The Bend A Cappella Festival is filling up fast! As of this writing we have 11 competition groups signed up and over 150 passes sold!! Please act fast if you want to join us - we are excited to welcome you and if you buy your passes by October 13 you will be entered into a drawing for the final slot for your group to work with Deke Sharon individually!
We are so thrilled to bring a sense of community and collegiality to this year's festival! The House Jacks are some of the most talented and nicest folks in a cappella, Peter Hollens could not be more exciting and inclusive, and to have the FATHER of modern day a cappella, Deke Sharon, spending all of Saturday with us is a huge treat!
So buy your passes today and plan to join us in February! Tickets are also now on sale for the Friday night House Jacks blow-out performance and the Saturday night Sing-Off!! Go to the Tickets and Passes link to purchase.
We are so excited about our Festival, we can hardly contain ourselves! And many groups share our excitement - we are selling passes quickly and have now put tickets on sale for the two concerts: The House Jacks Friday night and The Sing-Off! on Saturday! Please don't delay and miss out - we hope to be able to welcome you to Bend Oregon for the weekend of February 9 - 11 for the Pacific Northwest's most AMAZING A Cappella Festival EVER!
We are SO EXCITED to be coming back for our third year with the most exciting festival YET! This year, the Bend A Cappella Festival will rock to the talents of The House Jacks as our headliners! And we'll be enjoying the prodigious talents of Deke Sharon on Saturday, as well!
And as if that's not enough, the amazing Peter Hollens, star of YouTube and a cappella professor at U of O, will be joining us too!
Passes go on sale on TODAY!!!, and tickets for both our headliner concert Friday night and our Sing Off on Saturday night go on sale September 22. Don't delay - buy your passes today! This year, we are sure to sell out!!!
Just want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended and a huge CONGRATULATIONS to our winners: Encore from Oakland School of the Arts, who won our High School Sing-Off; Sound Check from Oregon City High who won the chance to advance to #NACC this April, and our defending champions Mind the Gap who took home the prize in our College & Beyond division. And beyond that, Naturally 7 who could not have been nicer or rocked our world more. Thank you to all, and PLEASE come back next year!!! <3
We are so excited to welcome our participants, competitors, judges and clinicians, headliner group, and audiences to what we hope will be an INSANELY special weekend! Our thanks to everyone who has helped us pull this together! We look forward to seeing you on FRIDAY!!
We are super excited for the holidays, but even more excited about welcoming our singers, judges, audience members and headliners to Bend in February!
Coming in the New Year: Profiles of our wonderful competition groups in the Friday Night Sing-Offs as well as information about our judges and Naturally 7.
So stay tuned and meanwhile we here in Bend wish everyone a happy, harmonious holiday!
We hope you’ve noticed that we’re having a Season of Singing Sale right now. We are thrilled to offer this special because we want to make our festival as inclusive as possible for all.
Music can bring together folks of all ages and all walks of life. Making music together can unite the most curmudgeonly of folks (though we’ve noticed that people who love music are seldom grumpy!).
Singing in particular offers spectacular benefits, both physical and mental, to everyone who practices it.
So please considering joining our wonderful Sing-Off, either with your own group or in the audience! We’re so excited to welcome back our defending 2016 champions U of O’s Mind the Gap along with Oregon high school groups including Soul’d Out, the Mixolydians, and local favorites as well.
Plus, join us to hear the smooth tones of Naturally 7 in the historic Tower Theatre. You won’t believe what this virtuoso group can do only with their voices!
Pass holders will gain access also to our wonderful classes on Saturday, taught by members of innovative a cappella champions The Bobs as well as the Tenor from the 2016 Gold Medal Barbershop winner, Forefront. And on Sunday morning we have a special treat planned: A Sing-Off Summit where you can mingle with members of all the groups, Including Naturally 7. We might even do some singing all together!
Because that’s what music is about. The feeling of creating beauty all together. Please don’t miss your chance to witness or compete in Bend this February.
This time of the year is so infectiously festive, that we at the Bend A Cappella Festival have decided to join in. For the next ten days only, December 1 – 10, we are making our wonderful festival a little more affordable! Passes for the entire weekend will be discounted by $10, to $70 if you are buying individual passes and to $60 if you purchase eight or more. And if you’re in a group, entering the Sing-Off for the next ten days will be $25 less, for $100. If you purchase four group passes, entering the Sing-Off is free! This discount window is made possible by the wonderful Tower Theatre Foundation. (Thank you!)
We are filling up quickly but we just couldn’t resist the chance to make our amazing weekend even easier for groups and singers to join. During the holidays it's nice to save a little dough where you can, right? So, please don’t wait! Take advantage of our savings today and come help us warm up beautiful Bend next February.
Because nothing can equal the warmth of your favorite music, made only with the human voice. A cappella is a miracle. Come to Bend next February and experience for yourself.
Recently the Huffington Post rounded up the seven scientifically-proven benefits of music. You can read the full article here.
Many of these benefits are echoed by the experience we will offer participating groups, singers, and audience members during the upcoming A Cappella Festival next February!
Improve mood? Check! Singing out, rooting for your favorite group or basking in the mellow tones of Naturally 7 will surely give you a boost!
Healing? We sure hope so! Applying music to the injured soul is known to promote a sense of well-being, AND listening in a crowd of other aca-enthusiasts will restore your faith in community.
Relaxation? You bet! Nothing more fun than either gearing up to compete and singing successfully, or listening to the wonderful tones and smart snark from returning MC Chelsea Woodmansee at the Tower in February.
Music that sticks with you? Of course! With groups from our local high schools to international stars, we’ll have you leaving the Tower humming, singing, skipping and remembering the awesomesauce you heard during the Festival. My blood pressure is lowering just thinking about it!
So please plan to take advantage of this great locally-born festival in Bend, in February! Tickets and more information here.
PS Shhhh! We’ll be announcing our Season of Singing Sale on Thursday, and passes and sing-off entries will be discounted! Please look for our announcement but ACT fast! Sing-off slots and pass seating is limited!
Every day, in most corners of our lives, music plays a role. We hum while we wait for an elevator, hear carols playing in stores, sing with family and friends in groups or informally, or just rock out in the car as we rush from place to place (not that I would ever do that!). Music enhances our moods, emphasizes festivities, evokes either calm or excitement or most importantly builds a sense of community and common ground among listeners and musicians.
Music truly is the first, best language of the heart. It’s poetry on steroids.
So, in this time of thankfulness and family and friends, when we’re all taking a break from the everyday rush to savor, share, and celebrate, I urge you to think about the soundtrack of your life, and add that to the many things you’re thankful for.
As for those of us at the Bend A Cappella Festival, we’re thankful for all of the ways that music plays into our lives, and most especially, for the talented musicians and groups who will be joining us for a wonderful, collaborative, community-building weekend in February.