This week, Polyphony digs into the pandemic’s effect on scholastic a cappella. Tonight’s panelists include Dennis Gephart of Limited Edition, Port Washington, Justin Glodich of Valley Central Middle School and The Aca-Education Podcast, and Lisa Marien of Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School – hear the conversation at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific!
While these interviews may have been recorded a while back, they are new to you as we air them on this week’s episode of The Pulse! From the 2019 Port Washington High School Acapocalypse, we’re featuring Highlands Voices (directed by Tom Paster), #TJMSJaguarSingers (supported by the TJMS Music Department & Boosters), and #StCroixSound (part of Prescott High School Choir)!
Tune in tonight at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific and we will broadcast the show again on Sunday at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific and again 12 hours later. Or check out the interviews next week on The Pulse podcast, available via all major podcasting platforms!
Some of the best a cappella groups converged in Memphis this weekend to participate in the National A Cappella Convention for showcases, competitions, and educational sessions from the best in the business.
For the first time, the high school competition was swapped out for a showcase of ten top high school groups. While groups received full feedback from judges, the stress levels were reduced as no winner was named. Instead, the audience was the winner as each set was remarkable. With performances from groups like Limited Edition, Unstrumental, Forte, and G-E-T Vocal Point, this showcase was a true highlight of the weekend.
Saturday kicked off with a convention-wide TedTalk-like session from Convention founder and AEA President, Dr. J.D. Frizzell. His motivational talk put all attendees in the right mindset to learn and use their music to leave an impact on their audiences.
The day was a mix of classes, masterclasses, and more showcases, including performances from RESOUND, OneVoice, and Impromptu before the Convention came to a close with the Collegiate Invitational featuring:
With visually creative and emotional sets, the judges chose to honor:
2nd Place: UNT Green Tones
And just when we thought the weekend was over, Dr. Frizzell and Executive Producer A.J. Marino took the stage with a huge announcement – NACC would not happen in 2020. But before the audience could get too upset, Frizzell shared that the reason was that AEA will be hosting an even larger Convention in the Spring of 2021 in Orlando. Make your plans now, a cappella fans – it’s going to be the biggest event we’ve seen in a cappella yet.