Vocal HERspective – Episode 10 with Shana Oshiro

Have you ever thought about using your singing talents to change the world? Or, at least, your community? HALO quartet, led by tenor and HALO Incorporated’s Executive Director, Shana Oshiro, is doing just that.

Building off the concepts of barbershop, they are working on bringing more harmony to the world, and not just in the musical sense. Listen in tonight at 6:30 Pacific or Sunday at 10:30 am/pm Pacific to hear more about their Race and #RealTalk series and invaluable advice from the barbershop Queen and Board Certified Music Therapist.

Amanda and Rachael also discuss what they hope to see more of this year in a cappella.

Episodes are available at vocalherspective.org or your favorite podcast network theMonday after airing.

New Tunesday – The Summer Wrap-Up

While we were out enjoy the sun, the sand, the surf, and all of the other spoils of summer, the titans of a cappella still churned out some great new music. Here are the highlights:

Pentatonix

There were a lot of mixed feelings about the Lion King remake, but there no questioning the PTX take on this classic song off the soundtrack.

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BYU Vocal Point

Not to be outdone, the men of Vocal Point released their own Lion King harmonies with their cover of Circle of Life.

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MICappella

It was a busy summer as always for these Singapore superstars and rumor has it there will be even more music coming soon. Get your abbreviated Chinese music history lesson now.

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N’Harmonics

It is almost time to submit your applications for the 2020 ICCA season. Be inspired by the set from the 2019 champions.

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Nor’Easters

They may not have made an ICCA appearance last season, but these collegiate powerhouses did take their talents to Memphis to win the NACC Collegiate Competition.

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m-Pact

There’s never a bad time for Earth, Wind & Fire, especially not when covered by m-Pact, who we can’t wait to see in November for the m-Pact Vocal Festival in Kansas City.

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From The Roots

SING! Texas is just around the corner, but not before you can relive this gem of an original written by Hannah Lewis.

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Plus, they released another new original “Broke My Window.”

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Midtown

This year’s BHS International 5th place medalists have been making quite a slash with their music videos. Have a little fun with this cover from the Goofy Movie, a follow up to their Spiderman Theme Song.

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Pitch Slapped

If this is how the ladies of Pitch Slapped are kicking off the new year, we’ve got a lot more amazing music coming our way.

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New England Voices in Harmony

Harmony, Inc. unleashed part of the winning set from the 2018 International Champions. Enjoy “I See The Light” arranged by Kevin Keller.

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Vocal HERspective – Episode 8 with Anne Bureau

Tonight we’re talking to Anne Bureau, Musical Director of The Liberty Belles Chorus and North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus, Music Judge, International Quartet Champion and true QUEEN in every sense of the word. Anne brings an exuberant energy to everything she does and her joy is nothing short of infectious.

Join us at 9:30 pm Eastern on acaville.org for Episode 8!

Episode 4 of Vocal HERspective with Katie Taylor

Tonight, Amanda and Rachael talk to 3-time Harmony Queen, Katie Taylor.

Katie Taylor is a longtime music educator in New York and won quartet gold medals in Harmony, Incorporated with “For Heaven’s Sake” (1996) as bass, “U4X” (2008) as tenor, and most recently “LiveWire” (2015) as lead. She is also the director of Northern Blend Chorus, the 2017 gold medalists of Harmony, Inc. She loves working with youth at Harmony Explosion camps, and she offers private voice lessons as well as music theory and conducting assistance. She was also 2019 faculty at Harmony University, produced by the Barbershop Harmony Society.