Bend A Cappella Festival is pleased to announce our final two members of the professionals that will be on hand at our inaugural event. Lisa Forkish and Mike Chin will bring their enthusiasm, expertise, and educations to enhance the experience for all attendees. (Wow that was a lot of e words!) We welcome all our fine professionals with open arms and a grateful hearts!
Lisa Forkish is an Oakland-based vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. She has been involved in a cappella since 2002 when she got her start as music director for the University of Oregon'’s award-winning female a cappella group Divisi, featured in the best-selling book “Pitch Perfect,” later made into the blockbuster film. Currently, Lisa is Assistant Chair of the Vocal Music Department at Oakland School for the Arts where she is also founder/director of the school’s acclaimed group Vocal Rush, three-time ICHSA Champions and 3rd place winners on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Lisa’s arrangements have been nominated for CARAs as has her student group Vocal Rush and her ACA-dubbed "ground-breaking" women’s quintet, The Riveters. She is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Women's A Cappella Association. Lisa can be found at www.lisaforkish.com and @lisaforkish.
Mike Chin is the co-founder and primary author of The A Cappella Blog. He has attended and written reviews of over forty a cappella competitions over the last nine years, in addition to posting over five hundred columns related a cappella music. He’s a native of upstate New York but currently teaches and studies writing at Oregon State University.
STAY TUNED FOR HEADLINER ANNOUNCEMENT!
Bend A Cappella Festival is proud to announce our first two confirmed professionals. They will host masters classes and sit on the performance critique panel. Stay tuned for more professional announcements as well as our headliner!!
Courtney Jensen, has been involved in the a cappella scene since 2007 when she joined Noteworthy at Brigham Young University. Since then she has competed and won the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella, been seen on three seasons of The Sing-Off, and workshopped with high school and collegiate a cappella groups across the country. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon and is an ambassador for the the amazing Women's A cappella Association team. If you want to see what she is up to creatively, check out her YouTube channel @courtneyjensenbeats!
Craig Knudsen, founder of Knudsen Productions, LLC, one of the most highly regarded talent agencies representing a cappella groups. Craig has served as the music director of the Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Project, and as a singer/Composer/arranger with the EDLOS a cappella quartet. As a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BA in vocal performance), he has performed many leading roles with various opera houses, and as a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Craig continues to teach voice lessons from his studio in Berkeley, CA
Stay tuned for more updates to our awesome professional panel and the much anticipated headliner announcement!!
Bend A Cappella Festival staff