Calendar

Feb
8
Fri
2019
Single Singers Rehearsal
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

This rehearsal is for the Single Singers, an open a cappella group YOU can join!

This open group is for any singer at any level who is willing to learn the material on his or her own, prior to coming to SingStrong, and willing to perform on stage after just one day together!

We won’t have time to plunk notes so make sure you know your part cold!

(You’ll also need a weekend pass or class pass to participate.)

Follow the instructions here, and get ready to sing your heart out!

Feb
9
Sat
2019
Tag! You’re It! with Greater Nassau Chorus!
Feb 9 @ 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!

Learn to Scat! Hearing and Singing the Changes!
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

West Side 5′s own Dylan Pramuk will teach you to scat! Dylan has pioneered a system to help you hear the changes so you can improvise a part that actually sounds right. It’s not so scary when you know how it works!

Dylan Pramuk, Bass for West Side 5 is a versatile baritone, improviser, arranger and educator, Dylan has performed at many of NYC’s finest jazz venues, including The Jazz Standard, The Blue Note, and Birdland. The New York Times has hailed his “killer scat singing.” With vocalists Amy London, Holli Ross and Pete McGuinness, Dylan is one fourth of the Royal Bopsters, the jazz vocal quartet whose debut album, The Royal Bopsters Project was released to international acclaim on Motema in 2015, featuring jazz vocal heroes Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Bob Dorough, Sheila Jordan and the late, great Mark Murphy. In addition to private instruction, Dylan has developed an ongoing course in vocal improvisation entitled Hearing & Singing the Changes and, since January 2014, has been co-director with Amy London of the Jazz House Kids Vocal Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.

Rockstar 101 Performance Stage Presence w/ Diana Preisler of Blue Jupiter and star of TV’s “Pitch Slapped”
Feb 9 @ 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!

Throat Bass: The LOW Octave with Iris Trio’s Andrew Kim
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Throat Bass is a vocal technique common to both Tuvan overtone singers and beatboxers. Using this approach, singers can generate a pitch which is one octave lower than a typical bass’s lowest sung notes. Some feel the sound is reminiscent of the Mongolian region while others feel the sound is more akin to electronica and dubstep. Whatever your connotations, this unique style adds a wealth of potential expression and power to any group.

Andrew John Kim is an a cappella producer, recording engineer and award-winning arranger based in New York City. Andrew received his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Northwestern University and his Master of Music in Film Scoring from New York University. While at Northwestern, Andrew was a founding member and three year music director of the a cappella group, Extreme Measures. He is a former member of Backtrack. And his current group, Iris Vocal Trio is the winner of the 2018 ACA-OPEN.

Concert Design
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Dopplers’s founder and director just happens to hold her Ph.d. in Concert Design. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into your own designs!

In a combined lecture and workshop the participants will be introduced to the concept of Concert Design, which Astrid has developed through her PhD research project. Concert Design begins from reflection on the concert situation as an event, where sensory communication is key. The concept contains a creative approach to working on stage performance, which will be illustrated through a brief theoretical explanation accompanied by exemplary exercises involving the workshop participants. Focus is on collaborative interpretation, physical awareness and coherent expression.

Members of the vocal ensemble Dopplers (www.dopplers.dk) will be present to showcase specific points, staging strategies and tools.

 

Give Your Arranging a FACE-lift with FACE’s Tips!
Feb 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

World touring a cappella group, FACE walks you through arranging technique in the contemporary style.

Give Your Approach to Arranging a “Face-Lift”
(or “What-we-now-know-but-wish-we-knew-when-we-started-arranging”)

Face is an all-vocal rock band known for their energetic and powerful arrangements achieved with only four voices and a vocal percussionist.  This workshop will focus on how Face’s arrangers Stephen Ross and Ryan Driver tackle different, but equally successful approaches to arranging a song for voices from the ground up, all while putting story and feeling first.  Recommended for singers and arrangers of all levels and abilities.

Single Singers Rehearsal
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This rehearsal is for the Single Singers, an open a cappella group that YOU can join!

This group is for any singer at any level who is willing to learn the material on his or her own, prior to coming to SingStrong, and willing to perform on stage after just one day together!

We won’t have time to plunk notes so make sure you know your part! (You’ll also need a weekend pass (discount, adult or VIP) or a class pass to participate.)

Contact your director  for learning materials, and get ready to sing your heart out!

Participation will cause you to miss a portion of the Saturday 2PM HS Finals in which the top 8 (or more) HS Groups compete.

You will be performing at the Saturday 2PM concert during the judge’s deliberations.

Spotlight Showcase with Maverick Vocal Precision
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

TBA

Anyone with a ClassPass, VIP Pass, Full Weekend Pass or Discount Weekend Pass may attend for FREE!

Pro, Semi-Pro, Collegiate and sometimes even HS groups of all types strut their stuff in a casual, non-competitive showcase.

Killer Solos vs. Monster Arrangements: from Horror to Love Story
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Solo! Arrangement! Stop fighting!

The soloist is often the most important part of a performance. When they have to fight the arrangement, it can be a horror scene. But when the two are in synch, it’s a perfect love story!

Watch as the award-winning soloists in Iris Vocal Trio tweak their solos and yours, and work arrangements to create the ideal balance between them.

We’ll spend part the class talking about making solos great, part on how to arrange for soloists, part on preparing solos before rehearsal, and part on how to rehearse the two effectively.

We’ll also do a live demo of an actual rehearsal.  Brand new arrangement.  Tweaked in real time!

(That’s called working without a net!)

Feel free to bring your own solo -with group or without -and as a class, we’ll make it awesome together!

WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Women of the World are the only group to have won both the ACA-OPEN and the Harmony Sweepstakes Nationals. They’ve spread their message of peace and inclusion at venues like Carnegie Hall and The Blue Note and worked with the UN. Come join this empowering class taught by Women of the World.

Feb
10
Sun
2019
Complete Novice Guide to Arranging
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Complete Novice Guide to Arranging

You want to arrange! Unfortunately you have no idea what you’re doing!  Don’t worry! Rob Redei, Choral Director has your back!

This class walks beginners through the basic skills, tools and methods you need in order to get started.  After running through a basic checklist of things to work on, we will begin arranging a song together.  You’ll leave with the skills to get your own project off the ground!

Arranging: Hot Chords for Cool Cats
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

West Side 5′s founder and award-winning arranger, Eric Hughes shares his arranging approach, including some tips on how hot, jazz-based chord choices can enhance any arrangement in any style.

How to Solo as a Beatboxer with Johnny Buffalo from BACKTRACK
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

You know how to make the sounds. You know how to keep the beat. But what do you do when it’s your turn to  solo? When it’s just you and the crowd?

Johnny Buffalo, beatboxer for BackTrack, walks you through the ins and outs of planning and executing a killer beatbox solo.

Whether it’s 4 bars, 16 bars, or longer, the class will look at elements that can help create a structured solo out of thin air. From using buildups, to different rhythmic patterns, to planning the dramatic impact of more advanced sounds, this class will have you rocking and wowing audiences in no time.