Contemporary A Cappella League at SING! May 27, 2017

The second annual workshop and performance day specially designed for university and post-university/emerging artist professional a cappella groups from the U.S. and Canada.

The mission of CAL is to spread harmony through harmony by helping people form, join, and maintain contemporary a cappella singing groups, and to provide performing opportunities, education, motivation, and accolades, while helping grow the adult a cappella community across the globe.

Saturday, May 27 – Conference Day

Workshops @ Little Trinity Anglican Church, 425 King Street East

 11 a.m. – registration and networking, discussion of CAL groups’ challenges and goals – Church Hall, exclusive for CAL registrants

11:15 – Introduction to recording techniques with Corey Slutsky from Voices Only A Cappella and featured vocal group, followed by – multi-hour open recording session – continues to 5:30 – exclusive for CAL

noon – New York Voices masterclass (1 hour) – public workshop

1:30  p.m.Blue Jupiter Workshop (1 hour) – public workshop- Blue Jupiter Workshop – “Rockstar 101” workshop: Star of Lifetime’s TV show Pitchslapped, Diana Preisler is known as “The ACA-COACH.” Diana says this: “They see you louder than they hear you.” The Broadway performer, film actress (Oscar Nominated “Chico and Rita”), singer and manager of Blue Jupiter will show you how to make that message work for you. Groups will hop on stage and have their performance crafted to perfection. Have your group come ready to volunteer to perform!

2:30  – lunch break/networking for CAL registrants

3:00 – workshop with musica intima vocal ensemble (1 hour) – public workshop: Collaborative Leadership in A Cappella Choral Singing
– An inside look at how leadership and collaboration function together within an a cappella ensemble setting, lead by internationally recognized vocal ensemble, musica intima. This workshop will look at group vocal technique as well as rehearsal and performance practice.

4:15Better Solo Singer = Better A Cappella Singer with Elaine Overholt of Big Voice Studios

6  –120 Diner, 120 Church Street – CAL Groups in performance

8  – 120 Diner performance of 4SKÖR a cappella

(suggested cover charge of $10 to $20 Canadian per person for each 120 Diner performance) – each attendee is responsible for their own food and drink cost


$30 per person, which includes all of the Saturday clinics at Little Trinity Church and a light lunch.

Discounted rate available at the host hotel, Novotel for the first few registrants.

Meet some of your clinicians:

New York Voices: Celebrating 30 years of touring and recording, this critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art..They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected. NYV has traveled the globe with their elegant music, amazing audiences the world over with their impeccable voices and stunning arrangements. They are one of the top vocal groups in the world.


Blue Jupiter from New York City: Blue Jupiter’s all-vocal performance is nothing short of explosive! The world-touring a cappella quartet has been described as “The real deal,” by rock legend, Gene Simmons; “Simply terrific” by Scott Conant of Food Network,  “Incredible!”by Jane Pauly from NBC; “Nothing short of magic,” by the Sands Casino Entertainment Department, and “Simply the best music act we’ve ever had at our schools,” by the Connecticut Public Schools Board. Blue Jupiter’s energetic blend of pop lead vocals, jazzy a cappella harmony and funky beatbox has garnered standing ovations in over 40 states and around the world.


musica intima: Internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship, and unique perspective on ensemble singing, musica intima has earned a reputation as Canada’s most exciting vocal ensemble. Founded in 1992, musica intima has become an integral part of Canada’s cultural fabric. A distinctly Canadian ensemble, musica intima regularly commissions, champions and premieres works by Canada’s leading composers including Michael Osterle, Ana Sokolovic, José Evangelista, Peter Hannan, Jocelyn Morlock, Keith Hamel, Jordan Nobles, Jennifer Butler, and Jeffrey Ryan.

The ensemble has graced the stages of some of Canada’s best known festivals, championing contemporary Canadian vocal repertoire in concert halls such as Orford Festival, Elora Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Lanaudière, Palais Montcalm, and the Domaine Forget International Festival. Also an international presence, musica intima has performed twice at the American Choral Directors Association Conference, and has appeared at Polyfollia Festival in France, the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland, and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Denmark. In October 2016, they’re performing in the Busan International Choral Festival in Korea. musica intima is frequently heard on national and international radio broadcasts and has released nine commercial recordings, five of which can be found on the ATMA Classique label: 20 (2012), into light (2010), o nata lux (2008), forgotten peoples (2006), invocation (2004), and clear (2002). In addition, they recorded the CBC-produced nativite (2002), which was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, and the ensemble’s Juno award-nominated debut album musica intima (1998).


Elaine Overholt:

Ms. Overholt has established herself as one of North America’s most respected and treasured singers, voice coaches and vocal producers. She has performed on stage with such musical titans as Ray Charles, Martin Short and Paul Shaffer.  As a coach, her clients range from Hollywood A-listers John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘Hairspray‘ the movie; Richard GereCatherine Zeta-JonesRenée Zellweger, and Queen Latifah for the Oscar-winning ‘Chicago‘; TV star Ellen Degeneres on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’, to stars on Broadway, to hundreds of recording artists, including current pop phenom Sean Mendes.  Her ‘Big Voice’ TV series aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Elaine and her team coach young and not-so-young, emerging talent seven days a week at her Big Voice Studios in Toronto.


Corey Slutsky of Voices Only A Cappella:

Corey Slutsky is the owner and founder of Voices Only, started in 2005 with the inaugural edition of the collegiate compilation album “Voices Only 2005”.Corey is the Executive Producer for the Voices Only scholastic compilation series, the  Voices Only Forte non-scholastic compilation series, and records and produces a cappella studio recordings through Voices Only Productions  Corey has been involved in a cappella since 1997.  He has been a singer, songwriter, vocal percussionist, arranger, musical director and president in four a cappella groups (collegiate: 4-time ICCA International Champions USC SoCal VoCals, 3-time ICCA Finalists University of Michigan G-menUniversity of Michigan Kol HaKavod; professional: CARA Award Winning STREETNiX). Corey’s production work has garnered Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) wins and nominations, and been featured on the Best of College A Cappella, Best of High School A Cappella, and Voices Only compilation albums.  Corey leads workshops and masterclasses on recording and live performance at international a cappella festivals such as SoJam, the Los Angeles A Acappella Festival, SingStrong, National A Cappela Convention, Kettering National A Cappella Festival,  the Las Vegas A Cappella Summit.  He has served as a judge for the ICCAs. SingStrong’s ACA-Idol College and Pro Competition, SingStrong’s High School Competition,, and USC’s Absolut A Cappella competition, a nominator and judge for the CARA awards, an album reviewer for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board,   consulted the casting agent for NBC’s The Sing-Off, and produced his master’s thesis on “the growth and explosion of a cappella music from 1990-2005.” Corey received his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.


Corey is providing multi-hour open recording session where one group of attendees can really see what a contemporary a cappella recording session looks and sounds like.  A cappella singers in the group will participate as the recording group as a collaboration track, recording with Corey throughout the day across several hours.  Attendees are able to enter and exit the session in 30-60 minute intervals, with time at the end of each interval for attendees to ask questions and/or take a turn behind the microphone.  This workshop gives attendees a chance to see what it feels like from both the performer’s and the engineer’s standpoint of a recording session.  Not just the technical standpoint of recording, but also how to “perform” during recording (side of performer) and how to “produce” the session (side of engineer).  Members of the recording group could still attend other workshops because he would only need 1-2 members for each interval, as that is the method in which he records contemporary a cappella.  Artists are welcome to continue production of that song with Corey at a special Sing! Toronto discounted rate (editing/mixing/mastering), or they can take the recording session to continue production with whomever they like.



4SKÖR is a dynamic and sophisticated vocal quartet that incorporates tight harmonies and smooth arrangements in an energetic and infectious style all their own. Their unique sound is modern with hints of Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Pop and Fusion. Aside from performing, arranging, rehearsing and recording, Sara, Pete, Kylie and Sean spend their days as a President/CEO, a Lawyer, a Personal Stylist and Golf Maintenance Technician, continuing to promote and advocate for the importance of Music Education.

Location: Little Trinity Anglican Church
$30 includes workshops and lunch