Last week, we did a feature on the brand new A Cappella Education Association, which you can check out here. For this week’s AcaVids, I wanted to show you just what kinds of things the founders of the AEA have accomplished with their high school groups, and also spotlight a few other noteworthy high school groups around the country. I sang in a high school group, and I can tell you we didn’t have any advisor or teacher, much less anyone guiding us like these terrific music teachers and directors. I can’t force you to click here and donate to the Crowdtilt page which supports this fine new organization, but I can point out that you’re a bad a cappella fan if you don’t. Don’t be that guy/gal. Click Here. (Yes, I sunk to the level of insulting my audience. I still love you. You’re not really a bad fan. Unless you fail to support the AEA. Kidding. I kid.)
The founders of the AEA are, in no particular order, J.D. Frizzell, Brody McDonald, and Ben Spalding (I suppose that was alphabetical order). Check out the high level of complete performances these groups offer in the following clips (of varying video/audio quality).
You probably know McDonald’s work, as his group Eleventh Hour was featured on Season 2 of The Sing Off. Here’s what they’ve been up to a little more recently.
Spalding is the director for Centerville High School’s Forte, a group which placed second in this year’s International Champtionship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA). This was their set at the finals.
Frizzell’s group, Briarcrest OneVoice, recently scored an impressive RARB review (here) and performed like this last fall.
A few other successful high school groups over the past few years include:
OSA’s Vocal Rush (Director Lisa Forkish)
MacArthur High School’s PFC (Director Matt Woodward)
Detroit Voice from Clarkston High School (Director Brian Haverkate)
Salem WitchPitch (Director Alex Grover)
Port Washington Limited Edition (Dennis Gephart)
Of course, there are so many more out there, but I think I’ve made the point. What these kids are doing is tremendous, but all of these groups have devoted, talented teachers and directors helping them. Support these kids and the folks who spend their days and nights already supporting these kids by helping the AEA. Do it for the next generation of a cappella singers.