HomeBlogsDekeSharon's blogIn an amplified age, a cappella singing is getting new attention

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From classical to doo-wop to barbershop, music sung "a cappella" — by unaccompanied voices — is enjoying a boom in popularity across the country.

A cappella singing is the vocal equivalent of working without a net: No piano or orchestra accompanies singers or helps them find the pitch. The singers have to do it all.

A cappella singing seems to be growing in all musical fields. A surprisingly high percentage of this year's best Christmas CDs were all or mostly a cappella. They came from choirs in the Northwest (Musica Intima, Cappella Romana) and Chicago (Chicago A Cappella), Arizona (Phoenix Bach Choir) and Britain (the Choir of Clare College). Most were heavily slanted toward new classical repertoire.

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