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The Announcement(s) You’...

The Announcement(s)...

Hi, VoCALnation! Okay, try to keep up, here. We have LOTS to tell you! Most importantly, we are thrilled to announce that our third annual festival will be held from July 19-21, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA! Mark your calendars! More information about our venue can be found here. This year's event will be hosted by CAL group, KeyStone, and we're proud to introduce you to your 2013 Executive Producer, Tom West. Tom and our team are working hard to put together the best VCN yet! Are you interested in being an instructor? Look for our call for instructors Monday! Tickets will go on sale APRIL 2ND (to avoid any April "fools" out there)! Want ...

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Things to do in DC

Things to do in DC

Only a few days remain until VoCALnation! For those of you who are extending your stay a few days, or have family/friends tagging along that want to do some non-a cappella things, we've decided to put together a list of events going on in the DMV area. Thursday, July 12 Events Okay, so this is a cappella-related, but it's at a really cool venue. Do you love VCN performers and all-around awesome Swiss group The Glue? Can't get enough of CAL group and VCN performers the Capital Hearings? We can't either, and that's why you'll be able to find us checking the two out at the Swiss embassy Thursday night! You can ...

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Last Call for Masterclass...

Last Call for...

We have a busy next few weeks here at VoCALnation! We're in the process of scheduling our group masterclasses, so if your group is still debating whether or not to attend VCN, just know that the deadline to be guaranteed a chance for a masterclass spot is this Friday, June 29. Get your tickets today to be eligible. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Meet Your Instructors: Michael...

Meet Your...

Here's another post in our VCN instructor profile series. Michael Eldredge is no stranger to the a cappella world, and his photos prove it. The guy knows how to capture the energy and emotion behind a cappella performances, and a look at his photos from LAAF and SoJam prove it. Michael was a member of SVU's all-male group Shameless, and has basically become the photographer of all things CASA-related in the last few years. It's only natural that he would be teaching a class called "Seeing Music", which explores the non-verbal communication that can establish a connection with the audience. Thanks for the profile, Michael! Name: Michael Eldredge A cappella group (if ...

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Meet Your Instructors:...

Meet Your...

Here's the latest post in our instructor spotlight series. I (Emilie Begin) sort of met Christopher Diaz at last year's SingStrong Aca-Idol event, when he called my beatboxing "adorable". I also feel like a huge nerd because All-Night Yahtzee's Minor Adjustments was the first a cappella album I ever bought, and he arranged almost everything on that album. We're very excited to welcome Chris to VoCALnation, and can't wait to get some tips on blocking and arranging from him. Name: Christopher Diaz A cappella group (if you are a part of one): Threadbare, The Exchange Favorite song at the moment: "Hold On To Me" by Theresa Andersson What you're teaching: ...

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Cluster Brings A Cappella Like...

Cluster Brings A...

On a visit to Italy, Bill Hare captures rare footage of a Cluster rehearsal in preparation for VoCALnation 2012:

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Afro Blue: Excited About...

Afro Blue: Excited...

As you know, we're pretty stoked to have Afro Blue perform at this year's festival, and not just because they're awesome, but because they're from DC! This past week, the group recorded a video for us to share with you. Enjoy, and make sure to buy your passes for the weekend so you can see Afro Blue perform, along with other DC-based groups Cartoon Johnny, Vox Pop, Capital Hearings, and Euphonism!

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VCN Performance Opportunities

VCN Performance...

Is your group attending VCN but you're not in CAL (yet)? Still want to perform? Here's your chance! Send your request to kristin@casa.org with your group name and group member list by noon on Sunday, June 24th, and you'll be entered into a random drawing for one of four aca-bombs on Saturday, July 14th! Your entire group must buy all-access passes to be qualified for the drawing. See you in a few short weeks!

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Meet Your Instructors: Barry...

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Here's another post in our instructor spotlight series. A Cappella Newbies may not recognize Barry Carl's name, but as soon as you Google him, we promise you'll (especially if you grew up on a steady diet of PBS) say "OMG, Carmen Sandiego!". A seasoned a cappella veteran thanks to years spent as the bass of A Cappella gods Rockapella, Barry is now a member of XRP, which is a group made up of other former Rockapella members Steve Keyes, Sean Altman and Elliott Kerman. We're honored to have such a legend like Barry, who was a part of probably many of our first a cappella experiences, teach at this year's ...

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The results are in….

The results are in&...

...and you are NOT the father! Just kidding. We have four new groups to finish off the lineup for the CAL showcase. Congratulations to the following groups! The Capital Hearings The Seekers Euphonism Cognitive Resonance This means we have two more DC groups, a group from North Carolina, and a group from Michigan! We here at VCN are so excited to see and hear groups from all around the country! Remember, we still have slots for our Aca-Bomb performances, so please get your group members passes so you can have an opportunity to perform during the weekend!

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Win a Performance Slot in the...

Win a Performance...

As promised, we have one more week of fun to give away the remaining four spots in our showcase. The final four slots will be given out in a random drawing. All remaining groups that have ALL of their passes purchased by noon THIS Friday will automatically be entered into the drawing. However, we thought we'd have a bit of more fun (that's why we do this, right?) Groups can earn an extra chance (think raffle ticket style) in the drawing by playing a part in VoCAL Nation social media. Here are the rules: - The 'contest' will run from 12 am Tuesday 6/12 (midnight tonight) and 12 noon on Friday 6/15. (Time set ...

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Meet Your Instructors: Nathan...

Meet Your...

One of the awesome things about VoCALnation is that it brings in aca-talent from everywhere. We've decided to run a series of posts about the instructors that will be teaching at this year's event. We begin by asking Nathan Altimari from Firedrill! a few questions about his life inside and outside of the a cappella world. Nathan will be a part of the Arranging Panel at VCN, and we're pretty stoked to hear some of his tips. Thanks for the interview, Nathan! Name: Nathan Altimari A cappella group (if you are a part of one): Firedrill! (founder/MD) Favorite song at the moment: "You Met Your Match" (Broussard cover of Stevie Wonder) What you're teaching: ...

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