Tag! You’re It! with Greater Nassau Chorus!
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Harmony in the morning?! Yes please! Early birds will delight and late risers will get the blood going as the incredible, award-winning Greater Nassau Chorus teach everyone a few tags! And, for non-barbershoppers, what are tags? They are the best part of the songs, the rich part, the part that sends it over the top. And YOU’LL be the one singing, so pick your part and come out to this hands-on class!

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.

Intro to Overtone Singing
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Learn to sing two notes at the same time.

Do you really need more information than that? Ok. Maybe you do!

Overtone Singing is a technique that enables 1 vocalist to produce and, with a bit of practice, control 2 notes simultaneously. Overtone singing can be used in various contexts, from emulating synthesized sounds to full self-polyphony. When multiple voices come together to sing in this style, a relaxing, glowing atmosphere is created. This workshop will explain the theory behind overtone singing and teach the basic techniques of producing them.

About Us!
Harmonic Introductions is a small vocal ensemble dedicated to expanding the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of overtone singing. Founded by Robb Saffell and Julian-Israel Canizares in Spring, 2012, Harmonic Introductions seeks to teach, perform, and build a culture and community focused on the art of overtone singing.
Musta Lammas’ Toolbox (Rehearsal Techniques to Achieve a Unified Sound)
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Musta Lammas’ Toolbox
How can a choir improve their groove? Which tools are there for working on sound and blend? In this workshop Ida Olsonen shares Musta lammas rehearsal process. The choir joins the session, providing musical tasters and examples.

Rockstar 101 Performance Stage Presence w/ Diana Preisler of Blue Jupiter and star of TV’s “Pitch Slapped”
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Star of Lifetime’s TV show Pitchslapped, Diana Preisler is known as “The ACA-COACH.”

Diana says this: “They see you louder than they hear you.”

The Broadway performer, film actress (Oscar Nominated “Chico and Rita”), singer and manager of Blue Jupiter will show you how to make that message work for you. Groups will hop on stage and have their performance crafted to perfection.

This seminar is one of our most popular! Have your group come ready to perform!

Vocal Games with Merel Martens
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let internationally acclaimed director and instructor, Merel Martens show you the vocal games she uses for improving vocal groups.

When we sing together, goal number one is to have a great time! We also want to improve the music we make.

This class is about doing both at the same time!

We’ll work on intonation, blend, rhythm, phrasing, staging, etc., but it won’t feel like work. It will feel like fun!

That’s a win-win!

Vocal Technique “Myth Buster” Edition: Anatomy vs Pedagogy
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

One is a master teacher. One, a master of anatomy. One has a litany of professional level students. One has successfully healed thousands of patients by physical therapy. Together they attack vocal technique from the ground up!

What vocal technique is just wishful thinking? What vocal technique will only work for a few years before the voice can’t handle it? What vocal technique has scientific evidence to back it up? It’s time to find out what science says.

Ron Meixsell will discuss and demo vocal registers and how to isolate and re-balance them; helpful hints for staying healthy and managing illness; posture, breathing and much more!

Get the cold hard anatomy facts from licensed physical therapist, Michael Miller.

Vocal teachers use analogies to elicit physical changes. It works for some and frustrates others. Why not just cut to the chase and learn what’s really happening?

Michael will use the latest scientific research to explore healthy vocal technique. What’s real and what’s bunk? Michael will present the hard data, walk you through the physiology and then demonstrate the effect on the voice. Then it’s your turn to try it out! Sing healthy. Sing high. Sing strong!

Michael Miller is a licensed physical therapist and professional singer/actor/trumpet player with many decades of training and performance. He has performed with professional a cappella group, Blind Man’s Bluff, and extensively in regional musical theatre.

Ron Meixsell’s resume is too long to reproduce. But highlights include conducting the Army choruses in Frankfurt Germany, and teaching music at high schools, Five Towns College, Upsala College, and Dowling College. Ron has sung with The New York Grand Opera, Opera on The sound, Opera Options, Manhattan Opera, and The Maine Opera Company.  He has performed at Alice Tully Hall and The Bruno Walter Auditorium, both in Lincoln Center, NY. For twelve years Ron was the designated singer for The Long Island Association where he sang the National Anthem for major dignitaries including former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush,  Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Hilary Clinton, and many other notable American figures in politics and the news industry. Ron was the vocal coach for The Big Apple Chorus from 2003-2009 during which the chorus became regularly invited to The Barbershop Harmony Society International Competitions. Ron also has coached many barbershop quartets to success in their various competitions. Ron has a NY State Permanent teacher certificate in music, is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and The Music Teachers National Association.

Beatbox Panel
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Richard Steiner of Freedom’s Boombox and The Exchange joins Backtrack’s Johnny Buffalo, Stiletta’s MC Beats and more as they strut their impressive beatboxing chops and then show you how the magic is made!


The Colors of Arranging with Resound
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Ariana Grande tweeted ” their voices… the arrangement…. their musicality…. i can’t tell u how many times i’ve watched this. i luv them.”

They’ve been featured across the country on ABC, The Examiner and many other news outlets as the hottest new sound in a cappella music.  Based in Virginia, this young trio has already developed a reputation for their gospel style, phrasing, stunning dynamics and soaring solo deliveries.

In this class, Resound reveals their uniquely expressive approach to arranging and performance.

Vocal Painting (or “Mind Reading” In Improvised Music) with Merel Martens
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Vocal Painting (or “Mind Reading” In Improvised Music)

Mind reading? Well, that’s what it looks like to the untrained eye!

Merel Martens will teach you a series of subtle hand signals that allow groups to do the impossible, making improvised musical leaps together!

Everyone has these little ideas in their head: melody, rhythm, lyrics, etc. Merel helps you turn these ideas into actual music! To frame this, she uses Vocal Paining or “VoPa”. VoPa (created by Jim Daus Hjernoe) is a part of Sound Painting (created by Walter Thompson) and is a great tool to communicate non-verbally in (improvised) music.

The VoPa signs are also very usefull for working with repertoire!

Do it or Don’t! A Group Identity Class with Freedom’s Boombox
Feb 10 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This course will focus on how to get the most out of your group and yourself. Tips on how to communicate and have everyone be on the same page. This course is designed to find and align your strengths, create your vision, and find your group identity.

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.

Looping w FreePlay Duo
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

FreePlay Duo teaches this hands on class on looping!

Looping technology allows a single performer to bring the power of a choir. But how do you stop it from being a gimmick and play loops like instruments? From such lofty concepts to the very basics of the technology, world renown, Canadian live-loopers, FREE PLAY DUO will lead the class in an exploration that is both interactive and informative.

Movement and Choreo with Stiletta
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Coming Soon!

Songwriting with Stacey Kay
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rehearsal Techniques with Lustre (The Singer’s Toolbox)
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lustre is the #1 ranked Sweet Adelines Quartet in the World. It didn’t happen by accident and it didn’t happen overnight.

In this class you’ll learn the tips and techniques that can help any group reach their full potential. And it all starts with rehearsing in a way that works for you!

Using Your Strengths in Harmony with Resound
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Mariah and Jessica’s from Resound teach “Using Your Strengths in Harmony”. Not every arrangement is a perfect match for every group of singers. And every singer brings special strengths to the table. Learn to take advantage of those strengths and make the best match as you arrange the songs that you connect with!

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.