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.
Known for taking the collegiate a cappella world from the Pitch Perfect movies and turning it on its head, MIX brings vocal innovation and story telling to a new level. Using world-class vocals, costuming and carefully crafted arrangements, this group of 8 young performers is changing the face of contemporary a cappella. Former BOSS and SoJam champions, MIX has won critical acclaim across the United States and Europe, most recently garnering the award of “Most Innovative Group” at the Aarhus Acapella Festival in Denmark.
Ready for the ultimate experience for your high school a cappella group? Apply to compete in the AEA National High School Championships for the opportunity to get live, professional feedback from a panel of certified AEA judges, and to win some exciting awards for your ensemble.
8 Finalists will be selected to compete Friday night of the NACC in the main auditorium. These groups will have access to our 24 wireless mics and a full sound system and engineer. With HD video, lighting, and top quality sound, your group will be set up to look and sound their absolute best.
Each group will receive evaluation masterclasses on Saturday from some of Friday night’s competition judges. Regardless of who wins, all will walk away better, having experienced one of the most rewarding and memorable performances of their lives.
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Memphis is home to amazing barbeque, timeless music, perfect spring weather, and lots of entertainment.
The official hotel of NACC16 is The Courtyard by Marriott Collierville. They are offering a special rate of $119 per night which includes complimentary HOT breakfast for up to 4 people in each room. Book your rooms now before the block is sold out!
Executive Producer: J.D. Frizzell
Director of Education, Co-Producer: John DeFerraro
Director of Industry Relations: Matthew Velker
Director of Marketing: Amy Malkoff
Sponsorship Coordinator: Judi Gray
National Championships Director: Drew Wheaton
Performance Coordinator: Micha Mokrani
Directors of Outreach: Tara Kellerman, Richard Thomas
Assistant Director of Education: Jon Smith
Host Group: Briarcrest OneVoice
Organizing Entity: A Cappella Education Association
Produced in cooperation with The American Choral Directors Association
Presenting Sponsor: DCINY
Official Hotel Sponsor: Courtyard Collierville