In this second installment of the CAN series, CASA Founder Deke Sharon shares a peek into the a cappella community in the year 2000. Enjoy snapshots of Rockapella, Gabe Mann, and John Legend! Let’s take a look back at the CARAs twenty years ago and see what tidbits of history await us! Ah yes, Rockapella.…

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Contemporary A Cappella Newsletter 1.1 October 1990

Join CASA Founder Deke Sharon on a trip down memory lane as we revisit the early days of the Contemporary A Cappella Newsletter! Back in 1990 there was no a cappella community, no central watering holes, and no way for people to stay in touch. I dove in and decided to create a way for…

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Seasons come and go, fads fall out of favor, but there’s one thing that never changes in vocal music: December is the month in which groups make the most money. Everyone wants to hear vocal music over the holidays. As a result, pretty much every professional a cappella group’s most successful album is their holiday…

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Ask Deke: High School Arranging Q: Do you have any suggestions on how a high schooler might get started in learning to arrange music for a capella? A: For starters, I highly recommend studying music theory, as a knowledge of the technical aspects of counterpoint and 4 part writing are so very helpful. Beyond that, this blog…

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Ask Deke: How do I find existing groups? Q: Is it possible to join a group that’s already established? If so, how would I go about locating them in MN? – Tracy A: Hi Tracy Indeed, it’s possible to join a group that’s already established. In fact, Pentatonix is looking for a bass right now, if…

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