Workshops with our clinicians on a range of topics targeted towards high school a cappella, designed to bring your group to the next level. Topics range from skill based subjects such as vocal percussion, stage presence and improvisation, and extend to expert panels, how we listen to music, and more.
NE Voices 2019 Workshop Schedule
BLUE Workshops — Educator Track
Master Class & Vocal Percussion Coaching Schedule
NE Voices 2019 Clinicians
Graham Allen is a vocalist, arranger, budding producer, and a cappella enthusiast from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Graham attended Plymouth North High School, participating in jazz choir and chamber choir before being introduced to a cappella by Ithacappella alum, Dave Grossman in 2012. Graham went to UMass Lowell to study Music Education, taking part in co-ed UML Vocality, male-identified UMass Lowell Hawkapella, and many other vocal music endeavors along the way. He arranged by contract throughout college, conducted clinics at UMass Lowell and throughout New England, and even arranged a tune for Grammy-award-winning Melissa Manchester. Specifically with Hawkapella, Graham served as a primary percussionist, primary arranger, and as a driving force for the group’s first studio EP and first ICCA showing as music director and group manager. Graham’s passions shifted to higher education administration in 2017, but his passion for a cappella kept growing after graduation. Joining the Somerville-based Eight Tracks in 2017, he started pursuing a cappella production while working as a Student Life professional at Quincy College at Plymouth. Graham still works at Quincy College while running the digital-based male-identified Modifications, directing The Suffolk Ramifications as their performing arts adviser, and starting his new vocal music production endeavor, Night Owl Sound.
Tim Bongiovanni is a CARA Award winning, Billboard charting music producer based in Bedford MA. A former musical director of the Hyannis Sound, Tim has been an A Cappella professional for 14 years. In 2007 he launched his recording business and has had the pleasure of working for countless A Cappella groups from around the country. His work has garnered placements on multiple compilation albums including Sing, Voices Only, and Voices Only Forte, as well as numerous CARA Award wins and nominations. Outside of A Cappella, Tim produces and mixes for independent recording artists and composes music for video games. His producing and mixing work with America’s Got Talent Finalists, The Sons of Serendip has earned him multiple visits to the Top 100 on the Billboard Charts. His mixes have been used in segments featured on America’s Got Talent, X Factor UK, and The Fours. He lives at his home in Bedford MA with his wife and two sons.
Ellie Brigida currently works as the head of studio production for Clear Harmonies and has worked on tracks for D-Fi, Vocal Synergy, Cape Harmony, Snowday, Euphonism, the UMBC Cleftomaniacs and various others. She also works as a teacher at The A Cappella School and a performer in Snowday.
Scott Cobban is a vocal percussionist based out of Boston. He’s a member of Five O’Clock Shadow, a former member of Overboard, and he’s performed with Ball In The House, Cartoon Johnny, and The Groovebarbers. He’s also a graduate of ImprovAsylum’s improv performance program. He’s been involved in a cappella since 2000 when he joined Clark University’s coed group the Clark Bars. Outside of a cappella, he’s a full-time web developer in Boston.
Justin Crichfield is a Vocal Percussionist and freelance A Cappella Music Producer currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. After spending years following the trends and stylings of A Cappella music, he plans to infuse a blend of gospel/R&B and dance music in the contemporary sound. Justin began producing A Cappella music 4 years ago, when he recorded “Forte A Cappella”, his own high school group. Now he works with clients all over the world, some highlights include the “Drums of War” from Australia, professional group “6-1-Forte” from Columbus, and “Six Appeal” from Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and choral music educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off with Kinfolk 9. Recent publications include the chapter “Vocal Percussion for Everyone” in So You Want to Sing A Cappella: A Performer’s Guide published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is currently a vocal teaching artist with Midori & Friends and The Center for Arts Education, and made her Lincoln Center debut as a featured beatboxer in the 4th annual Total Vocal. Kari is an active lecturer and clinician, giving workshops on musicianship, arranging, and vocal percussion at music festivals and vocal camps across the States.
James Jones has been an a cappella performer for over a decade. Most recently, he was seen touring internationally with Deke Sharon’s a cappella supergroup VOCALOSITY. James has also toured with CARA nominated vocal band Ball in the House, CARA winning group Five O’Clock Shadow, and currently produces and performs with AVA winning neo-acappella pioneers, D-Fi. James has also worked as a musician and dancer on other projects with names like Flavor Flav, MirandaSings, and Danny Trejo.
Evan Linsey is a producer and arranger currently living in the Boston area. As music director of the BU Treblemakers, he led them to their first ICCA quarterfinal win and went on to record their set, “Like We Were”, which received a CARA nomination for Best Mixed Collegiate Solo and a spot on Voices Only 2017. Now he’s the VP and multi-instrumentalist for local group Birdland Avenue, as well as creator and co-host of the “Head/Voice” podcast, where he and Kayla Pichichero talk to a new innovator in the community every week.
Chris Little attended James Madison University (JMU), where he was a member of the premiere mixed group, The Overtones. Chris had the opportunity to serve on the executive board as Music Director and was the lead arranger his last two years in the group. While at JMU, Chris stuck to his choral roots and performed with the James Madison University Choir and the select all-male vocal ensemble, KOR. During his tenure with KOR, he had the opportunity to Master Class with Chanticleer and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Since his college days, Chris has arranged over 120 songs; helping groups receive Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA) nominations for Best Album(s) and Best Arrangement(s). Chris currently sings with and directs the band Vox Pop, also based out of the Washington, DC area, and works with A Cappella Productions as a Production Engineer and Arranger.
Cole Lundquist is a music educator, arranger, and choral/band director from the North Shore of Massachusetts. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Salem State University in 2012 and his Masters of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida in 2016. He has presented at conferences and festivals all over the continental United States, including TMEA, TIME, NafMe, ISTE, NAMM, ACDA and the Mid-West Band Conference. Mr. Lundquist’s focus has been on choral music and it’s instruction, incorporating technology into the 21st century music classroom, and working with disenfranchised and under served populations in music education. Being a founding member of Sound Off a Cappella and Uproar Vocal, Cole has been invested in the Boston-area a Cappella Community for the better part of the past decade, and, with Uproar, is seeking to further revolutionize the role of a professional group’s role in education in the local community and beyond.
Julia McBride is a junior Music Ed. major from the University of Delaware. After singing in PNHS Northern Lights throughout her high school career, she developed an all-consuming passion for a cappella. Julia has been a member of the professional all-female a cappella group, Cape Harmony, for two summers. She also works as the Administrative Intern for the University of Delaware Children’s Choir Program. Aside from music, Julia is an obsessive dog-mother and she lives for iced coffee with almond milk.
Tyler Nordin is originally from Warwick, Rhode Island, and currently in his junior year at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music Business & Management and minoring in Recording & Production for Musicians. After singing in his high school’s concert choir, chorale, and jazz choir, he got his start in a cappella when he attended A Cappella Academy in 2015 and 2016, and later became member of Upper Structure during the 2016-2017 school year. Tyler attended The Vocal Company’s Next Level Produce program during the summer 2017 session, and is now a Music Production Intern and Junior Producer at The Vocal Company. When he isn’t playing Mario Party or eating copious amounts of Ben & Jerry’s, he arranges, coaches, and produces for various groups and individuals in the a cappella community.
Sophie Peirce is a senior at Ball State University majoring in Theatre Design with a minor in Vocal Performance. As a freshman at BSU, she was the founding music director of a new female ensemble – The Parallels A Cappella. She has been directing and performing with The Parallels ever since! After falling in love with a cappella, Sophie attended NLDirect and NLArrange with The Vocal Company, and was a counselor at A Cappella University in summer of 2018. She also found that she has an intense passion for arranging music; while being the primary arranger for The Parallels, Sophie has arranged music for ensembles in and outside of the United States. Outside of a cappella, Sophie has performed in shows such as “Big Fish” and “Proof”. She has also designed hair and makeup for a variety of theatrical productions, including “Into the Woods” and “Fun Home”. Sophie is an avid dog lover and coffee enthusiast.
Full-time a cappella producer/mastering engineer by day and enthusiast of high-top vans also by day, Eric Scholz spends most of his time editing, mixing, and mastering recorded vocal music. He loves hats, snacks, and seeing people around him succeed. His website is ericscholzproductions.com.
Sarah Zorrilla is from Orlando, Fl and currently resides in Boston, Ma. Her a cappella journey originally began at the University of Central Florida where she was a founding member of all-female group, KeyHarmony. After her studies at UCF, she began studying voice at Berklee College of Music where she joined Upper Structure as a vocal percussionist. While in Upper Structure, she received the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion at both the Northeast ICCA quarter and semifinals in 2017 and 2018 and then at ICCA Finals in 2018.