My vision for the A Cappella Embassy originally spawned from my desire to reach out to more singers and a cappella groups. My hope was to create a functional network of teams in the region that would work closely with each other to help build this already amazing community in to something bigger. After meeting Mike and illustrating The A Cappella Embassy to him, I was very excited to hear that he would be moving to Virginia and was more than willing to work with us. Mike is a very knowledgeable person with a lot of a cappella experience. He has a passion for the community and a drive to see this community grow. I am very excited to have him as part of our team, and to work with him to bring our friends and family in Virginia into the fold! ~Jeeves, DC Ambassador.
Hello, AcaEmbassy! My name is Mike, and I am pleased to be joining the Embassy as the CASA Ambassador to Virginia. For a bit more about me, please take a look at my ambassador profile on casa.org. (You may also recognize me from my work with the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, or RARB for short, and you can read my bio over there as well.)
Starting in July, I will be living and working in the Short Pump area outside of Richmond. I have some big plans for the Commonwealth already, though, and I’m incredibly excited to get started! My goals for the Virginia a cappella community are three-fold:
- Expand the AcaEmbassy into greater Virginia. Jeeves has done a fantastic job over the last few years of bringing DC-area aca-people together, and I will be his counterpart for the parts of Virginia not accessible by Metro. I’ll join him in writing regular updates and feature articles on this site, posting announcements on Facebook and Twitter, and attending as many concerts as I can. I’ll also be putting together some casual social events so we can all get to know each other better. (Karaoke, anyone?)
- Connect Virginia collegiate groups with each other and with the rest of the aca-world. A big part of my job as Ambassador is helping you collegiate singers network with each other. With so many great groups at University of Richmond, UVA, JMU, Virginia Tech and elsewhere, there will be no shortage of opportunities to connect. I also want to help you put yourselves out there beyond your campus walls, because the rest of the community needs to know how amazing you all are! And if you’re a special kind of committed and enthusiastic collegiate singer in the area, please drop me a line; Virginia is a big state, and I’ll need plenty of volunteers to help us establish and maintain the Embassy presence statewide.
- Establish a post-collegiate a cappella scene in the Tri-City area. I was disheartened to discover that there is very little, if any, post-collegiate a cappella activity outside the Beltway. I’m looking to start a small mixed group based in Richmond that will be affiliated with CASA’s Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) — maybe more than one if enough of you are interested. If you’re a young professional living in the Tri-City area that wants to keep singing but doesn’t know where to start, let me know!
If you have your own ideas for what you want to see happen with the AcaEmbassy in Virginia, leave them in the comments. I look forward to meeting and working with you all very soon!