Week 1 of 2: A Cappella (Grades 9-12)

Week 2 & 3: July 10-21, 2017

Open to rising and current high school students, A Cappella Advanced moves beyond introductory lessons in fundamental performance skills toward mastery of the a cappella genre and technique. You'll study sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, advanced vocal techniques, choreography, and vocal percussion, and will also learn how the latest technology can help produce a top-­level performance. Additionally, you’ll work in smaller ensemble groupings, learning barbershop quartet techniques as well as small ensemble blend, balance, and harmony similar to Pentatonix. A two-day workshop with professional a cappella group, Backtrack, will also provide you with critical feedback in master classes. Lastly, you will get to experience daily clinical workshops on conducting, arranging, recording, videography, solo-singing, and beatboxing.

KO's rehearsal facilities and technology will allow campers to study videos and recordings from our own daily sessions as well as from high school, college, and professional groups across the country. Moreover, singers will get to work closely with our state-of-the-art recording equipment and sound engineer instructor, Andrew Kim, to produce two professional recordings and music videos. Singers will also collaborate with our younger a cappella camp (A Cappella 1!) to perform combined pieces at our final concerts. The session will culminate with a final performance for everyone at Camp KO at Blue Back Square in West Hartford and also on KO's campus.

Campers will:

Appreciate and sing multiple genres and styles of contemporary a cappella music
Read and perform music with the help of Solfege and Western European music theory principles
Explore and master contemporary harmony skills
Explore and master beatboxing techniques
Explore small ensemble singing in groups of four to six singers
Get a basic foundation in vocal percussion
Sharpen one’s craft in arranging, directing/conducting, solo-singing, and/or recording
Experience teamwork
Record in a professional music studio setting
Make a music video to accompany the sound recording
Perform in front of an audience
Make music fun!

For girls entering grades 9-12. Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 30.
Program runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm. 

Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until March 15

Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches both soccer and track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice. David double majored in music and history and graduated in 2008 with departmental honors in both of his majors. At Skidmore, David sang in two choirs, was a board member with the Friends of Lake George Opera, and sang in the all-male a cappella group The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past ten years, David has sung with the WHSO numerous times (most recently at their 2015 Holiday Concert) and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his son Callan, and his dog Dobby. In his spare time, Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons.

Instructor: Andrew John Kim, resides in NYC and earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Northwestern University and his Masters in Music in Film Scoring from NYU. At Northwestern, he was a member and three-year music director of the award-winning collegiate a cappella group Extreme Measures. Currently, he directs, produces and arranges for the NYC-based YouTube a cappella group, Backtrack, which boasts close to four million all-time views and 40,000 subscribers since its inception in 2013. Andrew attended KO’s middle school and has worked with the Camp KO Downbeats for the past three seasons in vocal training, and arranging and recording Camp KO music.

Instructor: John DePalma is a native of West Hartford and a teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs the middle school choirs, middle school a cappella groups, and the high school all-female a cappella group, The Oxfordians. Additionally, John coaches Intramural Soccer, Intramural Basketball, and Middle School track. John attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Music, and Education. While a Husky, he sang, and directed his all-male a cappella group, The Conn-Men. From 2010-2011, John performed with the professional a cappella group, The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. In 2013, John and five friends auditioned for NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, where they placed in the top 25.


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