Learn to sing with your friends
Week 2 of 2. For students entering grades 9-12. Minimum enrollment 12, maximum enrollment 30.
Please note that this program runs from July 22-August 2, 2019
Cost: $990; Early Bird Discount $890 until Feb. 15 (Save $130!)
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. Daily clinical workshops on conducting, arranging, recording, videography, solo-singing, and beatboxing will also provide you with critical feedback in these master classes.
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 a professional recording and music video. 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.
A Cappella 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!
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 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 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 eleven years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times (most recently at their 2017 Fall 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. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time.
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 five seasons in vocal training, and arranging and recording Camp KO music.REGISTER TODAY