Nov. 10-11, 2017

DAYTON, OHIO

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It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2017 Kettering National A Cappella Festival – Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11, 2017.

This year’s guest artists are Freedoms Boombox and Voice Play. Our headline clinician is Deke Sharon. The format of the event is in three portions: Friday night showcase, Saturday daytime festival, and Saturday evening concert. We are aimed at contemporary a cappella groups, but are also open to vocal jazz, madrigal groups, barbershop… you name it! We are open to individuals as well as groups of all ages (middle school, high school, collegiate, adult).

New Directors

We are also inviting any directors who are new to the aca-scene to be our guests. If you are a director who does not yet have a group (or will soon form one), you are welcome to join us for the weekend - on the house. We will provide meals and comp tickets for all events. You can float all weekend, watch anything you want, and sit in on the directors’ roundtables. Just learn and enjoy! E-mail brody.mcdonald@ketteringschools.org to touch base.

Apply to Perform!

Registered groups may apply to perform at Kettering National A Cappella Festival. Please submit a video of your group performing their best song*, via web-link (preferably YouTube or Vimeo) to Drew Wheaton at drew.wheaton@acappellaeducators.com. If you submit by Google Drive please ensure that the sharing settings are set to “anyone with the link can view.” Submissions are due by October 2, 2017. Announcement of the performing groups will be made by October 20, 2017. The videos will be scored on the ensembles’ vocal techniques, musicality in the a cappella idiom, and on their visual presentation.** Based on your score, you'll be slotted to our Academic Showcase (Friday Night), a Main Stage performance (Saturday daytime) or an Aca-Bomb performance (Saturday daytime).
*Video should be front-facing and close enough that faces can be seen. Try to have the best audio and lighting possible so that the videos can be most accurately adjudicated.
**Visual presentation does not necessarily mean choreography. The AEA Performance Elements category puts a very large emphasis on emotional engagement, accessibility, and believability. Choreography will only earn points if it enhances the presentation of the music and the song and not on its own merit.

Pricing

For Groups:
  • Group Registration: $250 (receive one half-hour clinic) or $350 (receive two half-hour clinics)
  • Friday Night Showcase Tickets: $15 (director ticket free)
  • Saturday Night Concert Tickets: $20 (director ticket free)
  • Saturday Night Catered Dinner: $10 (director free)
For Individuals:
  • All-Weekend Pass: $60
    • Includes: Friday Night Showcase, all Saturday daytime activities, Saturday night show
  • Saturday-only Pass:
    • Includes: all Saturday daytime activities, Saturday night show
  • Saturday Night Catered Dinner: $10

Featured Performance Opportunities For Your Group

 Academic Showcase The top 8 groups via video submission (see ABOUT tab) will perform on Friday night (roughly 8 minutes/2 songs) as opening acts for our guest artists, Freedoms Boombox. Soundchecks will take place during the day Friday prior to the show. Main Stage Groups selected will perform with wireless mics, the whole nine yards! Groups will also be given time to soundcheck prior to performance. Aca-Bombs Aca-Bomb performances will take place all day long. They are acoustic performances (no microphones) in an intimate setting to really connect with the audience.   * By submitting a video to the Kettering National A Cappella Festival you are agreeing to allow the A Cappella Education Association (AEA) to further use that video for internal educational purposes. They will not be shared or posted. The AEA will use your videos to enhance their judge training program. Thank for your interest in the Kettering National A Cappella Festival 2017. If there's anything at all we can do to help, please don't hesitate to contact us at brody.mcdonald@ketteringschools.org.