In SoJam’s 12th year, we’re reaching out to the most talented people we know in a cappella and challenging them to help shape a festival better than any in our history — all in an unforgettable interactive format designed to challenge, educate, and inspire.
* Early Bird pricing ends Sept. 26
** Groups only. Competitors selected by a panel. Masterclasses and AcaBombs assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
*** Preferred Seating option will be presented once you have selected the All Access Pass.
|Friday, October 10, 2014|
|5:00 PM||Registration (open until 8:00 PM)
Durham School of the Arts
|7:30 PM||Collegiate Competition (w/ performance by Julia Easterlin)
Durham School of the Arts
|Saturday, October 11, 2014|
|8:30 AM||Late Registration (for those who did not attend Friday evening activities)
Weaver Lobby (Durham School of the Arts)
|Band Hall||Downstairs Choir||Upstairs Choir||Orchestra||T-104|
|9:00 AM||The Rhythmic Body
|Sing It Like You Mean It
|Beating the Blank Page
|Active Listening for Drummers
|Going the Distance
|10:15 AM||Keep It Together
|Making Barbershop Work for You
|You Be the Judge
Marcus & RARB Staff
|Improve your VP
|11:15 AM||Masterclasses / Lunch
|12:30 PM||Barbershop Showcase
|2:00 PM||Advanced Arrangement Techniques
|Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership
|A cappella in the Entertainment Industry
|Knights of the Drum Circle
|Get Your Album on Track
|3:15 PM||The Prism Effect
|Improve your Arrangements with Improv
|So You Think You Have to Dance
|4:30 PM||Performing Outside the Box
|How To Maximize Your Ensemble’s Sound and Maximize Your Rehearsal
|Science of Singing
|Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Microphone
|Recording Your Vocal Percussion
|5:30 PM||Dinner Break|
|7:30 PM||Professional Showcase (featuring Duwende and The Funx)
Durham School of the Arts
|Sunday, October 12, 2014|
|Band Hall||Downstairs Choir||Upstairs Choir||Orchestra||T-104|
|10:00 AM||Lift The Hood, Y’all (How to Duwende)
|Warm Ups and Rehearsal Techniques
|11:15 AM||Bass Summit
|AcappellaZone: The A cappella App
|12:30 PM||Behind the Scenes Q&A
|Choreographer’s Round Table (Limited Enrollment)
|CASA Open Forum
|A Cappella Orphanage: Adopt a Singer or Find a New Home!
Dr. William Adams is enjoying a diverse and extensive career in music as an educator, conductor, performer, com- poser and scholar. A specialist in a cappella music, his choral conducting experience includes male, female and mixed ensembles ranging from three and four-voice chamber ensembles to 340-voice festival choirs and he maintains an active schedule as a clinician throughout the United States. His work as a conductor has also extended to orchestras, concert and marching bands, jazz ensembles, instrumental chamber ensembles, and theatrical productions. He is the founder and musical director of the professional men’s chamber ensemble riverdeep. He also serves as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Heart of Carolina Barbershop Chorus, Durham’s chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. As a performer, he is a founding member of the professional a cappella jazz ensemble, Avante, and performs regularly with the pop/rock acappella band,Transit Vocal Band.
Tom Anderson’s arrangements can be heard on multiple issues of the BOCA, Sing!, and Voices Only compilations and on the hit NBC a cappella showcase “The Sing-Off”. His arranging clients include 5-time Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, award-winning a cappella solo artist Peter Hollens, ICCA champions Pitch Slapped, and dozens of other vocal groups across the country (and occasionally beyond). A former member of pro a cappella groups Ball in the House and Four Shadow and original music director of UW-Eau Claire Fifth Element, Tom is the founder and owner of Random Notes LLC, an arranging service specializing in vocal music for groups of all styles, makeups, and abilities, and situated cozily online at www.random-notes.com.
Ariel Arbisser is a versatile, in demand performer based in Ithaca, NY. In addition to The Funx, her diverse lineup of projects include soul outfit The Jeff Love Band, powerhouse female ensemble Lady Jaye, and experimental funk duo, Frisky Business. Ariel got her start with the Cornell Chordials with whom she became a nationally recognized soloist, and co-produced two of their award-winning albums. After Cornell, Ariel graduated from the Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca where she studied the Meisner Technique and went on to become both a lead in their theater company and a teacher’s assistant. From her Meisner roots she developed the teaching module “Sing It Like You Mean It,” which she continues to teach at festivals and schools nationwide. She serves as Program Manager of Marketing for CASA, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Melodramatics Theatre Company, Inc.
Dave Baumgartner, or “dB” as he is nearly universally known, is a remarkably versatile vocal percussionist who drums with a talent that is beyond his years. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Dave is a self-taught percussionist who began developing his craft while he was still in high school, and he hasn’t stopped drumming ever since. Dave has toured the world as a sought-after instructor, performer, and workshop panelist. He was declared “The Picasso of Vocal Percussion” by the Washington Post, and has been featured on the internet, in print, on TV and the radio all over the globe. Dave has performed with Vocal Tonic, Toxic Audio, 4:2:Five, Almost Recess, InPulse, Street Corner Symphony, and most recently Overdrive, to name-drop just a few of the fantastic groups that he’s had the privilege to work with. Dave has been to almost every SoJam, and he feels lucky to be able to share a bit of his rhythm with you.
Ben Bram is an acclaimed arranger, music director, and producer from Los Angeles. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music, Ben sang with, arranged for, and directed three-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals. Since college, Ben has been working musically behind the scenes of The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, Glee, The Voice, and Modern Family, as well as arranging for various groups all over the world. Ben has had a hand in assembling multiple groups for The Sing-Off, including The Backbeats, Delilah, and most notably season 3 champions Pentatonix, who he continues to work with as an arranger, producer, and engineer. – See more at: http://la-af.com/about-laaf/workshops/#sthash.wRC1sahS.dpuf
Alli Brooks has served as the Executive Producer of SoJam A Cappella Festival (2008 & 2009), Creative Director for the Alliance for A Cappella Initiatives (AACI), and as a member of the CASA Board of Directors. She is an alumna of Florida State University’s All-Night Yahtzee, which, during her tenure as Business Manager, dominated the South region of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), becoming the first group to make three consecutive appearances at ICCA finals and ultimately winning First Runner-Up in 2008. Following graduation, Alli became familiar to many as The Voice of Mouth Off!, the award-winning podcast dedicated to the world of contemporary a cappella music, “from news to reviews to personal views.” She currently resides in Boston, where she continues to participate in the a cappella community as an instructor and master clinician at CASA festivals, and by serving as an ICCA adjudicator. In her spare time, Alli enjoys telling jokes and spends a considerable amount of energy crafting preposterously elaborate song parodies.
In December 2013 Mel Daneke graduated from Ithaca College after completing her degree in Vocal Performance. During her time at IC, Mel served as conductor of the all-female a cappella group, Premium Blend. While leading countless high school and middle school a cappella workshops on tour with Premium Blend, Mel realized her passion for helping other singers incorporate true artistry into performance. After graduation, Mel joined the internationally renowned vocal band, Musae, as their vocal percussionist. Mel has travelled extensively with Musae, leading vocal percussion workshops and performing in a cappella festivals around Asia. In February 2014, Mel lead a masterclass for The Vocal Foundation’s AcappellaEd, at her alma matter. She is currently pursuing a career in contemporary vocal music as a vocal coach, clinician, and performer.
Robert Dietz has been arranging, performing, and critiquing contemporary a cappella music at all levels for over ten years. His career began in high school as director of the critically acclaimed group, Ascending Height, with whom he produced the first all-original high school a cappella album. Robert has studied at both the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Australia, and at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York where he directed the award winning all-male group, Ithacappella. In 2011 Robert was a member of the creative team for season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where he sings locally with Jazz/Soul group, Level and tours nationally with The Lost Dogs. You can find him online at www.human-feedback.com.
Julia Easterlin, from Augusta, GA, grew up singing and playing piano. She attended the school of fine arts studying West African dance, American Jazz, Spanish literature and traditional Afro-Cuban music, among other things. From there, she was thrust out into the world and landed in several new places performing, giving clinics, and recording music. She now lives in New York playing with sound loops and badges, singing loudly, excited to present new music.
Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 11 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups
He’s earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. Evan has vocal coached for The Voice, sung with Bobby McFerrin, helped produce America’s Got Talent, and is the general manager of Stacks of Wax, an audio production company.
Diana Galeano is a graduate of Florida State University where she studied music education with an emphasis in secondary choral education. While at FSU, she sang with ICCA Southern Champions, the AcaBelles. Since graduating, she has worked as a high school chorus teacher and as a director at FSU’s Summer Music Camps. This past summer she worked as Assistant Director of A Cappella Academy in Los Angeles, CA. She has also been chosen as a featured soloist on Voices Only 2012 and BOWA 2014. Diana now lives in Somerville, MA where she directs and arranges for collegiate and high school a cappella groups, sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Sound Off A Cappella, as well as teaches K-8 music.
Alex Green is a graduate of Tufts University with a dual degree in Music and Archaeology, where he was a member of the Tufts Amalgamates for all 4 years of his college career, and served as Music Director for the 2009 calendar year. His various oddjobs and experiences in the audio world include various internships at companies in the music industry including Rounder Records (Burlington, MA) and Alta Vista Studios (Austin, TX), participation in the sporadically annual Soup 2 Nuts Seminar with Deke Sharon and Bill Hare, and acting as a reviewer for the Recorded A cappella Review Board (RARB). In addition to the Amalgamates, Alex has sung with both Overboard and the short lived and perpetually-under-the-radar Cursory. He is currently working with CASA on the BOSton Sings [BOSS] festival team and is a regular workshop leader and CASA masterclinician. As a co-owner of Plaid Productions along with Alexander Koutzoukis, he has had the opportunity to work with groups from across the country and around the world, and made countless soups. Since early 2011, clients of Plaid Productions have had songs featured on SING, BOCA, Voices Only, and have garnered over 50 CARA nominations and nearly 20 wins.
Mark Hines has been a driving force in a cappella for more than a decade. With expertise in marketing, Hines has owned two production companies, served on CASA’s Board of Directors, and judged ICCAs. He was a top-level producer for SoJam for eight years, including the tenth-annual festival, SoJam X; currently he is senior producer and chief operations officer for The Vocal Company. Hines sang with the NCSU Grains of Time, and innovated Serious Business, the first workshop of its kind in contemporary a cappella.
Alexander is co-owner (and producer, and engineer…) of Plaid Productions, a full-service a cappella production studio based in Boston, along with Alex Green. While attending Tufts University for computer science, he spent five years in the Beelzebubs, for two of which he was Music Director. He got his start in the field of a cappella production while working closely with Ed Boyer and Bill Hare on two award-winning Bubs albums (Pandaemonium and Play The Game) and continued along that path to help record and edit BATTLE and Helix, as well as about half of the Warblers tracks from Season 2 of Glee. He won a 2010 Best Male Collegiate Arrangement CARA for his arrangement of “All The Love In The World,” a 2012 CARA runner-up in the same category for “Kings and Queens,” and was also runner-up for Favorite Vocal Percussionist in the 2010 ACAs. He is currently Executive Producer of Boston Sings [BOSS] in addition to his graphic design work for both BOSS and SoJam.
Mild-mannered high school teacher and graduate student by day, vocal percussionist by night. He has been part of the rhthym section for Deltacappella in Memphis, TN since 2009 after spending his collegiate years in Georgia Tech’s Sympathetic Vibrations. He has assisted in scoring percussion for the a cappella opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream, taught VP-related courses at SoJam 2013 as well as VoCAL nation, and been a judge for the ICCAs for the past three years.
Dave’s been a high-tech fixture on the a cappella scene since he joined RIT’s Eight Beat Measure in 2005. But it was Five O’Clock Shadow’s visit to his high school (where Dave was already performing in two different choirs) that triggered his fascination with the form, from the beatbass stylings of Stack to the endless ways to use technology to enhance – but never replace – unaccompanied human vocalists.
True, Dave’s amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, from serving as Eight Beat Measure’s producer and founding the group’s non-profit alumni association, to his BS in Computational Mathemetics from RIT and his Master Certificate in Music Production using Pro Tools from Berklee College of Music. (Still hungry for more, he then became an Avid Certified Pro Tools HD8 Operator in Music.) He’s worked with groups ranging from small high school sextets to NOTA. He’s founded Sled Dog Studios, Six Dots Sound, and SMACC. His work has appeared on compilations like Sing, BOCA, Voices Only, and Voices Only Forte. But resume highlights don’t capture the essence of how his passion for a cappella became a career-path one-eighty that’s now changing the industry. Or the aggressive idealism that leads him to treat a cappella – and the groups and individuals that perform it – as a microcosm of life’s ‘best-of’ when it comes to talent, tradition, and business. Or the sense that the moment you (whomever you may be) enter Sled Dog’s studio, Dave Longo’s got your back.”
Mike is a founding alumnus of Columbia University’s coed a cappella phenomenon Nonsequitur. His arrangement of Dido’s Here with Me won the 2004 Contemporary A Cappella Publishing award for Best Collegiate Arrangement, which he can also be seen dissecting in the 2009 documentary Sounds Good To Me about the making of college a cappella. These days, Mike continues to remain active in the community as CASA’s Virginia ambassador, founder/director of Richmond-based CAL group Uncommon, and technical director for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board. (And yes, he really does listen to every album and single submitted to RARB.)
Matt Murphy is a drummer, vocal percussionist, pianist, and live-looper. Winning several awards with multiple groups including Best Vocal Percussionist and Best Arranger at the regional Harmony Sweepstakes, he has been teaching and performing in the a capella scene for over ten years. A Sojam veteran and Boss National Loop Competition finalist he has a unique instrumental approach to applying technology to our voices. A drummer by trade, he’s been called “The Metronome” by Christopher Diaz on the Mouthoff! podcast, and loves spreading this approach to lovers of beatboxing.
Amy Pruitt, MS is thrilled to be facilitating a group this year, after attending SoJam for the last few years, and working as the Outreach Coordinator for SoJam 2014. She is a member of Transit Vocal Band, and performs over 150 times a year both in the Triangle and around the country. When she is not singing she works as a CTA-certified life coach and clinical research coordinator. Amy is a former a cappella orphan herself, so A Cappella Orphanage is her way of paying it forward and facilitating as many people as possible finding the group of their dreams!
Edward Randell sings bass with legendary vocal group (and SoJam 2013 headliners) The Swingle Singers. His introduction to the world of a cappella music came at Oxford University, where he sang with The Gargoyles, including a trip to ICCA finals in 2007. Before joining the Swingles in 2012, Edward sang with award-winning Parisian jazz group the Voice Messengers. He is a prolific songwriter and arranger, and in addition to numerous songs and arrangements for The Swingle Singers, his charts have been performed by groups in Canada, Israel and the Netherlands. Edward is passionate about the craft of songwriting and looks forward to geeking out with the good people of SoJam.
John Robinson has been singing a cappella since joining the UCF Crescendudes as a founding member in 2005. After graduating, he went to graduate school at Georgia Tech, where he sang with Infinite Harmony for four years, serving as Music Director for a year. For the past three years, John has been the bass for Catatonic, an Atlanta-based contemporary vocal band and 2014 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweeps champions. In addition to singing, John enjoys arranging, as well as audio production. He has recorded, edited, and mixed tracks for Catatonic, Infinite Harmony, and several other Atlanta-area a cappella groups. In addition he has assisted with live sound at many local a cappella shows, including ICCA quarterfinals and semifinals. Outside of music, John is a PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering and enjoys applying his knowledge of acoustics and signal processing from these studies to his musical endeavors.
René Ruiz is a voice actor, stage director and narrator. He created, directed and performed with the Off-Broadway acappella theatre show TOXIC AUDIO. This piece showcased the power of the human voice with smooth harmonies, vocal sound effects and musical improv. It won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience”. The group became the Harmony Sweeps National Champions in 2000 and their album “Chemistry” was crowned CARA Album Of The Year in 2003. He has performed as an announcer, director and vocalist for the Walt Disney World Co., Universal Studios Florida, Six Flags New England, Kennywood and Hershey Park. He has also narrated numerous audiobooks, documentaries, corporate videos and commercials.
Marc Silverberg is a doctoral fellow at Five Towns College. He is the author of “Quest for the A cappella Major,” a blog that discusses the continuing education of contemporary a cappella music and group improvisation. He has presented workshops on vocal improvisation at several CASA.org sponsored festivals, as well as the American Choral Directors Association’s 2013 national convention. His CAL Group, Satellite Lane, was recently crowned the 2013 New York Harmony Sweepstakes “Audience Favorite,” as well as the recipient of “Best Arrangement.” In addition to being an a cappella clinician, conductor, and performer, he also writes original musicals and plays. His original work, He’s Not Himself, premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Choir College.
Florian Städtler, born 1970, is an agent, blogger, scriptwriter and event director based in Freiburg, Germany. He studied music at the Jazz & Rock Schule Freiburg and graduated in electric guitar in 1995.
Florian is founder and owner of SpielPlanVier EventMarketing including the vocal music portal Acappellazone, founder of his “global vocal music communication baby” Vocal Blog, and Chairman of the Board of the European Voices Association.
TeKay has been dancing up a storm before a lot of you were born including a turn as a drunken townsman in the Oliver! concert on Broadway. He’s a member of Contemporary A Capella League group DeltaCappella and taught a bunch of old fogeys how to get beyond the step-touch. Currently, he’s the Marketing Director for RARB. He’s been active with CASA since its inception. He was the South Regional Producer of the ICCA from 1998-2004. Whew!
Angela began her a cappella career at FSU, where she directed the award winning all-female group, AcaBelles, and led the ladies to ICCA Finals in 2009. After graduating Angela relocated to NYC, where she studied Audio Production at SAE Institute of Technology. While in NYC, she sang with the Contemporary A cappella League group, The Red States (now known as Restated), and co-founded NYC’s CAL female group, Empire.
Now Angela lives in Boston, sings with the internationally renowned pop vocal band, Musae, and works as a producer with the a cappella production team, The Vocal Company. Her work has been nominated for 40+ CARAs (including wins for Musae, AcaBelles, Nor’easters etc.), as well as compilation placements on SING, BOCA, Voices Only and Voices Only Forte.
Brian has been involved with the a cappella community since 2002 and is proud to be back at SoJam this year as an instructor after serving a successful stint as SoJam’s Assistant Executive Producer last year. While attending NC State, Brian performed with both the Concert Choir and Acappology, serving as the music director of Acappology for 3 years and helping to record and release the group’s first album in 8 years. After graduating and realizing that the “real world” isn’t all its cracked up to be, Brian started graduate school at Duke University and performed with Rhythm and Blue for 2 years. During his tenure, the group recorded and released the album, House on Fire, which received several CARA and ACA nominations, as well as recognition as one of RARB’s “Picks of the Year”. Rhythm and Blue also won the SoJam 2010 Collegiate Competition where Brian received the award for Best Vocal Percussion. Brian has also performed as a vocal percussionist for the professional vocal band, Transit. Currently, Brian is working towards his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Duke and performs as a vocalist/percussionist for the CAL-group, Cognitive Resonance.
Matt Woodward is a choir director at San Antonio’s own MacArthur High School. While at Loyola University New Orleans, he earned two international bronze medals with a barbershop quartet called the Nile Manski Trio. Later he was the tenor section leader with the San Marcos Marcsmen, 2008 Youth Chorus Grand Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Last year, his student acapella group, PFC, took home the championship at the ICHSA in New York. In his spare time, Matt cooks for his amazing wife, BriAnne, plays with his two miniature schnauzers, Choppa and Pickles, and enjoys listening to snobby hifi audio equipment.
Masterclasses will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Purchase your tickets today to reserve your spot!
A cappella in the Entertainment Industry (Ben Bram)
Ben Bram leads a roundtable discussion/fireside chat/Q&A about his work with Pentatonix, The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, and Glee and how lessons from these mainstream projects can be applied to the world of scholastic/professional a cappella. This free-form session will be guided by participant questions, and will cover arranging, recording, touring, on-set music directing, and some behind-the-scenes knowledge of how it all went down.
A Cappella Orphanage: Adopt a Singer or Find a New Home! (Amy Pruitt)
New opportunity for people to come together, whether they want to start a group, find a group, or find new singers for an existing group. People can come prepared to sing/beatbox to show off their skills if they want. We will open with introductions & what everyone is looking to get out of the class, and then discuss resources and ideas on where to find a cappella groups in your city.
AcappellaZone: The A cappella App (Florian Städtler)
Active Listening for Drummers (Dave Baumgartner)
This class will focus on listening to and dissecting songs to figure out what’s happening rhythmically within the song, and then working with the students to adapt that rhythm into something performable. I encourage students to bring songs that they’re struggling with so we could figure them out together.
Advanced Arrangement Techniques (Tom Anderson)
Less philosophy, and more specific how-to’s for the experienced arranger looking to add arrows to their quiver.
Advanced VP (Dave Baumgartner)
This class is for students who are sick of going to vocal percussion classes and not learning anything new. Work with experienced drummers to overcome performance challenges, develop new sounds, patterns, more mic technique.
Beating the Blank Page (Edward Randell)
This class is for songwriters or anyone who’s thought about bringing original songs into their group’s repertoire. Using games and exercises to kick-start creativity, we’ll write music and lyrics in a matter of minutes, and look at some of the tricks songwriters use to craft compelling stories.
Beyond Recording (David Longo, Angela Ugolini)
We will discuss the effect that technology has had on arrangement choice and what we can learn from the process of recording to bring back to our live set and vice versa.
Choreographer’s Round Table – Limited Enrollment (TeKay)
Choregraphers UNITE!!! Join in a discussion about what works, what doesn’t, and how to get the best from your choreo!
Get Your Album on Track (Alexander Koutzoukis, Alex Green)
Do you record albums every other year just because “that’s how it’s always been”? Are you a new group looking to get your name out there? Whatever the impetus, come join us for a discussion about WHY you’re making an album and HOW to get the most out of the relationship between you and your producer(s) and get all involved parties excited about what you’re making. Topics will include the particulars of song selection, how/where/when to record, the studio process, normal costs involved, album artwork and liner notes, printing CDs, and online distribution, to name just a few.
Going the Distance (Alli Brooks, Brian Watts)
Are you in a group that makes fresh and original music, learns innovative arrangements, even performs mind-blowing choreography… but feels like it’s only being held together by a thread? Guess what: you’re not alone. Every year, groups of all ages, shapes, and sizes are faced with issues that can potentially kill momentum, or even cause a complete membership meltdown! Whether you’re bracing yourself for the graduation of over half your members, dealing with that baritone who seem to prioritize everything else before rehearsal, or struggling to keep up morale when all hope seems lost, this workshop can help: we’ll address the issues and equip you with the tools and tactics to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of your group’s success and longevity. Don’t let your flame burn out over membership turnover or mental barriers — learn how to set your group’s trajectory for greatness and then keep it there!
How To Maximize Your Ensemble’s Sound and Maximize Your Rehearsal (Dr. Bill Adams)
This class will focus on formational singing, how to get voices to work well together without compromising their individual quality (i.e., “blending”). Warm-ups, technique exercises, and rehearsal planning will also be discussed.
Improve Your Arrangements with Improv (Marc Silverberg)
Through a series of improvisational games, students will learn how to transform their a cappella arrangements from ordinary to outstanding. Warning: There will be a riff-off!
Improve Your VP (Matt Murphy)
This class will focus on how to rehearse and improve your VP skills. Regardless of your VP ability level, you can learn something new in this experience!
Keep It Together (The Funx)
The Funx will share their knowledge regarding maintaining a long distance group together, and some tips and tricks for all groups to work better together!
Knights of the Drum Circle (Paul Koziel)
Build your VP skills, share some beats, and show off your skills with this drum circle experience. Great for all levels of VP.
Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Microphone (John Robinson)
A discussion of microphones, focusing particular on using them as smartly as possible to maximized your groups sound. This is not a course aimed specifically at people involved in live sound. Instead it is aimed at choreographers, soloists, basses, vocal percussionists, and background singers. The objective is to show them how to intelligently use the sound system they have at their disposal (something over which they frequently have little control) to show them in the most flattering light.
Lift the Hood, Y’all – How to Duwende (Duwende)
Making Barbershop Work for You (Dr. Bill Adams, Matt Woodward)
Barbershop has been called the martial arts of a cappella. Come learn why from two card carrying bbshoppers! You’ll learn the how and why of barbershop, and get some skills to bring back to your own group!
Nuanced Direction: Advanced Methods and Musical Leadership (Diana Galeano)
Great leadership starts with a plan. Learn how to structure your approach to rehearsal for substantial group improvement. It starts with the warm ups, builds up through musicality and problem solving within the music, and finishes with how the director’s body language and vocal responses can change the culture of a ensemble.
Performing Outside the Box (Rene Ruiz)
When competition judges look for “originality”, what does it mean? We’ll explore how to to access the creative areas of our brain to innovate in your music, staging and performance to surprise your audience.
Rehearsal Techniques (Rob Dietz)
Learn how to rehearse like a professional, and take your rehearsal to a new level of awesome.
Science of Singing (Alex Green)
A lesson on the vocal apparatus and how sound/music works from a physics standpoint AND how to actually using this knowledge constructively and unobtrusively as a way to improve both your individual singers and your group as a whole.
Serious Business (Mark Hines)
You’ve been dreaming big: now learn how to dream better. In this interactive workshop we develop skills in strategic planning, public relations, marketing, and budgeting to make sure that your music becomes their desire. A particular benchmark is realizing $10,000 or more each semester!
Sing it Like You Mean It (Ariel Arbisser)
This course is meant to help singers move from planned out, robotic routines of their solos and actually connect to their emotions and “live truthfully within imaginary circumstances” in order to give a genuine and honest performance. By using the Meisner Technique (acting), I will teach the students basic repetition and give them a handful of tools to bring their performance to the next level. It’s not all about being loud and riffing as much as humanly possible – it’s about being real and vulnerable. This class is very interactive and a lot of fun!
So You Think You Have to Dance (TeKay)
Let’s talk about staging! TeKay guides you through what to do on stage and why.
The Prism Effect (Mel Daneke)
The soloist is the prism. The group is the light. Without any light shining through the prism, you can not project color out of the prism. When a group fulfills a deep understanding and connection (emotionally and physically) with the song and how the soloist is performing the song, then there will light projected through, and the audience will be able to see the performance in full color.
The Rhythmic Body (Julia Easterlin)
I am deeply passionate about time and rhythm, and have a deep belief that you don’t need to be a beat boxer to use time to your advantage as an a’capella singer. I believe in the idea that singers should internalize time in their bodies… natural movement and holding time in your body are so essential, and dancing makes you a better musician.
You Be The Judge (Michael Marcus & RARB Staff)
We all listen to a cappella, but what are we really hearing — and how do we convert that into written words? Join veteran members of the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) and unleash your inner critic in this interactive seminar-style workshop. You’ll also have the chance to put your new skills to the test against BRAND NEW tracks from our SoJam headliners!
Friday, October 10, 2014
Durham School of the Arts
400 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
And our 2014 competitors:
Round 1: Who are you? (6 groups)
We want you to open the show by giving the judges a taste of who you are. What kind of group are you? What is your style, character, etc? You will have 8 whole minutes to convey this theme to the crowd and the judges, who will choose only 4 groups to progress to round 2.
Round 2: Where have you been? (4 groups)
In round two will begin the second half of the show. Your group will perform a 5 minute set to tell a bit of a story about your history. What have you been through? What has been important in shaping you to become who you are today etc? Only 2 groups will progress to the final round.
Round 3: Where are you going? (2 groups)
In the final head to head round we ask that you give the judges a glimpse of where you hope to head as a group. What is your trajectory? What can we expect to see from you moving forward? Both groups will have 8 minutes to present the their future narrative to the crowd and the judges. Only one will be selected as the overall winner.
**Please note that only CURRENT group members will be eligible for special awards.
400 N. Duke Street
Durham, NC 27701
Location of All Official Festival Activities
Parking on site is VERY limited and should be reserved for the disabled or elderly. Please plan to park at one of the recommended decks listed below.
Brightleaf Square Parking
905 W Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
Durham Convention Center Deck
300 Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
$1/hr. $8 max
Church Street Garage
109 S Mangum St, Durham, NC 27701
$1/hr. $8 max
American Tobacco Campus North Deck
305 West Pettigrew Street Durham NC 27701
*2 hr metered parking*
Morris Street Paylot
Corner of Morris St and Hunt St
$1/hr, max 8hrs
Also, the Bull City Connector, a free bus, runs until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights
3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705-2328
$104.00/night plus tax
Book by September 19, 2014 to receive the group rate
Book online or call 1-800-HILTONS and mention group code ‘SOJAM’
SoJam is a weekend-long a cappella extravaganza brought to you by The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA). Now in its 12th year, the festival is jam-packed with Concerts, Competitions, Master Classes and hands-on workshops led by some of the biggest names in the vocal music universe! SoJam has established itself as one of the most exciting a cappella gatherings in the world. We invite you to come see and hear for yourself – you just may change your life.
Since its founding by Dave Sperandio in 2003, SoJam has hosted hundreds of talented groups and individuals from around the globe. Each year, we strive to bring the hottest vocal talent to you, our audience. Professional groups and clinicians mixing with students and amateur singers of all sorts, hailing from locations around the world.
If you should receive passes to SoJam 2014 as part of a 2013 or 2014 sponsorship package, please confirm with Diana Blanchard or Alexis Weisbrod that you will be attending and we will hold these passes for you at registration / will call.