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Vocal Percussionists: Perform with Groove for Thought at VCN 2013!

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VoCALnation has a surprise once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for vocal percussionists at this year’s festival. Rather than bringing in their own percussionist, Groove for Thought approached the VCN production team with an offer to hold an audition to select a vocal percussionist from the attendees at this year’s festival!

The individual selected will get the opportunity to perform with Groove for Thought as their vocal percussionist during the Professional Showcase on Saturday, July 20th, 2013. Additionally, they will participate in Groove for Thought’s pre-show sound check and will be announced publicly at the concert and on the VCN website and social media during the festival (not to mention adding a great cred to their resume!)

Interested vocal percussionists must complete a two-tier audition process. First is a bio/resume and recorded example submission, which will narrow the field of applicants to a maximum of five finalists. The finalists will audition live for the members of Groove for Thought beginning at 10 AM on Saturday, July 20th.


To be eligible to audition, the vocal percussionist must purchase an all-access weekend pass and submit their materials by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 2 Monday, July 8. The submission must include a one-page bio including name, contact information, and a list or description of the applicant’s prior a cappella and vocal percussion experience. The submission must also contain either a web link or attached file of a live recording of the applicant performing as a vocal percussionist, either with a full group or as a beatbox soloist. Applicants can submit either one or two samples, and they can be either audio or video.

Bio and recordings should be emailed to Executive Producer Tom West at by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 2 Monday, July 8.

Eligible applicants will be reviewed by a submission panel selected by the Executive Producer and the finalists will be notified by Friday, July 5 12. The finalists will receive access to a portion of Groove for Thought’s repertoire to give them an opportunity to prepare their audition. Finalists will then audition one-at-a-time for the members of Groove for Thought beginning at 10 AM on Saturday, July 20th during the festival. The finalists will be notified of Groove for Thought’s decision no later than the lunch break.

Here are two examples of Groove for Thought performing repertoire involving vocal percussion. These examples are not necessarily songs that they will perform as part of their set, but are intended to give potential applicants a feel for what kind of vocal drumming the group is looking for.

The VoCALnation production team would like to thank Groove for Thought for making possible  this exciting and exclusive opportunity for this year’s festival. We look forward to receiving your applications!


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