Arranging: Throw the Book at It! with Dylan Bell
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Juno-nominated Mr. Dylan Bell has long been known for his arranging!  In fact, he literally wrote the book on it! For beginners who feel like they don’t know where to start, here’s a multi-step approach. For experts, here are the rules that just beg to be broken! Whether it’s for Cadence, Freeplay Duo, Retrocity, The Watch, the Nylons or any of the other ensembles Dylan works works with, this is a man who knows what parts go where.

The Business of Show with Kris Vicencio
Feb 10 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Sometimes we’re better at the “show” than the “business” but that’s OK! Kris Vicencio is here to set us straight!

Lesson 1. self-marketing and promotion for the budding a cappella group. If no one knows about your incredible talents, they can’t throw bundles of money at you.

Lesson 2. a brief “behind-the-scenes” look at what it takes administratively to take your group to its full potential.

Kris lives just outside of Washington, DC, but he is a native Long Island-er, a Mets fan for life, and his favorite bagel place is “Better on a Bagel” on Miller Place. He studied musical theater and was a founding member of the men’s a cappella group at SUNY Oswego.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, and has coordinated events for over a decade including collegiate and professional a cappella concerts, music festivals, weddings, military ceremonies, and non-profit fundraisers. He is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for SingStrong DC, a position he has held for several years. Oh, and he’ll be an attorney soon. So, he’s been busy.

Songwriting with Stacey Kay
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Vocal Health for Singers and Beatboxers w/ Lynda Antonetti, MS, CCC-SLP
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Vocal Health w/ Lynda Antonetti, MS, CCC-SLP

Your vocal health means everything!  Trained singer turned Speech Pathologist, Lynda Antonetti shows singers and beatboxers the path to a healthy voice.

Beatboxers, have you ever wondered about the impact of your sound effects on your vocal chords/folds? Lynda will discuss the surprising implications of beatboxing on your vocal health.

This class examines the voice as an instrument and the singer as an athlete. Lynda helps you to determine what type of “voice user” you truly are, and most importantly, points out the common pitfalls that hurt singers and how to avoid them.
Lynda A. Antonetti MS, CCC-SLP, holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from SUNY Geneseo and her masters from Nova Southeastern University. She’s been a certified Speech Language Pathologist since 1998.  But she’s always been a singer, with formal vocal lessons beginning at the age of 9.  After continuing her studies all the way through her first two years of college, she expanded her path to reflect the need for Speech Pathologists in the world of vocal entertainment. Her clientele has included both adults and children with a variety of disabilities, however her passion is to educate those who utilize their voices for their career.