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VoCALnation 2012 Pickups

DC Represent!

VoCALnation 2013 – legitimately the hottest a cappella festival of the year! –  has come and gone.  Hundreds of a cappella singers and fans engaged in enlightening classes and conversations, enjoyed thrilling acabombs, a showcase of CAL groups, and a professional concert, and reveled in the shared love for music.  My family and friends that amassed in Philadelphia have since […]

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DCAF 2012 – This Is Why I Do This

The more time I spend at college campuses in this region, the more two facts present themselves – two facts that are very exciting to me and should be to the a cappella community as a whole.  This past weekend, I spent my Saturday night inside Healy Hall at Georgetown University enjoying some sweet a […]

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The Art of Communication – A Reflection On SoJam 2012

Greetings, everybody!  For those of you reading this that were at SoJam this past weekend, you’ll understand when I say that my brain still can’t comprehend what I heard at the Professional Showcase on Saturday night.  There were a couple of times where I honestly thought that I had bought tickets to a rock concert, […]

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The Gourmet Pairing of Music and Lyrics

I consider myself lucky. I was born at a time when the top songs in America included the likes of “Careless Whisper” by George Michael, “Like a Virgin” by the inimitable Madonna, and Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me.” Luckily for me, I didn’t grow up listening to any of this crap. My mom was […]

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I Wish I Could Go Back To College…

Well, it finally happened: I embraced my inner aca-nerd and attended an aca-fest.  And, as expected, it was quite BOSS! (No apologies). On April 13th, I made my a cappella homecoming and attended the first annual Boston Sings festival, or BOSS for short.  I could go on and on about everything I saw and learned. […]

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State Of The Embassy #1: The First Month

As I pull away from Union Station in DC on my way to Boston for the brand new a cappella festival, Boston Sings (BOSS), my mind peruses the catalog of events from the past month or so that have brought The A Cappella Embassy to where it is now.  It’s been an interesting ride getting […]

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Alternate Take: Mics For All?

Deke Sharon is, for all intents and purposes, the “father” of contemporary a cappella. When he gives the a cappella community advice, we listen.  For obvious reasons, it’s hard to argue with the guy… However, I simply do not agree with the message in one of his recent blogs.  Sharon, inspired by some collegiate groups’ […]

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SONOS To Perform in DC Nov 15th

Fresh off of their run on NBC’s The Sing-Off, the superstar quintet SONOS is headed to the DC-area for a special performance on November 15th! Announced via their Facebook page this past weekend, SONOS with the help of members of our own DC a cappella community, has put together a show that will be held at theArlington Temple, a United […]

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A Call for Ambassadors

250 miles. That’s how far it is from the top of Maryland to the bottom of Virginia. It’s about a 5 or 6 hour drive (depending on traffic), and it would eat up just about 3/4 of a tank of gas one way (at least in my sweet-ass 2010 Corolla – 34 mpg! what what?!). […]

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Where Are They Now?

So I’ll be honest, in the process of me moving, I totally forgot to post something this morning for the blog. But that’s okay, I’m fixing that situation with this entry that I hope can become a semi-regular thing. But I’ll need your help to do that! So a few years ago, I had the […]

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