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Robin Pierce

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University of Oregon Aca-College workshop teaches young would-be a cappella singers how it’s done   JUNE 15, 2015

"The growing interest in a cappella singing among middle school and high school students — pushed along by such popular entertainment as the “Pitch Perfect” movies and “Glee” TV show — swept through the University of Oregon campus on Sunday.

Eleven students in grades 6-12 participated in an inaugural “Aca-College” workshop at the UO School of Music and Dance. Members of the university’s three a cappella groups — Divisi (women), On the Rocks (men) and Mind the Gap (coed) — taught the basics of a cappella, provided information about college-level singing, practiced group and individual songs, and, at the end of the day, included the students in part of Mind the Gap and Divisi’s performance.

Elizabeth Wisely, 13, a soon-to-be eighth-grader at Cal Young Middle School in Eugene, said one of her favorite parts of the all-day workshop was playing a game called “Circle Jam.”

The game requires participants to stand in a circle, where they are either given a verse to sing or an instrument sound to make with their mouths. One person starts with their verse or sound, and everyone else in the circle follows in order. By the end, everyone in the circle is a participant in the song.

“The energy of everybody was there, and that was fun,” Wisely said.
Madison Kettwig and Ayantu Megerssa, both 20-year-old former members of Divisi, have been planning the Aca-College event for the past month. Organizers publicized the workshop with emails to 80 schools and visits to 10 throughout the state, Kettwig said. The long-range plan is to make the workshop an annual event.

Kettwig said the $60 fee students paid to attend Sunday’s workshop will fund some of the costs of creating Divisi’s newest album, “Shots Fired,” which was released May 30.

“Pitch Perfect 2,” the latest movie to celebrate college-level a cappella competition, is based on a 2008 book written by Mickey Rapkin under the same name. In the book, Rapkin chronicles his experiences following three college a cappella groups during the 2006-07 school year.

One of the groups featured in his book: Divisi.

Both the college and younger singers acknowledged that movies and television shows have brought the a cappella genre into the national spotlight.

“It makes people want to be involved because it’s something they’ve seen on TV,” Mind the Gap singer Macy Hyland said.
But some a cappella singers said some parts of the movie — especially the cut-throat nature of the competitions — are not realistic.

“The movie was extremely disappointing,” Kettwig said. “It’s hard to watch something like that. Hollywood had its way in that respect.”
Much of what the younger students, many of whom had never been introduced to a cappella firsthand, learned Sunday was likely different than what they had previously seen on the screen.

“It’s a fun way to take them from what they’ve seen through Hollywood to showing them how it really is,” Kettwig said. Mikayla Hanson, 17, a soon-to-be-senior who sings in the choir at Beaverton High School, drove almost two hours Sunday morning to attend the workshop. One of the most important things she said she learned was how to “blend the sound” of everyone in the group.

Mikayla said she hopes to start an a cappella group at her high school next school year and is considering attending the UO and auditioning to be a member of Mind the Gap.

Lessons from the workshop are “definitely something I want to take home to my school,” Mikayla said. “I want to give it the opportunity to grow in high school.”

While a cappella singing groups have become almost common on college campuses, Megerssa said she hopes high school groups will begin to enjoy the same popularity.

“I think it’s just going to take initiative,” Megerssa said. “Kids and teachers in high school need to take it upon themselves to start these programs.”

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33196001-75/young-would-be-a-cappella-singers-learn-how-its-done-at-university-of-oregon-aca-college-workshop.html.csp
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Love singing with them really!
 
Academix are friends right?
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Susan Rastella

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Is today the day Pentatonix breaks a new record of 8,000,000 subscribers?
As of April 27, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m. AZT they needed only 2,020 more.
Get ready to celebrate.
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Academix a cappella - love these guys!
Academix a cappella
Video Killed the Radio Star
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Eric Hollaway

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I hope you enjoy this remnant of the Holiday Season!
Mary Did You Know (Pentatonix Cover)
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Ricky Jabarin

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Attention Washington, D.C area residents!

A new vocal band is currently forming in the DC area and we're looking for:
- 1 bass singer
- 1 tenor who can solo
- 1 or 2 females who can solo
- Preferably ages 21-30 - We plan to sing primarily pop

Email me at ricky.jab@gmail.com if you're interested!
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Robin Pierce

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Deke Sharon is involved with this! VOCALOSITY presents “A (Brief) History of A Cappella … Beatles Style!” exploring the evolution of a cappella music from Gregorian chant c. 1000 all the way to contemporary styles used today. This track is just a taste of the upcoming national tour VOCALOSITY, the aca-perfect musical experience from the creative mind of Deke Sharon ("Pitch Perfect," "The Sing-Off"), launching fall 2015.
http://youtu.be/TBTUwVnn_uU
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It's Monday... What better to do than get purchase a beatbox lesson with me? Maybe get Tizmoret's newest EP, Where We Begin, while you're at it? You could even get a t-shirt or lifetime tickets to Tizmoret concerts! You can also purchase tickets for our show on December 11! (http://tizmoret.ticketleap.com/tizmoret-winter-concert/) The choice is yours, and yours alone. The only catch; first come, first serve. Pledge today and get your prize before we run out! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, fun facts, or death threats, please let me know! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/963124492/tizmorets-1st-ever-ep
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Robin Pierce

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Torn between sharing this one or Peter's cover of 'The Parting Glass'! This is extra special, though: watch, let your tears flow, so touching!
A CAPPELLA! 'ASHLAND'S SONG' a new original song by Peter Hollens about the essence of new-fatherhood 

http://youtu.be/RwiEOb1zmcs
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Susan Rastella

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The past few years have been a record growth period for A Cappella Music.  Do you feel that vocal music is here to stay or is it just something trendy?

A Cappella music is now trendy and cool with the help from television reality shows such as "The Sing-Off", musical drama series like "Glee" and motion pictures such as "Pitch Perfect 2."

Add that to some fantastic groups both professional and collegiate and you have a musical genre that is showing signs of being a major category in upcoming years in the music industry. Without hesitation, the band, PENTATONIX  has created a fan base unlike any other a cappella band ever. They rival most artists on YouTube with a current subscribers numbering over 8 million.

"Pentatonix's "Daft Punk" medley takes home best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella -- the group's first win. "We recorded this in a bedroom closet, we filmed it in a kitchen, and now we're Grammy winners," Scott Hoying says on the Premiere Ceremony stage at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. As the a cappella quintet walked away with their trophy, they were heard saying: "Can we have this?"" (http://www.billboard.com/artic....

it was director, Elizabeth Banks who said in an interview with Yahoo, about "Pitch Perfect 2", "We really want to honor that and honor the people who are really doing it out there who we're inspired by when we make the movie," So she did --- by including not only Pentatonix but the Filharmonics, The Cantasticos, The Singboks, and Penn Masala.

Pentatonix can also claim another victory for a cappella music. On December 24, 2014 it was designated with a Platinum Certification by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was one of only four albums that went Platinum in 2014.

This is just some of the highlights of a cappella music in 2215. Many music enthusiasts, critics, and industry reviews have indicated that listeners are beginning to seek the basic elements of music;and the sounds of an artist singing without editing, modifying or compromising the natural sound is gaining a following.

So, A Cappella Music - here to stay or gone tomorrow?
#Pentatonix   #ACappella  
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My photos of Fermata Town from their show last weekend in Beverly, Massachusetts:
Fermata Town Boston, Massachusetts-based semi-professional mixed a cappella group
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Look like it was a great show.  Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Susan Rastella

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Celebrating that "son of a bass"  's birthday today.  Not only is he a member of the one of the most well known a cappella bands today (Pentatonix) , he is also a founding director to  .  Give him a birthday shout out if you love  a cappella, bass, Pentatonix, or Avi Kaplan.
 
Celebrating that "son of a bass" +Avi Kaplan 's birthday today.  Not only is he a member of the one of the most well known a cappella bands today (Pentatonix) , he is also a founding director to +A Cappella Academy .  Give him a birthday shout out if you love  a cappella, bass, Pentatonix, or Avi Kaplan.
Pentatonix - Avi "Bass Cannon" Kaplan (25 photos)
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Susan Rastella

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Pentatonix - PTX [USA]
Pentatonix - their music and their fans.
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For those in Surrey, UK... a cappella newbies Academix will be playing at St Saviour's Church, Brookwood, nr. Woking on Saturday 7th March 7:30... tickets £10 on the door... 
contemporary a cappella
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Michael DeBusk

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How to make a flight delay a joy.
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Friends of mine from Maine.  Awesome to see them get this exposure!
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Robin Pierce

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PHENOMENAL a cappella cover of 'Song of the Lonely Mountain' from The Hobbit 3! Exquisitely crafted artistry of the rustic Dwarven kind,  in multiple tracks of vocal and body percussion. So powerful, listening made me want to head into battle!Support the artist!
:: buy his music   
:: become a Patron at  http://www.patreon.com/peterhollens
:: subscribe free to his YouTube channels  
:: share his videos often with your social networks, friends & family

Intricate a cappella: Peter Hollens typically performs the voice and beatbox parts of a song, recording 60 to as many as 200 tracks, creating works of depth and complexity.
To increase the video quality to HD, while its playing, click the cog at bottom

Peter Hollens  
:: has almost four octaves in his vocal range (bass to soprano)
:: earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
:: co-founded the collegiate a cappella group 'On The Rocks'

Spouses Peter & Evynne Hollens
:: professional vocalists making their full living via their musical talents
:: produce their own music in their home recording studio
:: each have their own YouTube channels to market their music
:: sell their music on Loudr and iTunes

http://youtu.be/RI3fkqA9-IA   
#‎peterhollens‬  ‪#‎acappella‬ ‪#hobbit   #LOTR  
#HollensFamily   #songofthelonelymountain
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Robin Pierce

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#‎REMIXME‬ original song, a cappella of course, by Peter Hollens!! 

http://youtu.be/8kVk-zrVnpw
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Hi all! My a cappella group, Inner Harmony, are looking for male singers and beatboxers. If anyone is interested or knows anyone who is interested, hit me up!
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Robin Pierce

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She Moved Through The Fair a cappella by Peter Hollens
This music is on Peter's new album! If my soul were a garden, the folk songs are the the most delicate plants in the shady corners...they may not bloom as brightly as some songs, but they offer their own spice-scented pleasures, musky and soft, I treasure these so much!

 #peterhollens #acappella  #folksong  #folk
#shemovedthroughthefair
http://youtu.be/Jka08wZUiFc
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