The Contemporary A Cappella Society

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The Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) is a community between singers and fans of contemporary a cappella. "Contemporary a cappella" is a moniker used to describe the idiom of popular a cappella (voices only - no instruments) that arose during the mid-late 1980s, and now spans a wide variety of styles including rock, pop, r&b, hip-hop, country, jazz, etc. CASA was co-founded in 1991 by Deke Sharon.

Mission: To foster and promote contemporary a cappella music around the world through education, recognition, and the creation of performance opportunities

Vision: CASA will demonstrate leadership in innovating, developing, and expanding the a cappella community so that every singer, educator, and fan has the opportunity and means to share and spread their love of vocal music.

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[edit] History

[edit] Programs

[edit] The Contemporary A Cappella League

Started in August 2007, the Contemporary A Cappella League has a number of active and budding groups around the US and Canada. [1] [2]

For a list of groups part of CAL, see Category:CAL groups.

[edit] RARB Forums

Since 2002, RARB.org had been the "water cooler" for the a cappella community. CASA merged its community with the RARB forums in early 2010, and is now accessible at forums.casa.org. Full article.

[edit] Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program is aimed to unite singers and groups from all over the country and world via an organized networking system. CASA Ambassadors are individuals responsible for being involved in their own a cappella communities- gathering information about groups, events, auditions, a cappella friendly clubs, singers, technology, opportunities and anything else that touches on a cappella. They upload that information to CASA.org via the Acapedia so it can be shared with the entire community.

Ambassadors also keep abreast of a cappella happenings globally via CASA.org, and share that information with their respective communities while encouraging them to become CASA members, to sing in Contemporary A Cappella League groups, to attend CASA festivals, and to support the vocal arts.

Ambassadors serve a one year volunteer term, and are offered a number of incentives which have included free memberships to CASA.org, free copies of CASA-sponsored compilation albums and free tickets to CASA-sponsored festivals such as SoJam.

[edit] Harmony in the Halls

Harmony in the Halls forms and directs a cappella groups in public schools that have lost their music curriculum funding. Harmony in the Halls strives to provide music education and a cappella training and performance in a fun after-school environment. CASA instructors start and direct the groups, maintain the relationship with their assigned school and relevant after-school program, and organize performances throughout the year. CASA provides all materials and covers all related costs so that it is absolutely free to each participating school. 2011 - 2012 is the inaugural school year for Harmony in the Halls and will begin with a number of partner public schools in New York City.

[edit] Tunes To Teens

Tunes To Teens (TTT) is designed to put a cappella CDs into the hands of developing singers. Chorus by chorus, TTT sends junior high and high school students a cappella CDs donated by a variety of sources. The program's goal is to spark interest in a cappella music in up-and-coming singers[3], and to serve as a touchstone for directors to teach their students the basics of music theory. Since 2003, over 2000 students in 23 US states and Canada have received CDs from TTT.

CASA has been establishing contemporary a cappella choruses around the United States, from the SF Bay Area [4] to Maryland.[5]

[edit] Awards

[edit] Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

The annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (aka the "CARAs") recognize the best recorded a cappella[6] and aim to support this burgeoning culture of instrument-less enthusiasts. Every year since 1992, hundreds of albums are considered in this celebration of the best a cappella recorded around the planet.

The CARA mission reflects that of its parent organization, the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA): an aim to reward artists that create outstanding work and to promote innovation, creativity, and continued growth of the a cappella modality. Furthermore, the awards aim to foster the a cappella community by having its best and brightest participate in the CARA nomination and judging process. Finally, CASA uses the application process as a means to provide resources to charitable programs such as Tunes to Teens.

Full article: Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards

[edit] A Cappella Community Awards

The "A Cappella Community Awards" (aka the "ACAs") are voted on annually by registered users of CASA.org to allow fans the chance to award their favorite a cappella groups. Often called the "People's Choice Awards of the A Cappella community", the ACAs aim to further award excellent groups and individuals in the a cappella community, including non-American groups, by giving fans a venue to reward their favorite groups.

Full article: A Cappella Community Awards


[edit] Board of Directors

[edit] References

  1. The Contemporary A Cappella League
  2. About the Contemporary A Cappella League
  3. [T]echtcera
  4. [1]
  5. [2]
  6. Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards

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