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The 2005 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Wows Crowd

By now, you've probably seen the results of the 2005 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella somewhere on the internet. If not, I'll start by saying that the men of Boston University's Dear Abbeys took home the top prize with an amazingly energized set that really got the audience's blood pumping.  The Results1st Place: Boston Universitys Dear Abbeys2nd Place: University of Oregon Divisi3rd Place: University of Rochester Midnight Ramblers Outstanding Choreography: DivisiOutstanding Arrangement: Yuri Broze of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Achordants for "Mala Gente"Outstanding Soloist: Robert Mezzanote of the Dear Abbeys for "She's Got A Way"

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Jazz Arranging: A Conversation With The Idea Of North

{mosimage}Sometimes its easiest way to get to know someone you admire is to arrange some work for them. That was one of my motivations in getting together a couple of shared dates between the quintet I sing with, Clockwork, and The Idea Of North over a weekend in April 2005.  I was introduced to this Australian quartet at the 2004 Harmony Sweepstakes national finals, where they were the returning champions and hosts for the competition. Their set was an amazing display of precision and class.  With a repertoire ranging from gospel and folk to a healthy dose of very impressive jazz arrangements, it was no surprise that they had run away with the competition the year before.

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Savvy Performance Venues Get Hip To A Cappella

A glut of solo singer-songwriters have left talent buyers searching for something new and different to present at their venues. To that end, many venues festivals, concert series, and coffeehouses - have begun successfully adding quality a cappella bands to their lineups. The format difference between a singer-songwriter (one person, one guitar) and an a cappella group is obvious, but why are some venues now booking a cappella, and potentially challenging their folk/acoustic-minded patrons?

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What To Think

When people ask how I do what I do with The House Jacks, I imagine that they are comparing vocal percussion to any athletic ability: how do you run so fast?  how do you hit the ball so far?  Athletes sometimes answer that question truthfully: I train my body and mind.  It doesn't sound like an interesting answer at first blush, but at least it's honest and direct.  Part of how you learn to run faster is by running a lot.  Another part is managing your diet.  A third part is managing your "mental game" on race day.  The same is true of hitting harder just like it's true of vocal percussion, of course: you practice, you make choices that make it easier for your body to perform (e.g. drink plenty of water and stay fit), and you hone your mental game.  It's the third part of this equation -- the mental game -- that I'd like to focus on in this issue.

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2005 Arranging Competition Winners Announced

For the second year, sheet music publisher Contemporary A Cappella Publishing (CAP) ran an a cappella arranging competition. Submissions came from 23 arrangers of all ages, from across North America and Europe (the competition is open to all). There were many more entries this year, and not only because two new categories were added for Best Public Domain Arrangement and Best Original Song. Congratulations to the winners: