Bend’s Tower Theatre Foundation and The A Cappella Education Association (AEA) have combined forces for the second annual Bend A Cappella Festival, February 10-12, 2017, creating a high school competition that is the only West Coast regional qualifying event for AEA’s championship at the National A Cappella Convention (NACC) in Memphis in April. The winning high school a cappella group in Bend will gain automatic entry into the National Championship and receive complimentary all access passes to all events at the NACC.
Judging at both the Bend and National competition will be conducted in accordance with the educator-developed AEA scoring system, ensuring a consistent and constructive experience for all participating groups. With more than 2,700 members across the country, the A Cappella Educators Association fosters the creation and development of a cappella groups, programs and curricula nationwide. As one of their founding feeder festivals, the Bend A Cappella Festival is delighted to be working in partnership with this collaborative group.
“The Bend A Cappella Festival has already shown that their leadership team knows what it takes to create a high-quality a cappella event. Their focus on excellence, education, performance opportunities and community partnership has led the AEA to this strategic partnership with them,” said AEA President J.D. Frizzell.
This year’s Bend Festival will be headlined by national “vocal play” sensation Naturally 7. Founded in New York City in 1999, Naturally 7 has opened for Diana Ross, toured with Michael Bublé, played with Coldplay and rapped with Ludacris. The seven-member group is widely recognized as one of the finest a cappella groups in the country.
The second Bend A Cappella Festival has been revised to accommodate the unprecedented popularity of the first year. In addition to the high school sing-off Friday night, the festival will offer a separate college singing competition on Saturday, two shows by the award-winning headliner, Naturally 7, and other opportunities for collaboration and learning. On Saturday, the festival will host a series of master classes for musicians and others interested in a cappella music. On Sunday, a sing-off Summit has been added, with the chance to mingle with performers over breakfast and attend a panel discussion by a cappella professionals.
According to Tower Theatre Foundation Executive Director Ray Solley, “The Tower is delighted to produce and present this Northwest explosion of voices. We can’t think of a better way to spend a February weekend!”
Tickets go on sale Nov. 1, with a variety of packages to suit students, amateurs and audience members. Kathy Schroeder, Bend A Cappella festival director, encourages anyone interested in a cappella to “learn, connect and enjoy this beautiful and exciting form of music with us in Bend next February.”
For more information, visit: http://www.bendacappellafestival.com.