Nor’easters Capture NACC Title as AEA Announces Huge News

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:

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No Comment
The Green Tones
Voices In Your Head
The Nor’easters
Texas Songhorns
Mosaic Whispers
All-Night Yahtzee

With visually creative and emotional sets, the judges chose to honor:

Outstanding Aesthetic – All-Night Yahtzee
Outstanding Scene Painting – Voices in Your Head
Outstanding Choreography- UNT Green Tones
Outstanding Soloist – Anthony Rodriguez (The Nor’easters)

2nd Place: UNT Green Tones
WINNER: Nor’easters

The evening also featured a guest performance by Nomadic, the first group formed out of the June Foundation.

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.

 

LIVE STREAM at NACC All Weekend

Couldn’t make it to Memphis for the National A Cappella Convention this year?

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Apr 26, 2019
7:30 PM Central
National A Cappella Convention – High School Showcase
Apr 27, 2019
10 AM Central
National A Cappella Convention – The Feature Showcase
Apr 27, 2019
12 PM Central
National A Cappella Convention – Spotlight Show
Apr 27, 2019
2 PM Central
RESOUND & OneVoice feat. Impromptu at National A Cappella Convention
Apr 27, 2019
7 PM Central
National A Cappella Convention – Collegiate Invitational feat. NOMADIC

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One Minute With: RESOUND

This group got their big break when their video went viral a few years back. Their talent was featured on national news and their rise began. Now, RESOUND made the jump to full time and they talked to us about how they prepared and what the experience is like.

And if you want to hear them perform, lucky for you, they’ll be performing at the National A Cappella Convention this weekend, presented by the A Cappella Education Association. If you won’t be in Memphis, you can join in the fun LIVE – we’ll be streaming it all weekend right here on Acaville!

Here is one minute with RESOUND:

New Tunesday – January 8, 2019

New year, new tunes! As we’re all stepping out of the holiday daze, here are a few of our favorite recent releases in the aca-verse.

MICappella

International superstars out of Singapore quietly dropped a bombshell with 《王妃》- Jam 萧敬腾 over the holidays with an arrangement from Tat Tong and production by an all-star team of Peter Huang, Tat Tong, Plaid Productions, and Dave Sperandio.

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RESOUND

A very happy new year indeed, with the release of “Disney Medley II” from this soulful Richmond, VA trio.

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Due North

2018 National Harmony Sweepstakes Finalists, Due North, kicked off the new year with a fully produced music video of their cover of “Lost on You.” This relatively new group out of the Twin Cities is pushing hard and we suspect that this is only the beginning.

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Drums of War

Australian hip hop a cappella at its finest, 2015 AUSACA Champions, Drums of War, cover Talib Kweli.

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Ardú

Leaders of the a cappella movement in Ireland, Ardú uses a little looping to present their version of the popular Muse song, “Madness” live in concert.

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DocAcappella

Marc Silverberg is officially the Weird Al of a cappella and we can’t get enough. His latest release, “ICCA” comes just ahead of the start of the 2019 season and it’s hilariously spot-on.

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