On Saturday, the 10 groups that will be competing will get a real treat: an individual group coaching session with Deke Sharon.
Judging will be performed by members of Nomadic, and our Sing-Off will be MC'd by Deke Sharon! Our festival is designed to be a positive learning experience, with a strong emphasis on collaboration, constructive feedback, and a sense of musical connection for all!
Our amazing clinicians and judges
Born in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8. Heralded as "The Father of Contemporary A Cappella," he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having pioneered the modern vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. He produced "The Sing-Off" on NBC and worldwide (Netherlands, China, South Africa). In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" 1, 2 & 3 starring Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson.
Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards), ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), BOCA (Best of College A Cappella Compilation), the first contemporary a cappella conferences (the A Cappella Summit), the Contemporary A Cappella League, the professional theatrical touring ensemble Vocalosity, and Camp A Cappella. He is also contemporary cappella's most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. He has written 5 books: "Acappella Arranging" (2012), "A Cappella" (2015) and "The Heart of Vocal Harmony" (2016), "A Cappella Warmups for Pop and Jazz Choir (2017) and "So You Want To Sing A Cappella (2017). He is also vocal arranger and producer for the Broadway's first a cappella musical: In Transit (2016).
As the founder, director and arranger for the House Jacks for 24 years, the original "Rock Band Without Instruments," Deke shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, performed for luminaries including President Bill Clinton and performed the Monday Night Football Theme with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011. He has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs, Pitch Perfect and In Transit), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, including "Just Dance Kids 2." He is one of only 20 honorary members of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1938, as well as an honorary member of BYU Vocal Point, and received CASA's lifetime achievement award in 2016 and the Tufts Barnum Award for excellence in entertainment in 2017. You can see him on television on Lifetime's "Pitch Slapped" and his newest show for the BBC: "Pitch Battle."
NOMADIC is the first vocal supergroup auditioned from the best singers around the country by the award-winning team at June Vocal Music, a nonprofit dedicated to the creation of transformative musical ensembles. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, Nomadic infuses jazz, gospel, soul, R and B, and even Carnatic influences into their sonic creations.
The group is led by some of the most influential leaders in the contemporary a cappella world, including Dr. J.D. Frizzell (OneVoice, A Cappella Education Association, Camp A Cappella), Robert Dietz (The Sing-Off, Legacy, A Cappella Academy), Dave Longo (The Vocal Company), Dave Sperandio (SoJam, SING!, Vocal Mastering), Angela Longo (The Vocal Company, Musae), and Jon Smith (The Swingles, Hyannis Sound, Vocal Point). Their production and marketing team includes Kristin LoBiondo, Rachel Bathija, Max Kuchenreuther, Austin McElveen, and Caroline Mohler.
Danielle (Ellie) Osterman
Danielle Osterman (she/her; they/them) is a graduate student of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music with an extensive performance background. She received much of her acting training from the Drama School of the Seattle Children's Theatre. Danielle has also spent decades studying different types of movement: Karate-do, ballet, jazz, contemporary, partner acrobatics, tap, Baguazhang, Taiqi, Shua Chiao, Chekhov technique, aerial arts, juggling, Grotowski technique, and so on. She sang with both the Northwest Sound and the Alliance chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society, competing at the International level with each, and has also taught workshops on martial arts and circus performance to elementary and high school students. As a music scholar, mover, singer, and educator, Danielle loves nothing more than getting others excited about musical performance.
The Emoting Body Workshop About: One of the unique challenges of choral singing is the dual focus on sound and presentation. As stage performers, the body is perhaps the most vital way to enhance the emotional impact of the performance and connect with the audience. This workshop focuses on uniting the singing body with the emotional content of the lyrics, drawing primarily on Chekhov technique. Please wear comfortable shoes, as we will be moving throughout the room.