Participating groups will be coached by Deke Sharon and Six Appeal Vocal Band
Judging will be performed by members of Six Appeal Vocal Band, 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."
Six Appeal Vocal Band
Six Appeal Vocal Band is an internationally-touring a cappella group based in multiple states across the USA. Two-time Grand Prize winners of the World’s Largest A Cappella Competition, this group of talented performers is passionate about their ongoing mission to educate, inspire, and entertain all audiences with their dynamic vocal music performances. As full-time musicians for over a decade, Six Appeal has been honored to share the stage with Thundercat, Andy Grammer, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins, as well as being featured performers for the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party for three years in a row. A Six Appeal show combines sharp comedic timing and rock-and-roll energy that delights and excites audiences of all ages. .
Six Appeal began as a collegiate hobby in 2006 at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Growing into a professional ensemble based in Minneapolis in 2010, Six Appeal transformed their sound and style, adding new full-time members and expanding their area of influence.
In 2012, they won the title of National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions, securing their place in the a cappella community. For the next several years, the group began touring farther and farther away from home, performing for larger and more diverse crowds.
In the Spring of 2018, the group traveled to Moscow, Russia where they competed and won the Grand Prize title of the world’s largest a cappella competition. They returned the following year to an even bigger competition where they successfully defended their title.
At the beginning of 2020, Six Appeal introduced their first female members, advancing into the new decade with a wider range of songs, talent, and voices.
In addition to performing around the world, Six Appeal has a passion for sharing their love of a cappella music with every audience; an essential aspect of their ongoing mission is to empower young singers in their educational outreach program.