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Weekend Pick: SingStrong a Cappella Festival at SLHS

South Lakes High School The SingStrong a Cappella Festival gets underway Friday at South Lakes High School, where there will be concerts, workshops, classes and more.

Among the pros at the 13th annual event: 10-time Grammy Winners, Take 6, innovators of the jazz gospel style; Diana Preisler, star of TV’s Pitch Slapped on Lifetime; Vivid Voices, the award winning contemporary choir from Germany, and winners at both the German Choral Competition and the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark; Julia Easterlin,  the indie live-looper featured at Lollapalooza; MAXX Factor, International Barbershop Champion Quartet featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off; and Kaila Mullady, Current World Champion Beatboxer.

The event, which runs through Sunday, consists of five concerts, an auction, and over a dozen classes and coachings. Event profits support the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as local music programs. Fans can attend single concerts, or purchase discount weekend passes which offer savings of up to 50 percent.

Visit the SingStrong website to:

See the concert schedule

See the list of classes on such topics as recording techniques, stage presence, forming and directing an a cappella group, beatboxing, copyright law, and musical arranging.

Get tickets, which range from $15 to $35. Discounted passes are available for Seniors, Students and groups of 10 or more.

See lots more info on www.SingStrong.org.

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SingStrong A Cappella Festival Back at SLHS April 1-3

Take 6/Courtesy Take 6A Cappella singing groups from high school to professional return to South Lakes High School in Reston next weekend for the 13th annual SingStrong festival.

Among the pros: 10-time Grammy Winners, Take 6, innovators of the jazz gospel style; Diana Preisler, star of TV’s Pitch Slapped on Lifetime; Vivid Voices, the award winning contemporary choir from Germany, and winners at both the German Choral Competition and the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark; Julia Easterlin,  the indie live-looper featured at Lollapalooza; MAXX Factor, International Barbershop Champion Quartet featured on NBC’s The Sing-Off; and Kaila Mullady, Current World Champion Beatboxer.

The event, which runs from April 1 to 3, consists of five concerts, an auction, and over a dozen classes and coachings. Event profits support the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as local music programs. Fans can attend single concerts, or purchase discount weekend passes which offer savings of up to 50 percent.

Visit the SingStrong website to:

See the concert schedule

See the list of classes on such topics as recording techniques, stage presence, forming and directing an a cappella group, beatboxing, copyright law, and musical arranging.

Get tickets, which range from $15 to $35. Discounted passes are available for Seniors, Students and groups of 10 or more.

See lots more info on www.SingStrong.org.

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SingStrong Friday Location Moved Due to Snow

singstrong20151 Updated, 10 a.m. Friday: Because Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Friday, tonight’s Sing Strong events have been moved to a new location. Tonight’s events have been moved from South Lakes High School to Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon.

All times for tonight remain as originally scheduled. Events for Saturday and Sunday are still scheduled for SLHS, but that could change pending weather. Check SingStrong’s website for updates.

Original story, Thursday: 

Musical groups from high school to professional return to South Lakes High School this weekend for the seventh annual SingStrong International Charity a Cappella Festival.

The schedule is packed with five concerts at SLHS, an auction, and more than a dozen classes and coachingsall featuring nothing but the human voice. Event proceeds support the Alzheimer’s Association and local music programs. Fans can attend single concerts or purchase weekend discount passes, which offer savings of up to 50-percent off.   This year’s performers include:

Groups will use only their voices to perform leads, harmonies and to vocally imitate a virtual orchestra of sounds  — including jazz trumpet, classical strings, distorted electric guitar and a full drum set. Some of the other highlights: Friday, 7 p.m. Concert features  “ACA-Idol,”  an a cappella competition for professional and collegiate groups in the style of American Idol. Celebrity judges will give live feedback. The show is hosted by Jonathan Minkoff (of Blue Jupiter, acappella101.com, RARB.org). First place is $1,000, and audience members get to vote using their cell phones to help determine the winner. Competitors include: The BluesTones from JMU, The Seabelles, The Rhythm and Roos from University of Akron, Uncommon, The Lobby, CATCH-22, Pitches Be Crazy and more. Saturday, 7 p.m. Main Event Concert features multiple professional a cappella groups including  Traces, Blue Jupiter, Anna-Maria Hefele, and Apollo Link (aka Spideyboys). Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Main Event Concert features more pro a cappella groupsincluding  Resound, Ball in the House, Vocaldente, Ensamble Fenix, Feedback and more.

Saturday, 2 p.m. Concert features the Finals of SingStrong’s High School Competition, with awards for performance, arranging and composition, as judged by respected a cappella educators from around the country.

Sunday, 2 p.m. Concert features Resound, Traces, Ensamble Fenix, The Alexandria Harmonizers, Feedback, and Apollo Link (aka Spideyboys).

Amateur singers will be involved in classes and coaching on such topics as recording techniques, stage presence, forming and directing an a cappella group, beatboxing, copyright law, and musical arranging. 

For singers who attend without a group to perform with, SingStrong offers an open a cappella group, The Single Singers. Attendees sign up, get their music online, briefly rehearse together at the festival, and then perform on the mainstage.  
 
Tickets range from $15 to $35. Discounted passes available for Seniors, Students and groups of 10 or more. Free Parking. Tickets and complete info at www.SingStrong.org.

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SingStrong A Cappella Fest Returns to Reston March 6-8

Volcadente is among headliners at 2015 SIngStrong/Credit: SingStrongMusical groups from high school to professional will take over South Lakes High School as the SingStrong International Charity A cappella Festival returns to Reston March 6, 7 and 8.

The seventh-annual all-vocal event consists of five concerts at SLHS, an auction, and more than a dozen classes and coachings, all featuring nothing but the human voice.

Event proceeds support the Alzheimer’s Association and local music programs. Fans can attend single concerts or purchase weekend discount passes, which offer savings of up to 50-percent off.

This year’s performers will include:

Groups will use only their voices to perform leads, harmonies and to vocally imitate a virtual orchestra of sounds  — including jazz trumpet, classical strings, distorted electric guitar and a full drum set.

Some of the other highlights:

Friday, 7 p.m. Concert features  “ACA-Idol,”  an a cappella competition for professional and collegiate groups in the style of American Idol. Celebrity judges will give live feedback. The show is hosted by Jonathan Minkoff (of Blue Jupiter, acappella101.com, RARB.org). First place is $1,000, and audience members get to vote using their cell phones to help determine the winner. Competitors include: The BluesTones from JMU, The Seabelles, The Rhythm and Roos from University of Akron, Uncommon, The Lobby, CATCH-22, Pitches Be Crazy and more.

Saturday, 7 p.m. Main Event Concert features multiple professional a cappella groups including  Traces, Blue Jupiter, Anna-Maria Hefele, and Apollo Link (aka Spideyboys).

Saturday, 9:30 p.m. Main Event Concert features more pro a cappella groupsincluding  Resound, Ball in the House, Vocaldente, Ensamble Fenix, Feedback and more.

Saturday, 2 p.m. Concert features the Finals of SingStrong’s High School Competition, with awards for performance, arranging and composition, as judged by respected a cappella educators from around the country.

Sunday, 2 p.m. Concert features Resound, Traces, Ensamble Fenix, The Alexandria Harmonizers, Feedback, and Apollo Link (aka Spideyboys).

Amateur singers will be involved in classes and coaching on such topics as recording techniques, stage presence, forming and directing an a cappella group, beatboxing, copyright law, and musical arranging. 

For singers who attend without a group to perform with, SingStrong offers an open a cappella group, The Single Singers. Attendees sign up, get their music online, briefly rehearse together at the festival, and then perform on the mainstage. 
 
Tickets range from $15 to $35. Discounted passes available for Seniors, Students and groups of 10 or more. Free Parking. Tickets and complete info at www.SingStrong.org.

Photo: Vocaldente are among SingStrong headliners/Credit: SingsStrong

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