella.org.sg.

INTERNATIONAL A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL 09

14-18 October 09

(3) TRAINING PROGRAMMES : www.a-cappella.org.sg/training.html

BITESIZE: A CAPPELLA 101 WITH THE A CAPPELLA SOCIETY

Join The A Cappella Society's founder, Angelina Choo in this beginner's workshop on a cappella singing for an afternoon of post Christmas cheer and a positive and encourging environment to try your hands at a cappella singing! More details on http://www.esplanade.com

Bitesize: A Cappella 101 with The A Cappella Society
Esplanade Rehearsal Studio
27th Dec, 2pm
Tickets: $15
Booking: www.sistic.com.sg

POP VOCALS FOR BEGINNERS: (THU) 7pm – 9pm

Learn the fundamentals of singing in the style of Beyonce, Rihanna and other pop divas in this new course! Singapore's soul sensation, Lim Huimin takes you on a musical exploration of the basics in pop singing, including securing breath control, posture, voice projection and singing through songs. Apart from pop & jazz vocal exercises that will help keep your voice in shape, you will also explore a variety of pop, jazz, mandarin songs and even ballads. This course aims to provide singers with a good foundation in singing technique (posture, breathing, anatomy, support, tone production) and then guide you on how you can use your voice for a variety of musical genres.
Course starts 8 January 09.

ADVANCED VOCALS COURSE

A course for singers who are searching for assistance or input in continued vocal development not only in technique but in styling and exploring grooves within multiple genres of music.
Learn the tricks of the trade on how to develop emotion in your singing, start at developing a range of tone colours in your voice, explore different styles of music and search to release that true diva in you!
Guided by Soul and R&B sensation, Ms Lim Huimin, you'll definitely be positively encouraged to reach greater achievements with your vocal skills. Contact us today!
Courses start 7 January. Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm

A CAPPELLA COURSE : (TUE) 8pm – 10pm

Come explore contemporary a cappella with the TAS adult ensemble in this 3-month journey. This series of seminars-cum-rehearsals culminating in a public presentation promises to equip you with the fundamental skills of a cappella performance. Experienced clinicians will lead you and your fellow singers through a discussion of various topics, including i) recent developments in a cappella music, ii) elements of blend in close harmony, iii) dynamic microphone technique, iv) an introduction to vocal percussion, and iv) basic staging and song presentation. You will also be guided through the rehearsal of 3-4 songs from a variety of genres to practice your newfound knowledge.
Course starts 6 January (Tuesday) 8-10pm.

MUSIC THEORY COURSE: (WED) 7pm – 9pm

Our new Music Theory course brings the uninitiated on a journey through music in study, performance and composition, ranging from the very fundamental note reading to a more profound analysis of styles and their development through time. So join us today, for our newly launched Music Theory Course! Learn to differentiate the 'towgays" in this course and unleash your potential to sight singing. This course conducted by Ms Evangeline Tan will guide you through the fundamentals of music, learning to read rhythm patterns & notation effectively.

Register for the courses on our website!

(4) OBSERVATIONS & SPECIAL MENTION

1ST INTERNATIONAL A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL 2008 REVIEW

Please click on the link below to read the full review:
http://www.musicians.com.sg/?p=cal⊂=article&articlepk=197

(5) AUDITIONS

THE A CAPPELLA SOCIETY CHILDREN'S POP AND JAZZ CHOIR

Finally a choir where children can explore folk, pop and jazz music intrinsically through play, performance and theory.

Opened to singers aged 8 to 13, this choir seeks to develop young singers with a good foundation in vocal technique, performance ettiquette, musical development and artistic discipline.

The choir will be directed by Angelina Choo-Sassarak, Artistic Director of The A Cappella Society.
It will be a weekly event in November, every Saturday from 1pm - 3pm.

Please email for an appointment or audition: contact@a-cappella.org.sg

THE A CAPPELLA SOCIETY YOUTH VOICES AND ADULT TEAM

Want to learn the techniques of harmonising? Or simply want to immerse yourself in singing in a group? Here's your chance now! Auditions are now open for the youth voices (aged 13- 20) [practices are every saturday 3pm-6pm.] and the adult team (aged 21 and above) [practices are every monday 7.30pm]. Interested parties please contact us at contact@a-cappella.org.sg.

(6) ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMME 2009/10

For the next two years we can offer your school two programmes that are NAC approved and eligible for Tote Board subsidy:

ROCK POP A CAPPELLA WITH NANU

The program presents A Cappella singing through an interactive session and demonstrates different styles and how a song is put together. It is a hands-on approach to exploring a cappella singing and vocal percussing. Hosted by a team from The A Cappella Society singing as an a cappella vocal band made up of professional singers, musicians and teachers, the session will introduce 3 tips in singing and share Vocal Percussion tips. Volunteer participation will be encouraged throughout the show and as a result the students will enjoy a highly interactive and very enjoyable and exciting presentation.

A CAPPELLA VOCAL JAM

This light-hearted and highly interactive a cappella jam session will include tips on vocal technique and will encourage the general mass audience to take part in simple and repetitive musical stanzas that are built up into songs. This will be presented with the use of theater stage skills which will help in creating a better atmosphere for the audience to be willing to try their hand at making some music! The simple structure will give the students inspiration to make more of their own tunes come alive with imagination and creativity. Led by two veteran a cappella singers and performers, this session promises to be entertaining, inspiring and intriguing.

More details on our website www.a-cappella.org.sg

(7) IN HOUSE GROUPS

TAS GROUPS
TAS Voices – Mixed group ages 20 and above, Mondays 7.30-9.30pm
TAS Youth Voices – Mixed group ages 12 and above, Saturdays 3-6pm

If you are interested to be part of the Society as a singer or beat boxer, auditions are open to everyone young and young at heart. There will be multiple levels of training available for a variety of singers and age groups. Send us an email at contact@a-cappella.org.sg if you would like to be the first to know. Tell us which area you are interested in and we'll definitely be in touch.

(8) MISCELLANEOUS

REHEARSAL SPACE

Haven't found a space for your rehearsals yet? For $15/hour you can make use of our room for your practice. Just drop us a mail if you are interested.

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