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Newsletter for Thursday January 15, 2009

2009 starts with a bang! Festivals, competitions, reading sessions, concerts, auditions: read the whole newsletter: to quote Fats Waller, "This Joint Is Jumpin'!"


A day of reading through sacred and stage pieces by some of Los Angeles' best composers, presented by the composers themselves.

Westwood United Methodist Church

Saturday January 24 9:30 - 3:30 pm

10497 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood

Register in advance to be sure to get the catered lunch and the packet of music:

(818)367-1939 or go to for more information


January 22 8:00pm

The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. 91001
Reservations/Information: (626) 398-7917 Cover: $15 (never a food or drink minimum!)
Sixth Wave recently released their CD  Happy Madness. The next four months includes shows in Arizona, Colorado, Edmonton, Toronto and D.C. Happy Madness, Want a copy? Check their website, If you prefer to "look" before you "leap", just click here. "You have successfully created a hybrid sound of The Singers Unlimited, Take 6, The Swingle Singers, and The King Singers, all done with the highest integrity." - Tim Davis - Studio singer, Vocal contractor

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a 49 seat show room connected to a coffee house surprisingly called, "The Coffee Gallery."  The Backstage is a listening room with a nice sound system, good lights, comfortable seating and a killer atmosphere.

GRACE: four women singing a cappella

Saturday January 24, 2009

Vitello's Restaurant Upstairs, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 9

Reservations highly recommended - their last show sold out!

(818) 769-0905 $12 cover +2 drink minimum


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two shows: 7:15 and 9:30 pm.

7:15pm Show: MASTERPIECE 2008 FWD Champions and THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN: National A Cappella Champions

9:30pm Show

OLD SCHOOL 2008 International Bronze Medalist's and

THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN (different songs/clothes) National A Cappella Champions

The Coffee Gallery in Altadena, CA tickets: $22.50

Reservations highly suggested:  these shows will sell out!


Friday, 1/30, 8pm:

Two evenings of Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention Show

Pasadena Civic Auditorium (300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA) To order tickets, call 800-876-7464, ext 4116

Performers include: State Line Grocery - 2008 International Bronze Medalist. Redline - 2008 International Bronze Medalist, Old School - 2008 International Bronze Medalist, Ringmasters - 2008 Bank of America Collegiate Quartet Champions, Eureka! - 2008 Seniors Quartet Champions.

Saturday, 1/31, 8pm, also at Pasadena Convention Center

Performers include: OC Times - 2008 International Quartet Champion Crossroads - 2008 International Silver Medalist, Masters of Harmony - 2008 International Chorus Champion Ringmasters - 2008 Bank of America Collegiate Quartet Champion, VoCA - Premiere Mixed Vocal Ensemble, International Quartet Medalist Chorus, 2009 Youth Chorus Festival Champion, 2009 Senior Quartet Champions. California All-Star Chorus (Dr. Greg Lyne - Director).

_____________________________________________________________________________Saturday, 1/31, 8:30am - 5pm UCLA Campus

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival

Registration $36, or $25 per person for groups of 8 or more

Classes, taught by the crème of a cappella, include: arranging, mic technique, business, ICCA tips for tournament success, vocal percussion techniques, solo delivery.

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival Concert 8 pm, UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom,

Admission included with festival registration, or $25 plus fees through Ticketmaster The House Jacks, Vybration, UCLA Bruin Harmony

Saturday, 2/7, 7pm

Pacific Sound Youth in Harmony Festival ___________________________________________________________________________

Saturday February 7

ICCA Quarterfinals at USC

Bovard Auditorium (3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089), hosted by USC Troy Tones.

Competitors include: CSUN Acasola, UCSD Daughters of Triton, Caltech Fluid Dynamics, USC Kosher Pig, UCLA Signature A Cappella, Citrus College/Fullerton College/Chaffrey College/ Cal State San Bernardino These Guys, UCSD Tritones

Saturday, 2/14

ICCA West Quarterfinals at Claremont Colleges

Big Bridges Auditorium - 450 N College Way, Claremont, CA 91711). Hosted by Claremont Shades. Competitors include: UCI Circle of Fifths, Mt. SAC Fermata Nowhere, Point Loma Nazarene U Pointless, UCLA ScatterTones, Claremont Shades, Chapman U SoundCheck, and USC Troy Tones

_____________________________________________________________________________Sunday, 2/15, 3pm Love Sucks XII: a free Valentine's themed concert

Caltech Building 40 -- Dabney Lounge, free

Performers include: UCLA Random Voices, UCLA Signature A Cappella,USC Reverse Osmosis, USC Troy Tones, USC Trojan Men, USC Sirens, Caltech Out of Context, Caltech Fluid Dynamics,



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Sierra Room

12700 Center Court Drive

Cerritos, CA 90703


7:30 PM



an evening of acappella music in a  casual, comfortable atmosphere. Hosted by Vocal Magic.

Sunday, February 22 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Java Joes Coffee lounge, 4973 Yorba Ranch Rd., Yorba Linda, Free!  Enjoy delicious desserts, cheese & fruit plates, coffee and wine that are available for purchase.

JAVAPELLA is a monthly performance opportunity for small vocal ensembles, all styles of music welcome (doo-wop, vocal jazz, barbershop, etc).  Groups perform in rotation on stage (sound equipment provided).  Please call to r.s.v.p. if your group would like to perform.

For more information visit or call 714-403-6524

______________________________________________________________________________Saturday, 3/28, 8pm: ICCA West Semifinals

Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills (8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211) Hosted by USC SoCal VoCals Competitors: the top 2 groups from each quarterfinal. 


April 4, 2009 (Saturday night)

Hermosa Playhouse

Pier Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway: 170 Pier Avenue


THE BOBS: Our local Vocal Rock n' Roll Vaudevillians.

Recent accolades: named their CD GET YOUR MONKEY OFF MY DOG one of the top 25 albums of 2008. MUSIC EDUCATORS: you can book The Bobs' Vocal Workshop for your school or adult chorus. Whether you direct a school's vocal ensemble, a cappella or jazz choir, lead a community chorus, or just wish to broaden the musical horizons of your students, The Bobs will cater a s your group's needs. Topics can range from arranging to mike technique, vocal percussion to vocal maintenance and rehearsal protocol.  Master classes and/or general workshops are available for all levels of experience.  To book the workshop:



Monday, 1/26 5-10pm
Tuesday, 1/27 5-10pm
Taper Hall (THH)
for more info:

Guy(s) Needed to Sing!

Mixed semi-pro vocal group is looking for male singer(s).There are four of us now (2 guys & 2 gals)... we just need one more guy to complete us. We're not kids - we all have day jobs but we're extremely dedicated to this - to the sound and to the performance. What we're looking for (besides a great singer) is: Vocal percussion experience (OR willingness to learn) and SERIOUS COMMITMENT... you must be available for weekly rehearsals plus a couple gigs a month. Contact: / 714-904-9773

Pacific Jazz Choir, based in Yorba Linda (north Orange County), invites singers to audition for membership.  Meets weekly and performs at community events, choral festivals, & concerts.  Singers must be able to sing close harmony, memorize music, have the ability to blend, and play well with others! Information please call 714-996-1960 or visit

Established vocal jazz ensemble is currently seeking additional singers.  Desired attributes include the ability to learn music quickly, blend well with other voices, and have an enthusiastic, pleasant stage presence.  Lots of performance opportunities!

Must commit to one or two rehearsals per week in the north Orange County area, and a minimum of one performance per month.  Contact Glenn at 714-403-6524 or email for more information.

Westside Voices is a mature SATB a-cappella group which performs a wide variety of music.  Comprised of professional and top amateur singers, we do concerts, charity fundraising, and musical outreach. We are located in West Los Angeles, and looking to add an experienced singer or two.  If you want to sing challenging music with a small group of dedicated musicians, please contact

Venice-Based A Cappella Group

Vocal percussionists and singers sought for a Contemporary A cappella

League (CAL) group; we are currently seven members but want to double that membership, do arrangements from old-school funk to modern alt-rock, anything with a big sound/ Arrangements offer a variety of voice parts as well as multiple vocal percussion parts. More info:

Auditions by arranged meeting time prior to rehearsals, questions: Email <>

Also, looking for an assistant to help in recruiting and development.


The next newsletter will go out on Wednesday, January 28, 2009.

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