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Friday, March 2
 

3:00pm

Facility Load-In (Staff Only)
Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
FDHS Auditorium

4:00pm

Sound Check for Competition
COMPETITION GROUP SOUND CHECKS
Competitors will have 15 minutes to run their 8-minute competition sets.  
  • 4:00pm: A-440, Shelby County High School
  • 4:15pm: Stilletones, Mercy Academy
  • 4:30pm: E-Major, Eastern High School
  • 4:45pm: Formation, Mount Vernon High School
  • 5:00pm: Dragon Beat, South Oldham High School
  • 5:15pm: Locked Out, Mount Vernon High School
  • 5:30pm: Bulldog Beats, Louisville Male High School
  • 5:45pm: Armonia, Dobyns-Bennett High School
  • 6:00pm: 1856, Louisville Male High School
  • 6:15pm: Another Shade of Blue, Paducah Tilghman High School

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Friday March 2, 2018 4:00pm - 6:30pm
FDHS Auditorium

6:30pm

Sound Check for Paws
Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Friday March 2, 2018 6:30pm - 6:50pm
FDHS Auditorium

7:15pm

Friday Night High School Competition
ORDER OF COMPETITION
Competitors will sing two songs within an eight-minute timeframe!
  • 7:15pm: E-Major, Eastern High School
  • 7:27pm: Bulldog Beats, Louisville Male High School
  • 7:39pm: Formation, Mount Vernon High School
  • 7:51pm: Stilletones, Mercy Academy
  • 8:03pm: A-440, Shelby County High School
  • 8:15pm: Armonia, Dobyns-Bennett High School
  • 8:27pm: TEN MINUTE BREAK (exactly ten!)
  • 8:39pm: Another Shade of Blue, Paducah Tilghman High School
  • 8:51pm: Dragon Beat, South Oldham High School
  • 9:03pm: Locked Out, Mount Vernon High School
  • 9:15pm: 1856, Louisville Male High School

Paws & Listen from the University of Kentucky will provide the judge's deliberation set! The awards to be given will include Best Male Soloist, Best Female Soloist, Best Rhythm Section, Best Use of Movement, and Best Student Arrangement, along with awards for third, second, and first place!

Our evening's champions will receive FREE student and director passes to the National A Cappella Convention in Memphis, TN on April 27-28, 2018!

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator. Currently, he serves... Read More →

Artists

Friday March 2, 2018 7:15pm - 9:30pm
FDHS Auditorium
 
Saturday, March 3
 

8:30am

Saturday Morning Kick-Off
Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator. Currently, he serves... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 8:30am - 8:55am
FDHS Auditorium

9:00am

9:00am

Group Masterclass: Take Note, Shelby County HS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:25am
Room A103

9:00am

Advanced Vocal Percussion Techniques
Speakers
JC

Justin Crichfield

Justin is a vocal percussionist and aspiring vocal music producer currently living in Dayton, Ohio. He spends his days playing Pokémon GO and sleeping. After spending years following the trends and stylings of popular music, he plans to infuse a blend of gospel/R&B and dance music in the contemporary sound. In a perfect world, Justin would be a... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Room D108

9:00am

Bass Techniques
Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Choir Room

9:00am

Building Group Identity
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night Yahtzee to three consecutive ICCA Finals appearances from 2006-2008 and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist award at the Finals for his work with the group.Since his graduation from ANY and FSU, he has worked with Varsity Vocals to produce and judge the ICCA and ICHSA at all levels, and has worked as a producer, competition coordinator, and instructor at the SoJam A Cappella festival since 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Board of Directors for CASA as the Ambassador Program director, and eventually as Director of Public Relations. In 2009 he co-founded Mouth Off!, a podcast dedicated to contemporary a cappella which was voted “Favorite A Cappella Podcast” in the 2010 and 2011 A Cappella Community Awards. Christopher’s voice and arrangements have appeared on compilations such as Voices Only, BOCA, SING, and Voices Only Forte, and have been nominated for and won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.As a coach, Christopher has adjudicated, sung and instructed at vocal festivals around the country and world, including VoCAL Nation (NYC and DC), SingStrong DC, Kettering National A Cappella Festival (OH), London A Cappella Festival (UK), Colombo Music Festival (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival, Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, and Festival of Voices in Tasmania, Austalia.In 2012, Christopher joined Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and Robert Dietz on the vocal coaching and arranging staff of season 3 on NBC’s The Sing-Off. After the show, Christopher co-founded the international touring group, The Exchange, which has performed hundreds of shows for audiences in over 25 different countries on 6 continents. In Spring of 2013, The Exchange joined the American boy band The Backstreet Boys as support for their 32 city “In A World Like This” stadium tour... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Band Room

9:00am

Rehearsal Strategies
Tips for choosing constructive warm-ups, developing aural skills through improvisation, and “best practices” for rehearsal.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Francis

Kari Francis

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 9:00am - 9:55am
Orchestra Room

9:30am

9:30am

Group Masterclass: RE:MIX, Conner HS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 9:30am - 9:55am
Room A103

10:00am

Group Masterclass: E-Major, Eastern HS
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night Yahtzee to three consecutive ICCA Finals appearances from 2006-2008 and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist award at the Finals for his work with the group.Since his graduation from ANY and FSU, he has worked with Varsity Vocals to produce and judge the ICCA and ICHSA at all levels, and has worked as a producer, competition coordinator, and instructor at the SoJam A Cappella festival since 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Board of Directors for CASA as the Ambassador Program director, and eventually as Director of Public Relations. In 2009 he co-founded Mouth Off!, a podcast dedicated to contemporary a cappella which was voted “Favorite A Cappella Podcast” in the 2010 and 2011 A Cappella Community Awards. Christopher’s voice and arrangements have appeared on compilations such as Voices Only, BOCA, SING, and Voices Only Forte, and have been nominated for and won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.As a coach, Christopher has adjudicated, sung and instructed at vocal festivals around the country and world, including VoCAL Nation (NYC and DC), SingStrong DC, Kettering National A Cappella Festival (OH), London A Cappella Festival (UK), Colombo Music Festival (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival, Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, and Festival of Voices in Tasmania, Austalia.In 2012, Christopher joined Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and Robert Dietz on the vocal coaching and arranging staff of season 3 on NBC’s The Sing-Off. After the show, Christopher co-founded the international touring group, The Exchange, which has performed hundreds of shows for audiences in over 25 different countries on 6 continents. In Spring of 2013, The Exchange joined the American boy band The Backstreet Boys as support for their 32 city “In A World Like This” stadium tour... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:25am
Room A105

10:00am

Group Masterclass: Inferno, Doss HS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:25am
Room A103

10:00am

Bass Techniques
Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Choir Room

10:00am

Expressive Singing for Solo and Group Performance
A detailed look into what an effective “Expressive Singer” is and the roles played individually, in a group setting, and in the studio.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Band Room

10:00am

Modern Arranging Techniques
An introduction to common methods, “moments,” and function-based textural components of pop a cappella arranging.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Francis

Kari Francis

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Orchestra Room

10:00am

Vocal Percussion Basic Concepts
Speakers
JC

Justin Crichfield

Justin is a vocal percussionist and aspiring vocal music producer currently living in Dayton, Ohio. He spends his days playing Pokémon GO and sleeping. After spending years following the trends and stylings of popular music, he plans to infuse a blend of gospel/R&B and dance music in the contemporary sound. In a perfect world, Justin would be a... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am
Room D108

10:00am

Sound Check for AM Showcase
Sound Check (in order)
  • Roar, Crosby Middle School
  • All RYLED Up, Ryle High School
  • High Voltage, Jeffersontown High School
  • Duly Noted, Dobyns-Bennet High School

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
FDHS Auditorium

10:30am

Group Masterclass: Bulldog Beats, Male HS
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night Yahtzee to three consecutive ICCA Finals appearances from 2006-2008 and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist award at the Finals for his work with the group.Since his graduation from ANY and FSU, he has worked with Varsity Vocals to produce and judge the ICCA and ICHSA at all levels, and has worked as a producer, competition coordinator, and instructor at the SoJam A Cappella festival since 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Board of Directors for CASA as the Ambassador Program director, and eventually as Director of Public Relations. In 2009 he co-founded Mouth Off!, a podcast dedicated to contemporary a cappella which was voted “Favorite A Cappella Podcast” in the 2010 and 2011 A Cappella Community Awards. Christopher’s voice and arrangements have appeared on compilations such as Voices Only, BOCA, SING, and Voices Only Forte, and have been nominated for and won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.As a coach, Christopher has adjudicated, sung and instructed at vocal festivals around the country and world, including VoCAL Nation (NYC and DC), SingStrong DC, Kettering National A Cappella Festival (OH), London A Cappella Festival (UK), Colombo Music Festival (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival, Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, and Festival of Voices in Tasmania, Austalia.In 2012, Christopher joined Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and Robert Dietz on the vocal coaching and arranging staff of season 3 on NBC’s The Sing-Off. After the show, Christopher co-founded the international touring group, The Exchange, which has performed hundreds of shows for audiences in over 25 different countries on 6 continents. In Spring of 2013, The Exchange joined the American boy band The Backstreet Boys as support for their 32 city “In A World Like This” stadium tour... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:30am - 10:55am
Room A105

10:30am

Group Masterclass: Take Note, Harrison HS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 10:30am - 10:55am
Room A103

11:00am

Group Masterclass: Another Shade of Blue, Paducah Tilghman HS
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night Yahtzee to three consecutive ICCA Finals appearances from 2006-2008 and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist award at the Finals for his work with the group.Since his graduation from ANY and FSU, he has worked with Varsity Vocals to produce and judge the ICCA and ICHSA at all levels, and has worked as a producer, competition coordinator, and instructor at the SoJam A Cappella festival since 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Board of Directors for CASA as the Ambassador Program director, and eventually as Director of Public Relations. In 2009 he co-founded Mouth Off!, a podcast dedicated to contemporary a cappella which was voted “Favorite A Cappella Podcast” in the 2010 and 2011 A Cappella Community Awards. Christopher’s voice and arrangements have appeared on compilations such as Voices Only, BOCA, SING, and Voices Only Forte, and have been nominated for and won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.As a coach, Christopher has adjudicated, sung and instructed at vocal festivals around the country and world, including VoCAL Nation (NYC and DC), SingStrong DC, Kettering National A Cappella Festival (OH), London A Cappella Festival (UK), Colombo Music Festival (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival, Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, and Festival of Voices in Tasmania, Austalia.In 2012, Christopher joined Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and Robert Dietz on the vocal coaching and arranging staff of season 3 on NBC’s The Sing-Off. After the show, Christopher co-founded the international touring group, The Exchange, which has performed hundreds of shows for audiences in over 25 different countries on 6 continents. In Spring of 2013, The Exchange joined the American boy band The Backstreet Boys as support for their 32 city “In A World Like This” stadium tour... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am
Room A105

11:00am

Group Masterclass: Cardinal Rule, Univ. of Louisville
Speakers
avatar for Kari Francis

Kari Francis

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am
Orchestra Room

11:00am

Group Masterclass: Harmonix, Harrison County HS
Speakers
avatar for Evan Feist

Evan Feist

Founder, Creative Vocal Lab
Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 15 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups  He’s earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. In 2014, the New York Musical Theatre Festival presented him with the Outstanding Musical Direction and Outstanding Arrangements awards for A Cappella: the musical... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:25am
Choir Room

11:00am

11:00am

Saturday Showcase: AM Performances
AM Showcase Performances (in order)
  • Roar, Crosby Middle School
  • All RYLED Up, Ryle High School
  • High Voltage, Jeffersontown High School
  • Duly Noted, Dobyns-Bennet High School

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator. Currently, he serves... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 11:00am - 11:40am
FDHS Auditorium

12:00pm

1:30pm

Group Masterclass: 1856, Male HS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Room A103

1:30pm

Group Masterclass: All RYLED Up, Ryle HS
Speakers
avatar for Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

Choral Director, Centerville High School
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs and the a cappella group Forte. In 2016, Forte was awarded first place in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella). Unde... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Room A105

1:30pm

1:30pm

Sound Check for acoUstiKats
Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
FDHS Auditorium

1:30pm

Advanced Vocal Percussion Techniques
Speakers
JC

Justin Crichfield

Justin is a vocal percussionist and aspiring vocal music producer currently living in Dayton, Ohio. He spends his days playing Pokémon GO and sleeping. After spending years following the trends and stylings of popular music, he plans to infuse a blend of gospel/R&B and dance music in the contemporary sound. In a perfect world, Justin would be a... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Room D108

1:30pm

Bass Techniques
Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Choir Room

1:30pm

Building Group Identity
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Diaz

Christopher Diaz

Christopher M. Diaz is a singer, songwriter, actor, arranger and vocal coach from Newport News, VA. A graduate of the Florida State University School of Music with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and minor studies in Russian Literature and Language, Christopher led the co-ed All-Night Yahtzee to three consecutive ICCA Finals appearances from 2006-2008 and is a two-time winner of the Outstanding Soloist award at the Finals for his work with the group.Since his graduation from ANY and FSU, he has worked with Varsity Vocals to produce and judge the ICCA and ICHSA at all levels, and has worked as a producer, competition coordinator, and instructor at the SoJam A Cappella festival since 2008. From 2008 to 2011, he served on the Board of Directors for CASA as the Ambassador Program director, and eventually as Director of Public Relations. In 2009 he co-founded Mouth Off!, a podcast dedicated to contemporary a cappella which was voted “Favorite A Cappella Podcast” in the 2010 and 2011 A Cappella Community Awards. Christopher’s voice and arrangements have appeared on compilations such as Voices Only, BOCA, SING, and Voices Only Forte, and have been nominated for and won numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.As a coach, Christopher has adjudicated, sung and instructed at vocal festivals around the country and world, including VoCAL Nation (NYC and DC), SingStrong DC, Kettering National A Cappella Festival (OH), London A Cappella Festival (UK), Colombo Music Festival (Sri Lanka), Hong Kong International A Cappella Festival, Taiwan International A Cappella Festival, and Festival of Voices in Tasmania, Austalia.In 2012, Christopher joined Deke Sharon, Ben Bram, and Robert Dietz on the vocal coaching and arranging staff of season 3 on NBC’s The Sing-Off. After the show, Christopher co-founded the international touring group, The Exchange, which has performed hundreds of shows for audiences in over 25 different countries on 6 continents. In Spring of 2013, The Exchange joined the American boy band The Backstreet Boys as support for their 32 city “In A World Like This” stadium tour... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Band Room

1:30pm

Modern Arranging Techniques
An introduction to common methods, “moments,” and function-based textural components of pop a cappella arranging.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Francis

Kari Francis

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Orchestra Room

2:00pm

Group Masterclass: Duly Noted, Dobyns-Bennet HS
Speakers
avatar for Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

Choral Director, Centerville High School
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs and the a cappella group Forte. In 2016, Forte was awarded first place in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella). Unde... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Room A105

2:00pm

2:00pm

Group Masterclass: Stilettones, Mercy Academy
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Room A103

2:00pm

Sound Check for Cardinal Rule
Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
FDHS Auditorium

2:30pm

Group Masterclass: Armonia, Dobyns-Bennet HS
Speakers
avatar for Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

Choral Director, Centerville High School
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs and the a cappella group Forte. In 2016, Forte was awarded first place in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella). Unde... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Room A105

2:30pm

Group Masterclass: Noe Middle School
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Room A103

2:30pm

Bass Techniques
Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Choir Room

2:30pm

Expressive Singing for Solo and Group Performance
A detailed look into what an effective “Expressive Singer” is and the roles played individually, in a group setting, and in the studio.

Speakers

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Band Room

2:30pm

Rehearsal Strategies
Tips for choosing constructive warm-ups, developing aural skills through improvisation, and “best practices” for rehearsal.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Francis

Kari Francis

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Orchestra Room

2:30pm

Vocal Percussion Basic Concepts
Speakers
JC

Justin Crichfield

Justin is a vocal percussionist and aspiring vocal music producer currently living in Dayton, Ohio. He spends his days playing Pokémon GO and sleeping. After spending years following the trends and stylings of popular music, he plans to infuse a blend of gospel/R&B and dance music in the contemporary sound. In a perfect world, Justin would be a... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:25pm
Room D108

2:30pm

Sound Check for PM Showcase
Sound Checks (in order)
  • Harmonix, Male High School
  • Take Note, Shelby County High School
  • Inferno, Doss High School

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
FDHS Auditorium

3:00pm

Group Masterclass: Roar, Crosby MS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Room A103

3:00pm

Group Masterclass: Take Two, Tates Creek HS
Speakers
avatar for Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

Choral Director, Centerville High School
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs and the a cappella group Forte. In 2016, Forte was awarded first place in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella). Unde... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:00pm - 3:25pm
Room A105

3:30pm

Group Masterclass: 1-3-5, Ramsey MS
Speakers
avatar for Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Small Group Coach, Camp A Cappella
Katie Hayward is a pop and musical theatre specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She began singing a cappella music when she was a junior in high school and has been hooked ever since. She currently teaches choir at Dixie Heights High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and is the arti... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Room A103

3:30pm

Group Masterclass: Dragon Beat, South Oldham HS
Speakers
avatar for Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

Choral Director, Centerville High School
Ben Spalding is the head Choral Director at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. At Centerville, Ben directs all of the choirs and the a cappella group Forte. In 2016, Forte was awarded first place in the ICHSA (International Championship of High School A Cappella). Unde... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Room A105

3:30pm

Group Masterclass: Dynamix, Harrison HS
Speakers
avatar for Kari Francis

Kari Francis

Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Orchestra Room

3:30pm

Group Masterclass: Locked Out, Mt. Vernon HS
Speakers
avatar for Evan Feist

Evan Feist

Founder, Creative Vocal Lab
Evan Feist has composed, arranged, taught, and performed a cappella music for more than 15 years. As the founder of the Creative Vocal Lab, Evan has been teaching singers of all ages to improvise in both small and large groups  He’s earned two master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a MusB from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. In 2014, the New York Musical Theatre Festival presented him with the Outstanding Musical Direction and Outstanding Arrangements awards for A Cappella: the musical... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:30pm - 3:55pm
Choir Room

3:30pm

Saturday Showcase: PM Performances
PM Showcase Performances (in order)
  • Harmonix, Male High School
  • Take Note, Shelby County High School
  • Inferno, Doss High School

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator. Currently, he serves... Read More →

Artists

Saturday March 3, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FDHS Auditorium

4:00pm

Vocalight Meet & Greet
Moderators
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator. Currently, he serves... Read More →
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vocalight

Vocalight

Comprised of award-winning vocalists and performers, Vocalight brings the next generation of vocal music into the contemporary scene. | | Combining elements from pop, jazz, rock, and electronic dance music, Vocalight brings a unique blend of groove and soul to their listeners. T... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
FDHS Auditorium

4:30pm

4:45pm

Sound Check for Vocalight
Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vocalight

Vocalight

Comprised of award-winning vocalists and performers, Vocalight brings the next generation of vocal music into the contemporary scene. | | Combining elements from pop, jazz, rock, and electronic dance music, Vocalight brings a unique blend of groove and soul to their listeners. T... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 4:45pm - 6:00pm
FDHS Auditorium

7:00pm

Saturday Night Headliner Concert, feat. Vocalight
SHOW ORDER:
  • 7:00pm -- acoUstiKats
  • 7:30pm -- Cardinal Rule
  • 8:00pm -- Vocalight

Moderators
avatar for Dave Longo

Dave Longo

Dave Longo is a connector, a talent curator, and a boundary pusher. Since his time as a vocalist in the Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Voices and RIT’s Eight Beat Measure, Dave has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. His work can regularly be... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John DeFerraro

John DeFerraro

Director of Choral Activities, Conner High School
John DeFerraro is the Director of Choral Activities at Conner High School in Hebron, KY. Under his direction, choirs consistently earn State Distinguished Ratings with Sweepstakes honors, and regularly collaborate with other artists, such as the African Children’s Choir and Point of Grace. John is continually active as a clinician, guest conductor, elected official, and adjudicator. Currently, he serves... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vocalight

Vocalight

Comprised of award-winning vocalists and performers, Vocalight brings the next generation of vocal music into the contemporary scene. | | Combining elements from pop, jazz, rock, and electronic dance music, Vocalight brings a unique blend of groove and soul to their listeners. T... Read More →


Saturday March 3, 2018 7:00pm - 8:45pm
FDHS Auditorium