April 22-23, 2016


76 S. Houston Levee Rd, Eads, TN 38016


980 Passes


31 A Cappella Pros

WHAT THE NACC FEATURES / performances, masterclasses, interest sessions, workshops, reading sessions, exhibits

The A Cappella Educators Association is thrilled to announce the second annual National A Cappella Convention in Memphis, TN on April 22-23, 2016. Featuring professional concerts, showcase performances, a unique high school competition, group masterclasses, roundtable discussions, reading sessions, and more, The NACC is the only event of its kind in the country designed to bring the entire a cappella community together. Join us at Briarcrest Christian School, a new, $50 million, 105-acre university-style campus for a focused, energizing, and inspiring event.

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The Swingles / 2016's featured performers and head clinicians

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. With their new album Deep End (official release 18th Sept 2015), The Swingles celebrate that legacy by starting a whole new chapter.

In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then their repertoire has grown to include a huge variety of music, as well as new original songs. They have released more than 50 recordings, winning five Grammy® awards and appearing on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City and Glee.

The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting, and the group continues to perform his groundbreaking Sinfonia around the world, including recent performances at the Royal Festival Hall and La Scala.

2015 Performing Ensembles / this year, it could be you


Featured Performers

Founded in 2011, Musae has already gained acclaim


Showcase Group

MIX believes in the audience’s charm. Exploring genres of indie-rock, soul,


Showcase Group

The Acoustikats, founded in 1993 by Dr. Jefferson Johnson as a

Fermata Town

Showcase Group

Fermata Town is a semi-professional mixed a cappella group that formed

Under the direction of J.D. Frizzell, SONY Recording Artist OneVoice has

Eleventh Hour

HS Competition Finalists

Eleventh Hour began as an experiment – a plan to create

Highland Voices

HS Competition Finalists

The reigning ICHSA National Champion Highlands Voices are from Northern Highlands

Volunteer Voices

HS Competition Finalists

Volunteer Voices from Bowie High School is highly select, auditioned group of

Key Of She

HS Competition Finalists

Key of She is the premier female a cappella group of

Vocal Fusion

Session Performers

Vocal Fusion is a seven member, co-ed, high school group from

Buck That!

Session Performers

In just their fifth year, Buck That! has taken the Midwest

Fenton Ambassadors

Session Performers

The Ambassadors are a 20 voice Vocal Jazz/Show Choir/Contemporary Pop Ensemble

The A Cappella Group

Session Performers

The A Cappella Group is a 23 voice mixed group from

Detroit Voice

Session Performers

Detroit Voice is a 12 person, mixed voice high school group


Session Performers

In-A-Chord is Kansas State University’s (Manhattan, KS) mixed a cappella group.

Frisky Business

Session Hosts

Ariel Arbisser on lead and Jo Vinson making on loops -

The Highs and Lows

AcaPop! Performers

The Highs and Lows have become a premier group in the

Vocal Point

AcaPop! Performers

Located in Upstate New York, South Glens Falls High School's Vocal


AcaPop! Performers

Fusion is one of FIVE a cappella groups in the Kettering,

Vocally Charged

AcaPop! Performers

Vocally Charged is the mixed voices a cappella ensemble from Northview

2015 Convention Schedule / see what we had to offer

Tom Paster

The Winning Set

Whether for competition or concert, choosing the right songs to highlight your group’s abilities is no easy task. This class will focus on the many factors that go into
Brody McDonald and Ben Spalding

Rehearsal Techniques

Two of the most successful a cappella directors in the country will share their most successful techniques and approaches to common rehearsal issues.
John DeFerraro

Sheet Music Reading Session

Read through some of the best new arrangements from top publishers and arrangers in the business. All session attendees get a FREE packet of music.
Ben Spalding

HS Teacher Roundtable Discussion

Discuss problems, issues, concerns, frustrations, successes, and more with fellow high school a cappella directors from around the country.
Matt Caruso

Aca-Jedi Mind Tricks

Get the most out of your group by using Aca-Jedi mind tricks! This very interactive workshop includes warm-ups and other exercises from the psychological point of view of sensation
Deke Sharon

Open Masterclass

Join Deke Sharon, the godfather of contemporary a cappella, as he leads a workshop and masterclass with convention host and SONY Recording Artist Briarcrest OneVoice.
Mister Tim

Sound Systems for A Cappella

Learn How To Pick Out, Purchase, Set Up, and Run a sound system for your a cappella group.


If you're over 21, come mingle, network, and revel in the a cappella glory that was #NACC15 at our afterparty! The afterparty will be at: The Flying Saucer Cordova1400 N.
Dr. Benjamin Stevens

Essential Listening

What is there to listen to, how might we listen to it, and why? In this interactive workshop, we develop our critical listening skills so as to deepen our
Katherine Menna

Choreography 101

Using the Highlands Voices as an example group, Katherine will lead a hands-on seminar on how to use simple choreography and dance steps to make a large group of
Angela Ugolini

Recording A Cappella

You know how to 'leave it all on the stage' in live performance: now learn how to apply those on-stage performance techniques in the studio, resulting
Dr. Erin Hackel

How To Sing In All Styles

Think there is a single "correct" technique for singing? Think again. This course will teach you the fundamental techniques of how to become a marketable singer across styles, from

Exhibit Hall Open

While exhibits will be accessible throughout the day, we will be encouraging attendees to visit during the following times: 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM 11:50 AM- 1:00 PM 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Austin Willacy

Songwriting 101

Have you started tons of songs but never finished any? Learn some strategies for writing lyrics, melodies, chords and how to fit them together to write more, and better,
Tom Anderson

Harmony and Texture for Arrangers

Supercharge your arranging chops as one of the industry's most acclaimed a cappella arrangers takes you under the hood on two vital technical concepts. Vroom vroom.
Tom Anderson is an
Amy Malkoff

Why Lyrics Matter

What are those sounds that you make when you're not singing jens and bahs and dohs? Yay, lyrics! They make you feel the feels and they're how you connect
Francisco Ruiz

Spontaneous Composition and Circle Singing

The voice can be used as a paintbrush to create visual textures that elicit a visual and emotional experience for the listener. This class is designed to help each
Jon Smith

Arranging 101

Marc Silverberg + Evan Feist

Creative Vocal Lab

Using group improvisation techniques created by Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, Roger Treece, and others, participants will learn how to organically arrange a cappella and improvise as a group.
Jon Smith

Advanced Arranging

Joshua S. Duchan

Suddenly It’s Everywhere: The Spectacular History of A Cappella

This workshop familiarizes participants with the history behind a cappella, with particular emphasis on collegiate a cappella. Were the Yale Whiffenpoofs really the first college singing group? Did "Glee"
Danny Ozment

Crowdfunding and Internet Patronage

The landscape of online fundraising is vast with new options appearing all the time. Learn to navigate this popular form of fundraising and do it effectively.
Amanda Cornaglia, Dave Sperandio, David Longo, Danny Ozment, and Matt Caruso, Moderators

Professional Producers Roundtable

A venue through which producers can discuss the current state of the industry, common themes and struggles, new paths of innovation, trends, and more.
Robert Dietz, Moderator

Professional Arrangers Roundtable

A venue through which arrangers can discuss the current state of the industry, common themes and struggles, new paths of innovation, trends, and more.
Kevin Taylor + Andrea Macy

Selling Out With Kevin & Andrea: Get Booked and Get Heard!

Come to this session to prove a point-- everything’s better when you have an audience.  With current technology it is easier than ever to record top level content and
Philipp Walzer + Katya D. Oren

The Art of the Cover

Covering pop tunes is common practice in the contemporary a cappella world, but what makes one cover stand above the rest? Join this arranging workshop & discussion on how
J.D. Frizzell, Moderator

AEA State Representative Roundtable

Yearly meeting of AEA State Representatives to discuss goals, programs, and the future of the A Cappella Education Association.

Choreo For The Non-Dancer

Let’s talk about staging! TeKay guides you through what to do on stage and why using basic movement and pictures to engage your audience. Using the 4S theory, he
Tracy Robertson

Groove Harder

How can we as vocal percussionists better fulfill our role in the ensemble? How deep is our pocket? What can we add that the arranger missed? How much control
Matt Murphy

How To Practice Vocal Percussion

Beatboxing is such an odd skill that it can be seen as a gift. Something one is born with. Either you can do it, or it seems like a
Amy Malkoff

Women In A Cappella Roundtable

Discuss experiences, problems, trends, and other specific issues relating to all-female a cappella groups with some of the top leaders today. Moderators will be: Amy Malkoff Dave Sperandio Erin Hackel Ariel Arbisser Meg Alexander Jo Vinson Michelle
Randy Buescher

Healthy Female Belting Technique

Based on research done by Randy Buescher and Dr. Steven Sims, Mr. Buescher will present their findings and demonstrate and work with students to achieve the "high brassy belt"
Dr. Benjamin Stevens

Essential Listening

What is there to listen to, how might we listen to it, and why? In this interactive workshop, we develop our critical listening skills so as to deepen our

High School Competition

Four groups will compete to earn the title of AEA National High School Champions.  This year's finalists are: 11th Hour – (Kettering, OH) Featured twice at National ACDA, performed on

Musae Concert

Founded in 2011, Musae has already gained acclaim performing at various a cappella festivals and placing at Boston Harmony Sweepstakes. As a powerhouse all-female vocal band,

AcaPop! Performances

2015 AcaPop! Performances Come Hear These Groups Perform in the Exhibit Hall!   Vocal Point South Glens Falls High School Betsy Stambach-Fuller, Director 5:05 PM   Located in Upstate New York, South Glens Falls High School's Vocal

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Convention Passes / the best deal in a cappella



Includes Access To:

All Performances
All Classes
Exhibit Hall
Masterclass If You Bring Your Group
Reading Session With Free Sheet Music
Lunch Included



Includes Access To:

All Performances

All Classes

Exhibit Hall
Masterclass For Your Group
Lunch Included

Register now / buy early and pick the best seats for concerts!

Event FAQS / find your answers

Yes, you can!  Simply click "Ask Us A Question" to e-mail John DeFerraro, and let him know the name of your school or group, the names of your attendees, and how many tickets you need (student and adult).  We will then send an invoice to you so you can have a purchase order or check processed. It's that easy.
If you are a full time student in a secondary school or college, you qualify for the student pass.  Anyone else must purchase the adult pass.
Lunch is included in the price of admission.  Each includes a drink of your choice, entree, sides, and dessert. You will need to provide your own dinner on Friday night, dinner on Saturday night, breakfast on Saturday morning, and meals any other days you will be in Memphis.
[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Every full group that attends NACC will receive:
A 50 minute masterclass with a top a cappella pro Access to over 40 classes and workshops Access to watch over 15 a cappella groups perform
Admission to our exhibit hall A chance to perform in our exhibition performances (Must Apply) Lunch included Much More!

Convention Location

Briarcrest Christian School
76 S. Houston Levee Rd.
Eads, TN 38028

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Travel Information

Memphis is home to amazing barbeque, timeless music, perfect spring weather, and lots of entertainment.

2016 Hotel information TBA.

National A Cappella Convention / leadership team

Executive Producer: J.D. Frizzell
Director of Education and Outreach: John DeFerraro
Director of Industry Relations: Matthew Velker
Director of Marketing: Amy Malkoff
Local Sponsorship Coordinator: Judi Gray
National Championships Director:
Performance Coordinator: Micha Mokrani
Host Group: Briarcrest OneVoice
Organizing Entity: A Cappella Education Association
Produced in cooperation with The American Choral Directors Association
Presenting Sponsor: TBA
Official Hotel Sponsor: